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Looking for Input on Solar Options

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Location: North Central North Carolina Zone 7B
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First I want to thank you for reading this post and I hope it will not be too much an inconvenience.  I know I need to learn a lot more and hopefully I will in this forum.

Has anyone here built their system on the battery side first before getting the solar panels?  In my thinking I wonder if I can build my power shed first, install a battery bank (sized after finding a good spreadsheet calculator) and using the used 4 KW Onan RV generator I picked up on Craigslist a couple of years back to keep the batteries charged up.  It seems I once read of some folks in the old days who never had solar panels but used a China diesel system to charge up once or twice a week.  Is there a way to tie the battery demand to auto-start the generator when needed?  I got the generator as a backup in case the weather was cloudy/snow etc on solar panels but would this have to be a manual start as needed?  

Also, strange as it may seem, I recently picked up an older ('93) RV for use on my land until I can build a cabin and other infrastructure but the generator had been removed before I got the RV.  Now it would be possible to rig up my generator into the RV, though it is smaller than the factory unit, but I have to consider whether I could just fill the generator bay with a battery bank and rig up some solar panels that I could carry along with the RV.  Maybe get one of those little, and very quiet, portable generators in the event of a situation where I could not get enough sunlight etc.  I don't expect I would be able to run the AC system, or at least not for long, but perhaps some of the other house current things, microwave etc.  Rather than adding a generator to the RV add a portable RV solar system.

After I get a cabin built I may use the RV on the road a little but in the beginning I just want it to allow me to sell my house and go up the country.  Solar ought to be portable too, right?  Helpful ideas are appreciated, thank you.
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Good post.

Except for the A/C and microwave, all of those things are possible.
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