Solar Power

Solar power is our main source of electricity and we’ve learned way more about it over the years than we ever wanted to! From our current sailboat and past RV Solar Setups to explanations on what it is and how it works, we try to keep things as simple as possible with these complex systems. Click on any of the posts below for more information on solar, inverters, chargers and panels.

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116 Comments

  • mansha brothers

    February 6, 2017 Reply

    no doubt Solar energy is the future. Wynns are doing very well when it's come to the solar installation. keep it up.

  • Joseph Hatfield

    January 27, 2017 Reply

    how much would it cost to have the whole solar set up you have but with 4 flex solar panels for an rv thats maybe a little over half the size of yours

  • edmund samph

    December 10, 2016 Reply

    your video shows 6 solar panels but your listing of parts info to buy shows option 1) 2 panels with controller for 800bucks and option 2) 1 panel for 511$ but since the final install had 6 panels you have to ask how do you arrive at that total and is this a result of 3 purchases of kit # 1 or 809$ times 3 or 2400$ or is it one of kit 1 at $809 (2 panels) plus 4 of kit #2 at $511 each =2000$ approx plus $809 or close to 2800$ but this option only has one controller since the single panels do not come with a controller. The prices and math are confusing enough when you decide to install more than 2 panels.regarding your video, since panels are flexible and you are worried about long term wear and tear, what's to stop you from putting a protective sheet of acrylic or polycarb over the cells so they can never get damaged? Seems to me like your video was just begging owners to come up with their own protective covers of translucent protective plastic of some kind, then when it gets damaged replace it, much cheaper than replacing the solar cells.

  • Bria Evans

    November 21, 2016 Reply

    What about using wind power to charge batteries when on the road?

  • erwin

    November 16, 2016 Reply

    I wanted to know what voltage is your power system.

  • Lucile

    October 11, 2016 Reply

    I think this is among the most vital information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The site style is wonderful, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

  • Kyle pettit

    September 11, 2016 Reply

    Great stuff. Thank you. I have 200 w solar system with mptt charge controller. I have 2 new Trojan t105 6volts 225ah Batties in series. My controller has settling for 220 or 230 but does not have settings for 225. Is it ok to set it at 230 or should I set it to 220ah. If it's not right at 225 will it damage them?

  • Kim Holland

    August 19, 2016 Reply

    Is it better to put your inverter outside (under the cab compartment) or would it be better to place it inside if the distance from the battery is just a very small amount farther. I know closer to the batteries is good, but what about the heat and cold underneath? Have 2 places picked. The underneath compartment to the left of the door, or under the sink cabinet just above. Would love your advice.

  • simon

    July 26, 2016 Reply

    hi guys love your stuff thanks for all the solar info and your sailing vids i enjoy the fun attitude you both have

  • Anita Tash

    July 24, 2016 Reply

    We do not move our RV. We live in a private campground. Will our solar requirements be different?

    • Jason Wynn

      July 24, 2016 Reply

      If you have sun and you unplug your RV, solar will help reduce your electricity bill. That said it'd take a lot of solar panels so you'll have to do the "if it's worth it" math.

  • Will van der Meer

    July 4, 2016 Reply

    Hello There ,thanks for the informative side,I love the idea of being aerodynamic ...
    I have a 2014 2500 with a 170 wheelbase,the roof has groves and so my question is will this fit with the Mercedes Sprinter?
    Or do you know of a solar panel that will

  • Hansi & Jacky

    June 7, 2016 Reply

    Hi Nikki & Jason
    First I would like to thank you for your very helpfull and easy to understand Blog and of course your Videos. We have learned a lot for our upcoming adventure, we is a Swiss Couple who is living in Thailand and will come to the US for year and half to travel in an rv.
    We would like to buy a Bounder 33c (thats why we found your website, reserching for Bounder's) and install a solarsystem. I asked the Dealer for support and he told me that it will be a warranty void if I am going to install or rewiring anything. You made the Installation in a Fleetwood Factory Center, did they tell you anything about warranty voiding?
    Thanks in advance!

  • Kristen Crabtree

    May 30, 2016 Reply

    We are starting off on our adventure in September... probably going on the road for a year. We will be in a 30 foot toy hauler and a truck. We want to be off grid and mostly boondock. Your blog has been incredibly helpful, and we are wondering who you recommend to do an evaluation of what we would need in terms of solar, and who to do the install? Thanks so much! Hope you are enjoying your sailing adventure!

    • Jason Wynn

      May 30, 2016 Reply

      Kristen,
      If you're in FL the team at Just Catamarans is amazing. They have recently started installing RV tech and I feel 100% confident in their know how. If you're not in FL, I would contact GoPower! if you're planning to purchase their gear, they can help send you to a dealer near your home. Good luck and thanks for the kind comments.

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