Solar doesn't have to be big, solar can be small and affordable and keep you enjoying the sounds of nature. Let's explore a budget rv solar system vs a small generator for boondocking.
You may not be ready to invest in a large solar system, but you might be looking at a generator for weekend trips to some land for boondocking or campsites without hookups. The purpose of this is put these two options into perspective.
In this breakdown we selected 2 rigid solar panels that are easily storeable in the back of a truck or in the trailer or RV itself.
For the charger we'd use a Victron Smart Solar 100|30 which is a 30 amp charger with bluetooth monitoring.
For the battery we selected a 200ah all in one battery solution with a built in battery monitor all accessible over bluetooth on your phone (Andoid or iOS).
|2x 200w Solar Panels||$500.00|
|200ah Lithium Battery + BT BMS||$1100.00|
In this example we selected a Honda inverter generator, assuming it's using 5 gallons a weekend at $4/gal and you're out for 6 weekends. The more you use it, the more than number would go up.
We also included the cost of an old lead acid battery, because they need to be changed regularly.
Ultimately the choice is yours, but for just a few hundred dollars more, you can have a reliable battery with up to 4x the usable capacity of a similar weight lead acid / agm battery, possibly unlimited power on sunny days and be able to easily monitor it all from your phone.
Or, you can go with the noisy and smelly generator like we've always done.
If starting with a smaller system seems like a good idea to you, contact us.