Originally Posted by Total Bliss
Question for all. Is it imperative to have a generator. I don't plan on boondocking, but I do think there will be times when traveling I won't have hook-ups. This is for a CC36ckts. And what size if necessary. Thanks
It depends on you and your fellow campers, and what your expectations for camping are.
The purist reduces electrical loads (primarily) and/or increases battery capacity (secondarily) to handle the amount of time away off the grid. No AC, no microwave, lights converted to LED (use flashlights and propane lantern outside), only real load left is heater and vent fans.
I take this approach, but I have an A-frame pop-up that will usually be off the grid for a long weekend. I doubled the battery capacity so heater fan would work through the long weekend. We operate on the premise that the simpler we keep camping the more likely we are to do it. The camper sits in the garage, fully equipped and ready. Throw clothes and a cooler with food in the minivan, hook up, and go for the weekend. Downside is lack of site availability due to the reservation systems at the popular parks.
And if it's too hot to be outside, then it's too hot to enjoy camping, meaning I'm not worried about AC. That's easy to say when I normally camp in the Colorado mountains. Last weekend, DW and I went to camp at Pueblo Lake (4000ft and in the desert). Could not get a site with hookups. Was barely tolerable outside in the shade as air temps approached 100 degrees. Finally gave up and went home when we realized the rocks and cliffs were going to re-radiate heat for hours after the sun went down.
Next step up in complexity is adding solar or generator for battery charging only. Still have the same limitations on A/C, micorwave, and other 120 volt comforts. Boondocking endurance is extended because battery is no longer the limitation. Downside is getting solar panels into sunlight and protecting them from the wind, or carrying/maintaining and operating generator (noise and fuel).
Final step is a generator sized to carry the AC load. Portable units this big are heavy and a bear to manage at my age. Built-in can be maintenance nightmare, but otherwise seem like a very good solution for a motorhome.
just my thoughts, your choices
Hyundai Entourage (minivan) with WDH/sway control