For many families, going on a vacation is both a distant memory as well as an unrealistic future. The reason why I say this is because many families are not in the position to go vacationing with their RV (recreational vehicle) because of the high costs involved. Maybe you enjoyed “getting away” with your family or friends in the past but times have changed, the economy is crumbling and every dollar needs to be accounted for.
One cost saving solution is to invest in RV solar power to offset the costs associated with going on vacation, whether you are a single person or have a family. Using the suns rays as a source of power is a smart thing to do, especially in these turbulent times. If you have only been paying attention to the sun when you are at the beach trying to get a tan, it’s time to step up and use the suns power for more effective means.
Now, even though I have been talking about RV solar power in the context of vacationing, powering your recreational vehicles with the sun can be used in a whole manner of vehicles. RV’s are not only limited to land vehicles such as motor-homes, pick-up campers, caravans, and travel-trailers. They also encompass ocean recreation vehicles such as motorboats, sailboats, and other types of watercraft. All these vehicles come with a cost and solar power can reduce on these costs if used in a smart way.
The best way to use a RV solar panel is for a land vehicle such as a motor-home. These are usually large, bulky and need a huge amount of energy to run it, even when off the road. Using a ready made solar panel or by building one yourself and mounting it to the roof of one of these vehicles can save on expensive generators needed at camping sites and power all your appliances.
But you cannot just run out and buy (or build) a RV solar power cell as you need to consider a few things. You will need to know the amount of roof space on your RV that is available to mount the solar panel onto. It is important to have an estimate of how much power you are going to need for the various appliances at the camp or while on the road. And last of all, you will need to know the weather conditions and estimate the average amount of direct sunlight for the duration of your journey and stay. All three of these things need to be taken into consideration to get the most out of your solar power and to enjoy your vacation to the max.
Even though I have raved on about how solar power can help save on costs associated with RV vacationing, I must be clear, the savings will only be realized if you regularly go on vacations. If you only go on one every few years, then investing in RV solar power may not be for you, as there are upfront setup costs involved in using this power source. If you go on a vacation multiple times per year, even if it is only once or twice a year, and you predict you will be doing so for many years to come, then RV solar power is an excellent choice and a worthwhile investment.