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by Guest Author: Gavin Dye
Today's travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes can include everything from satellite television and central air conditioning to built-in electric fireplaces. However, these RVs have one major disadvantage; they require large amounts of electrical power to operate.

RV Solar Panels can help you produce some of this electrical power, for free. The solar panels take the energy from the sun and convert it to electricity for you to use regardless of where you are.

Your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel can be limited by its onboard battery capacity which will quickly be run down when powering these larger loads. These large RVs require a generator to power their major appliances and air conditioning loads when not plugged in at an RV park. The problem with a generator is that is can be noisy, and if your looking for the peace and quiet of the great outdoors, you don't want a generator chugging away in the background.

An RV Solar Electric Panel can help you with this and let you run your appliances when not plugged in at a park, this is also silent, free and environmentally friendly.

The panel will normally be mounted on the roof or truck bed, and many companies sell a RV Solar Electric Kit that can make the installation of the panels easier. Some kits are also specially designed for your make of RV.

Most kits that you can buy will come with the following:

* A panel, which size depend on how much power you need. A mounting kit for the roof off your RV.
* A solar electric panel controller for regulating the charge from the panel to the batteries.
* The wiring you need to install the panels into your RV

Naturally you will have to take a look at how much power all you appliances need, what type of RVing you do, for example do you spend all your time away from a hook up point or just some of the time. This will guide you to a kit that will provide you with enough electricity through solar energy for all your appliances.

If your not confident in installing the panels or have questions about the size of panel you should buy, I would highly recommend getting a trained professional to do it for you, as they will have all the right tools and knowledge to get it right first time.

Another option that you could use along with the panels is to buy a portable wind generator that will help to provide you with power for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

The same options can be used to provide solar electrical power to your boat or yacht.

About the author:
Gavin Dye is the webmaster & Author at where you can learn more about
solar power and alternative energy. Also check out his blog at


Note from Steven & Fran: We offer web space for guest author articles because we believe there is always room for another viewpoint and because we surely don't know everything there is to know about RVs and the RVing lifestyle. in that spirit we invite you to submit your own articles. We're happy to give you credit and provide a link to your website.

You may also want to read: RV Electrical Systems - the Basics and RV Batteries - the Basics

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