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Off-Grid Camping with Portable and Roof Top Solar

On all units, storage is an issue. The installed panel is always out of the way and is always working. Even though it is not always directly facing the sun it still charges the single battery. Our Arctic Fox is new to our stable and came prewired with Zamp components. There is a small panel mounted to the air conditioner unit which doesn’t do much except when in storage. There is also a plug affixed to the roof for installed panels. I plan to mount a panel to the roof in the future.” – Bob Klope, 2009 GMC 2500HD, 2018 Arctic Fox 811

“I’ve always used a homemade portable setup of two 50-watt panels hinged together. I added some little adjustable legs to them made from sawed off aluminum crutches in order to always get an appropriate angle to the sun.

Here in the southwest we try to park in the shade and simply use a 25 foot extension cord to reach out to the panels that are placed in a sunny spot. We’re usually boondocking alone and have never even thought about having the panels stolen. A portable setup can be easily moved throughout the day to track the sun. The camper’s battery is, of course, charged by the truck as we drive along so I don’t need them on the roof. We take this setup along on our boat trailer for the boat camping trips we go on.” – James and June Morris, 1999 Ford F-250, 1999 Lance 1120

“A portable panel so that we could also use them to charge our boats batteries. The Lance 650 has connectors you could use for a portable panel in the front of the camper. I believe all the Lances have that feature and would save putting wires in the wheel well like in your picture.” – John Zysk, 2010 Tundra, 2016 Lance 650

“Installed. No hassle. They are always attached and there are no worries about storing when traveling.” – Rick Holgers, 2016 Ford F-350, 2018 Eagle Cap 1165


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