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Good Monday morning Ollie owners and perspective owners. Just wanted to share this post with you since I've had to answer this question a few times. Progressive dynamics surge protector will give you an error 2 code with some generators that have a neutral ground. The way to solve that is to get a plug designed to ground the system. The following link has such a plug and a short video demonstrating how to test your generator to see if it needs one. Have a great week everyone.



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Don't spend the $20.00 or so to get one from the company. Simply buy a replacement cord plug from Home Depot or equivalent and internally short the ground and the neutral. Plug this into the 20 amp outlet on your generator and leave it there until you sell it. All your problems are solved (or at least the ones concerning your surge protector not letting power from your gennie pass through. )

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I didn't have the Progressive dynamics surge protector installed on our Olli just because it looked over complicated. There are much cheaper surge protectors on the market and I really like being able to plug my surge protector into the host electric box before I plug the trailer into it. We bought ours from LHC - https://littlehousecustoms.com/store.html#elec but they sell others that do the same job in many stores -  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015G2YYN0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=DVETVI1ZF5E8&coliid=I93WIN41CDMPD&psc=1


I've had my old Honda 2000i generator for 14 years and have never had a problem that couldn't be fixed by just cleaning out the orifice. So for me... I would not only save money on that $20.00 part... because if the Progressive dynamics surge protector doesn't like my perfectly good Honda Power, then it doesn't need to be included as part of my system :)


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Simply buy a replacement cord plug from Home Depot or equivalent and internally short the ground and the neutral.

It was not obvious to me as to how to do this. This site helped me. http://noshockzone.org/generator-ground-neutral-bonding/

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