You might be wondering why people add a solar panel to their caravan or motorhome, well there can be several reasons, depending on how they use their vehicles.
At its simplest, fitting a Solar Panel will ensure that your leisure battery has a full charge when you come to use it (provided it’s not stored under cover), so those motor movers will work when you need them. Helpfully, the electronics needed to charge your battery from a Solar Panel are more sophisticated than the chargers that come with most Caravans or Motorhomes as standard. This has the effect of extending the life of your battery.
If you normally have a pitch with an Electric Hookup when you are using your vehicle, that’s probably as much as you will need a Solar Panel to do, so for you, a smaller panel which is lower cost is ideal.
Things to note:
Off Hookup benefits
If however you do visit sites with no Electric Hookup, this is when a Solar Panel or two can really enhance your trips. In this situation, the idea is that during the day, the Solar Panels are charging up your Leisure battery (or batteries), replacing the electricity you used the night before. If you have no Electric Hookup, the only other way to charge your batteries would be with a noisy Generator or remove the batteries to a battery charging point if one is available.
In this case the panel/s you would need would be bigger and more expensive. The exact requirement can be calculated based on the things you use in your caravan and the size of your existing battery.
I fit Solar systems supplied by SunStore one of the UK's premier suppliers of tried and tested systems. I aim to fit the panel/s and associated components and wiring as discrete as possible, most of the time you won't know its there, you'll just have ample power for your needs.