I came across this interesting You Tube video from a guy who calls himself “Master Luke.” It shows a 24 foot cargo trailer that he made into a totally solar-powered RV.
The entire roof of the trailer is covered with solar panels – 3,130 watts worth of them.
And then in the basement he has banks of inverters, chargers, batteries, meters and switches.
The Roadtrek eTrek we drive has a 5,000 watt inverter, a diesel generator and about 250 watts of solar power. But I reckon that we can get more practical RVing use out of our rig than he can with his. That diesel generator charges those batteries very fast and the 250 watt solar panels really help keep the batteries toped off. I suppose if stuck in the woods and the diesel tank runs dry, we'd be pretty limited after a few days but don't see that as a very likely situation we would be encountering anytime soon.
But, the installation in this video is very impressive and I think it shows how solar is getting more and more viable for many. I think of applying what he has done in this video to a cabin out in the middle of the Michigan Upper Peninsula woods.
And being off-grid is, well, just very cool.
What are your thoughts on this setup?
Here's a second more in depth video he did on micro inverters, which he briefly shows in the above video.