Champion RV, a prominent manufacturer of recreational vehicles, offers a wide range of RVs and Class A motorhomes. Some models are relatively expensive, but the vast majority are reasonably affordable. One of the popular choices of RV among newcomers to camping is the RV Ready, a Class A motorhome that includes all of the comforts of home in a larger and more spacious travel trailer. A popular method for RV camping is to use an RV as a stand-in for a cabin in the woods or on the water, so the desire for space is definitely a consideration when looking at an RV. Enter the idea of converting an RV into a portable power generator, also called a portable energy source, which would allow campers to take advantage of the electrical power offered by electricity rather than relying on battery power.
It seems that there are two ways to do this, as described: using an RV readiness inverter or a portable energy generator. There is no doubt that both of these technologies hold a fascination for many campers who like the idea of sleeping in a campsite with AC power rather than solar power. However, there is a potential power issue here, specifically the impact on the environment.
The primary problem with the use of renewable energy sources like solar and wind is the impact they have on the environment. While solar power can provide a steady source of electricity, it can also generate a great deal of heat that must be stored. This heat is used to power equipment and heating systems in the RV. In the case of the RV Ready, this heat can be stored and used to provide additional electricity.
As mentioned earlier, RV Ready converts the RV’s fuel to electricity. Although the technology is new, the downside is that the battery pack may leak fuel into the air and contaminate it. If you choose this method, it would be wise to purchase an Energy Star certified portable fuel cell as well. It should also be noted that many states and national agencies have regulations that require fuel cells to be installed in RVs, regardless of whether they use solar energy or propane.
The second way that RV Ready uses the power of the sun is through a portable energy generator. Again, the potential harm here is great. For one thing, portable energy generators emit carbon dioxide and mercury into the atmosphere, which is bad for the environment. For another thing, many of these devices use lithium batteries which are prone to leaking and thus release toxic chemicals into the air. Most importantly, many models are not safe to use around small children and pets.
In the case of an RV Ready unit, the fuel is burned in a boiler that converts it to electricity. In this way, there are no emissions released, as with the use of a portable energy generator. However, they still use up fuel in order to operate and thus must be used frequently. One advantage is that the unit does not have to be connected to a battery when it is used. The fuel can simply be purchased from the dealer and used whenever needed.
The final way that RV Ready Aids uses the power of the sun is through the use of an inverter. These units convert the direct current from the batteries to alternating current, which is the power needed to run appliances and lights inside the RV. This is a simple process, but it has several advantages. For one thing, this allows the owner to have power going in all areas of the RV at all times, even when the power grid is down. At the same time, this keeps the interiors of the RV from suffering from cold during the night. It also keeps people comfortable, as power outages will not interrupt use of the appliances.
All in all, the use of a portable energy inverter is beneficial and necessary to keeping a Rambler running. It also allows the owner to be able to use power for the various functions of the RV without having to store extra electrical energy. For long term use, the best choice is to go with an RV Ready Aids kit, but for shorter trips where one has little need for electrical power, the portable ones are best.