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Old 04-10-2017, 09:50 AM   #1
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Skoolie Solar/House Electric. How does this look so far?

Just curious if I wired this correctly as far as house wiring. I looked at the wiring in my actual home and it looked like neutral and earth were wired together. I have my inverter Live wire going to one line of breakers and then bridged over to the other one for the breakers on that line. One question I do have if this in fact correct is whether or not to link my inverter body's ground to the bus frame and also the neutral/earth bar of the home breaker panel to the frame of the bus as well. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:46 AM   #2
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Just curious if I wired this correctly as far as house wiring. I looked at the wiring in my actual home and it looked like neutral and earth were wired together. I have my inverter Live wire going to one line of breakers and then bridged over to the other one for the breakers on that line. One question I do have if this in fact correct is whether or not to link my inverter body's ground to the bus frame and also the neutral/earth bar of the home breaker panel to the frame of the bus as well. Thanks in advance!
Hey Kdruva,

Looking at the pic of your panel and it is not correct.

You have the Neutral and the Ground bonded. They should be isolated in your bus panel.

Also, you have no "Main" breaker or disconnect on the incoming line. I don't know that it is an absolute necessity but I would certainly want a way to de-energize the panel without having to go outside and unplug.


If you look at your home panel they will be bonded and that is correct but not in your bus/RV panel.

As far as grounding the inverter to the bus frame: yes. Although I have heard of some folks having strange issue when plugging inverters with auto transfer switches into GFI protected receptacles when doing this. They contacted the inverter manufacturer to resolve the issue.

The Neutral should not be bonded to the frame.
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This should be fun?

Out of curiosity, are you running a circuit for shore power also, or strictly solar?
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:52 AM   #4
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Looking at the pic of your panel and it is NOT correct.

You have the Neutral and the Ground bonded. They should be isolated in your bus panel.

If you look at your home panel they will be bonded and that is correct but not in your bus/RV panel.
Thank you much. So then would the neutral or ground be connected to the bus frame along with the body of the inverter?

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This should be fun?

Out of curiosity, are you running a circuit for shore power also, or strictly solar?
The shore power goes through my inverter which is a Samlex 2,200 watt 24v inverter with a built in shore power switchover.
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The ground for your panel and inverter should both be attached to the body. Neutral wires do not ground to the body.

As Steve said, the ground and neutral bus bars in your bus panel should be separate (not connected together). The ground/neutral bond happens only at the shore power panel.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:59 PM   #6
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Awesome will do! Thanks for the help!
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Looks like in that panel the bus bar across the top is for neutral and the one in the lower corner is for ground. Often there's a screw that can be installed through the neutral bar to bond it to ground. I see a hole in that neutral bar so it's probably not bonded, but it wouldn't hurt to verify with an ohm meter.

I recommend investigating the inverter's built-in shore power switchover feature to confirm that it automatically makes the ground-neutral bond when on inverter power and breaks the bond when on pass-through shore power.
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