When it comes to generators – I purchased one recently, mostly to ensure my batteries remained strong during a dry camping stay. Frankly, solar panels, while they are GREAT, are of limited use in cloudy weather – and with the recent reduction in the cost (AND WEIGHT) of good generators, I decided it was worth the expense.
I opted for a Champion generator. The generator I’m going to recommend cost me well under $1000. Here is a link to the best price I’ve found. I’ve checked reputation and believe it is reliable AND this generator can be paralleled with another to nearly double the wattage. With the parallel kit and a 2nd generator, you’re still UNDER $1500. and you have a small, powerful energy-producing system!
Renogy Solar Panels come in “2 flavors” – 100 watt and 200 watt. Both include a solar controller (the device that allows the panels to “talk” to the batteries. The cables have alligator clips to connect DIRECTLY to the batteries (this is the preferred approach.) I prefer “suitcase” approach over roof-top panels as solar panels work well ONLY when they can face the sun and remain out of the shade. If you camp under a tree, roof-top solar panels are rendered nearly useless!
Note: The above Amazon links are tied to an associate account that I have with them. By using my links, you’re helping me to fund RV Across America and the costs associated with maintaining a website like this. There is NO additional cost to you by using any of these links. You are (of course) free to purchase from any vendor using any link of your choice. I often suggest Amazon whenever possible simply because they are reliable and often offer the best price – and shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime.