Using this chart
to figure out the average Watt/hour needed for appliances I think I've successfully charted out how many Amp hours I need per day.
You can check it out here:
I multiplied the total Amp hours by 2 (since you don't want to drain the batteries below the 50% mark) and tried to see how many days in a row I'd like to boondock. And yikes, deep cycle batteries are expensive!
I figure if I want to boondock 2 days in a row, I need around 730 AH
2 days= 730 AH
3 days=1092 AH
4 days= 1456 AH
After snooping on these threads, I plan to get a generator, alternator to battery charger, charge controller, 4x250W solar panels, and whatever amount of batteries I need for those Amp Hours.
Am I doing this all wrong? Does anyone who has successfully (or unsuccessfully) used off-grid have recommendations?