I am working on installing a Victron Energy Phoenix Inverter 800VA into my little teardrop RV. I am doing something men just don't do, I read the Victron Energy Phoenix Inverter manual! Appendix A starts off by saying:
The AC output is isolated from the DC input and the chassis. Local regulations may require a true neutral. In this case, one of the AC output wires must be connected to the chassis, and the chassis must be connected to a reliable ground. Inside the inverter, a provision has been made to be able to connect the neural and the chassis; the way to do this is explained below.
Please be sure to disconnect the battery when connecting the neutral to protective earth (PE).
An internal PE wire, which is used to connect the neutral and the chassis, is accessible after removing the plastic cover. A Torx T10 screwdriver is needed to loosen the four screws which hold the plastic cover.
And it concludes with this:
For both safety and functionality, I am seeking two answers:
1: It sounds to me like the neutral is floating right now. Do I need to open up the case and move the wire?
2: Regarding the ground on the inverter (seen in the next image), should I be connecting that to the chassis of the RV?
Out of pure curiosity, I have one question:
What what I have read about neutral-ground bonding, why would you NOT want the bound together? Aka, why do some generators not have them bound, it seems to only cause problems, but there has to be a reason for it, so inquiring minds want to know!
I left off some important info out of ignorance. Sorry about that:
This question is NOT a continuation of my question the other day. Thanks to lots of GREAT answers to that question I finally realized that 120V AC is actually complex, too complex for my simple mind. I was going to get a Victron MultiPlux 800VA until someone on FB pointed out they are not 120V, but 230V.
I have opted to keep things real simple. I will install the inverter and then use a good old extension cord to run it to whatever I want to power at the time. At times that might mean I actually have to unplug something from the shore power outlet, but that seems a lot safer, easier, and cheaper than trying to figure how how to implement my own version of a MultiPlus.
In time, if this whole idea of working out of this little RV is successful, then I will look at investing in a MultiPlus 2000, or, if it isn't, then I will be looking at getting a bigger RV where I will need at least a MultiPlus 2000, if not a bigger one. (When this is all said and done, I do want to be able to run the RV's A/C off solar. A big ask, but that is a LONG way down the road! Step one is to simply be able to power the core work things with the battery.)