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Many are using solar power for their RV’s more and more every day. Green seems to be the word of the day as people look for ways not only to save money but to decrease their footprint on the environment. What better way to do just that than using the sun to power our RV’s.
That’s why, in this “Go Power Solar Systems” review, I want to 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.
Gas generators work well when we are off the grid but they also increase our footprint and, in my humble opinion, should only be used as a back-up plan like, when there is not enough sunshine to do the trick.
As I mentioned earlier, Green seems to be the way to go in this day when many are concerned about Global Warming and the effects carbon monoxide and other “Greenhouse” gasses are having on climates and weather around the world. Go Power seems to have one of the better options. Yes, they are on the higher end of the spectrum but they are top quality and they have a pretty long warranty. they also have many options which include flexible panels.
Two more things. These systems, In my humble opinion, might be best suited for those of you that are “Full Timers” and are permanently wired into your electrical system. So, unless you are REALLY HANDY WITH ELECTRICAL STUFF, I would suggest having these systems installed by a professional.
Your local RV dealership should be able to do the job for you and they might even have some kind of guarantee on their service as well. In my next post, I will be writing about some less expensive alternatives that still get the job done. So, with that said, let’s have a look at Go Powers solutions to “Off The Grid” camping.
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 the solar panels and 5 years on the controller. The cost at Amazon.com is $3,629.99 US. Shipping is extra.
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 they have paid for themselves.
Solar Elite Charging System– 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 well… except for an occasional cleaning for max output.
This system ships through Amazon from several different sources and the prices do vary a little.
Costs range from $2,843.01USD from BZB Marine & RV in OH, United States down to $2,703.98 USD from BuyAutoTruck Accessories which is in Indiana. Shipping is extra.
Weekender SW Charging System – 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 at Amazon.com is $1625.99 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?
As I mentioned earlier, 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 any time 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.
UPDATE: After some further research I have discovered that these systems can be modified so that you can prop them up to get a better angle toward the sun in the afternoon. just make sure that you are parked in the right direction to take advantage of this option.
In this review I have covered three Solar Power options available from “Go Power”. These are only the tip of the topic when it comes to this kind of green energy. there are many other options. Go Power even has some cheaper options but, they don’t include everything that you would need If you are thinking of adding this as a permanent part of your RV electrical system.
I will be writing another post about those other options.
I mentioned it right off the top that Green is a growing option in today’s climate-conscious world and, as solar power generating systems become cheaper to manufacture, it becomes a better option for more people and what better way to diminish our footprint that to use it on our RV’s.
This is an especially important option for those who want to be totally off the grid and find out of the way places for new camping adventures which can also save us money. Boondocking… Camping for free. I like that idea.
I hope this review has been helpful and, as always, if you have any questions/comments please feel free to leave your comments below. I will respond to all comments as soon as I am able. In the meantime, DRIVE SAFE AND HAPPY CAMPING.