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Old 01-29-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Boondocking Lake Havasu Arizona Feb 2012

Getting together for my first boondocker with friends on the east side of Lake Havasu Arizona on BLM land.
Lake Havasu has a Winter Fest with 5 days of fireworks (Feb 16-20)

I have a Honda EU3000is generator and plan to keep it in the bed of my truck when running.
Question:
MUST I run a seperate ground wire from the ground terminal on the side of the unit to a ground rod in the dirt or is this not needed.

The electrical in the trailer will be grounded back tothe generator.

What do you think? Ground the generator or not?


OH Boondocking during winter in Arizona is not really that bad.
Temps are like 70-75 day and 40-45 at night. LOL Breeee
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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I have a Honda EU3000is generator and plan to keep it in the bed of my truck when running.
Question:
MUST I run a seperate ground wire from the ground terminal on the side of the unit to a ground rod in the dirt or is this not needed.

The electrical in the trailer will be grounded back tothe generator.

What do you think? Ground the generator or not?
Whether you want to make a separate earth ground probably
depends on a couple of things.

1) What reason does the User Manual give for wanting an
earth ground?

1) It may depend on what connections - if any - exist between
the AC neutral wire, the ground wire, and the earth ground terminal.
Depending on how they are connected - or not - to each other
might make it safer to not have an earth ground at the genset
and TT. Other connections might lead to opposite conclusion...
What does the schematic show?

Oh yes, will the chassis of the TT have an earth ground - ie hitch
jack or any metal part touching the earth, rather wood or plastic
pads?

cheers,
johnd
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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I don't ground mine and have had no issues. Just fire it up and plug in trailer.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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I don't ground mine and have had no issues. Just fire it up and plug in trailer.
same here infact I have wired my 5thwheel so that I can run the honda going down the road to keep a small freezer cold when needed
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #5
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same here infact I have wired my 5thwheel so that I can run the honda going down the road to keep a small freezer cold when needed


What did you do add a plug up front of the trailer?
Have any pics?
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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What did you do add a plug up front of the trailer?
Have any pics?
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Sorry Iggy about being so long in posting these photos Just noticed your question today. I ran a HD ex cord from the 5wheel hitch to a standard 120v plug in just below my tv. On my trailer this was easy only had to drill one hold for the cord and wire the cord into the plug.
When I need the freezer on a long trip. I just plug in the freezer & plug into the honda in the bed of my truck and I am all set the honda 2000 will run for about 5 hours


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