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Old 07-22-2020, 10:46 AM   #1
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Cool Do I need to ground my generator?

I just purchased a Champion 2000w inverter/generator and noticed there is a ground lug on the control panel. Do I need to connect it to an in-ground rod before connecting to my trailer? Don't want to damage something.

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Almost nobody does.

As a independent power producer, its not tied into the power grid and doesn't have the potential for voltages between it and the earth.
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:17 AM   #3
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Could also be a lug for the parallel wires is you were running 2 side by side.....If you're using a Progressive Industry EMS, repost and let us know.....makes a difference on what's required...
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Old 07-23-2020, 02:07 PM   #4
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Could also be a lug for the parallel wires is you were running 2 side by side.....If you're using a Progressive Industry EMS, repost and let us know.....makes a difference on what's required...
TRY THIS:

https://www.jadelearning.com/blog/gr...le-generators/
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Old 07-23-2020, 02:20 PM   #5
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Didn't see anything there about an inverter type.......And that lug on the 2000 is for running 2 in parallel.....my Hondas have the same arrangement and the parallel wires they sell have 3 wires in the loom...
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Old 07-27-2020, 08:06 AM   #6
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Forget about the answers your getting. WHAT DOES YOUR MANUAL SAY!!!!!
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Old 07-27-2020, 09:22 AM   #7
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Straight from the manual

Grounding
Your generator must be properly connected to an
appropriate ground to help prevent electric shock.
A ground terminal connected to the frame of the generator
has been provided on the power panel. For remote
grounding, connect of a length of heavy gauge (12 AWG
minimum) copper wire between the generator ground
terminal and a copper rod driven into the ground. We
strongly recommend that you consult with a qualified
electrician to ensure compliance with local electrical codes.

You have a generator that is generating electricity. If you don't provide a ground path, you could be in for a nasty surprise, when/if the generator leaks current. All electrical producers are grounded for safety.
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IT'S NOT an open frame contractor type generator.....google the OP's genny......
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IT'S NOT an open frame contractor type generator.....google the OP's genny......
How can you argue something that is in the manuals safety instructions? Just curious, not trying to start anything.... If it's stated as a safety precaution shouldn't it be followed as to ensure no damage to your rig? Again, Im no electrical expert just wondering why you wouldn't ground it when it says you should?
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I find Mike Sokol provides a lot of good information on electricity and RVs. In short he says no need to ground a generator if connected to just 1 rv.

In that the OP seems to be a newbie, I recommend he read thru a number of Mikes posts. Here is his post that answers this question:
https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-electric...nding-bonding/
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I find Mike Sokol provides a lot of good information on electricity and RVs. In short he says no need to ground a generator if connected to just 1 rv.

In that the OP seems to be a newbie, I recommend he read thru a number of Mikes posts. Here is his post that answers this question:
https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-electric...nding-bonding/
Interesting, thank you!
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How can you argue something that is in the manuals safety instructions? Just curious, not trying to start anything.... If it's stated as a safety precaution shouldn't it be followed as to ensure no damage to your rig? Again, Im no electrical expert just wondering why you wouldn't ground it when it says you should?

So you'll lose any warranty aspects, could void parts of insurances etc. Gotta love forums, were they know better than the manufacturers of products, safety is not job on.
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You'll find that in every manual.....It's a PYA statement.....you'll find the same thing in power tool manuals.....
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IT'S NOT an open frame contractor type generator.....google the OP's genny......
Were you refering to my post? The quote was directly from the manual covering HIS generator. And you can whitewash it with "it's a CYA" statement all you like. 24 years in the AF, and we always grounded our equipment. It's a safety thing.
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