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Tips To Keep Your RV Energy Efficient

Solar RV Appliances - Save On Amps
There are energy efficient appliances, and then there are appliances that use alternative sources of energy. The Solaris solar lantern is equivalent to a 40-watt bulb, bright enough to cook and read by. Coleman’s Freeplay radio has a small solar panel mounted on top to charge the battery inside. And the Sidewinder cell phone charger gives you unlimited talk time when your batteries run out.

Skirt your RV and Insulate Windows - Keep The Heat In
If you’re camping in one spot for more than a few days, consider “skirting” your RV. This will reduce heat loss through the floor and will keep the cold winds from blowing under the RV and right up through the floor. Insulate your windows – you can buy inexpensive plastic windows that will Velcro in place. Purchase or make insulating covers for your skylights and roof vents.

Clean the AC Filter, Vents and Screens - Keep The Heat Out
Be sure to keep the inside air filter in your AC unit free of dirt and dust. Keep your window screens clean, and the windows functional. You should also clean your roof vent covers. If you park out in the sun during hot weather, keep the shades down during the day. Attic fans are a great alternative to AC when the temperatures are moderate, and they can be added to almost any RV.

Maintain the RV Air Conditioner

RV air conditioners should be maintained regularly, as they have many complex parts. The filter should be changed or washed at least once a month. The RV air conditioner’s efficiency could be badly impaired if the evaporator coil is not kept clean and free of damage. The gasket seal between the ceiling and the bottom of the unit should be checked regularly, since a lot of condensation could occur due to the external location of the unit.

RV Solar Energy Panels
Getting a solar system that works well for you will depend on how much energy you use. A 75-watt panel is usually enough for lights, a radio and a small TV. Start with two panels if you’re going to be running a furnace blower or evaporative cooler. Many of these kits produce DC power only – if you would like to run AC appliances you’ll need to buy an inverter.

Get and RV Generator
The RV class generator is the only way to go for your motorhome. Portable or “contractor grade” generators typically have cruder engines and are noisier, running twice as fast as RV generators and in so doing creating even more noise. RV generators are much easier to muffle, and have about three times the horsepower of portable generators.

Keep your RV energy efficient by keeping your electrical demands as low as possible. Remember that when you make a campground hookup, you don’t want to be demanding too much from your feed. Make use of awnings and other covered areas to keep cool in summer, and in winter, insulate your RV against the cold weather.