I found a young fellow who has some amazing info about Solar, and batteries, and inverters, from small portable 'first time' setups to some very large complex solar setups, all with instructions, videos, and great details...
here's something that caught my attention, though, and a great resource that maybe some of us are overlooking when it comes to a more simplified PORTABLE SOLAR Battery/Inverter SETUP
for our off-grid and camping needs:
an 'All-In-ONE' Portable Solar Battery/INVERTER/Charge Controller, with a 30amp RV outlet, regular outlets, USB outlets, and 12v outlets... just set it outside and enjoy! (otherwise known as a Solar Generator
) (and he shows how you can also charge the battery from your Alternator, while driving)
just plug your solar panels in and away you go!