I bought my 2011 Rockwood TT with a 2000 watt inverter, 2 solar panels and 4 batteries so that I could boondock. However, after witnessing a propane explosion in a 5th wheel parked right behind me a few days ago, I refuse to use propane anymore. I know, I know - if it's used smart, it's relatively safe. I've told myself that for my 8 years of RVing, but I can't get past the sound and the sight of that explosion. I haven't slept all night since it happened because I keep hearing the explosion. The lady in the 5th wheel was rescued by a brave neighbor who climbed in the hole where her slide out was blown completely out of the 5th wheel by the explosion, but her little dog didn't make it out. It is a miracle that she's alive and not more severely injured. I've seen the aftermath several times but never actually witnessed it. You can't ignore it anymore when you actually see it happen. While researching operating any kind of refrigerator with solar I read that the chemicals in the RV refrigerators can mix and explode if the refrigerator isn't perfectly level. To which I responded - SERIOUSLY??? Why would they make an exploding refrigerator and install it in a rolling house?
So anyway - I am buying 2 Champion 3500/4000 generators and having them installed in the bed of my truck and I am adding 2 more
solar panels and four more batteries (removing the propane tank mounts and putting in another container to hold the batteries). I can cook pretty much anything on a fire outside or on a charcoal grill, or using the generator to run the microwave. My coffee pot is 12 volt. I can run water through the coffee pot or heat it up in the microwave to use for bathing and dishwashing or heat it up on the fire outside. My only issue is refrigeration. I've read that my freezer on my refrigerator can be used like an ice chest - just put a block of ice or a solidly frozen bag of ice in there in a pan to catch the water when it melts and put whatever I need to keep fresh - eggs, coffee creamer - in there. Pretty much will use the bottom of the refrigerator as a pantry. My only concern is what will happen to the refrigerator if I don't use it for a few years, then want to sell the RV? Does not using it hurt it?
Wondering if there are any other folks that boondock without propane?