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Old 08-12-2015, 07:00 PM   #21
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So I got some details from the repair guy today. He said the 3000w inverter/charger(130 amp on charging side) is about $3200.
another $400 to upgrade the remote.
About $200 to upgrade the fuse to 300a. And a few other odds and ends bringing total parts to just over $4000. I guess the other $4500 is labor.
I checked the prices at Magnum Energy website and can get a 2800w inverter with 125a charger for $1700.
The remote is $169, and the fuse upgrade is $69.
That's half the cost!
I understand the garages like to markup the price on parts a little but that's way out of line.



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Old 08-12-2015, 07:16 PM   #22
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Not sure what to say to that. P.T. Barnum may apply here.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:40 PM   #23
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So I got some details from the repair guy today. He said the 3000w inverter/charger(130 amp on charging side) is about $3200.
another $400 to upgrade the remote.
About $200 to upgrade the fuse to 300a. And a few other odds and ends bringing total parts to just over $4000. I guess the other $4500 is labor.
I checked the prices at Magnum Energy website and can get a 2800w inverter with 125a charger for $1700.
The remote is $169, and the fuse upgrade is $69.
That's half the cost!
I understand the garages like to markup the price on parts a little but that's way out of line.



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Are you running a residential fridge? That is a lot of inverter. If you have that 2800 installed what upgrade will you need to do to the battery bank. The stock battery will last 5 minutes with that much draw. I don't see how you could add batteries unless you moved them to another compartment and that would need to be vented unless you went with all AGM batteries. Just curious.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:48 PM   #24
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I don't have a residential fridge, and nothing was said about a battery upgrade.
I don't even use the Inverter except as a passthru for shore power. The inverter is never turned on.
It's looking like the issue must be in the charger side of it.


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Old 08-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #25
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:51 PM   #26
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Why not just replace what you have or just a slight upgrade. Anymore and you are wasting your money especially if you aren't really doing major dry camping.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:33 PM   #27
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Phil,

The more I look into this, the more I agree with you. I'm currently swapping emails with someone at Magnum Energy and after looking at inverter sizes on bigger/pricier rigs than mine, im not seeing anything with more than 2800w.
I might look at upping it to 1500 but that's about it.


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Old 08-12-2015, 08:41 PM   #28
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Why not just replace what you have or just a slight upgrade. Anymore and you are wasting your money especially if you aren't really doing major dry camping.
X2 to what Phil & Dianna said. As I stated before, I have the same 2012 Berk as the OP and feel it has enough power. As another option, can't the factory recondition the inverter at a fraction of a new one? Or is that a pipe dream!
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The mechanic said my extended warranty would cover repair but not replace.
But he also said they'd pay about $1500 to repair it but it only costs around $750 new so I have trouble with anything he says


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I am just curious, how many Berk owners feel that they have an undersized charger/inverter?
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