Frequent Questions: System

How will my alternator interact with my system? 
Our systems are designed to work in conjunction with your vehicle’s alternator.  You will not need to disconnect your solar system when charging your battery bank with an alternator.  You can have both sources running at the same time.  With lithium battery systems we occasionally install an alternator disconnect switch.

How will a generator interact with my system? 
Our systems are designed to work in conjunction with a generator.  You will not need to disconnect your solar system when using a generator to power AC loads or charging your battery bank.  You can have both sources running at the same the time.

When do I need to turn off my solar? 
The short answer is never when outside.  A well-designed RV solar power system will have a charge controller that automatically detects when your batteries are at full charge, and tapers off the charging current from your solar panels to prevent overcharging.

When stored inside a garage or covered area, you will want to turn your solar OFF at the circuit breaker (or remove fuse) to ensure the solar charge controller doesn’t become a load on your house battery bank. Your normal house disconnect switch will not turn OFF your solar.

Frequent Questions: Service

Do you do installations? 
We do complete system installs, but you will want to set your appointment several months in advance.  Our installation department is always running at full capacity, and it isn’t unusual for us to be completely booked out six months into the future.

What do you offer for warrantees? 
Many of our components have their own warranties underwritten by the manufacturer, which range from 1-5 years with some proration; and, we do our best to ensure that all components are properly installed to the specifications. Our workmanship is 100% guaranteed, aside from normal wear and tear that transpires with RVs. Vibration and stress can cause connections to loosen over time, and we expect RVers to periodically have check-ups performed.

Frequent Questions: Misc.

How will your systems handle in the event of an EMP? 
An EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) can be the result of a solar flare or nuclear blast.  Coils, long runs of cables and microelectronics are especially susceptible to the damaging effects of an EMP. Solar panels would most likely be able to survive anything that your DNA can survive because solar panels are essentially just flat sheets of silicon.  Charge controllers, converters and inverters, on the other hand, would not fare as well because they contain coils and microelectronics.  One way to protect these components would be to enclose them in a grounded Faraday cage, which is basically a metal box with a cable going to a grounding rod.  Considering how impractical this would be in an RV, and all the bigger problems you would have with every other system being destroyed in your RV (and the world around you for that matter), we recommend just avoiding EMPs.

How much lithium battery capacity do I need to run an air conditioner? 
As a rule of thumb we recommend 200Ah of lithium batteries for every hour of run time for a standard RV air conditioner.

I’m living on a fixed budget and I want to get rid of my energy bill.  Is solar a good option? 
Most of our customers buy solar equipment because it gives them the freedom to camp without shore power or to reduce the amount of time that they have to run a generator, not because it is cheaper than the utility company.  That being said, if you are a full time RVer, and the system we install dramatically reduces the number of times per year you have to pay for a full hookup, you could see a shorter payback period with your RV system than you would with a residential solar system, only because full hookup camp sites charge you for a lot more than the value of the utility power you consume.  An RV power system will cost between $5,000 (really roughing it) to about $25,000 (most of the comforts of home), and that amount of money could pay for a lot of energy bills.