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Old 08-12-2015, 06:00 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, 06:16 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, 06:40 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, 06:48 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, 06:51 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, 07:33 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, 07:41 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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Old 08-12-2015, 07:56 PM   #29
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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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Old 08-12-2015, 10:12 PM   #31
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Mine is fine no complaints.
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Mine does everything I want it to do. We don't dry camp often mostly when traveling. We also don't have a res fridge so I only need it for lights and TV.



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2014 400BH and my inverter is fine and I do a fair share of dry camping


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Old 08-12-2015, 11:20 PM   #34
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Jcowles,
What size is your inverter? Is it the Magnum Energy MM1212?


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Old 08-13-2015, 07:02 AM   #35
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Problems, problems, problems...

I have a 2012 390bh. My inverter is the mm1212 it stopped charging last year. After call in tech support and randy at fr they said it was time to replace it. Ironically is was out of warranty by a couple months. I ordered one online it was just under 800 and switched it out myself. Not a hard job. The alternator on the engine will charge house batteries. I learned this from not having the inverter working for a week or two while on the road.

And after about 150 camping days in the berk. Never had a problem with the size of the inventor.


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Old 08-18-2015, 08:31 PM   #36
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Update on the inverter ...

Bought an inverter off of Amazon. Since I am a member of Amazon prime, I was able to get free 2 day shipping. For $11 more I got overnight shipping. Ordered it Friday, had it in hand before noon on Monday, installed it myself in under an hr, no problems so far.
$730 vs. $8500!


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Old 08-18-2015, 08:58 PM   #38
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Update on the inverter ...

Bought an inverter off of Amazon. Since I am a member of Amazon prime, I was able to get free 2 day shipping. For $11 more I got overnight shipping. Ordered it Friday, had it in hand before noon on Monday, installed it myself in under an hr, no problems so far.
$730 vs. $8500!


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Great news! Did you install the same inverter?
No go pull the mask off that RV repair crook.



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Old 08-18-2015, 09:03 PM   #39
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Pays to do things yourself and not let them make $7700 off you for 1 hr of your time installing it.
Take the $7700 savings and eat a big juicy steak and laugh at how you almost go robbed. These dealers think we are dumb I guess.
Glad your all fixed up now and saved your self from shotty people, now you know not to return to the thieves you just left.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:09 AM   #40
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Installed same inverter, Magnum Energy MM1212.
I just couldn't see how I needed 3000 watts of inverter if I don't even turn on the inverter.
I'm spoiled, I park where there's water, electricity, and sewer.
If I'm parked in a Walmart parking lot, it's only for sleep.
Thx for all of your input guys!!!


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