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Old 12-28-2015, 09:54 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Al and Missy View Post
Power quality monitors expect the neutral (white) to be connected to the safety ground (green) wire. In your house and at a campground they are. In the generator they are not.. Get a regular 15A plug and connect a jumper wire between the neutral (silver screw) and ground (round pin). Plug it into one of the 15A receptacles on one of the generators and your surge protectors should be happy.

I didnt read close enough. Tinbender beat me to it.



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Old 01-01-2016, 03:48 PM   #16
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Glad you guys found out about the neutral to ground bond. The 'No Shock Zone' link says it all WITH ONE EXCEPTION!!!!

Your generator, which now has the required neutral to ground bond IS NOT GROUNDED. This requires a ground stake to be pounded onto the earth in proximity to your rig and attached to the external ground lug found on the generator or attached to a metallic hose bib from a water pipe that is submerged in the ground.

The fact that the generator is grounded to it's frame is an insufficient safety pathway for stray current. I know that most of you don't do this or will think it crazy, but IF your read your generator manual, this requirement is usually listed in it.

Be safe out there!!!!

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Old 01-03-2016, 06:26 PM   #17
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Thanks Lew for your info! I have been absent several days from this thread. We had crazy weather in Texas right after Christmas. We were lucky and just lost power after snow and ice here in West Central Texas. I used both Honda Gens for power to the house and one on the water well to keep it from freezing. They performed flawlessly.
Today was sunny and I had the neutral-ground plug ready to try out. It worked like a charm!! I was able to connect to the Classic using my surge protector. The N-G plug changed the whole picture. I was able to monitor the frequency and voltage inside the trailer. I turned on the heat pump and everything was working as it should.
I want to thank everyone for their assistance on this request. I know I can always depend upon this community for help. As Larry would say.....
Happy Trails! And safe!!!

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