Hybrid RV Solar Systems
RV and Marine Solar Power Solutions

A solar-recharged battery system offers the freedom to run lights, refrigerators, fans and electronics anywhere the sun shines – even remote locations.

The Go Power! line of products are used to supply both AC and DC power and can be installed in all types of RVs, trailers and boats.

Go Power! inverters, chargers, batteries and solar charging kits are the professionals choice and are used in installations where more dependable power is required.

An "RV system" (small boat and cabin systems are practically identical) can mean different things to different people.

It might be just a small 5-watt panel that keeps the battery charged up between a few trips a year or over the winter.

For someone living in one full time, it can mean 900 watts of panel (or all that will fit), a large battery bank, and an inverter.

Nearly all solar panels are designed to withstand water and salt spray use, and all but the smallest have a 20 to 25 year warranty.

Go Power! on Batteries, Watts, Amps and Volts.mp4 http://gpelectric.com/products/1500-w... This video will go through a complete installation of our 1500 watt pure sine inverter (GP-SW-1500).

The installation will include our Go Power! Inverter Install Kit (GP-DC-KIT3), with #2 AWG cables and a 200 amp class T slow blow inverter fuse. We will also show how the inverter is boxed and some simple power testing

How Solar Works
Who is a Hybrid RV Solar System for

Camper Vans with limited roof space, campers with limited roof space or limited battery storage, larger RV’s that camp in shady areas but want additional solar power to charge their batteries (just set up the portable solar panel in the sun for extra power).

(Note: permanent mount solar systems still charge your batteries in the shade, but at a much lower rate than if they are in full sun).

How does a Hybrid RV Solar System work?

When you install the permanent mounted solar kit you will also use the 10 gauge wire to attach the solar input side of the charge controller to the sidewall/roof port that gets installed on the lower side of the RV (not more than 10′ long).

Now you’re ready to take advantage of both systems – simply fold out the portable solar panel and plug it into the sidewall/roof port for extra power when you need it.

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What Makes Solar Kits Work Well For RVs?

Solar kits for RVs are designed to provide many of the required components that an end-user would need to have the solar panels installed on their RV roof.

These permanent mount solar panel kits should not be confused with the portable solar kits, you can learn more about these in our portable solar guide. These are solar kits for RV use.

We get a lot of questions from our customer about what is in an RV solar kit.

Chad lays out each of the components that you will find in a standard base kit.

These include panel, brackets, connectors, MC4 Solar cable, charge controller, and installation manual.

Adding One to your RV, Here are the basic components of a Solar Kit:

DIY Solar Panel System Wiring Diagram

This is an exact diagram of how I wired my complete solar panel system from the solar panels to the charge controllers to the batteries to the inverter.

I also explain the purpose and wiring of the desulfator and Battery Tender trickle charger.

If you are looking for a simple to follow, beginners understanding of solar panel system wiring this should help

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DIY Solar Panel System Wiring Diagram

This is an exact diagram of how I wired my complete solar panel system from the solar panels to the charge controllers to the batteries to the inverter.

I also explain the purpose and wiring of the desulfator and Battery Tender trickle charger. If you are looking for a simple to  


- My Solar Panel System Wiring Diagram: http://i1338.photobucket.com/albums/o...

- Grape Solar 250 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006...

- BZ 500 MPPT500 Watt PV Charge Controller: http://www.bzproducts.net

- 6Volt Rayovac Ultra Pro Golf Car Battery: http://www.batteriesplus.com/product/...

- Samlex PST-150S-24A 1500-watt 24V Pure Sine Wave Inverter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003...

- Battery Tender 24 Volt Battery Charger: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002...

- Battery Saver Desulfator: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003...

- 24" Starter to Switch Battery Cable: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

- 6 AWG Multi Strand Copper Wire, 60 Feet: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003...

- KIll-A-Watt Meter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

- 35 Watt & 200 Watt Fuses: http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_enc...

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A complete Solar System

Click on the presentation below to use our interactive "Solar Set Up" diagram and learn how solar is integrated in your RV's electrical system. 

You can choose to interact with the diagram: 1. slide by slide, just press the    button or 2. Zoom in and out of the images by clicking inside the RV or descriptions. 

You will see the connection between the solar module, solar controllerbatteryinverter, converter charger and more!

 

 Press the 'play' button to get started.

 

If you are using an iPad or iPhone you may not see the presentation below.  You can download the free iPad app.

http://gpelectric.com Confused by products rated in watts, volts, amps and how they relate to solar power?

This short video by Go Power! uses a gas tank analogy to explain how these units of measuring electricity are used in the mobile solar power industry.

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Note: Go Power solar kits are designed to charge your batteries to 100%.

Go Power utilizes 3-stage charging: Bulk, Absorption and Float. At 100% charge, the solar controller will drop to a float voltage of 13.7V to prevent over-gassing of batteries (excessive loss of distilled water in battery).

Go Power! on Batteries, Watts, Amps and Volts.mp4

Confused by products rated in watts, volts, amps and how they relate to solar power?

This short video by Go Power! uses a gas tank analogy to explain how these units of measuring electricity are used in the mobile solar power industry.

This video will review some of the best practices for battery selection. www.SolarPenny.com Visit us online at www.SolarPenny.com - Video is for basic product information only.

Go Power! 1500 watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter Product Installation

 This video will go through a complete installation of our 1500 watt pure sine inverter (GP-SW-1500).

The installation will include our Go Power! Inverter Install Kit (GP-DC-KIT3), with #2 AWG cables and a 200 amp class T slow blow inverter fuse.

http://gpelectric.com/products/1500-w...

This video will go through a complete installation of our 1500 watt pure sine inverter (GP-SW-1500).

The installation will include our Go Power! Inverter Install Kit (GP-DC-KIT3), with #2 AWG cables and a 200 amp class T slow blow inverter fuse. We will also show how the inverter is boxed and some simple power testing. Note: This install is NOT applicable for the GP-HS1500 (High Surge model).
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The solar module converts a portion of the sun’s energy into DC electricity and this electricity, or specifically the current, travels to the battery via a conductor - usually copper wire.

The battery stores the current as amperage, similar to a gas tank storing gasoline.

A battery is also designed to produce voltage which, when combined with amperage, gives power.

The battery power may be used at any time to operate devices connected to the battery.

When a battery is receiving and storing current from the solar module, the battery is referred to as being charged or charging.

We love being out there, in the wild and so while staying in a campground with lots of amenities and full hookups has its allure; our absolute and favorite type of camping is Boondocking or as we like to say, Wild Camping!

There is nothing better than driving deep into the wild where the views are never ending and the sounds are au nat-ur-el! Plus, it's usually free (yep the free camping part is definitely a bonus)!

Sure there are no hook ups (water, electric, cable or sewer), but it doesn't mean you have to live like a heathen. Spend a day in the RV with us as we live "off the cord" at Fishtrap Lake BLM near Spokane Washington.

Boondocking with Solar - Wild and Free Camping in an RV