Why A 100W Solar Panel May Only Give You 50W There is much to do about solar panels on RV’s. They are affordable, virtually maintenance free and easy to install. But do they deliver, what they promise? Actually, most of these panels produce the indicated watts, with a big caveat: in summer under ideal weather… Continue reading Solar Mumbo Jumbo
Watch all my videos on YouTube! Solar Power has put Vandwelling within reach of ordinary people. So, with full-time RVing in mind, I have begun with the installation of some solar components. DISCLAIMER: I’m not an expert at this and this is not a How-To guide. 12V can KILL you; consult an expert first. The… Continue reading Solar Controller & Breaker Box
Watch all my videos on YouTube! Boondocking is the primary use of this stealth van, yet a 15 amp RV hookup cable will be installed to connect the electrical system to the grid, when hookups are available. Commercial campgrounds have never been my favorite places to stay, as I prefer the immersion that only nature… Continue reading RV Hookup Cable
Modified Sine Wave inverter.
After the decision to buy the Samlex 450w inverter, it was a matter of ordering on-line. I received the SAM-450-12 Modified Sine Wave Inverter this morning and by all means, it’s a fairly small and lightweight device, but that’s to be expected when we’re dealing with these small loads. No remote start is included, but… Continue reading Samlex SAM-450-12 Modified Sine Wave Inverter
I’m just at the beginning of the conversion of my cargo van and the decision about the final design of the electrical system is still a long way off. I had to rethink the design again, as I’m preparing for my first multi-day trip with the van. The Electrical System I have long envisioned a… Continue reading How A Simple Inverter Saved My Day!
PREVIOUS: RV Electrical System: Sizing Now that we have a good understanding of the intricacies of a well-designed electrical/solar system for an RV, it’s time to select the actual components for my upcoming Ford Transit cargo van conversion. Considerations The goal I’m striving for, is a fully electrical, self-sufficient van/RV that can handle a minimum… Continue reading RV Electrical System: My Setup
PREVIOUS: RV Electrical System: Design Batteries Central to the system and most visible are the batteries, which have to supply the electricity during the days when a hookup is not available. Two basic types are currently used in RV’s: Lead-Acid Batteries Types: Starting Battery – Use only to start the vehicle; its plates are too… Continue reading RV Electrical System: Batteries & Solar Panels