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Recommended Roof Mounted Solar Power Solution for RV

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I was interested in just buying basic solar panels for the roof of my rv any help would be beneficial.

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Without knowing what your coach is equipped with in terms of inverters, battery bank size or existing plug and play solar ports the likely best solution is going to be a portable system like the Go Power Portable Solar System with Digital Solar Controller - 90 Watt Solar Panel # 34282729. This is a nice system that will help keep your batteries charged. This won't be installed on the roof but can be stored during travel and then taken out at your campsite to help keep the batteries charged up while you're at your destination; this will connect directly to your batteries.

If you still want to go the roof then something like the Go Power Overlander Solar Charging System with Digital Solar Controller - 190 Watt Solar Panel # 34282181, which will work to charge your batteries and comes with a solar controller included. This system is ideal for 2 battery banks at minimum and can charge up to 4 batteries.

If you don't have an inverter and want to be able to power appliances as such that require AC power then you'll need a system that comes with an inverter included. You can get the same Overlander system with an inverter included with part # 34282183. If you've got 4-6 batteries in your coach then the # 34282184 would be a better fit with 380w of solar power provided.

I've linked some helpful articles on solar power that you may be interested in, since they'll help you figure out how to calculate exactly how much power you're going to need. If you can provide me with the number of batteries you've got in your coach and a rough estimate as to how much daily power usage you experience I can help you locate another system that might better serve your RV's needs.

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