If you’re looking for a great way to get off of the grid, converting your RV with solar panels is the way to go. There’s lots to be learned about solar equipped RVs, how best to do it, what the benefits are. We’re here to break down what you need to know first. Here’s to the endless possibilities that a DIY Solar RV brings.

Why Solar?

What’s the difference between solar for your home and solar for your RV? Nothing really, just the size of the panel. You’ll need different equipment for each, but they still function relatively close to the same. RV panels for your home and RV still convert the sun’s light into energy to be used.

The energy is converted to electricity for your RV to run off of. When the panels collect the sunlight, it gets passed through the solar system, and creates a current. The charge controller then regulates how much current runs to the battery of your Solar RV. If you have needs for DC and AC power, a solar inverter can create both.

If you’re going to run a whole RV solar system off of solar power, you’re going to need an inverter. AC and DC power runs different things. AC power is for things like phone chargers, laptops, small kitchen appliances. Solar panels even send the collected energy to your battery, and it will be stored to power your RV later.


If you want a way to enjoy your RV but be able to get off the grid, and no longer depend on a hookup, going solar is a great way to go. You’ll have to take some time to figure out just how much power you need to run everything you use in your RV. More than likely you won’t generate enough power to do everything you need to, like cook a dinner, and take a shower, and charge your laptop.

The cost of installing solar panels, can initially stop some people from investing, but in the long run going solar will save you time and money. It’s a greener way to get out and go camping.

What do you need?

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to outfitting your RV with solar panels, getting in touch with your local solar RV equipment supplier is key. They’ll help you with everything you need, and can eve handle install for you. They’ll give you a number of panels they recommend for what you’d like to be able to do with your solar power. DIY Solar RVs are a great way to get out and off the grid, without a dependence on RV hookups.