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Old 02-23-2021, 07:13 AM   #1
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Charging MH with portable generator

I have a 2018 34t Forza and tried to connect my Cummings Onan P4500i generator to my MH... I would not accept the load from the generator... A Surge Guard indicates the generator has an open ground... The generator has a floating neutral...

Any body know how I can make the generator and MH comparable???
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Old 02-23-2021, 08:52 AM   #2
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I bought a plug end and installed a jumper wire inside the plug that tied the ground and neutrals together. (Hot terminal stays unused) Then simply plug that into the Gen spare outlet. This was for my previous boat that I used a Honda 2000 gen. Same principle as an RV.
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:51 PM   #3
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Ok forgive me for being a little slow of electrics, but your fix rings very true to what I have attempted to comprehend in YouTube... Am I right from my reading that using a jumper wire from the ground to the neutral bar of pin is the same as your fix with the lug end"... And after doing this my transfer switch will then transfer the load back to the neutral???

As I read, this procedure and your procedure bond the ground and then the transfer switch is happy happy... Right???
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May I inquire why you want to charge your Forza from an external generator and not the genset built into you motorhome?
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Old 02-23-2021, 08:23 PM   #5
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I camp a lot in primitive camps ground most of the summer in Colorado and typical use a small quiet portable generator rather than a 6,000 watt behemoth located under the front seat...
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It’s a common problem and one I experienced on my Forza using a Honda EU2000. Look here: https://youtu.be/iFpm04iJdGw
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:25 PM   #7
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I am Totally Confused!
My camper has a three plug
ground, neutral, hot

My cheap harbor freight generator has
ground, neutral, and hot,

Why on earth would I need and addition wire to connect the two together?

What would it do?
The two are already connected via,
ground, neutral and a hot.

For the record it works just fine.

What are you doing?
Is a wire broke?
Are you Jerry Rigging it?
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:29 PM   #8
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I am Totally Confused!
My camper has a three plug
ground, neutral, hot

My cheap harbor freight generator has
ground, neutral, and hot,

Why on earth would I need and addition wire to connect the two together?

What would it do?
The two are already connected via,
ground, neutral and a hot.

For the record it works just fine.

What are you doing?
Is a wire broke?
Are you Jerry Rigging it?
It's the difference between 50 amp service and 30 amp service.

50 amp plug has two hot legs, one neutral and one ground.
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Old 03-01-2021, 10:00 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by pobstlmo View Post
I am Totally Confused!
My camper has a three plug
ground, neutral, hot

My cheap harbor freight generator has
ground, neutral, and hot,

Why on earth would I need and addition wire to connect the two together?

What would it do?
The two are already connected via,
ground, neutral and a hot.

For the record it works just fine.

What are you doing?
Is a wire broke?
Are you Jerry Rigging it?

Its an electrical safety code, not Jerry rigging. In simple terms, it provides an alternative path back to the breaker box.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:05 PM   #10
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Thanks khocke, that worked great!!! I did it with the 20amp plug and my MH accepted the power!!! I am gonna buy a 30amp rv plug and to the same thing so I can go either way... Thanks again, I love these BLOG's... I really helps on the budget..
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