Sometime before COVID hit, we decided to remodel our home and in doing so we ended up with an upgrade our solar panels. This left me with a stack of 230W Sunpower solar panels with no real home. I gave my dad a few for his RV, kept a few for myself, and sold the rest on Facebook. My plan was to mount them on my Jayco Featherlite Camper to provide a little extra power when camping (the tunes play, the lights on) and to keep my battery healthy while it’s in storage. Solar power systems are actually pretty easy to install yourself once you are comfortable with a drill, screwdriver, and careful handling of relatively high DC voltages.

Solar panels – 2x 230W / 45V – $ 150

Solar Charge Controller – Victron 100/30 – $ 260 $

Cabling / mounting system

Mounting rails

The rails are firmly screwed in. Look through the bolts

The best way to secure your panels depends on your roof type, and for mine (rotten plywood) this seemed like the best way to secure them. If you can find bolts or drill into aluminum frames, it might be even better.

I also angled the rails so they were lower in the front and higher in the back to create a bit of a “profile” to hopefully hold them together.

Lay cable

A couple of pieces of stained veneer and it would be a completely invisible installation

Connect the solar controller

Non-smoking version

You should also get this bluetooth network to your Victron controller for each of your batteries (I only have one, but I might end up buying more) to provide charging and temperature information and to greatly extend the life of your batteries.

Blue thing with thermal tape on the battery

When everything is connected, you can connect your solar modules and configure your victron (via the iOS app), add your intelligent sense with your controller to a virtual network and you generate electricity! (Screenshot came from after the sun was mostly set but produced 350W when the sun was higher)

Victron Smart Solar App

Final Mount Down