Solar power is a popular option with caravanners and people who own motorhomes, and there is little surprise why. Not only do these solutions offer to save a significant amount of money on power for frugal travellers, but this also means complete independence when travelling, which is even better.
Of course, solar power products to choose from on the market are numerous, and selecting the right solar panels can be difficult for anyone who is not fully informed about the technology and the advancements being made all the time in the field. With this in mind, here are some tips for any caravanner looking for caravan solar solutions but not sure where to turn.
Firstly, it is absolutely imperative to read up all you can on the best products and best practices for using solar solutions and other power solutions when travelling. There are many panels out there on the market and many solar systems, as well as other power systems which are essential for powering your caravan.
Knowledge is power, and this is certainly true in a marketplace whether there is a lot of information and a great deal of difficulty deciding which information is valid or not. It is suggested to seek the opinions of caravan clubs and associations as well as solar power experts in order to be fully informed about the options available to you at any time.
The next tip for anyone looking to install an efficient caravan solar solution is to find a reputable and reliable solar power supplier to buy from. There are many great suppliers out there who are genuinely interested in the efficiency of your caravan power solution, and will recommend and sell you a system that absolutely and thoroughly meets your needs.
On the other hand, there are also some suppliers who are motivated to only sell the latest products without taking into consideration the specific needs that you have. The best indicator of a supplier with your interests at heart is someone who knows in depth about the solutions they are selling and is not afraid to point out the advantages and disadvantages of each solution they can offer.
They should also be able to respond to your technical questions accurately and with ease, and be able to give you accounts of other customers with similar needs to you own when it comes to finding a caravan solar solution for their caravan. In this regards, customer testimonials can also be useful indicators of an excellent, reputable supplier.
The next tip is to make sure that you calculate your power usage before you start shopping around for solar panels and a supplier. This is the most fundamental aspect of finding the right solution, as your level of power consumption will absolutely find the type and size of solar panel that you need.
This can be calculated with the help of an expert – often for free with a free consultation- or on your own. You can check your real power consumption during a vacation on site, or by estimating it as accurately as you can from the power ratings on each item of electrical equipment that you use in your caravan. Again, if you do this by yourself, your local caravan association may be able to help.
Lastly, it is essential to bear in mind that the solar panel is the number one most important thing that you should be focused on getting ‘right’. Although many people invest in caravan solar solutions every year, many people spend a lot of money on the wrong solar panel for their needs. This is why it is important to calculate your power usage and choose the right supplier.
Take the time to learn about the different solar panels available on the market so you know in advance what is potentially right and wrong for you, then go on to seek expert advice so that you can make the best investment of your money and enjoy all the benefits of solar power in your caravan.