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Old 06-26-2014, 01:23 PM   #11
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Spindrift I mounted our just like Atom did with one exception. If you donít have a generator and use a portable one like us you will have a problem with a open ground. And that will not let power through. Just doing its job. Theres 2 ways around this. one you could use a bonding plug. What this is is the connection of the ground and neutral prong of a male plug with a wire and simply plug that into the 120 of your generator. Very mixed reviews and most don't recommend it but many have done it for years with no problems. Or plan 2 and this is what I did. Get 2 50amp dryer plugs both male and female and and wire them so you can plug them together to either use the surge protector or you and simply change the plugs and eliminate the surge protector. When using a portable generator I was told that they already have built in surge protection and one is not needed. Especially the newer inverter genís. Just another idea.
One other option if you have the remote is to just flip the "Bypass" switch for the surge protector. Just be sure to flip it back when you stop using the generator.
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:23 PM   #12
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I'm not an EE either (just a dumb Mech Eng!), but the Honda genny has something called a "floating neutral". I have portable surge guards (a 50 amp and 30 amp) and I don't use a guard when I run our 3K Honda. I do note that the power bar in the entertainment area that has a surge protector lights up a warning indicator when I'm running the Honda. I prefer the portable surge guard because of the flexibility that I have. I don't think you need a surge guard when running the Honda
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:13 PM   #13
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One other option if you have the remote is to just flip the "Bypass" switch for the surge protector. Just be sure to flip it back when you stop using the generator.
The remote has a bypass? Oh man another reason to buy the remote version! Wonder if mine has one on the box.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:43 PM   #14
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Yeah, that would be nice. My hard wired Surge Guard does not have that feature.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:22 PM   #15
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http://www.noshockzone.org/generator...utral-bonding/

Great article...even better Web site for all you techies.
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http://www.noshockzone.org/generator...utral-bonding/

Great article...even better Web site for all you techies.
Wow !! That is a heck of a read. We have a portable Yamaha that we have not tried yet, so that might be something to look at. Thanks for a great article !!
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Power will get to you surge protector but because your coach is not ground to the ground like a house is it sees a OPEN GROUND and that stops the surge protector from sending power through. Surge protectors are not needed on Honda generators or most others. You can make up a plug like I said above or you can eliminate the surge protector If it is a portable one or you did something like I did mine.
A WORD OF CAUTION!!! if you make up the bonding male plug (hooking the ground and neutral together then just plug in to the generators 120 outlet) PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE IT OUT BEFORE YOU USE IT TO RUN YOUR HOUSE!!!! Very important!!!!!
This will cause harm to you generator if you leave it in and hook up to your house. I found out the hard way and cooked the board in the generator. Make up the plug, plug it in and youíll here the click.
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