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New here? Welcome! This blog post houses all of our DIY solar and electrical tutorials for campers, vans, truck campers, and RVs.
Been here before? Welcome back. The page has a new look. There was SO much information here it was getting messy, so the topics have been broken up into individual topics so they are easier to find and gives a better user experience.
Our interactive solar wiring diagrams have been a real hit, but most of you want to know more about the ‘why’ behind the interactive diagrams. Perhaps you’re building something completely off the wall and are looking for some more, general learning about solar and mobile solar systems. You’re in the right place!
Keep reading to see our step-by-step guide for how to install a mobile solar and electrical system in a camper, van, truck camper, or RV.
Basic Parts of a DIY Camper Solar Setup
This post outlines all of the main parts and components of a DIY Camper Solar setup.
How Many Batteries are needed in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This blog post will teach you how to size the battery bank in your camper according to YOUR needs.
Choosing a Solar Battery Bank for a DIY Camper Van Conversion
Lithium vs AGM. As technology gets better, the prices get higher. Is the added cost worth it? Here's our thoughts:
How Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This tutorial will instruct you on how many solar panels you need for your camper electrical system based on YOUR needs.
Solar Panels - Series vs Parallel
Series vs Parallel: The great debate. Well... not really a debate as there is a clear choice for 90% of builds:
How-to Choose a Solar Charge Controller for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This guide & calculator will help you accurate select the proper solar charge controller for your campers electrical build.
How-to Choose an Inverter for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This blog post & calculator will teach you how to properly size an inverter for your camper based on YOUR needs.
How-To Add Shore Power to a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This guide will teach you how to add shore power to your camper to charge batteries & power devices when you've got access to on-the-grid power.
How-to Choose a Battery Isolator for a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This blog post will teach you how to choose the proper battery isolator for your camper electrical system.
How-to Charge a Camper Van Electrical System with the Alternator
This guide will teach you how to charge your camper house batteries with your engine alternator.
How-to Install a Battery Monitor in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This article will teach you why you need & how to wire a battery monitor in your camper electrical build.
How-to Choose Wire Sizes DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This blog post will teach you how to choose the proper wire sizes for your camper electrical build.
How-to Size Fuses in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This guide will instruct you how to accurately size fuses for your camper electrical build.
How-to Wire 12v Accessories in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
This tutorial will teach you how to wire 12v accessories & plugs in your camper electrical build.
How-To Wire Lights & Switches in a DIY Camper Van Electrical System
These wiring diagrams will show you how to wire 12v lights & switches into your campervan. 2-way switches too!
Interactive DIY Solar Wiring Diagrams for Campers, Van's & RV's
First things first, check out these solar wiring diagrams to get a good feel for where all of these parts are located in the overall camper electrical setup: