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Old 05-01-2012, 04:06 PM   #11
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Our Honda stays chained into the box of our truck anytime it comes with us as well. The exhaust is pointed up and out the side by design with the Honda when it is set in the bed sideways.

From my Honda owner manual.

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Before using the ground terminal, consult a qualified electrician,electrical inspector or local agency having jurisdiction for local codes or ordinances that apply to the intended use of the generator.


The generator ground terminal is connected to the frame of the generator, the metal non-current-carrying parts of the generator, and the ground terminals of each receptacle.
Mine says the same thing. I figured tying the frames together is what it meant. I could certainly be wrong though...
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #12
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If I was still a member of the TrailManorOwners forums I would copy out an old post of mine. I am going to check with my electrical buddy and so I can remember what the exact answer is. Its all the NEC.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:46 PM   #14
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some local codes require you to ground your generator, others consider it to be a "closed" system only requiring bonding your unit if you run power from it into somewhere that is already fed from another power source (bonding two systems together).

I'd put your genny in your truck, turn it on and enjoy. Provided you have a decent extension with a working ground, you will be fine.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:08 PM   #15
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some local codes require you to ground your generator, others consider it to be a "closed" system only requiring bonding your unit if you run power from it into somewhere that is already fed from another power source (bonding two systems together).

I'd put your genny in your truck, turn it on and enjoy. Provided you have a decent extension with a working ground, you will be fine.
Thank you. Better safe than sorry, for sure.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:48 PM   #16
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A ground to "the ground" is not necessary and could pose a potential electrical problem. Plugging the trailer into the generator is just like connecting to he power pole at the RV park. The ground connection on the generator is the same as the ground on the plug on the generator, it should be the same on the power supplied by the RV park. The RV is never directly connected to earth ground due to rubber tires and the poor connection of any metal touching the ground - jacks, etc.

Just hook it up and run as you would in a RV park.

I think lowering the tailgate and opening the tonneau cover should be just fine. The generator needs a way to suck in air and a place to blow it out. If you bedroom is in front of your TT I would think about a fan to blow the exhaust away from the trailer.
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my Avalanche has a 3-piece bed cover. i simply take one off and run the Honda inside, to make it quieterj and to provide ventilation.
never have fooled with a ground, don't feel it's necessary, based on Honda posts.
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Thanks for the advice. Working on getting all the details worked out before leaving in June of our 7 week Florida to South Dakota/Colorado/wherever sounds good to go trip. I know I will miss a lot of the things I need to know, but advice from forum members sure is helping.
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