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What does Solar Ready RV Mean?

“Some RV manufacturers do a cheap, lackluster job and create more questions than solutions.”

Solar Ready RV means that your RV has been pre-wired to easily accept solar - most of the time. Pre-wired doesn’t mean the same thing for all RV manufacturers. Some RV manufacturers make it easy to harness the power of the sun by providing plugs, wiring and all the connections that are ready to simply Plug-N-Go with specific solar systems. Some RV manufacturers do a cheap, lackluster job and create more questions than solutions. We want to help answer your questions and hopefully provide you a quick and POWERFUL solar solution to help you thrive off-grid.

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What Can Solar Do?

If you’re remotely interested in boondocking or dry camping you should consider solar to help fuel your adventure. Solar is a quiet and clean way to recharge your batteries from daily use giving you the power you need to run all your devices. Doing so can also increase the life of your battery and prevent you from paying good money for electrical hookups saving you loads of cash.

Boondocking or Dry Camping is camping in remote places or campgrounds that do not have electrical, sewer or water hook-ups. You and your RV are fully self-sufficient. 

Increases Battery Lifespan

Solar increases the lifespan of your batteries by keeping them as full as possible.
A properly sized battery bank tied with a properly sized battery bank will increase a common lead-acid battery’s lifespan to 5 to 6 years as compared to 1-2 for most RV’ers.

Reduce or Even Eliminate Generators for Green, Clean Energy

Solar is powerful enough to reduce and entirely remove generators from RV’s. No more fumes or maintenance to worry about using nasty chemicals.

What does a Solar Ready RV plug or connection look like?

RV manufacturers are using 3 different Solar Ready connections, two of them are a good way to make solar easier, the third is lazy and shouldn’t be considered RV ready.

Solar Ready Sidewall Ports

This is by far the most popular option you’ll see on RV’s that come pre-wired as solar ready. It’s also one of the less expensive options that do a good job of giving the RV owner a fast, easy way to get connected to solar. It’s also a good option for the majority of RV’ers here in the U.S. that are weekend warriors or only do a few weeks of camping. However, for those of us who want all the creature comforts of home, or do extended camping trips, these sidewall ports generally won’t cut it. 

Solar ready sidewall ports are used to connect smaller, Portable Solar Systems. Now we have to be careful when we say small because the majority of campers can easily get by with under 200-watts of power and Zamp Solar’s 180-watt portable is a very powerful option. But if you need a larger system or you don’t like the hassle of a portable system you will need a Roof Mounted Solar System

Common Branded Solar Ready Sidewall Ports

Zamp Solar - Solar Ready Sidewall Port

Zamp Solar pioneered the use of solar sidewall ports. They have the largest selection of portable solar systems available. They are US-made and have the cleanest, best-built portable we’ve been able to find. Any Zamp Solar Portable will connect directly to any Zamp Solar ready sidewall port. 

Zamp Solar solar ready sidewall port on Forest river travel trailer

Go Power - Solar on the Side

Go Power has slowly been getting better with their portables, they have a small selection and have really just copied Zamp when they can. Personally, we don’t like their wiring as it feels cheap and has stress points of failure, their charge controller isn’t weatherproof and overall can be recognized as a Chinese import. Go Power’s sidewall port is an exact replica of Zamp Solar’s port and you can use any of Zamp Solar’s Portables on a Go Power solar on the side port.

Go power solar on the side solar port looks just like a Zamp solar sidewall port

Furrion - Solar Port Inlet

Furrion deals with many imported products. We’re surprised there aren’t more options when it comes to portable solar systems. This port looks good but the quality could be much better. Quick note - Furrion solar ports are fused with a 10-amp fuse, so you have to change the fuse out if you want to use any portable solar system over 140-watts. 

Use Zamp Solar’s Furrion Adapter to use any Zamp Portable on a Furrion Solar Port. 

Furrion Solar Ready RV Solar Port for portable solar

Common RV Brands and What Solar Ready Sidewall Port They Use

Airstream Solar Ready Sidewall Port

Airstream uses Zamp Solar’s sidewall port on most if not all of their travel trailers. Sometimes this port is installed directly on the side of the trailer and sometimes it’s installed on a bracket located on the tongue. 


Forest River Solar Ready RV

We see that Forest River RV’s use both the Zamp Solar sidewall port and the Go Power Sidewall port. 

forest river solar ready rv port with stickers

Keystone RV Solar Ready RV

Keystone RV’s have used Zamp Solar sidewall ports for years but they also use Go Power and Furrion on a few models. Ton’s of options!

Jayco Solar Ready RV’s

Many of Jayco’s that we see come with Go Power’s solar on the side port.

Solar Ready Roof Ports

RV manufacturers that really get their customers understand the value of what solar means and can do for their customers. Manufactures like Airstream, 4-wheel camper, Eclipse, Keystone and Northwood all have models that are built with solar systems or components integrated in. For SERIOUS solar power a key component needed is a solar roof port and proper wiring. These ports can generally handle up to 400 to 500-watts of power and sometimes more. 

An RV with a solar ready roof port and pre-wired for solar will only require installation of solar panels and a charge controller. These kits are referred to as Solar Ready RV Kits. They take one of the largest headaches and time from installing a solar system and that’s routing and wiring everything up. A HUGE time saver. There are two main solar roof ports that you’ll find on RV’s.  

Zamp Solar’s Solar Ready Roof Ports - 1-Port, 2-Port or 3-Port

Again, Zamp Solar has been a pioneer when it comes to RV solar systems. They have the largest selection of solar roof ports with 1, 2 and 3 port versions. Zamp also uses properly sized wires for the job. We see so many bad wiring jobs from the manufactures and dealers we had to make a video about it - 

What to look for when buying an RV with pre-installed Solar!

 

Go Power - Wired for Solar

Go Power uses a common port used on commercial applications. The plugs used on their panels are called an MC4 connection. The roof ports look good and they are just as easy to connect as a Zamp system. However, many of the MC4 connections can only handle a 10awg wire. That’s too small of wire for a solar system much larger than 320-watts. We commonly see Go Power systems using 4 panels connecting to the 2-port roof cap using a Y-parallel connector that will never reach its full performance. Small wires simply restrict your solar input. 

Go power wired for solar roof port for solar ready rvs

Coil of Wire - “Solar Ready”

Yes, we have seen this, and this has got to be the laziest way to wire and RV up for solar. Basically, the RV manufacturer has cut a piece of wire and put one end up by the roof and the other end down by the battery - that’s it. No wiring, no roof port, no battery connection. Just a wire. You might have this type of wiring if you see a sticker that says solar wire located behind this wall or some direction as to where to cut a hole in your roof. At this point, you’re basically doing a full solar install. We recommend checking the size and quality of the wire used to make sure it will work for your needs. Replace if needed. 

Solar Ready System Sizing

Solar Ready Sidewall Ports - Any sidewall port we’ve written about here can use any Zamp Solar Portable system. For more information on sizing a portable system to your needs check out this post - What Size Zamp Portable Solar Panel Kit Should I Buy?

Roof Mounted Solar Ports need to have a solar panel, mounting feet, and a charge controller. Find those kits here - Solar Ready RV Solar Kits. Any solar ready kit can be expanded by using a Solar Expansion Kit. To explore what size you might need please check out this post - Which RV Solar Kit is Right for Me?

Installing or Connecting to a Solar Ready RV

Find helpful information on installing solar here - RV Solar Installation Tips

Find loads of helpful videos here - https://backcountrysolar.com/pages/videos

SRRV KITS

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    115 Watt Solar Ready RV Solar Kit 15 Amp for Zamp Solar Pre-Wired RVs - Solar Ready RV Solar Kits
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