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Old 04-17-2014, 09:21 AM   #1
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When it rains, it pours! I went in for battery service and discovered that the 8 year old batteries (all 8 of them) were bulging and needed replacement. After the new batteries were installed, I asked the service group to check all functions to make sure my electrical systems were ok. Later that day, I got a call that my Xantrex RS 3000 inverter was dead. It was replaced with a Magnum 2800. As I went in to assess the installation progress (due for the Alpine SoCal Rally that day), a white Mercedes Sprinter pulled up and parked next to my coach. I watched in horror as the Sprinter customer reversed his passenger front end into the side of my coach. Cost--$2700 damage to my Alpine! Fortunately, their insurance covered the cost. We made it to the rally although I was a bit frazzled!


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Old 04-17-2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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Sorry--but I am really suspicious that your inverter "failed" at exactly the same time as you were having your batteries replaced. I am familiar with the saying about the rain and pouring; I am also familiar with the saying "what a coincidence????" Perhaps the battery replacement didnt go as well as it should have----hummmmm?

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Old 04-17-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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Sorry about you problems It is easy to fry an inverter/charger if the batteries are shorted and the charger is working itself to death trying to charge the batteries. Not fun and the Sprinter is worse.
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OH my,my hear goes out to you at what an expense!!
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:01 AM   #5
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Same thing happened to us, when the MH sat unplugged in for 8 months while they were fixing it. Believe the repair place plugged in the MH incorrectly, and took out the unit first thing, was not discovered until "I was informed the coach was ready", when in fact it was not, 6 weeks later it was. Magnum is TOL inverter and field repairable, love ours.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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I agree--the remote is much simpler so that even my technology challenged co-pilot can operate it now. The RS 3000 had to many screens to navigate before you got to the inverter on entry.

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:51 PM   #7
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I can empathise, took my coach in for an alternator and chassis battery issue and wound up also doing the dreaded radiator replacement!! Amazing how fast the charges can pile up.

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