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Old Yesterday, 07:07 AM   #1
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Progressive Industries Power Monitor & Portable Generator

Good Morning Campers,

I am trying to get an portable generator to run our RV while we dry camp for softball tournaments. The Progressive Industries Power Monitor will not allow the power to come in. I keep getting an open fault error code. I pug the unit into my buddies travel trailer & it runs just fine. We switch generators & I get the same error code so I think itís the PI Pwr monitor...

Anyone run into this issue & whatís the work around.

Thanks
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I remember reading that the PI unit will not work with generators because it needs to see pure sine wave power. Most generators produce square wave power. You'll need to turn off the PI unit or remove it, if it is a portable unit.
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Good Morning Campers,

I am trying to get an portable generator to run our RV while we dry camp for softball tournaments. The Progressive Industries Power Monitor will not allow the power to come in. I keep getting an open fault error code. I pug the unit into my buddies travel trailer & it runs just fine. We switch generators & I get the same error code so I think it’s the PI Pwr monitor...

Anyone run into this issue & what’s the work around.

Thanks
Please explain by "the unit" are you talking about the PM

If it works on his gen/trailer then the unit works. If you are using a portable unit just don't use it with the generator. You don't need it. You know the gen is wired correctly and they rarely throw out any kind of surge you need to be protected from. PM are for sure power protection. Loose connections. miss wired pedestals etc. What leg is open in this fault? Do a search on this forum for an Edison Plug for your gen.
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This is common with portable generators.
The issue is the generator does not bond the neutral to the ground and this causes the EMS to fault.
The commonly used cure is to either purchase or make your own plug.
Go to Home Debit or a hardware store and purchase a 3 prong 120v extension cord replacement male plug. Inside the plug you simply add a jumper wire from the ground to the NEUTRAL terminal.
No wire actually leaves the plug!
When you plug that into one of the outlets on your generator it will "bond" the ground and neutral and the EMS will be happy and so will you!
I'm sure you can purchase this special plug from some RV sources as well as finding YouTube video showing how to make your own.

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just remove the power monitor, you don't need it with a generator anyway...

we've traveled and camped and plugged in at hundreds of campgrounds, rv parks, private sites, and all sorts of electrical places, and have never had any issue, and don't own or use any type of 'external' or extra power 'monitor' or protection... it's simply overkill.
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Hmmm....I may be forgetful, but I was pretty sure PI's WEB site used to say their EMS would not work with generators. I just checked their site and here is what they now say:

Generators & Neutral Ground Connection:
If you have a Progressive industries EMS (electrical management system) surge protector installed, we recommend using a bonded neutral generator. If your generator is not neutral grounded you can find articles on multiple sites detailing ways to properly bond a generator.

NOTE: We no longer offer a generator plug to resolve this issue.
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Off-topic, but one of the best periods of my life was when my two daughters played travel fast-pitch, both on the same team. There is so much comraderie, competition and just plain fun.

But, man, what a whole lot of work as a parent (and assistant coach).

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a Ground Neutral Plug will fix that, ... easy to make, youtube video below, ... if I can find the pic of mine I will post it, ...

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You need one of those....

Generator Ground-Neutral Bonding | No~Shock~Zone
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yep and easy to make one.
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