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Old 04-25-2016, 09:29 AM   #1
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Can I/Should I ground my generator?

I have a Honda EU 1000 I generator. We just bought a coaching clipper 17FQ. We expect to do a lot of boondocking, so we upgraded the batteries to 2 Trojan 145 batts. As I understand it, the 110 outlets in the trailer will operate only on shore power or when the generator is plugged in.

My surge protector, when plugged into the generator, shows an open ground. There is a grounding screw on the front of the generator panel, or at least what I think looks like a grounding screw.

Should I ground the generator when operating out in a dry camping environment? If so, I would be very grateful for your advice on how to do that correctly.

Many thanks from a complete rookie.

Hal
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:39 AM   #2
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If you are only using portable cords plugged into the generator you need to do nothing. Sticking a ground rod into the dirt will not add any safety measure.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:43 AM   #3
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Can I/Should I ground my generator?

You need to make a neutral bonded plug.
Then you'll plug it into one of the outlets.



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Old 04-25-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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Not sure why you would be seeing an open most generators make a complete circuit. The grounding lug is used when two generators are hooked in parallel Why are you running a surge protector with your generator I doubt you could get a surge large enough to cause any problems before the generator would trip.
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You need to make a neutral bonded plug.
Then you'll plug it into one of the outlets.



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That will trick the surge protector to think the generator is grounded. Some surge protectors are hardwired inside the RV.
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I like my surge protector inline when I run two Hondas because when one runs out of gas with the AC on the S/P shuts down because of the low voltage.
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The reason to ground a generator is to discharge static. I seem to remember every Army generator came with 3-3foot ground rod sections and to complete the ground for whatever you were powering.
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:16 PM   #8
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Grounding the generator to the earth will not fix his issue.
Only a neutral bonded plug will.


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Old 04-25-2016, 01:23 PM   #9
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Agree with Turbs. The surge protector is not sensing the ground or neutral. It is sensing that there is no voltage between the hot and ground and assuming that is an open ground since if your were plugged into your house or a power pedestal there would be 120 volts between the hot and neutral and between the hot and ground. RVs do not connect the two for reasons that have been stated in this thread numerous times.

Make a plug like Turbs has indicated and it should solve your problem. In either case it won't hurt anything. Just plug it into one of the duplex outlets (with the cover in place on the plug...of course.)
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Link to article explaining how to build the adapter plug
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