Our experienced team can design and install a RELIABLE power system to suit your camping needs.
We specialise in 12V & 24V systems for RV’s and motorhomes. Whilst our experience is broad and varied, we typically stick to our specialist knowledge of battery-based systems. Not only do we get the fundamentals right, but we take pride in ensuring that it looks good too! We have an emphasis on safe and tidy cable work.
We understand that you may have an existing set up, however we are not prepared to place our trust or reputation on those who have walked before us – we see poor and failing systems every day and we won’t attach the DCPower name to that. If we are going to work with you, we guarantee to be thorough and correct.
Unfortunately, we are not “free problem solvers” for systems that have been purchased elsewhere or installed incorrectly by others. We have the experience to help, and we are happy to do so but our knowledge does come at a cost.
SERVICE & REPAIRS
A good RV solar system will go the distance and enable you to camp independently of any other power supply. If you’re experiencing ongoing niggles, or something just doesn’t seem right, then it probably isn’t! Our team are experienced in fault-finding and repairs.
We can take care of everything – from the little jobs, such as replacing your house batteries or cable repairs…right through to complete system overhauls or new solar system design and installation.
Regardless of whether or not you have an existing solar system on your RV, there is a consultation process that we need to go through in order to offer you a fixed quote. No two systems are the same, and we therefore follow a standard process as this allows us to adhere to our strict quality standards.
The consultation process is best done face to face (if possible). We need to see the vehicle to give accurate advice. Its much like visiting an architect in that there is an initial fee for our time and experience. If you go ahead with a project then this is taken in to account in the quote that we provide.
Consultation fees for RV’s and motorhomes start at $99. Once we have completed a consultation, we will be in a position to advise you of your options and likely costs.
RV SOLAR CHECKS
Our signature RV solar check* is a basic health check designed to ensure your existing power system will go the distance.
For a flat fee, we’ll give your existing batteries and solar system the once over giving you recommendations on what (if anything) needs to be done to ensure optimum performance. This is a great option if you’ve just bought a new 4-wheeled baby, or as a preventative measure to ensure you don’t find yourself out in the wilderness with no power! There are only so many hours in the day though – so contact us now to reserve your time.
* RV solar checks are $99 for up to an hour (depending on the size and complexity of your system). We also offer an exclusive discount to NZMCA members. You must provide your membership number at the time of booking to take advantage of this offer.
Please note that we usually have a waiting list of up to 2 weeks so we recommend you book in advance – particularly if you are travelling through Palmerston North on a tight time frame.
This article was recently published in the NZMCA magazine…
Got a problem with your solar system? Wish you could stay away a bit longer? You wouldn’t be the first. When it comes to solar for deep cycle batteries, DCPower, a family business in Palmerston North have become regular problem solvers for the many who have tried (and failed) to make solar work. In addition to inconvenience and frustration, inferior solar systems result in unnecessary battery replacements – so it makes economic sense to get it right from the outset.
“Many systems fail over time. Flaws aren’t always evident immediately (or easily attributed to solar) because for a period of time a battery will appear to be performing just fine…and then one day it won’t. Often this is incorrectly diagnosed as battery failure” says DCPower’s Managing Director, Darryl Crow. “Solar is simply a charging method for your battery and the key to successful self-sufficiency is in making sure that your battery is charged correctly. If it’s not then of course it will fail.”
The most common issues facing those with failing solar systems, are that their systems are incorrectly sized to suit their battery (or batteries). Batteries have different charging requirements depending on factors such as chemistry, capacity and expected depth of discharge. Your system should be tailored to suit your particular set up, and if you don’t get this right then over time your battery will suffer from either under or over-charging. These symptoms often go undiagnosed until it is too late resulting in costly battery replacements which still don’t fix the root cause of the problem.
DCPower offer turnkey solar solutions for recreational vehicles, upon which they have built a reputation for quality equipment and installation. Winners of the Supreme Business of the Year award at the 2016 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards, DCPower can design, install and repair solar systems from their large workshop in the heart of Palmerston North.
“We pride ourselves on our superior knowledge and honest advice. We treat each vehicle carefully as though it were our own, and I personally guarantee top-quality workmanship” says Darryl.