Originally Posted by Knuff
Really good points. I like gadgets
But it has to make sense, also price-wise. I think that I will go with solar first (in fact the panels are being installed next week - I got 2 UniSolar stick-on 68W panels). Then will assess how the stock batteries work for 1+ week boon docking and go from there. A generator is not in the picture yet, but we do not plan on using the A/C or any other appliance that would need 110V except for the TV once in a while for which we use the inverter. Main reason for not liking a generator is that we do not use a truck as a TV, but an SUV. But still if someone who owns an Efoy or other fuel cell power finds this threat, please post your experience.
I don't think you will need a generator, fuel cell or otherwise. I boondock almost exclusively and have never needed any more energy beyond what my factory solar provides. My trips have lasted as long as 60 days without plugging in. You are getting even more wattage than I have ( 138W vrs 110W). I don't own a generator and have never wanted one. I still use the original factory batteries, have all led lights, do not watch TV in my trailer, and rarely spend much time inside my trailer except when I am sleeping, showering, or making breakfast. All other meals are made outside, weather permitting. I use the batteries to recharge my iPad during the day and my iPhone and satellite radio boom box at night. By 10:00 am my batteries are 100%. When they finally give out I will replace them with AGMs, but so far I have been satisfied with the originals.
All my reading is done on my iPad, whether inside or outside depending, again, on the weather. I use the inverter to power my Toto Washlet toilet seat (http://www.totousa.com/Washlet/B100.aspx
) and nothing else on a regular basis. I have the full awning option, which allows me to camp in the full sun. It still gets hot inside during the day, but I'm fishing or biking so I don't feel it. If it rains for more than a couple of days, I hook up and go where the sun is shining. I have a propane stove and oven, no microwave. The refer, furnace, and water heater all run on propane. If the furnace runs all night it drains the batteries, but they charge up fine by the time I get up.
I tow with a 2008 Toyota Tundra, but will soon trade it for a Porsche Cayenne TDI or VW. Like you, I'm not a truck guy, and the German dreams have better brakes and suspension. Once you unhook you have a vehicle that is actually fun to drive. The Tundra is bulletproof, but it's a truck.
Don't worry about the generator, go camping a few times and then decide if you really need it. I come from a minimalist camping background, and find my Intl 25 FB much more than I need to feel comfortable and pampered.