RV Solar Power Systems and Installation

A Belated Happy Solar Solstice

We’ve been very busy here at Precision RV.  From Arizona to Colorado, and finally on to California!  Sadly, we missed posting on June 21st, the summer solstice, but we wanted to make sure we mentioned it to you here.  See, the summer solstice is the longest solar day of the year.  And what does that mean to you if you have a solar power setup on your RV?

The summer solstice is the day you get the absolute most out of your solar power system in your RV!

No matter where you are in the continental U.S., the summer solstice offers you the longest amount of charging you can get!  And the winter solstice is the shortest amount of daylight you’ll see for the year.  So we’ve just passed the maximum amount of sun you’ll see in 2016.  Now we’re on our way to the shortest solar day of the year.  No, we’re not suggesting you start your holiday shopping now…..

Tracking your solar output

RV Solar Power Systems and Installation

Cloud cover, time of year, shadows, and more affect how much your RV Solar power system provides you.

If you’re an RV’er who really wants to know what your solar power system is doing for you, you can start tracking your daily output easily with your battery management system.  See how many amp hours you generate today.  And as the year progresses and the days become shorter, you’ll note that you’re putting out less power every day as we march toward December and the winter solstice!

Of course, you also need to take your current location into account.  If your RV is in the shade you won’t be putting out your maximum power every day.  And if you find yourself in a cloudy gray region you won’t be reaching your full potential.

A minimal solar power system is exactly that, “Minimum”

Often times we’re asked about building a “basic” RV Solar Power system.  Potential customers want to add the fewest number of panels as possible.  And that’s okay…..but how that system will perform might not be exactly what the customer hoped for.  You see, the more panels you have up top, the more power you can generate.  When you find yourself in a region with lots of cloud cover and rain, you’ll be producing more with 6 panels than you would with 2 or 4 solar panels.  The same can be said for the time of year.  During the summer that minimal system will be producing a lot more than in the winter.

Precision RV considers all factors regarding our solar installations.  From panel types to panel placement (to minimize shadows), battery types you’ll need for your custom solution, battery management systems, inverters, and more.  We even take into consideration the differences in solar output based on the time of year!  So before you decide to do the bare minimum on your RV power installation, get in touch with us today.