solar power

Boon Docking in the Anza-Borrego Desert

One Go Power 170 watt solar panel and two batteries is all you need to stay off grid in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Of course it helps when it is spring time and the desert has received a lot of winter rain like this year. Check out my Boon Docking Kit on my website for more information.

Best Solution for Adding Solar Power to your RV

One of the simplest and most cost effective ways to add solar power to your RV motorhome is with a PORTABLE solar panel kit. These folding panels come with a carrying case and can be placed in the sun while your rig is parked in the shade. Two sizes, an 80 watt and a 120 watt Portable solar panel kit, are available. It is easy to connect the battery leads to your existing coach batteries and the included quick connect makes it very fast to add solar power when the sun is out.

The Best Inverter Set-Up for Full-Time RVing.

I recently installed a complete solar power system on a 5th wheel horse trailer with full-time living quarters.  The heart of the system is the IC2000 Inverter / Battery Charger manufactured by Go Power.  This 2000 watt inverter is capable of surging to 3400 watts which will start up most appliances.  On this 5th wheel, the generator was hardwired into the inverter.  On those hot days when the AC must be turned on, the generator can be started and the 100 amp battery charger built into the IC2000 Inverter will rapidly top off the 400 amp-hrs of battery storage capacity.  With full batteries, the generator can be turned off for the night (if it is not too hot outside), and all the appliances in the 5th wheel can be used.  The existing converter was removed along with the automatic transfer switch.  All the owner has to do now is plug his 5th wheel into the inverter and turn the inverter on using the remote control panel.  He can now fire up the generator, if air conditioning is needed, and his on-board batteries get topped off while cooling down the RV.  The IC2000 Inverter / Battery Charger can be wired for either 30 or 50 amp service and can be configured for a two phase 50 amp service.

Overlander 160 watt battery charging kit installed on a Roadtrek Sportsmobile in Pacific Beach.

The Overlander 160 watt solar battery charger is a great way to keep your batteries fully charged. This 160 watt panel comes with a PWM digital charge controller that insures your batteries are properly charged. It also includes a built-in USB port for charging your mobile devices.

Solar and Surfing Really Do Go Together!

Today I installed two 160 watt solar panels and a PWM charge controller on a 2014 Thor Miramar 34.2 Class A motorhome. The best part of this job was the excellent surf rolling in. The San Elijo State Beach Campground is near Cardiff by the Sea and many of the spots are on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can run your generator but only during the day. There is no power at these sites so having a solar system to keep the batteries charged is the only way to go.

Southern Cross 39' Sailboat Solar Project

Today I started working on troubleshooting the solar system on a Southern Cross 39' Sailboat. The boat is docked at a slip on Harbor Island in San Diego Bay. The owner is getting his boat ready for full-time living and requires a solar charging system that will keep his batteries charged while at sea and anchored. Having a boat slip with electricity is not always going to be an option.

Visit Sun Power RV for solar charging options for your sailboat.