Originally Posted by spoon059
With all due respect, you have a 300 watt system for a 10 day vacation. The op is attempting to full time with hers. It's pathetic, but most of us will require a LOT more power than 300 watts will provide... especially for full time use.
You can buy a 2000 watt generator for the same price and get much more power...
If you go to Handybob's blog you will see that he full timed for about 8 years on around 600W of solar. As Waynen mentioned adding an additional 300 watts to his system is two panels and a couple of batteries.....~$1000.
So for $2000 you could have enough power to run almost anything you want short of the AC and you don't have the noise and stink of a generator.
What would you spend on fuel for the generator? $10 a day? $5?
That would be $450 to $900 for a three month stay on top of the cost of the generator.
Solar is not going to cost $5-10k for enough energy to full time.
Trojan T105 @ $125 x 4 batteries = $500
Trimetric TM-2025-RV Battery Monitor System
SolarWorld Sunmodule 315 Watt Monocrystalline Panel
x2 = $660
TriStar MPPT 30A Charge Control = $412
Exeltech XP1100 12-volt 1100 watt sine wave inverter
Wiring and other misc ?? = $200
Total = $2500
Could be a little less or more depending on what you choose and what you want to run. The inverter is a big chunk of change if you want something more powerful. My point is that the cost is not much more than a quiet generator.
A 3000Watt Honda inverter generator is about $2000.