Originally Posted by gmasters
That was great reading and we are just about to get a new 5th , And NO GEN needed, this is what I want
There will be a time when you'll want and need a generator. If out boondocking and want A/C, the battery bank won't support the A/C for an extended time unless you have a large battery bank, efficient inverter, solar controller and an array of panels.
Or, if you run out of propane and want to keep the refrigerator cold/cool.
Or, if you want to watch TV on a cloudy day.
Or, if the wife decides she needs to vacuum the carpets.
Or, if you decide now is the time to use some power equipment.
A generator to back up the solar system will be needed or you may find yourself in the dark unless you take great pains monitoring the health of the battery bank.
Solar application is great, I know because I've lived in a solar house for 20 years, have a gas refrigerator, stove and demand water heater. However, 110 volt AC is still needed for lights, fans, TV, satellite receiver, satellite internet receiver and computers. Anything that can be converted from 110 volt AC to 12 volt DC has been converted but still, the need for the generator is still present.
Your battery bank will need to be equalized from time to time to bring all the batteries to the same charge level, this can't normally be accomplished with panels, you'll need a good inverter with an equalization mode in it. An inverter that has a sleep mode so it doesn't contunually produce 110 volts AC.
Solar sounds simple and it is once configured correctly for your needs. It's more than plug n play if you plan on spending any amount of time in your 5er.