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RV solar! We finally installed solar panels on our toy hauler. Full time RV living is so much easier with solar. It's definitely not cheap but is a great investment, especially if you love boondocking.If you have been watching the channel for a while you know that we had a solar system installed on our last rig (Keystone Cougar). We swapped rigs over the summer and acquired a toy hauler with a built-in Cummins Onan 5500 generator. This has made it possible for us to boondock without solar and save up money for our full solar install. In the video we talk about lithium vs lead acid batteries, where we went to get the panels installed, and show you all the basics of our system. Hope you enjoy and please don't forget to SUBSCRIBE!
Hey everyone! My wife and I are new RVers prepping for full time starting this August. We intend on boondocking as much as possible, so naturally I'm trying to learn about solar. Let me tell you, my head is SPINNING. I've been researching pretty heavily for days and I'm really not any closer to figuring out what to do. Some say atleast 200w, others say even more. Everyone says don't buy Harbor Freight, so that's helpful. Looking at systems, these buggers are expensive. I'm perfectly capable of installing a setup myself (and even have some knowledgeable help), but I'll say right now a $2500 system is NOT in the budget! I don't mind having to run the gennie a few times a week, but want to stay away from the several hours twice a day deal that many are describing without solar. Could I get some help? I'd love to list our RV and expected electrical usage and maybe get some guidance on a good system or two? We have a 1993 Tioga Montara Class C, 23'6". One 12v house battery - do we have to add another? I don't have a good spot for a second, the current one is housed under the top step and there isn't any more room We will be moving with the weather, staying away from very cold and very hot climates as much as possible Will be swapping to all LED interior lighting - I suspect we will have two lights on for maybe 3 hours a day (we enjoy other light sources and use mostly candles for light in our home) Electrical panel for the fridge Water heater - I doubt we'll be using this often, water is easily and cheaply heated over our outdoor wood stove. Easy to pop on the gennie if we have to have an indoor shower (we love gym memberships for the free showers after a nice workout!) Water pump - This one is hard to say how much we'll be using, but I will have a water setup outdoors for dishes and general washing Window fan - I have a hard time sleeping in the heat and need some airflow. A small 12v fan propped in the window running at night will do the trick A/C - will only be used when our gennie is running or attached to shore power Furnace - We have a great little portable catalytic heater we can use instead of the furnace TV - I'd love to be able to run a small LED TV, say 20" or so. We enjoy watching movies now and then. So lets say we watch a movie twice a week. If I can get a solar setup that can handle this, I'll snag a 12v TV. If not, will just get a regular one and run the gennie for movie watching Small portable electronics, such as laptop/tablet/cell phones - I'll have one or two large powerbanks for charging these. Will charge the power banks while at work (we'll be working part time). Would be great to charge the banks occasionally off solar Hopefully I have everything covered? We're long time "stealth" campers, but this is our first foray into RVing. Thank you in advance to everyone for your help! I'm sorry to say I wasn't able to come to a reasonable conclusion on my own. Here's our new home, our first night boondocking on the drive home to Denver from Dallas