So what does it take to disappear from the real world for a bit?
You need some land.
You need a roof over your head.
But you also need coffee in the morning.
You need the ability to be reached or reach out in case of an emergency.
On rainy days, a tv would come in handy right? As a distractor for the kids at the very least.
Ok, let's face it, as long as the option is there, we are all going to be much more relaxed while on vacation at the cabin during those precious couple of weeks we get off every year.
If it is only a couple weeks, a small off-grid system will be plenty to get you through. RV systems range from $500 to $3500; from portable suitcase types to two panel installations. With enough battery, you can even keep a small fridge running through a couple cloudy days.
Systems starting around $7K will give you enough power for a full size fridge, most small appliances, computers, some led lighting and tvs/electronics. Great for longer trips to the cabin.
For the more full-time cabin dwellers that like staying energized, $14K will give you a system that can even run a washing machine. Lots of battery to get you through the cloudy days and keep the lights on. Add a propane generator for around $5K and there will be no reason to be in the dark.
I recommend a propane generator because, chances are, your going to have some on hand anyways. For the BBQ or stove/cooktop or hot water heater maybe.
Speaking of hot water, propane tankless water heaters are great for showers and dishes and such, but Solar Water Heaters can be used to heat your cabin during the cooler months. Even pools or hot tubs where electricity is scarce.
It is exciting to watch as the technology improves giving us more options to get away, without losing all of the things we have come to rely on.