We had been using a small underpowered 3500kw Champion generator as the backup generator for the last two years. We always had plans to replace it with a bigger one but just never got around to it until this weekend. The Primary generator is a 8kw propane Guardian and it takes care of all our charging needs for those long dark rainy weeks.
You see, nothing is the same living out in the boonies and living off the power grid. We have solar panels for electricity, a primary generator but also a backup generator. Everything has to have a Plan-B to go with it. Our heat is from out wood stove but we also have propane backup. We have 4 wheel drive cars, and a backup 4 wheel drive tractor just in case the snow is too much. We have lights but have oil lanterns, Gas stove to cook on but we can also cook on the wood stove. We have Internet, Satellite TV and Satellite radio to know the weather. We even have multiple stove-top coffee peculators. We even have a great refrigerator but we still built a root cellar.
It is just our way out here. And to be honest, continue to learn lessons every day on PHF.