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    Default Portable generator and generator panel incompatibility

    We just installed a generator panel on a house and we were testing it out yesterday with the portable generator. The generator has a 120/240V 30A receptacle. The receptacle is protected by a 40A double pole GFCI breaker.

    When we came to plug our 120/240 30A extension into the receptacle of the generator it tripped the GFCI breaker. The electricien came and looked over his generator panel installation and everyting was OK. We the contacted the generator manufacturer and they told us that this was normal. The GFCI breaker will trip because the portable generator was not made to be installed on a generator panel.

    Did anyone have this problem before? Is there anyway to get this working?

    Last edited by luc; 05-20-2009 at 11:01 AM.


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