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Best Solar Panels for RVs

Find the best solar panel for RVs, campers, or motorhomes

Written by Lisa Iscrupe

Edited by Hannah Hillson

Last updated 06/09/2022

6 min read

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Best solar panels for RVs 2022

Solar panel CapacityPrice*DimensionsWeightBest for
Renogy Flexible Solar Panel100 watts $18047.9 x 21 x 0.08 inches 4 lbs Portability, extremely lightweight
WindyNation Solar Panel100 watts $100 39.2 x 21.3 x 1.0 inches 13.3 lbs Affordable and sturdy
ALLPOWERS Portable Solar Panel100 watts $180 37 x 37 x 0.39 inches 5.29 lbs Foldable for easy storage
ECO-WORTHY Solar Panel100 watts $90 39.8 x 20.1 x 1.4 inches 18.9 lbs Ideal for low-light areas
HQST Solar Panel100 watts $90 40.1 x 20 x 1.18 in 12.8 lbs Sturdy, budget-friendly solar

*prices accurate as of publication

Pros and cons of solar panels for RVs

Pros Cons
Less expensive than solar panels for home Need to be able to install yourself
Weatherproof against rain, snow, and wind Shorter warranty than residential solar panels
Some RV solar panels are sold as a kit You may have to buy accessories separately

RV solar panels FAQs

  • RV solar panels cost between $75 for a single panel and over $1,000 for a multipanel RV solar panel kit. Solar panel kits cost more because they include many of the necessary components that are sold separately from individual panels. You could spend as little as $75 on a cheaper RV solar panel with a lower capacity if you only need to power a few appliances during the occasional camping trip. If you are consistently on the road or need a high-capacity option to power your RV, a solar kit may be a better solution. Solar panel kits range in cost from $200 to $500 and normally include one or two panels, a charge controller, and solar cables. Frequent travelers may also want to consider a portable solar battery as well.

  • Investing in solar panels for your RV can lower energy costs in the long run. Over time, solar panels can reduce how much you pay for electricity in your RV, camper, or motorhome. 

    What’s more, travelers, campers, and residents living in remote locations can lower their dependence on the electric grid with solar panels. Two to three RV solar panels will provide enough energy to power small appliances for the average consumer. You’ll need to invest in additional panels or solar batteries if you want to live completely off the grid in your RV.

  • Solar panels for RVs are an affordable way to invest in green energy without breaking the bank. It’s important to research a panel’s capacity to ensure it will work for your energy consumption habits. RV-dwellers, travelers, or campers are more likely to recoup the low upfront cost of their solar panels quicker than homeowners.

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