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Old 03-22-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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We just bought a HY2000si portable generator. Never had used one before I've been reading the manual. It mentions a ground wire. It says contact a qualified electrician to connect this. If i was hooking this up to our house i would hire a electrician to do it. Now this raises a few questions when we're using it for dry camping with our travel trailer. Do you just place the unit on the ground and start it (grounded through the case somehow) or just drive a copper rod into the ground, attach a wire to the rod and to the generator? And if you use a wire, what gauge?
Max wattage output is 2200 watts.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:23 AM   #2
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LOL I just got one too. I read the same thing and since I don't know any better I went to a Electrical store. The clerk laughed at me when I told him what I was there for. They sell grounding rods but they are 8 feet long. He said there is no way I'm pounding that in and pulling it out when I go camping. His thought was that the Genny manufacturers put that grounding clause as a CYA. Anyway that was my experience.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:19 AM   #3
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I could be wrong here so anyone more familiar chime in; but I got the impression that tying the case ground of the generator to the metal frame of the camper (with a wire and alligator type clip) was the idea.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:39 AM   #4
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Portable generators are bonded devices, meaning the frame of the generator itself qualifies the grounding rules. At least that is how I always undersood it to work, check this OSHA notice - http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurr..._generator.pdf
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:50 AM   #5
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I could be wrong here so anyone more familiar chime in; but I got the impression that tying the case ground of the generator to the metal frame of the camper (with a wire and alligator type clip) was the idea.
I use a piece of welding cable with welding ground clamps and attach to the grounding stud on the genny and a good ground point on the trailer.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:26 AM   #6
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Portable generators are bonded devices, meaning the frame of the generator itself qualifies the grounding rules. At least that is how I always undersood it to work, check this OSHA notice - http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurr..._generator.pdf
That seems pretty clear. Grounding wire not required. Thanks.
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excellent find - thank you very much
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:41 AM   #8
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I posted a thread on another forum (Trailmanor) a couple of years ago, because I was concerned that if there were a short somewhere, I could be electrocuted entering my camper with 1 foot on the ground, and touching the trailer. The consensus was since the generator has it's own circuit not involving an earth ground, then it would be impossible to get electrocuted by touching metal on the camper while standing on the ground.....made sense to me.
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