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Old 10-27-2011, 03:19 PM   #1
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Xantrex - Honda - Coach Power

This might be too long and complicated but here goes. I have a 2005 Alpine Coach 36FDDS with those Xantrex inverter. I have a small Honda 2000 Watt generator that we always used when we go winter camping just to run at night to keep the batteries charged. When I Had a 2002 Alpine Coach the Honda Gen worked just fine for a couple of lights in the battery charger however those Xantrex inverter does not even recognize the Honda as a legitimate power source. I called Xantrex and they said because the Honda's ground and neutral wires are not strapped that it will not be recognized as a low-power source. I called Honda and asked if there was anything I could do to strap the ground and neutral wires and they said that if I did I would blow out the Honda inverter board. They said they made generators for the whole world and could not help it that the US was goofy. So -- Xantrex says there is nothing I can do and Honda says there is nothing I can do. Does anyone know how I can power the motor home with the Honda generator through Xantrex inverter? Remember it's just for a few lights and the battery charger.
It runs eight hours on 1 gallon of regular gas - a lot cheaper than the Onan 7.5.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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Why power it through the Xantrex? The Honda is an inverter generator. I Have an emergency generator that powers the house during a power outage only some of the circuits are powered (no 220) even though the generator has it.
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