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Caravan solar off-grid systems offer caravan owners the chance to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Australia’s countryside, even in the absence of readily available power sources. Given Queensland’s fantastic climate, leveraging the abundant sunshine for your caravan’s energy needs makes perfect sense during your travels.
Solar power system operate by harnessing the power of the sun to charge a battery within your caravan. While solar energy may not suffice for every appliance onboard, it proves more than capable of powering essential components such as lights, television, refrigerator, hot water system, fans, USB chargers, and various 12V appliances.
It’s important to note that for any device to function on solar power, it must either be inherently 12V compatible or necessitate the inclusion of a converter as part of your caravan solar system.
The effectiveness of solar power hinges on your caravan being equipped with one or more solar panels, responsible for converting sunlight into electricity. This generated power is then stored in a battery within your caravan.
In the presence of sunlight, your caravan can venture off the grid, allowing you to explore as much of Australia as your battery storage capacity permits. This is why we highly recommend incorporating as many solar panels as possible into your system, ensuring optimal efficiency during your travels.
Embarking on a journey into the world of solar system for caravans is not only thrilling but also opens up boundless possibilities for venturing off-grid with your caravan, motorhome or RV, complete with all the amenities, including that perfect coffee machine.
At Oz Caravan World, our team of specialists is dedicated to guiding you through the entire process – from designing a tailored caravan solar system to the purchase and seamless installation. The choice of the right company for your solar off-grid system installation is crucial, considering the significant investment involved. Below, we offer insights into what you can anticipate when partnering with Oz Caravan World.
Experience and a proven track record of caravan solar off-grid installations are vital. Caravan solar systems convert power to 12V and therefore are all about performance which relies on the right installation, using appropriate materials to maximise every ray of sunshine into your battery. The location of components and quality of cabling all influence the performance of the system.
The journey starts in understanding the customers needs and how the system will be used. This translates to design and then purchasing all the right components that make up your system. Our specialists will assist you through this process with a view of working within your budget. For larger installations, it is imperative to calculate overall requirements in order for the design to perform as required.
Each individual component of your solar off-grid installation plays a critical role in the performance of your system. This is where the phrase “you get what you paid for” comes to life. Remember that a reasonable component of your overall cost is installation and cabling. As such, selecting high-quality solar panels, batteries, charge controllers, and inverters are the building blocks of brilliance.s
In the enchanted realm of solar nomads, whispers carry tales of installer prowess. Listen to the praises sung by fellow travellers – read reviews, seek recommendations. A trail of delighted adventurers is a sure sign of an installer’s magical touch.
Your solar journey is an ongoing tale, and the installer’s charm should last beyond the initial encounter. Choose a company who offers reliable after-sale support. A professional company who will pay as much attention to you when a problem is encountered as they do when they are selling you the system.
Our team of solar off-grid specialist installers are ready to guide you through the design, selection process, and installation of your caravan solar off-road system custom made for the needs of you and your family.
We get asked this question every day and the response varies based on the your knowledge, system complexity, and budget.
Unlike any other specialist field, setting up a solar system is a specialised areas and can pose challenges, especially for inexperienced installers. While the installation concept may seem straightforward, several factors, such as cable choices and equipment compatibility, can significantly impact your system’s efficiency.
If you have any doubts before wasting money, don’t hesitate to contact our expert installers at Oz Caravan World. Be confident that your installation will be handled professionally, ensuring your system optimally utilizes every ray of sunshine captured by your solar panel.
A charge controller also known as a battery charger and or regulator, is a small box that is placed between the solar panel and a battery. The charge controller stops batteries from being overcharged and ensures they don’t get damaged. It does this by regulating the amount of charge coming in from the panels.
There are two types of charge controllers to consider: Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) controllers and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) controllers. PWM charge controllers are an older technology and are cheaper, but less efficient than MPPT charge controllers. Both are widely used, have similar lifespans, and preserve the life of your batteries.
Charge controllers are sized based on the solar array’s current and the solar system’s voltage. You typically want to make sure you have a charge controller that is large enough to handle the amount of power and current produced by your panels.
An inverter converts the direct current (DC) produced by your batteries or solar panels to alternating current (AC) so you can use them for your 240V appliances whenever you go off the grid. Generally for caravans and recreational vehicles you will require an inverter that converts 12V DC to 240V AC.
So what this all mean. Put simply if you venture into your favourite off-grid camping area and you want to use something that requires mains power, then you will need to have an inverter as part of your caravan solar system installation. This will allow a device with a normal 240V socket to be connected to your inverter using your caravan battery.
Seen all over residential roofs, the solar panel for caravans is very similar to the one at homes. Solar panels are generally installed on the roof of your caravan for hardtops, alternatively they can be portable or fixed to your vehicle.
How many solar panels you need, will depend on the appliances that will use it and how long you plan to be off-grid, remembering that your battery is being charged every time the sun is shining.
Your solar system is made up of at least one battery with around 100-amp hour of capacity. For more and if you have the space, you can add another battery. Batteries range in price starting with the less expensive acid batteries which are larger and heavier to Lithium batteries which are more expensive but smaller, lighter and better performing.
Difference Between Fixed Panels and Portable Panels?
Generally speaking, fixed panels are extremely convenient as they are always charging whether you are driving or camped. Fixed panels are also safer as they are mounted to the roof of your caravan.
Portable panels are somewhat more flexible as you can easily adjust them to always face the sun, but they need to be stored either inside your caravan or in your vehicle. There is the option of installing the panel to the roof of your car, providing it is safe and then having a connection between our panel and the regulator so that the battery is still charging when you are driving.
Lithium batteries provide a worthy alternative for caravans for anyone looking for a solar system that will be responsible on your caravans’ overall weight. Lithium batteries can weigh as much as 60% less than your traditional lead-acid batteries.