Many caravan and motor-home drivers have a perception of solar photovoltaic panels as an expensive addition to their leisure vehicle, and trawling through the jargon could prove more of a headache than a remedy for their problems. However, this is not the case, far from being costly and inconvenient, today's technology is cost-effective, and once fitted requires virtually no maintenance.

Solar panels are an efficient and economical way of recharging batteries in motor-homes and caravans when an alternative source of power is unavailable, allowing the freedom to camp away from electric hook up.

Issues to think about

There are a few crucial issues that can trip up a first time buyer of solar panels, but hopefully our guide can help you through them. The first important point to make regards the wiring of your system. Solar panels obviously need to be wired to the battery banks of your caravan or motor-home. This is done via a solar charge regulator. If you have any doubts at all about completing the task yourself, we strongly recommend that you consult a professional installer.

Choosing the size of your solar panel or panels depends on what you intend to use it for, and how long you intend on camping without using electric hook up or other alternative sources of power. The position and type of panel you require is normally determined by the available roof space, as well as your own personal preferences.

Should you be thinking about installing solar panels on your vehicle and have any questions, you should contact an auto-electrician specialising in motorhomes and caravans, who could then discuss with you the options that are available to you.