Summer is nearly upon us. In fact, as the late Jim Steinman wrote, “It’s only two o’clock and the temperature’s beginning to soar”. RVers want to stay cool. Whether you spend most of your time in the rig, or simply want a cool, comfortable basecamp to return to at the end of the day, having the necessary power to start one or more air conditioning units is an important part of summer RVing. Everyone wants to stay cool in your RV.
There are all kinds of tips and tricks to stay cool in your RV, and we’ve discussed them here in the past. There is no substitute for a real air conditioner, however. What most RVers don’t realize is that running that A/C unit (or units) so you can stay cool in your RV isn’t that hard. It’s getting those air conditioners started that can be the real challenge, especially in low power situations.
Why Starting An Air Conditioner Is Hard
RVs will typically come with between 1 and 4 A/C units. A small pop-up might have 1 A/C unit, whereas a 45ft motorhome might have 4 of them. To power those A/C units, RVs will have commensurate power, typically a 30-amp or 50-amp power input. Although the power is sufficient to run those units, it’s not always enough to start every air conditioner in your rig, particularly if you are using the microwave or an induction cooktop at the same time.
The required amperage to start those units is just too high. This means that for a rig with a 30-amp supply, you might only get one A/C unit started. RVers that are powering their small travel trailers with a portable camping generator, like a Honda 2000, might not even get one unit going.
Is Solar The Answer To Stay Cool In Your RV?
The short answer is that it depends on the capacity of your RV’s batteries and solar panels and the power requirements of your air conditioner(s).
RV air conditioners require a significant amount of power to operate, and it may not be possible to run them solely on battery and solar power. However, it is possible to supplement your RV’s power supply with solar power and use your batteries to power smaller appliances and devices.
“The problem boils down to the fact that air conditioners require a massive amount of power, and solar panels have a low charging rate.”CamperSmarts.com
To determine if you can run your air conditioner(s) on battery and solar power, you will need to consider the following factors:
- Battery capacity: Your RV’s battery bank must be large enough to provide the power required to run your air conditioner(s). Depending on the size of your battery bank, you may only be able to run your air conditioner(s) for a short period before the batteries are depleted.
- Solar panel capacity: Your RV’s solar panels must be capable of generating enough power to recharge your batteries while also powering your air conditioner(s). The number and size of your solar panels will depend on the power requirements of your air conditioner(s) and the amount of sunlight available in your location.
- Air conditioner power requirements: You must determine the power requirements of your air conditioner(s) and compare them to the capacity of your batteries and solar panels. If your air conditioner(s) require more power than your batteries and solar panels can provide, you will need to supplement your power supply with a generator or connect to an electrical outlet.
In summary, it may be possible to run your RV air conditioner(s) on battery and solar power, but it depends on the capacity of your batteries and solar panels and the power requirements of your air conditioner(s). You may need to supplement your power supply with a generator or connect to an electrical outlet if your batteries and solar panels cannot provide enough power.
Solar cell technology and battery improvements have made solar power a viable alternative, especially for boondocking. Those improvements however don’t help the ever-present problem of starting that air conditioner. You might have all the solar and battery capacity available for a rig your size, however, you will not stay cool in your RV if you can’t get the A/C units started.
SoftStartRV Will Help You Stay Cool In Your RV
A/C soft starters have come onto the marketplace in force over the last few years. One company, SoftStartRV, has recently released their new 6-Step No-cut/No-splice SoftStartRV install. A SoftStartRV device added to each air conditioning unit on your RV reduces the needed startup voltage by up to 70%, allowing you to start multiple A/C units on less power. It also lets you start that small unit on your pop-up or teardrop trailer using the little Honda generator. SoftStart RV is proven technology with a proven track record. With the new 6-Step No-cut/No-splice installation, anyone can add a SoftStartRV unit to one or more of the A/C units in your RV.
No More Thumping and Clunking
Not only can you stay cool in your RV, but you can also do it on less power and get rid of that heavy thumping or clunking every time the A/C compressor starts up. Light sleepers will appreciate that!
As RVers, we often try to cook outside. However, not every meal can be cooked outside on the grill or over the fire. Sometimes you have to use the microwave oven or the induction cooktop in your rig. The last thing you want in the middle of preparing a nice meal is to have your air conditioner either be unable to power up due to lack of power, or to cause the oven or microwave to shut down to allow the A/C to power up. SoftStartRV prevents that.
Buy Now, Save Now
Right now, SoftStart RV is offering special pricing and a risk-free 90-day money-back guarantee. Save $30 on one SoftStart RV device, $60 on two, $90 on three, and $120 if you have four A/C’s. You’ll also find loads of technical information and testimonies. Visit our special purchase page and stay cool in your RV today.