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Even capturing a small portion of the energy of the sun is enough to provide electrical power for most appliances and accessories without the need to fire up the generator or plug into shorepower.
Solar panels can be mounted by drilling into the roof and using screws and/or industrial-strength adhesive tape on flat, smooth surfaces. Most panels for RV use come with mounting hardware and cabling to the combiner box.
Wiring is a big factor in solar systems. The key is to use as heavy-gauge wiring as practical to keep voltage drop between the roof-mounted panels and the batteries at less than 5 percent. Clean wiring from top to bottom reflects the professionalism of an installation. Note: The complex system shown is part of the AM Solar test and demonstration hardware at its headquarters and does not reflect a typical RV installation.

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