Are you a motorhome enthusiast seeking to enhance your travels with sustainable and independent energy solutions? Look no further than solar panels! In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the world of motorhome solar panels, exploring their benefits, options, and what you need to know to make the right choice for your adventures on the road.

Understanding Motorhome Solar Panels

Motorhome solar panels function similarly to residential solar installations, capturing sunlight and converting it into electricity. This renewable energy source allows you to power your onboard appliances and devices, offering freedom from traditional grid reliance, especially when exploring remote or off-grid locations.

A couple sitting next to their beautiful Ford motorhome outside in a pine forest enjoying the outdoors with constant flow of electricity thanks to EcoFlow power station and EcoFlow solar panels


The Importance of Size and Setup

When considering solar panels for your motorhome, size matters. Most RV solar panel setups are designed to recharge leisure batteries and power smaller devices, as they typically have limited roof space. It's crucial to calculate your power needs and choose the appropriate panel size to meet your energy requirements efficiently.

A motorhome outdoors complete with an EcoFlow power station and solar panels. An open sliding door of the van is exposing a control unit

Evaluating Your Usage

Before diving into solar panel installation, evaluate your travel habits and usage patterns. If you frequent remote locations or prefer off-grid camping, solar panels offer significant savings compared to traditional petrol generators. Their silent operation adds to the convenience of enjoying nature without the noise pollution.

If you primarily stay at campgrounds with electrical hookups, the upfront costs of solar panel installation might not be justifiable. Consider your travel style and destinations to determine whether solar panels align with your needs and budget.


  • Consider your travel habits and destinations.
  • Assess the frequency of off-grid camping versus staying at campgrounds with electrical hookups.
  • Determine the types and power requirements of appliances and devices you use while travelling.
  • Evaluate your energy consumption patterns throughout the day.

Contact us today to help understand your power usage and tailor a solar solution to meet your needs.

Exploring Portable Power Stations

Portable power stations like EcoFlow offer versatile alternatives to traditional solar panel setups. These compact yet powerful solutions can be charged using existing solar panels on your motorhome, providing flexibility and convenience during travels.

An EcoFlow power station

Integration with Existing Systems

If you already have solar panels installed on your motorhome, integrating them with a portable power station is feasible. By connecting the portable station to your leisure battery during sunlight hours, you can harness solar energy to recharge your batteries and power your devices. Alternatively, installing a switch between your existing solar panels and charge controller allows you to direct solar power to either your leisure battery or the portable power station.

Maximising Roof Space

For motorhome owners with ample roof space, maximizing energy generation involves careful consideration of solar panel options. Portable and rigid solar panels each have their pros and cons that cater to different preferences and needs.

Rigid solar panels, while typically costing less per kWh, require mounting using mounting brackets. This installation method often involves drilling through the roof, which may be acceptable for some users but avoided by others who prefer not to tamper with their vehicle's roof structure.

Alternatively, semi-flexible solar panels offer a convenient solution without the need for drilling. These panels can be mounted using adhesive, eliminating the requirement for mounting brackets and drilling through the roof. However, you'll still need a pathway for the solar cable to run from the roof to the batteries. This may involve creating one hole in the roof or exploring innovative solutions like EcoFlow Super Flat Cables, ensuring a streamlined and hassle-free installation process.

By weighing the advantages and considerations of each solar panel type, motorhome enthusiasts can make an informed decision that aligns with their preferences and installation requirements. Whether opting for rigid panels with mounting brackets or semi-flexible panels with adhesive installation, maximizing roof space for solar energy generation enhances independence and sustainability during your travels.

Make sure to use a high-strength adhesive for securing your solar panels! We recommend Sikaflex 554 adhesive, renowned for its durability and reliability in mounting solar panels securely on the roof of your RV, motorhome or a camper van (campervan).

There are also flexible solar panels available and you might consider them as an alternative to semi-flexible ones.

A flexible solar panel on a motorhome is a great way to optimise your roof space without compromising the energy output

Cost Considerations

While installing a solar panel system on your motorhome can lead to long-term savings, it's essential to weigh the upfront costs against potential benefits. Consider your travel frequency, energy needs, and budget constraints when making this investment decision. Additionally, explore potential incentives or rebates available for solar panel installations to offset initial expenses.

Whether you're a seasoned motorhome traveler or embarking on your first adventure, solar panels offer a sustainable and cost-effective solution for powering your journeys. By understanding your energy needs, evaluating available options, and considering integration with existing systems, you can harness the power of the sun to enhance your motorhome experience.

Do you have questions about fitment, calculating power usage or best products to fit your needs? Contact us today!

February 21, 2024 — Nik Rusakov