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.
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.
One of my favorite childhood memories is hiking along a mountain stream and stopping for a cool drink of water.
If you have a RV parked in your driveway, here is a brilliant and cost effective solution to adding solar power to that motor home.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Mar. 5, 2014—The White House released the federal budget for FY2015 yesterday that proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) BEACH Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.
Without this funding, beach programs in many states will be forced to cut back or completely close shop, leaving surfers, swimmers and other beach-goers at risk of contracting waterborne illnesses such as gastrointestinal illness nausea, ear and eye infections and skin rashes. Families have the right to know if a day at the beach will make them sick.
“Can you imagine if we no longer maintained food safety standards in the U.S.? That is what the Obama administration is proposing for our oceans,” says Dr. Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director. “By eliminating funding for BEACH Act grants, basic ocean monitoring to determine if it is safe to swim or surf will become a thing of the past.”
“The President’s proposed program savings of less than $10 million, will be putting coastal tourism and recreation economies valued at nearly $90 billion at risk,” says Surfrider Foundation’s Water Quality Manager, Mara Dias. “The potential public health cost could result in more people being exposed to polluted water at the beach and will also dwarf any potential savings.”
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.