Solar Panels for RV and Marine
Adding solar to an RV is a great idea.
Wholesale Solar’s RV solar kits make adding solar to your RV easier and more affordable than ever, with a variety of options available for all vehicle sizes and energy needs. Our kits include efficient 100W solar panels making them an ideal fit for RV rooftops with limited space for installation. Each kit also includes an appropriately sized charge controller, PV wire and over current protection to ensure that your system operates safely and efficiently. We also include our easy-to-read wire diagram to hook everything up before hitting the road!
RV Solar KitsPackages also include MC4 extension cables, over-current protection, mounting feet, electrical design drawing and technical support.
|RV Solar Kits||Part No.||Array Size (STC)||Daily Watt Hours*||Panels||Charge Controller||Price|
|1890265||100 W||500 Wh||1 Solarland SLP100-12U Silver Poly Solar Panels||MidNite Solar MNBRATKIT Charge Controller|| |
|1890270||200 W||1000 Wh||2 Solarland SLP100-12U Silver Poly Solar Panels||MidNite Solar MNKIDBASIC KIT Charge Controller|| |
|1890275||300 W||1500 Wh||3 Solarland SLP100-12U Silver Poly Solar Panels||MidNite Solar MNKIDBASIC KIT Charge Controller|| |
|1890280||400 W||2000 Wh||4 Solarland SLP100-12U Silver Poly Solar Panels||MidNite Solar MNKIDBASIC KIT Charge Controller|| |
|* Based on 5 peak sun hours per day|
I installed two of the flexible SunPower panels on my father-in-law's camper and they worked out great. They are very durable, low profile, and light-weight. Personally, I think they are ideal for mobile solar. We are putting two more on his boat. SunPower cells are really efficient when compared to most others and have the versatility of a laminate type panel with the efficiency of a crystalline cell. Normally a panel design like this would have a thin-film cell technology which I am not a fan of at all. All in all I think they are rad.
Brent, Employee Owner
If you’re looking to keep your house batteries trickle charged, start with the Sunrise, our single panel 100W kit featuring flexible SunPower 100w panels. It includes all the necessary solar components such as a Morningstar Prostar PS-15M charge controller and PV wire. This is an ideal solution for keeping your house batteries topped off, and it’s also great for smaller power systems such as a van.
The Sundancer is the ideal starter kit for those with plans to expand. It includes (2) SunPower flexible 100w panels, a Midnite KID 30amp MPPT charge controller, PV wire and all the other solar components to get you up and running with an expandable RV power system.
The King of the Road
For the snowbirds and the boondockers, we offer the King of the Road kit, which includes (4) SunPower flexible 100w panels with enough output to significantly decrease the amount of time spent running your generator and allow you to spend your days enjoying the peace and quiet of your destination. It also comes with a Midnite KID 30amp MPPT charge controller and all the other solar components to get you up and running.
Don’t see what you’re looking for here? We can design custom packages for any mobile application—please call (800) 472-1142 to speak to a technician.
RV/Marine Solar Power Systems use the same components as any off-grid power system— solar panels or
wind generator, inverter, charge controller, and batteries.
Just about any solar panel will work for an RV or Marine application. However some are better than others. Most panels over 125 watts are 24 volt panels and won't work with 12 volt systems. In many cases even 125 watt panels are too big for the sometimes limited space on the roof. Two 60 watt panels may work better. For a list of all solar panels we sell.
The temperatures on the roof of an RV can be very hot especially when panels are "flush" mounted, actually a couple of inches off the roof. High temperature lowers voltage output of panels and power to your batteries.
A lot of people ask about durability of solar panels on the road or water with the twisting and flexing going on not to mention flying rocks and road debris. Solar panels are covered with tempered glass that is rated to take the impact of a 1" hailstone at 50 m.p.h.! And if you have ever tried to walk through a closed sliding glass door you know that tempered glass is pretty tough.
Inverters for On the GO! Being able to run household appliances on the road
or on the high seas is a great convenience. An inverter made for that purpose will give you years of
high quality, trouble-free power. Some people just use small "Big-Box Mart" inverters for their RV's and
it works out fine. When you get into inverters that charge batteries, however, things change.
If you ever plan to connect to "shore power" from your garage, the KOA or your marina you should
only use an inverter / charger that is "mobile" rated by UL standards. These inverters provide automatic
"ground switching" between the vehicle ground and the ground coming from the shore line.
All AC systems should have a "bond" between the neutral and ground wire only one place in the system. That place is usually at the meter of the system like on your house. Mobile inverters have this bond built-in for when you are on the road. It provides a "path to ground" for errant AC power and is a safety connection. When you connect to the shore, that power already has a bond back by the KOA or marina power meter and you don't want two "bonds". "Mobile" rated inverters can sense this connection to the shore line and disconnect their internal bond and use the one from shore. When you unplug the inverter re-connects its own bond.