Simple Camper Van Solar Power with the Kodiak Generator – Van Life

Check out the super simple solar power set-up we installed on our new camper van roof! If you’re interested in any of Inergy’s solar power products, they’re offering our viewers a discount when they use this link*:

*Full disclosure: we are part of the Inergy affiliate program and we earn a commission from qualifying purchases made using our link.

We built our own roof rack using 1″ square aluminum tubing from Home Depot, and solar panel z mounting brackets. We thought about using VHB tape to install the panels but weren’t sure how strong it would be, and opted to use the pre-drilled roof rack holes in the Ford Transit to ensure the panels were safely secured.

We had space for 2 x 100 watt panels on the roof, but would have loved to install a 3rd panel if there was room (the Maxxair fan made it a bit too tight).

Once the panels were installed, the system is literally plug and play. And if our panels aren’t generating enough electricity to charge the Kodiak, we have a 12-volt charging cable that we can plug into the van to charge while we drive. There’s also a wall adaptor for anyone who’s got a home base to charge up their Kodiak from home.

We don’t often accept products for review, but this genuinely seemed like a useful product for our own conversion, and we thought it might be for other alternative spaces. We made sure to test it out for a few months before installing it in the van, and before making a video about it.

Full disclaimer, the Kodiak and the solar panels were sent to us for free, and we earn an affiliate fee for each Kodiak that is sold using our link.

We’re huge fans of solar power for mobile and off-grid applications so whatever system you choose to install, we wish you all the best!

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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