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Old 03-08-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Surge Protector with Inverter Generator

I have been reading quite a bit about surge protectors, and I like the Progressive Industries 30amp hard wired unit. Seems like it will do everything a true electrical system protector should.

However, I have also read that you cannot hook your trailer up to an inverter if you have one of these installed, which I'm assuming also means an inverter generator. Something about an open or floating neutral?

Anyways, I want the best of both worlds but don't know how to get it. I want my trailer to be surge protected when hooked up to shore power but also want to be able to plug into an inverter generator when boondocking.

Thoughts?
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I can't remember the trick to make it work with the inverter genny, someone will chime in soon. It's posted here somewhere.
The surge protector has an optional switch that will bypass the circuitry and disable it.
You can also do it without the switch but it requires opening the unit.
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Following. I want to get a surge protector but have not started investigating yet. I had no idea that one wouldn't be able to be used with a generator.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:19 PM   #4
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This link has a video that explains the issue with inverter generators and a simple solution.

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This is how I installed mine in my 27DSLR
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You just need to tie the neutral to the ground. A $2 plug and a piece of extra wire and you are done.

May start another thread but I thought I would ask.

Where do I install my hard wired EMS on the new 330RSTS Eagle?
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You just need to tie the neutral to the ground. A $2 plug and a piece of extra wire and you are done.

May start another thread but I thought I would ask.

Where do I install my hard wired EMS on the new 330RSTS Eagle?
Like Tom did, there must be room behind the converter. Pull it out and have a look.
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Is that a brand specific problem with the Progressive Industries units?
I have a hard wired 50 amp Surge Guard made by TRC, and have never had a problem using my inverter generator.
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The hardwired unit has a remote display so essentially it can go anywhere there is room and it's convenient.
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Not sure about the brand specific part - I would also be interested to know.

As far as the switch to bypass the circuitry, is that a separate component or is that feature part of the standard surge protector?
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What I have seen is an adapter that plugs into the generator that has the neutral and ground shorted together internally. Your camper 30a connector plugs into that.

There is a thread and many places to read about it. Personally I have no need for it. They can me made or purchased.
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