Solar On The Side by Go Power
I have a portable solar panel and I purchased the Solar On The Side because my RV is set up for it. These are complete kits and include the charge controller, they also come with the standard battery clamps if your RV isn’t set up with the outlet. This solar panel system works!
We purchased an new RV and took it out the first time and the batteries wouldn’t stay charged, so we ran a generator every day. When we went back to the dealer, they told us that it had a residential refrigerator. Due to that, the batteries alone couldn’t provide the power needed. I had the dealership install four AGM (absorbent glass material) batteries and purchase the solar panel kit. I really should have checked Amazon because they had exact same kit for less than the dealership charged.
The next time we took the RV out we didn’t have to run the generator at all. I was very impressed with how well this panel worked to keep the batteries charged. We only had to run the generator if we wanted to use the microwave or the fireplace.
This solar kit is a folding panel with the charge controller and an area to store the plugs. It’s compact and easy to store and keep everything in one place. The charge controller automatically senses which type of batteries you are using and displays the voltage they have currently.
If you like camping off-grid, like we do, I would recommend getting a solar panel kit. When camping for extended periods, they are a great investment. Do your research first, unlike I did. If I’d done my research, I could have saved a lot of money, instead, I went back to the RV dealer. When we build our cabin, I will be getting a solar panel system for it, I have shared those plans here.
Amazon has a lot of Solar Options and they have a variety of AGM batteries. Go Power and Renogy both have many options for the folding portable solar panels. There are even some that are flexible. Things to keep in mind, you want a system with a charge controller, as it prevents your batteries from being over charged. Take into consideration the length of the leads. You’ll need longer ones if your placing it on top of your RV so you may have to buy an extension.
Please feel free to leave your experiences and ideas in the comments below. Happy Camping!