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Solar Panel Layout Guide for RVs

Solar Panel Layout Guide for RVs

What’s your roof got to do with it?

Getting started on the process of RV solar requires knowing what assets you have to work with. One of the biggest assets an RV owner has is free uninterrupted roof space. Learn how to maximize open spaces and fit your solar panels into the open areas you have to work with. The more solar you can add will mean the more DC electrical power you can produce. This is why it is important to put on your thinking cap ahead of time and create an RV solar panel layout.

The items are just the main ones that can and will break apart your RV roof into smaller less usable spaces for solar panels:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Vents
  • Fans
  • Drain & Plumbing Vent Pipes
  • Skylights
  • TV Antennas
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Satellite Antenna
  • Roof Racks
  • AM/FM Radio Antennas
  • Port Holes

Panel layout requirements may cause the need for more cabling

Keep in mind that some RVs will have obstructions that require panels to be placed some distance apart. It may require you to order additional MC4 extension cables to make the necessary connections.

You can download a copy of our New Updated Solar Layout Guide Below

Solar Panel Layout Guide for RV Roofs

This kit has now been updated to include the new Go Power 190 watt solar panel kits. This guide will be really important when looking at kits like the AE-4 and AE-6.

Installing RV solar panels

Updated Sample of RV roof adding panels using layout guide includes 190 watt panels.

Solar Panel Layout Guide

Update underway now to add the new Go Power slim 100 solar panels to the layout guide.

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55 Watt Flexible Solar Panel Kit
55 Watt Flexible Solar Panel Kit

Flexible Solar Kit : 55 Watts The 55 Watt Flexible Solar Panel Kit is the narrowest panel in the Go Power line-up. This panel is designed to fit in the most awkward of spaces. It’s ability to curve up to 30 degrees allows it to be installed on a boat, Airstream or any unconventional application. It can be affixed to a surface with either screws or glued down. Just remember, if it is being glued down, the surface must be prepped properly to have a secure mount.

Genesis Supreme installing RV rooftop solar panels
Genesis Supreme installing RV rooftop solar panels

Genesis Supreme solar panel system Some of the Genesis Supreme campers and fifth wheels come pre installed with a solar panel installed on the roof. Many of them use the 190 watt solar panel and the Go Power PWM 30 solar controller. This can be found on the Rev 1/22 manual on page 127 (Chapter 11 Page 9). Depending on your roof space and how many panels you have already installed, it may be possible to add additional solar panels to your Genesis Supreme.

Cabin Solar Guide
Cabin Solar Guide

Info on Building A Solar Cabin Welcome to the Cabin Solar Guide. We have sold tons of products to many cabin and cottage owners. They are a creative group of free thinkers. They have been a pleasure to work with all these years. In this cabin solar guide, I hope to share a bunch of info to get you started on your off grid solar journey. Most example will focus on cabins without other power sources.