What can RV solar panels run?

Solar panels make it possible to go boondocking in your RV or to help save on the battery power used to keep appliances in the RV running. Most RV solar systems produce enough energy to operate the unit’s lights, televisions, and small appliances. However, the energy produced by this solar panel is not enough to run the heater, air conditioner, or refrigerator. So, What can RV Solar panels really run?


Solar panels for RVs vary from small setups capable of powering lights, fans, and televisions to more extensive systems designed to recharge batteries and power refrigerators and the heating and cooling system of the RV. Solar panels also help charge cellphones, laptops, tablets, and toy batteries. 

Though a basic solar panel is not strong enough to operate a refrigerator, it can run small electric kitchen appliances, such as blenders, coffee pots, and microwaves. 

Using solar panels to operate the smaller electronics in your RV provides many benefits. Common benefits include:

  • Not needing electrical hookups
  • Less of a need for gas-powered generators
  • Free power
  • Less maintenance
  • Extends the life of the RV’s battery

Choose to use two or three solar panels, with at least 250 to 400 Watts of power each. You should have enough solar energy to operate appliances, such as your refrigerator, water pump, furnace, and air conditioning. 

Adding solar power to your RV allows you to hit the open road without worrying about when you will have access to a power supply. Solar power provides freedom, especially for outdoor enthusiasts who love boondocking and exploring far-out places. Additionally, your solar power provides power day and night for recharging and operating smaller items during your travels. 

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