A Solar Awning for Your RV Can Help You Power Appliances While Also Keeping You Cool

During the epidemic, there was an undeniable increase in RV purchases. In September 2021, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) reported slightly over 55,000 RV shipments in the United States, up 32.2 percent over the same month in 2020. September 2021 also was the biggest month for RV sales in the RVIA’s history, helping the third quarter of 2021 (July to September) to become the most successful sales quarter ever, having 152,370 RVs shipped. To put it another way, this is the best time to release the “first available commercially retractable solar awning for the RVs.”

With the new Xpanse solar awning, Xponent Power, which is coming out of stealth mode, is right on schedule. The Xpanse awning is constructed up of tiny, high-efficiency solar panels which fold together in a zigzag pattern and hide behind a protective shell on the roof of the RV when not in use, rather than a fabric awning. The awning, which is about 16 feet long in standard form and can be installed anywhere there is space to mount 2 side arms 16 feet apart, requires 30 seconds to broaden or retract, according to Xponent founder Rohini Raghunathan, who added that the company is working on creating other sizes and aspects of connecting it to an RV.

“The Xpanse solar awning comes in sizes ranging from three to sixteen feet,” Raghunathan explained. The Xpanse awning can offer up to 1.2 kW of the solar power to operate onboard appliances and is undoubtedly compatible with the types of electrical components utilized in the traditional RV solar installations, such as batteries, charge controllers, and inverters, as well as RV appliances such as a refrigerator and a microwave. It can be mounted on either end of an RV, so if you already have a shade awning but want to add a power source, that’s no problem.

The Xpanse was built by Xponent to not create issues when the wind blows. For one aspect, the solar panels are spaced apart to allow air to travel through, allowing them to remain stable “even at relatively strong wind speeds,” according to the business. The awning utilizes built-in sensors to detect wind speed and autonomously retract when needed at greater speeds. The awning determines when to retract using “intensive machine learning,” according to Xponent, which has enabled the business to recognize scenarios where the awning is no longer safe to be out.

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