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Tooltime. In my opinion running a genset only one time per week is a mistake.

I have seen countless sailboaters with ruined battery banks for this reason. Recently we had another poster with a bad bank ruined for the same reason. Lead acid batteries sulfate, you cannot avoid it since its part of the process.

Sadly there is a general lack of in-depth knowledge even among the people selling batteries as part of their product package. I just lost a post explaining details that took 15 minutes to write up thanks to a mis step on the keyboard. I haven’t time to rewrite it all. There are ways of avoiding problems with the system you propose but it is not conventional wisdom.

The house you propose sounds very similar to what my wifes two uncles live in off-grid. It can be done but will be a lot less troublesome if you avoid some of the common mistakes. Contact me for details.