This review will cover 3 solar panel systems that include all you need to give you the freedom to use your AC and DC appliances anywhere and the simple touch of a button makes them easy to operate.
Solar Extreme – This is Go Power’s largest solar and inverter system on the market and can produce enough power to run up to 3000 watts of appliances and/or electronics at a time depending on exposure to the sun as this and the other systems are roof mounted. This system has the potential to charge your battery bank and a rate of 27 amps per hour and gives you the flexibility between the sun and shore power.
This system includes:
– 3X160 Watt panels = 480 watts
– 3000-watt pure sine-wave inverter for AC power
– 30 Amp pulse width modulated digital solar converter
– 75 amp smart battery charger
– 30 amp pre-wired auto shore power/inverter
– DC inverter install kit
– inverter remote on/off
– 50′ of output cable, (#10), and all mounting hardware
– Warranty: 25 years on power output module and 5 years on the controller
The cost from Amazon.com is $3679.99 USD. Expensive? Yes, but considering the benefits of extended travel with no real limits to where you can go, (except maybe terrain), and the cost savings of shore power, it wouldn’t be long before it paid for itself.
– 2 X 160 watt Panels = 320 watts
– 2000 watt pure sine inverter and everything else you need to hook up the inverter and solar system to your batteries and the necessary parts to install the panels on the roof of your trailer.
– no fuel, no noise, and no maintenance
The cost from Amazon.com is $2724.85 USD
– 1 X 160 watt panel = 160 watts
– 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter but does not include a “Go Power Smart Converter Charger” however, the system can be easily integrated with the stock converter.
– The cost from Amazon.com is $1605.75 USD
– This system can be easily upgraded to a full-time system with the addition of one or more expansion kits, (up to 480 watts)
These three systems are top of the line, complete packages, that come with all the parts you need. The only drawback is that you have to get them either through Amazon, (as pointed out above), or through a dealer, such as a local RV dealer, but the website will help with that as well with the “Find A Dealer” button.
The only con for these systems is that they are mounted on the roof of the RV/Motorhome and would not be exposed to direct sunlight for more than a few hours at a time and, if you happen to be in a place where you are shaded by trees, you would get even less exposure. However, with that said, these are powerful units and are still an option for those who want to be totally off the grid. Just find a place where there is good sun exposure and you won’t have anything to worry about.
So, why should you purchase one of these products? For starters, solar panels are an environmentally friendly source of power, there is no noise, no carbon footprint, and best of all, no generator that will require maintenance…which can be expensive.
Secondly, each system comes with its own inverter, sized correctly to provide maximum power for your individual needs. With up to 480 Watts, when totally exposed to the sun, and a 3000 Watt Sine Inverter, you will be able to run your television and other appliances anytime of the day or night and your RV batteries will be fully charged when it gets dark.
Third, with a solar power system, you can pretty much go anywhere you want and you don’t need to worry about having enough power to supply your needs when off the grid/plug.
I hope this review has been helpful and, as always, if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below. I will respond to all comments as soon as I am able. In the meantime, DRIVE SAFE AND HAPPY CAMPING.