Home Goods | July 12, 2016 9:00 am

Solar-Power Kit Can Charge Your Campsite, Probably a Small Village

Decrease your footprint. Increase your battery level. Win.

After years of running on carbon-footprint-leaving fossil fuels while other pieces of outdoor gear have gone green and clean, the camper is finally having its day in the sun.


Built to supply a camper or trailer with hours of juice, the Sunny Side Up Solar Kit is a roof-mounted mobile power station that collects and supplies energy simultaneously.

Consisting of two solar panels, a storage pod and a Goal Zero Yeti 400 generator that can dispense energy through USB ports or a 12-volt and traditional AC outlets, the rig is optimized to fit — and power — the company’s SylvanSport GO camping trailer along with an array of other devices.

For buyers who want the installation process to go quick and easy, an authorized SylvanSport dealer can integrate the full kit in minutes, but can also install the 60-pound unit at home with basic tools and a little elbow grease.

If you’re interested, the kit is $1,300 — sunglasses not included.