Air Conditioning and Boondocking

Learn about air conditioning use when boondocking in your vehicle


How Many Batteries and Solar to Run a 5,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner?

A small 5,000 BTU portable air conditioner is a popular choice for many RVers and vandwellers who don't already have a roof-mounted system. But how many batteries and solar panels does it take to run a 5,000 BTU portable air conditioner...


How Many Batteries Does it Take to Run an Air Conditioner?

Four 12 volt batteries is the very minimum needed to run a rooftop RV air conditioner. But then, that will only run an air conditioner for about 1 hour maximum. Of course, it depends upon the type of battery. Flooded cell batteries, AGM batteries...


How Many Solar Panels Do I Need to Run My RV AC?

You will need at least 1,800 watts of solar panels to run your RV air conditioner for 8 hours each day. This is assuming you are using 12 volt RV grade panels. This is also assuming, of course...


Can I Run My RV Air Conditioner on Battery Power?

No, for the most part you will not be able to run your RV air conditioner on battery power. An air conditioner requires a lot of electricity just to start up. It also requires a lot just to run for an hour. It is possible, however...