I have a 2000 Scamp 13' with a very basic layout. There is only a furnace and fridge under the counter. There is no inverter, so without shore power, I have use of the lights (12v which I've converted to LEDs), the fridge (propane or 12v), the furnace (propane and 12v), and a MaxxAir fan which I had installed two years ago. There is no AC. I have a Group 24 deep cycle, lead acid battery on the hitch frame which receives a charge via the truck's alternator while driving as well as from a trickle charger I installed when plugged in to shore power. I would like a simple, but more robust setup for future, extended boondocking and have considered various options including upgrading my 12v battery. For extended use without shore power, I keep coming back to solar.
My thought is this; I am considering buying the Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station with portable, foldable solar panels. It's not a cheap system, but it's essentially plug and play and is well reviewed. I propose to put it under the rear dinette seat storage compartment where the Scamp's 110 power supply line resides. It should fit upright according to product specifications. I would then run solar panel lines through the electrical line portal to recharge the batteries when needed. For the limited power needs I have, beyond those mentioned above (charging laptop, phone, gps), I am thinking of just plugging in the Scamp's 110v line with 15 amp plug into the power station. With no converter, the interior lights will still be dependent on the front mounted lead acid battery. Perhaps not the most efficent way to manage the 12v electrical demands, but the solar power station would keep the 12v battery charged by means of the trickle charger I've installed in one of the front bench storage compartments and plugged into one of the 110v wall outlets at the front of the kitchen cabinet. The most efficient operation of the fridge comes via propane I believe, so I would plan on using that mode. I believe the fan/blower on the furnace runs off the 12v battery, so it too would be similarly recharged by the Jackery. I also have the option of running a small electric heater I have onboard for when shore power is available, but would use that sparingly because of the power demands. If anything, I think the 1000w power station may be overkill, but should provide plenty of buffer for power demands over time without panic due to unforseen weather/solar conditions, etc. Plus, when at my homestead base, it can be easily removed and used as a backup power supply there as well.
I would appreciate any constructive reviews/comments of this proposed setup. Why isn't this a straight forward, minimal modification/install proposal? Am I missing something? Thanks in advance!