I mean, even if you always park in RV parks, wouldn't you want the option of being self sufficient if you want to be?
I suppose they're not for everyone. However, they sure are getting cheap if you find a great deal and you're thinking about getting them.
When we bought our original setup in the fall of 2008, I found a fantastic deal at Costco.ca. Now, there were quite a few better deals online at the time to get solar panels in the US...but getting a good deal in Canada was pretty tough. Long story short, I paid $950 for two 80 watt panels, a 30 amp digital charge controller, and all the wiring and brackets to install them.
Then a couple of years later I found an 80 watt add-on panel to bring our system up to 240 watts. I think I paid about $225 for the add-on panel, and that was a great deal at the time.
Now, I see this fantastic deal at Amazon.com where you can buy a 100 watt RV solar panel starter kit where you get everything you need, including a 30 amp charge controller so that you can add on to the system in the future.
Solar Panel Starter Kit
I don't understand how it can be that cheap.
And then you can buy add on panels such as the 100 watt single panel. These aren't even on sale and they're only $150...
To put it in perspective, we paid about $1,175 for our 240 watt kit.
So now, you can buy a 200 watt RV kit for only $360! Or a 250 watt kit for $430!
We love the freedom associated with RV solar. Not everybody is into boondocking and getting away from it all, but if you are, solar panels have dropped in price to where you can now enjoy reasonably priced electricity for life! Well, 25 years anyhow. Most solar panels have a 25 year performance warranty.
Enjoying our solar panel boondocking beside the river near Puerto Escondido, Mexico.