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Improve Your RV Adventures With This Technology

Improve Your RV Adventures With This Technology

Solar Panels for RV’s

No matter what kind of RV/Trailer you have, I hope to show you how you can improve your RV adventures with this technology and give yourself more travel options that are not dependent on hooking up to a land-line power source.   But first, I hope you don’t mind this little detour.  I found it interesting and I hope you do too.

A Brief History

I think there are just some stories that need to be told and I hope you will find this as interesting as I did.  So here we go.

This is not the whole history of solar power.   How could it be, Solar Power, in some way

Archimedies Heat Rayor another, (not solar panels), has been used to heat water, start fires, and Historians claim that Archimedes, who was a Greek inventor, used solar energy in the 3rd Century BC.

He apparently destroyed enemy ships with fire using a “heat ray”, which supposedly was made from a collection of mirrors that focused the sunlight onto the ships. Whether or not this is true, in reality, is uncertain.Experiments have been done in an effort to verify this and it seems that it could have been a reality.

So, it seems that people have been looking for ways to harness the sun’s power for many centuries and is some ways have succeeded.  As a matter of fact the history of, what’s called photovoltaic energy or solar cells, goes way back to 1876.

So, it seems that people have been looking for ways to harness the sun’s power for many centuries and is some ways have succeeded.  As a matter of fact the history of, what’s called photovoltaic energy or solar cells, goes way back to 1876.

But the history of the solar panel is much more recent and didn’t start developing until the mid-1870s.  It was first called “Photovoltaic Energy” or solar cells, back in 1876.

It all started when a fella named William Grylls Adams, along with Richard Day, one of his students discovered that when Selenium was exposed to the light of the sun it would produce electricity.  The first cells weren’t that efficient but it was proved that light, on its own, could be transformed into electricity.

Fast forward to 1953 when three men, Gerald Pearson, Calvin Fuller and Daryl Chapin,the first solar cells - Calvin fuller, Gerald Person nad Daryl Chapin were able to produce a silicon cell that could produce enough electricity to run small devices.  

The New York Times said that this new solar cell would be  “the beginning of a new era, leading eventually to the realization of harnessing the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization.”  If they only knew what they were saying.

In 1956, the first commercially made solar cells became available but at a cost of $300, for a 1-watt cell, well it pretty much put it out of reach of the average person.  Also, in 1956, the first solar cells started being use in toys and radios.

first solar powered satellite

Late 50’s and early 60’s – During this period the US and the Russians started using solar cells in their space programs and in the late 60’s solar power became the standard for powering satellites that were sent into space.

By the early 70’s solar panels were becoming cheaper through the discovery of a new process that brought the price of $100 down to $20/watt.

From the 70’s to the 90’s solar cells started being used in all kinds of applications, from railroad crossings to being used in desert regions where they were used to power pumps to pump water to areas where conventional power couldn’t be used, and  Australia was using them in microwave towers to increase the communications capabilities.

In an effort to keep this short,  this technology is being used widely today to power high-solar power planesflying airplanes that have flown higher than any plane, except the Blackbird.  They have been used in specially designed cars and the cost is now so low, solar power has never been so inviting.

But wait…with advancements in this technology we are now seeing screen printed solar cells and a solar fabric that can be installed on the side of a house and, get this, solar shingles?…WOW…seems like the possibilities could be endless?  I guess we will have to wait and see.  Maybe we CAN get away from carbon-based fuels, (Solar Paint for cars? Already a reality. Google it), but probably not for another few decades…who knows.

So, here we are in the present and whether you have a Motorhome, 5th Wheel, Travel Trailer, Tent Trailer…no matter what kind of RV/Trailer you have, this technology has great potential improve your RV adventure.  

This technology will give all RV’rs a new sense of freedom to discover places and do things that may not be possible if you need to be attached to a landline source of power.  A lot of people are already using this technology.

Our RV’s give us the freedom to travel almost anywhere we desire.   However,  camping 150 Watt, 3-Panel Folding Solar Unit Free Shipping! – Overland Solar.com“off the grid” or “off the cord”, (also known as “Boondocking”), presents a new set of opportunities to travel and see things we may not have seen otherwise.

But along with these new opportunities for travel and sight-seeing, comes a new set of issues surrounding available power sources because, as you know, we all like to have as many comforts of home at the campsite, as possible.  Well, at least some of us, (ME), do.  To be able to do that, when off the grid/cord,  we have to find a new power source.

Well, that’s where Solar Panels come in.   Now, I have nothing against gas generators, (except that they can be noisy and they pollute the air),flexable solar panels on RV and I believe it’s all about personal taste and maybe even budget.  Solar panel systems have quite a price range as well. Depending on what your needs are, they’re a very practical alternative.
– They help extend the life of the RV battery
– They make for quiet camping without the noise of a gas generator
– They give RV’rs a real opportunity to experience a trip that involves “Boondocking”
– This is VERY GREEN technology.  In other words, it’s good for the planet.

Whatever your type of camping lifestyle, there is a solution or system for everyone’s needs.
– systems for the basics like charging batteries and running lights and fanssolar panels on RV
– Portable systems so you can stay in the shade and still have power for basic needs
– There are systems that are flexible – fit to the shape of your roof – and can be installed with screws or adhesive.  You can even walk on them and they’re easy to keep clean.
– Battery chargers for a weekend outing or a trickle charger for your RV battery.

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or an extended trip that covers thousands of miles, there is a system for everyone AAANNNDD, as I already mentioned…it’s environmentally friendly and that part is good all around in our world today.

Check out my reviews on a couple of options that I think are worth a look for those that are concerned about helping to clean up our environment and having a better RV experience.  As always…DRIVE SAFE AND HAPPY CAMPING.

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