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Old 11-01-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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We have been trying to use our Honda 2000 to charge our batteries in our motorhome when we are dry camping so as not have to start our 8 KW generator. We have a TRC surge guard /auto switch model # 40250 it will not allow us to use the Honda. The monitoring system indicates that we have an open ground. Has anybody with a TRC surge guard /auto switch model # 40250 had any success with this combination? Monaco is no help, nor is Honda, TRC said that I need to fix that floating ground but would say how rip& susie
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We have been trying to use our Honda 2000 to charge our batteries in our motorhome when we are dry camping so as not have to start our 8 KW generator. We have a TRC surge guard /auto switch model # 40250 it will not allow us to use the Honda. The monitoring system indicates that we have an open ground. Has anybody with a TRC surge guard /auto switch model # 40250 had any success with this combination? Monaco is no help, nor is Honda, TRC said that I need to fix that floating ground but would say how rip& susie
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Have you tried to just run a neg ground strap between the Gen and frame of chassis.
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but it sounds like you are trying to charge through the power cord. How about just using the Honda's battery cables to charge direct.
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the "open ground" is probably about neutral to ground bonding.

The Honda portable doesn't really have a neutral (like most gensets it has 2 isolated hots).

Check the manual. I think you can safely bond the 'hot' that is attached to the neutral side of the plug to frame ground. If you can do that, your equipment might be happy.

The suggestion to connect frame grounds is easier, safer, and well worth a try. But I thought the ground line in the plug was frame ground, maybe not?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BryanL:
the "open ground" is probably about neutral to ground bonding.

The Honda portable doesn't really have a neutral (like most gensets it has 2 isolated hots).

Check the manual. I think you can safely bond the 'hot' that is attached to the neutral side of the plug to frame ground. If you can do that, your equipment might be happy.

The suggestion to connect frame grounds is easier, safer, and well worth a try. But I thought the ground line in the plug was frame ground, maybe not? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We have tried the ground from genertor to motorhome & to earth ground they did not work, and I am sure you are on the right track with what you said but to make sure we understand we will open the honda case and hook up there frame ground to the neutral wire sound right
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