Reimo and solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans and solar panels for campervans for more than 30 years!
Reimo has been installing solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans as well as solar panles for campervans sinde the mid-80s. Our Carbest solar panels have a performance guarantee of 20 years. Since the mid-90s, Reimo has been delivering high-quality and proven components by Carbest. More than 20.000 solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans, solar panels for campervans or solar panels for boats and garden by Carbest have been installed in many different parts of the world and climate zones. Depending on the season, Reimo has all solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans and solar panels for campervans in stock. The Reimo Camping-Shop usually ships your desired solar panel within 24 hours.
For your comfort, we recommend the installation by your local Reimo dealer or our workshops in 63329 Egelsbach and Reimo-Pan in Bochum! Of course, you will also get an on-site expert solar advice.
Operate your air conditioner in motorhome or caravan with solar power
Have you planned to go on a summer camping vacation and worry about not having any air conditioner in your motorhome, camper or caravan due to less or no available electricity?
Solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans or solar panels for campervans mean more comfort if there is a low power supply from the campsite or even no electrical connection at all.
Older campsites, especially the ones in southern countries, only offer 3 or 4 ampere per pitch on the campsite. This means that you can only use electrical loads up to 3 amps x 230v = 690 watts or 4 amps x 230v = 920 watts via the electrical connection at the campsite. Solar panels for motorhomes or solar panels for caravans ensure additional power supply. In a solar power system with 200 watts: 12v, the battery (on its maximum) is additionally charged to 15 amps, at 300 watts: 12v is about 25 amps under good conditions.
Using a proper large solar battery, the entire motorhome or campervan can be cooled down by an air conditioner. An economical 12v air conditioner for motorhome (Truma Aventa) consumes about 700 watts in continuous operation: 12v = 60 amps per hour.
With two lithium batteries (100amps each), the air conditioning can be operated for up to 3 hours. Wouldn't it be great to cool down your motorhome, caravan or campervan for a while, so you fall asleep better?
230V or 12V - Solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans with inverter
The larger the solar battery (100-200 Ah/St) and the higher the charging power, the more efficient the solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans and solar panels for campervans are. Larger and more powerful solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans or solar panels for campervans charge the consumption faster. The more powerful the power inverter, the stronger your 230v device can be. Mostly, pure sine wave inverters in motorhomes, caravans and campervans are between 500 and 1500 watts. Sine wave inverters 12v/230v provide smooth power, even for sensitive devices. For razors, electric toothbrushes and laptop charging usually a cheap modified sine wave inverter is sufficient.
Solar panels for campervans
There are two common types of solar panels for campervans, the rigid ones and the flexible ones. We will show you the differences below in the text, so let's find out which one you would like.
- All kinds of VW solar panels, van solar panels and solar panels for campervans are mostly installed on roof rack brackets because this kind of construction reduces the solar radiation on the roof of your VW van or campervan. The effect of a tropical roof will be created just like it is on a Land Rover. Usually three solar panels for campervans fit next to each other on the roof rack (width 410 mm, 545 mm). The power of a solar panel for campervan or van is therefore mostly between 100 and 300 watts.
- Flexible solar panels for campervans - best for pop top roofs or high roofs - the size of the solar panels for campervans is often limited by the space of the camper's pop top roof Flexible solar panels for campervans are being glued on the pop top roof of a campervan. So, your campervans height will hardly be increased despite the assembled solar panels for campervans (approx. 5-8 mm). A 80 - 100 watts solar panel is usually sufficient to operate a small cool box. We tested this with the Reimo compressor recessed cool box 26 litres in the VW T5 / T6 Cityvan, item no. 71177. The reason for the small dimensions of the solar cell is the short duty cycle (30%) of modern compressor cool boxes.
Solar panels for caravans
Solar panels for caravans are determined by the correct location of the roof of the caravan. The roof is usually quite full, there is the skylights (Hekis), the chimney of the heater and the satellite antenna. For particularly limited installation situations, Reimo offers solar panels for caravans by Carbest from a width of 410 mm. The narrowest solar panel for caravans in our range has a width of 335 mm (MT SM75MC-S).
Solar panels for motorhomes
Solar panels for motorhomes as well as solar panels for caravans or solar panels for campervans are very popular. Wouldn't it be great to be able to watch some TV when there is bad weather on your camping trip or to be able to charge the tablet your co-driver is using for navigation or to even get some delicious coffee in the morning? But of course, all these devices need a lot of electricity. So, what would be smarter than to get a solar panel for motorhome to get free electricity just from the sky? If you use solar panels for motorhomes, electricity is available almost everywhere. Solar energy storage is possible by using lithium or AGM batteries, they store the produced energy in large quantities. After purchasing the affordable solar panels for motorhome you get many years of free and eco-friendly power.
Solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans or solar panels for campervans as a complete kit
Solar panel kits in a wide range, whether rigid or flexible - The Carbest solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans or solar panels for campervans impress with a very good price-performance ratio. Solar technology has become a very robust technology. When ordering one of our Carbest solar panel kits you get a perfectly matched solar power system with all the components without freight charges. The warranty period extended by Carbest to 3 years completes the offer.
12V - Solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans and solar panels for campervans
12v solar panels are the traditional way of power supply in your motorhome, caravan or camper. 12v solar panels are to set up on straight roof surfaces by using solar panel mounting brackets. Cheap entry-level prices and long-lasting quality make them a perennial favourite. Simply mounted and well ventilated, the 12v solar panels for motorhomes, caravans and campervans ensure evenly good power supply.
The rigid ones by Carbest are long-lasting, therefore we are pleased to give you 25-year performance-guarantee for 12v solar panels. We guarantee you hereby that the Carbest 12v solar panel for motorhome, caravan or campervan will provide 80% of the stated output even after 25 years.
Use solar panels for motorhomes and solar panels for caravans in your garden!
Solar gardens are very popular. Solar panels on your shed roof can power your solar garden lights. And if you do not have any electrical connection in your garden but you set value on having e.g. cold beverages from the cool box or a fully charged smartphone, the solar panels for motorhomes and solar panels for caravans can give you this comfort by simply installing them in your garden instead on top of your vehicle. If you use an
power inverter of 230v, you will be able to connect commercial 230v household appliances with the solar power system in your garden.
Watching sport games on TV outside in your garden is not a problem anymore. A low-cost and high-quality solution is a solar panel kit by Carbest.
Flexible, from the marine sector: Solar panels for campervans for your boat!As you can see solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans as well as solar panels for campervans can not only be used for your camping trip, road trip or garden. These flexible ones are ideal for electricity on your boat. They stick together where no bracket fits. Generally solar panels are mounted with brackets (ventilated) but there are also so-called marine solar panels, the fleixble ones, which can simply be glued on narrow roofs and curved surfaces. The flat construction makes them not only perfect for your campervan but also for your boat and everywhere where no straight surface for module construction is available. These solar panels for campervans are glued over the entire surface and offer little wind resistance.
Foldable and portable: Solar panels for your camping holiday, solar panels for campervans
Foldable solar panels for camping are made for being portable. The portable solar panels for camping originally served to maintain the voltage of the motorhomes without electricity. Now, these solar panels produce just as much electricity as the traditional, rigid ones. Due to their smallness they can be perfectly used as solar panels for campervans and for the power supply during a camping vacation. So, you can operate the cool box even during a tent vacation, or load tablet, phone or laptop.
MPPT charge controllers: The perfect 12v charge controller for any kind of solar battery
MPPT charge controllers are perfect for the requirements that a solar charge controller in the motorhome, campervan or caravan has to meet today. Many different types of batteries such as AGM, gel or Lithium battery need different charging currents. The MPPT charge controller can be adjusted according to the battery and then maximizes the charge current of the used solar battery according to the irradiance (solar radiation). It also allows charging in case of partial shading if solar cells with voltages greater than 20v are used, which is particularly useful with LiFEPO4 batteries. Charging with conventional solar charge controllers takes longer with the same irradiance.
Batteries for solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans and solar panels for campervans
There are many kinds of solar batteries. The Lithium battery is characterized by high charging currents and a very deep discharge. A discharge of 90% is easily possible. The integrated battery management ensures reliable power supply. The LiFePO4 batteries charge 3 to 10 times faster than a conventional solar battery (depending on the charging current). The AGM Batteries have been in use by us for many years and they have absolutely proven their worth. They are robust and still have 80% of the rated capacity even after 950 cycles (with a discharge depth of 30%). Due to the mats installed in the AGM battery, this solar battery, just like the LiFePO4, can also be installed horizontally. Gel Batteries and Acid Batteries can definitely also be used as a solar battery. They are slightly cheaper than the previous mentioned variants. Acid batteries may only be used inside a vehicle that it is ventilated.
Accessories for solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans, solar panels for campervans: Cables, roof ducts, brackets & more
Roof ducts are an underrated part. Nowhere is water more likely to enter the vehicle than at this point. For this reason, we have complemented the traditional cable glands with roof ducts from the marine sector. These roof ducts are suitable for the high seas and defy the most diverse climatic influences. We can offer you very low-priced solar panel mounting brackets by our brand Carbest as well as solar cables with a weather-resistant sheathing in 2.5mm² and 4.00mm² thickness. Have a look at our solar panel accessories such as adhesive kits, solar cables, cable glands, holders and brackets and many more!
How many watts do I need? (estimated)
|Capacity||Vehicle type||Use||Travel time|
|Solar panels up to 20 watts||for trekking, outdoor and tent||for phone charging and other USB devices such as cameras.||Summer|
|Solar panels up to 60 watts||Small motorhomes, small caravans||for light and water pump. Batteries and hidden devices with power drain||Summer|
|Solar panels up to 80 watts||Small motorhomes up to 6,5 m and caravans||for light, waterpump, occassional heating||Spring to autmn|
|Solar panels up to 120 watts||Medium-sized motorhomes and large caravans||for light pump, TV/Sat and heater||Spring to autmn|
|Solar panels up to 160 watts||Large motorhomes and caravans||All year-round (depending on weather and battery size)|
|Solar panels up to 220 watts||Large motorhomes, large caravans||for light, pump, TV/Sat, radio, heater and compressor fridge||All year-round (depending on weather and battery size)|
Carbest, Büttner Solar or NDS - choose your solar panel from a huge range!
Carbest, Reimo's brand for developing and distributing high-quality technical products for your mobile leisure since the 1990s. We look back on a more than 30 years experience of solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans and solar panels for campervans.
Our high demands and standards on the product quality of our solar products ensure constant improvements.
Every single year we have further developed our solar panel kits and solar panels. Carbest solar panels go through many tests with our engineers. After a successful testing, the constantly evolving products have been satisfying to our customers for many years.
Büttner, at the Neuenkirchen company, everything revolves around solar and on-board electronics. Bütttner Solar offers a large range of solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans as well as solar panels for campervans. All products by Büttner can also be purchased here at the Reimo Online-Shop.
NDS, an Italian specialist for motorhome batteries and solar chargers has been represented by Reimo in Germany for many years. NDS offers AGM batteries, solar panels with integrated aluminium spoiler and charging technology. The quality of the products is good, the value for money is reasonable.
Solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans, solar panels for campervans - the components:
- Solar panels, solar cells
- Solar charge controller
- Solar cables
- Roof ducts
- Optional: solar batteries
Which is the best solar panel for camping, boat or garden?
The best solar power system for motorhome, campervan or caravan? It is not that easy to explain. The most known ones are the monocrystalline or polycrystalline solar cells. Monocrystalline solar cells are cut from single-crystal silicon wafers, the so-called wafers and are therefore relatively expensive. Polycrystalline solar cells are considerably cheaper, since they can be produced by a casting process.The efficiency of polycrystalline solar cells is somewhat lower. The efficiency of a solar cell is the ratio of the incoming radiation energy (of the sun) and the electrical energy emitted by the solar cell.
Buy solar panels for motorhomes, solar panels for caravans or solar panels for campervans
Which solar system fits in price, structure and performance? The advantages are, that the production of the amorphous solar cells requires less material. In addition, these thin-film modules can be mounted on a flexible support. The 12V solar panels can then be glued easily on curved surfaces. Therefore, they are used more and more frequently as caravan solar panels, motorhome solar panels or campervan solar panels. The efficiency is still slightly lower than that of amorphous 12V solar cells, but they respond less strongly to poorer light and higher temperatures.
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