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Baja Man

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Posted: 08/31/21 05:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DrewE wrote:

The wiring in the trailer doesn't change when you plug into your own generator instead of the utility company's generators (which may be many miles away somewhere on the grid). The only negative with a surge protector may be that it detects the unbonded ground and neutral on the generator as an open ground and complains about that, if it's a decent EMS unit. The solution to that is pretty simple: either bypass the EMS, if it has a bypass switch, or plug a bonding plug into one of the outlets on the generator. A quick search of the forum will show what a bonding plug is and how to make one; it just connects the neutral to the ground on the generator.


DrewE.....

would a bonding plug be needed on EACH inverter/generator when connected with a parallel kit (I will be using two Champion inverters combined with the parallel kit)?


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Posted: 08/31/21 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tucquala....as DrewE suggests, sounds like the bonding plug is what you and I need.

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Posted: 08/31/21 07:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Baja Man wrote:

DrewE.....

would a bonding plug be needed on EACH inverter/generator when connected with a parallel kit (I will be using two Champion inverters combined with the parallel kit)?

I'm not DrewE, but one bonding plug in the system is enough. You don't need one on each generator. However, be sure the bonding plug is on ONE of the generators, not in an RV outlet.


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pianotuna wrote:

No need for a transfer switch. Do get one with a bypass switch. It appears that Hughes now makes a better surge protector than either Surge Guard or P.I.

https://hughesautoformers.com/power-watchdog-smart-surge-protectors/

I was likng the newer Hughes units until it was mentioned they do not have a bypass switch. On a hardwired unit no by pass would be a deal breaker for me.


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