Originally Posted by InterBlog
Welcome to the world of forums.
During your evaluation, it will be a good idea to explain the type of usage that you envision for yourself. Probably the most common newbie mistake is buying a van that was optimized for travel scenario X when they really intend to do travel scenario Y.
Another common oversight is underestimating the cost of purchase and ownership. These suckers tend to be expensive, especially if one enters the realm of off-gridding.
Going off grid does not necessarily require a large investment, though. I camp without hook ups probably well into the 80% range, the most of the rest is driveway camping.
I have a 100 buck Wally group 29 battery, 150 watts of portable solar, and a couple of cheap meters from Amazon. All told, into the system for less than 500 bucks including some extra cable and chain and locks, not counting the battery.
The set up works great for us but we do not have big power demands.
If we didn't have to come out to do the tank fun we could stay out perpetually. We are good without solar for three nights, assuming we don't run the furnace a lot or the Fantastic fan all day.
Off grid does not have to be expensive, but it can quickly get expensive when you start talking lithiums