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Old 02-02-2015, 09:19 AM   #11
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For powering up stuff inside you have several choices.

You can put ina propane gas system for your stove, heat, hot water, and fridge. This is what most RV's use.

You can go all electric with a mix of 110-VAC or 12-VDC, all 12-VDC, or all 110-VAC

Each has good points and bad.

You have already identified your basic power needs. 1200 watts is not going to be suffcient to effectively power your needs. 3000 watts would be more sufficient.

If you coupled your 1200 watt genset with a battery bank and an invertor/convertor you wouud be right in the neighborhood. You could then supplement the genset with a solar array that would allow you to go quiite a long time between genset runs or tethered to the grid via a power cord.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:41 PM   #12
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AS far as powering my small appliances what is the most cost efficient way that isn't going to be a huge pain in the butt?? All appliances are 800 watts or below most are under 200 watts.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:03 PM   #13
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Power is sort of relative depending on a lot of variables.

You need to do a power inventory, which you have done, sort of. You need to extrapolate your power inventory over a 24-48 hour period to determine how much power you need for more than a day. Not only do you need to know the appliance uses 800 watts but how long you are going to be using those 800 watts every day.

From that determination you will be better able to determine what combination of power sources you will need.

If solar is part of your power source you will need to allow for cloudy days and short winter days.

The greater your power load the more solar/battery is not practical unless you plan on using the genset for a lot of hours every day or you plug into shore power to supplement the solar/battery array.

It is all doable but to make it work you need to plan for all of the parts before you start building in order make sure it all will fit together in a workable fashion.
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