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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!

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Portable Solar Charging Kits

These portable, easy-to-use kits don't require installation. Take one out, point it at the sun using its adjustable angle stand and telescopic legs, and you're ready to go. Connects to your RV with included battery clamps/wires or directly power 12V appliances using the included cigarette lighter adapter. When you're ready to get back on the road, just fold the kit closed and store it in the included carrying case.
Portable Solar Charging KitsPart No.WattsAmpsVoltsPrice
Solarland SLCK-010-12 10W 12V Portable Solar Charging Kit943320110W12VDC
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Solarland SLCK-040-12 40W 12V Portable Solar Charging Kit943333540W12VDC
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Solarland SLP080F-12S 80W 12V Portable Solar Charging Kit - Foldable943334580W12VDC
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Solarland SLP120F-12S 120W 12V Portable Solar Charging Kit - Foldable9433350120W12VDC
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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

Sunrise 100W RV Solar Panel Kit

The Sunrise

If you’re looking to keep your house batteries trickle charged, start with the Sunrise, our single panel 100W kit that offers an expected output of approximately 500 watt hours per day*. It includes a Morningstar Prostar PS-15M charge controller and a Morningstar Remote Temperature Sensor.
Sundancer 200W RV Solar Panel Kit

The Sundancer

The Sundancer is the ideal starter kit for those with plans to expand. It includes 200W of solar, a Midnite KID 30amp MPPT charge controller for maximum charging efficiency, and a Midnite MNBTS Battery Temperature Sensor. Expected output is approximately 1000 watt hours per day.
Road Warrior 300W RV Solar Panel Kit

The Road Warrior

If you’re looking to take a break from your generator while camping, try our Weekender kit, which includes (3) 100W panels, a Midnite KID 30amp MPPT charge controller charge controller for maximum charging efficiency, and a Midnite MNBTS Battery Temperature Sensor. This system offers an expected output of approximately 1,500 watt hours per day*.
King of the Road 400W RV Solar Panel Kit

The King of the Road

For the snowbirds and the boondockers, we offer the King of the Road kit, which includes (4) 100W panels for a total expected output of 2 kWh per day*, enough to significantly decrease the amount of time spent running your generator and potentially 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 for maximum charging efficiency and a Midnite MNBTS Battery Temperature Sensor.

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.

rv-marine solar diagram

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.

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