"My RV Solar Kit Installation is complete. Three days in the infield at the Autoclub Speedway NASCAR race and I never ran out of power. Thanks Renogy!"-James Gerhard from La Crescenta, CA
"We live 100% off grid in our 304 sq. ft. tiny house. When researching solutions for our energy needs, we looked into 3 main factors: (1) Quality, (2) Customer satisfaction, (3) Reliability. The name "Renogy" kept coming up in our searches in the off grid and tiny/micro living blogs/social network web sites."-John Kernohan from Georgia, CA Read more
"We live 100% off grid in our 304 sq. ft. tiny house. When researching solutions for our energy needs, we looked into 3 main factors: (1) Quality, (2) Customer satisfaction, (3) Reliability. The name "Renogy" kept coming up in our searches in the off grid and tiny/micro living blogs/social network web sites. After doing our own research, we felt very comfortable in investing into Renogy brand products to meet our solar energy needs. Additionally, Renogy's support and customer service has proven itself to be unsurpassed. They (Renogy) held our hands through the entire installation process & helped us with trouble shooting when the optimum solar cycle changed during the winter months. Additionally, it is not uncommon for Renogy to call us if they see we called after hours and we did not leave a voicemail message. In closing, Renogy products have proven to be a BIG solution for our tiny house's solar needs."-John Kernohan from Georgia, CA
"I'm using Renogy to power my "Tiny Home" adventure and I found you after months of research! There is no doubt that you are THE BEST in the market place and I would highly recommend that people save themselves time and aggravation and BUY your products immediately! Best customer service. Quality product!"-Steve Santagati
"We are having a great time with our solar panel and can't wait to order more. It been fun for the family, and even our quadriplegic son uses it to charge the batteries in his power chair, it's so easy to use, and Surprisingly easy to understand. We will definitely buy more in the future; we are dreaming of all the possibilities!"-Lori Conway
"I was very happy with how quickly Renogy got the panels to us. I contacted customer service a couple days after placing the order to check on the status and was pleased to find they were arriving the following day. We had the system and panels professionally installed, which I thought was a sound investment. There's a lot that can go wrong when you start drilling into the roof of an RV and the addition of inverters and batteries gets complicated quickly. We have this kit on our Navion RV with 4 6volt batteries and a 2000-watt inverter/charger and the system has been working very well for us. The Meter is a worthy addition so that you know your system is working."-Anonymous
"We use our vintage RV for our Astronomy outings and mostly dry camp for a week at a time under a dark sky. During the day ran a generator to keep the battery charged, it was a noisy process. With this solar panel our friends aren't annoyed with our noisy generator. We even removed the generator.This was easy to install and has kept my 12v battery fully charged up. I built a stand to set it on the ground and keep it facing the sun. I had some aluminum U channels and hinges to make the stand so the legs fold up behind the panel for easy storage."-Anonymous
"I purchased this kit and it came quickly. It was packed good and was everything that the web page said it would be. It appears to be well built and it works flawlessly even in cloudy weather. I use it as an emergency backup generator. I correctly have 2 12v deep cycle batteries, a 2,000 watt and an 800-watt inverter tied to it via the charge controller. I just keep it topped off for when I may need it. I am very satisfied with my purchase and will add some more panels to it."-Anonymous
"I am very happy with the quality and price of this setup. Everything, including the controller seems to be first rate. It is easy to set up and use. I purchased this product for an extended trip in my Volkswagon Vanagon, and with this "kit" and my auxiliary battery I will be able to run my refrigerator, cooling fan, and laptop, as well as recharging my laptop and camera batteries, as long as there is sunshine. Because it is folding it is easy to find storage space for it. Very happy with it! The Renogy customer support team was very helpful providing additional information prior to my purchase, and a pleasure to deal with."-Bruce Smith
"These panels are awesome. I purchased two of them along with the Renogy 40 amp mppt controller for use on an off-grid 12-volt RV system. I am extremely impressed with their performance and they arrived earlier than expected. Shipping was fast and customer service has been great. They were more than happy to answer any questions I asked. I will buy from Renogy again and I will recommend them to others as well."-Anonymous
"I bought this to install on the roof of my truck camper. Since I'm often in the middle of nowhere, I wanted something that would keep the house battery in my camper topped off as much as possible. This absolutely satisfies that need. On a bright sunny day, at peak hours, with the solar panels mounted flat on top of the roof, I'm getting about 15 amps. Sometimes slightly more, sometimes slightly less.15 AMPS!-Brennan Nance Read more
"I bought this to install on the roof of my truck camper. Since I'm often in the middle of nowhere, I wanted something that would keep the house battery in my camper topped off as much as possible. This absolutely satisfies that need. On a bright sunny day, at peak hours, with the solar panels mounted flat on top of the roof, I'm getting about 15 amps. Sometimes slightly more, sometimes slightly less.15 AMPS! That's as much as a standard household electrical outlet. On days with a solid layer of thin clouds I get between 7 and 10 amps. On very very overcast days I still get about 5 amps. So It's always giving me at least some power and seems like it will as long as the sun continues rise each day. They rest of the day (non-peak hours when the sun isn't as high in the sky), it's still giving me good solid power and doesn't really stop until sunset. During the day, I never worry about have to worry about draining my battery. It keeps the batteries topped off no matter what I've thrown at it so far, all the way up until just a couple hours before sunset when my typical power usage begins to become more than the panels are producing. During the day, I run as much as my 100-watt stereo, my laptop (on a power inverter), a roof vent fan or propane furnace, the camper's water pump, cell phone charger, and range top vent fan all at once and I'm still getting more amperage from the panels than I'm using. So basically, with 1 x 120 amp/hour deep cycle battery and these 3 x 100 watt solar panels, it's almost hard not to keep the battery fully charged during the day time when the sun's shining. Night time, however, is a different story. It's pretty easy to kill that single battery dead in one night if I'm not at least a little careful. But every morning, after just a couple of hours of the sun being up, the battery is back up to at least 11.5 volts and then continues to charge to 14 volts where I have the controller set to go into float mode. The controller is almost always in float mode by 10am.
When I first bought this set up, I was a little worried about the controller. A lot of people talk about how much better MPPT style charge controllers are than the PWM style controller that comes with this kit. I myself have no real complaints about the charge controller that comes with this kit. It's worked flawlessly for me so far (about 5 months of daily use). The price difference between this controller and the MPPT controllers is pretty substantial, so I have no intentions of switching any time soon. I don't feel the need really. I suppose if you're only buying 1 x 100-watt panel, you'd want to get the most out of it that you possibly can, but with 300 watts of panels, I'm finding this controller does just fine for me. The only little complaint I can come up with is that the instructions that came with the charge controller sucked. I still figured it out fine after playing with it for a bit. It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it.
This kit comes with most of what you need, but there are still a couple of things I had to buy separately to finish the installation of this. You'll need 1 fuse/fuse holder for the positive wire in between the charge controller and the panels to protect the charge controller and the wires from overheating in the event of a short. I used a 20-amp tube fuse for this. Then you'll need another fuse/fuse holder going from the charge controller to the battery. I used the same type of fuse for this on the positive wire from the controller to the battery.
Then to install the panels up on the roof, I bought some 3M VHB (very high bond) tape to put between the feet of the mounting bracket and the roof of the camper. I used that in combination with the great mounting screws provided with this kit to attach the panels to the roof. Then I used Dicor Lap Sealant to seal around the edges of the brackets and keep water from seeping in around the new holes in the roof. This method has worked perfectly. The panels are still mounted solidly after several thousand miles of highway and off road driving.
All in all I'm very happy with this kit. It's made it so much easier to camp off the grid. The only thing I would ever need a generator for now is running Air Conditioning. A/C units draw a really big load that would be really expensive to cover with solar power. But I don't even have an a/c unit on this camper so no need for a generator at all now that I have these panels. I never have to plug into an outlet anywhere really. Now, all I need is a water purification system and a composting toilet and I'll never need to stop at an RV park ever again! The joys of not spending $30+/night on RV accommodations :)"-Brennan Nance