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Yes me? I have 900W of solar and 1200AH of batteries but prefer to park in the shade so I do not have to run the generator all day for AC...shade defeats the $$ spent on solar. Anytime I’m going to use something that takes a lot of energy, I’m cranking the generator, it will charge the batteries instead of depleting them. Sorry if my hour of generator usage bothers you... here’s an inexpensive solution.

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Solar is simple: Panels are the wall socket, solar controller is just a fancy battery charger and the batteries are batteries. Not hard to learn how to fit the pieces together. Then just slap on a couple of leads / wires from the batteries to an inverter and you have 110v.

That said we only use the gen on cloudy days to top of batteries as we do have solar (was a lifestyle choice as most never recover the investment), overnight at a noisy location (not often but it happens, rest area, Wallyworld & etc) and if a heat wave comes in and turns our comfortable RV into an oven. I don't care for the smoke from the campfires many seem to be drawn to when they camp so I shut the windows, start the gen or move on down the road. Too many places to visit / stay to be overly concerned about a camping neighbor who has different values and rightly so even if I don't like it. Just move on down the road!

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I love my Honda generator.

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Solar may work well. Funny how most proponents in this thread list location as AZ, NM, CA, or the south. Give it a try in the Northeast, say in the deciduous forests of the Appalachins. Good luck.

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I was boondocking in FLA at a WMA area. I go to sleep early but my first night there a guy was running a noisy genny after the 8pm genny shut off limit. I went and knocked on his door and politely asked how long he was going to run it. He said 10pm. I told him about the 8pm shut off limit and he was surprised as he had not read the rules. He was nice and shortly turned it off.

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I prefer to not use solar cells due to all the pollution that is created when the life of the solar cell is reached and attempts are made to dispose of the cells, only to find that there is nothing recyclable and the construction material is found to be polluting and toxic. But that's just my opinion FWIW


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I read more than a few forums for multiple subjects.

Here in RV land, the large complaint is noise and that is common to several other areas as well.

This has lead me to an understanding that there are a great number of people in these places that just don't know very much. This shows.

I have taken the time on several occasions to talk to those that are the cause of the situation and some times it is productive. I have even been thanked for speaking to them. This is less common than those that seem to be of the opinion that they bought "Whatever" and if I don't like their noise/smoke/music/wake that is not an issue to them.

It is truly unfortunate that these people do exist. Then, there I have witnessed so karma that causes me to chuckle.

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larry cad wrote:

I prefer to not use solar cells due to all the pollution that is created when the life of the solar cell is reached and attempts are made to dispose of the cells, only to find that there is nothing recyclable and the construction material is found to be polluting and toxic. But that's just my opinion FWIW


Modern panels are mostly recyclable, it's just that there are very few facilities capable of processing them. Since modern panels also have a ~25 year service life, there should be plenty of facilities up and running by the time most systems installed in the last five or ten years are ready for retirement.

https://www.cedgreentech.com/article/can-solar-panels-be-recycled

Not to mention the massive offset they provide over their lifespan, vs burning fossil fuels.

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