Inverter-can it REALLY invalidate a warranty?

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  1. sueandjohn

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    Hi all. this may seem like a strange question, but has anyone heard of this

    I was told by the main dealer where we bought our Swift Lifestyle moho that they wont fit inverters at all, in case there is "consequential damage" that may invalidate the warranty, in case of interference with other electrical goods and something else too weird to remember

    sound a bit of a strange cop-out to me but I stand to be corrected.

    Has anyone else heard of this please?

    ps i only really want it to run the 20" tv and charge my laptop
     
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    Sounds like they don't want to do the job! But it would be probably be cheaper and certainly more efficient to buy a 12v TV and a car charger for the laptop.
     
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    What a load of old cobblers.

    Richard.
     
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    Sounds like a typical dealer cop out to me.

    However, if you only want it for those two uses you might want to consider whether you really need it.

    Have you considered a 12v TV? There is plenty of choice available

    Similarly with the laptop. Most charge at 19v or similar. You will be stepping 12v from the batteries up to 230v with then inverter and then back down to 19v in the charger itself. Probably with the best inverter money can buy you will only be getting about 75-80% efficiency doing that. There are 12v chargers available for most brands of laptop.
     
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    Just a couple of years ago, when van sales were thin on the ground; dealers were only too quick to offer new buyers; solar, inverters, sat systems alarms, paint protection, bike racks etc etc. Now sales of vans are high they are back to normal and most are not interested in fitting any extras. They are to busy with PDI's and warranty work. You've just been fobbed off.
     
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    One has to ask the question;
    Do Swift, as a supplier of motorhomes, fit a habitation battery as standard (or do you have to buy one).
    If the answer to that question is "No" (ie, they do not supply the hab. battery), then I fail to see what the consequences of fitting an inverter are.
    They might as well say "You fit a habitation battery but THAT may invalidate your claim under warranty"
     
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    Oi! I didn't write that......................at least I didn't write 'shoemakers'.
    Looks like the thought police are at it again.
    Almost as daft as that dealer.

    Richard.
     
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    Cobblers :)
     
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    Have you considered getting a proper inverter, professionally fitted by @eddievanbitz ?
     
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    good point thanks
     
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    i will look at that straight away - thanks for the link


    o no he's in somerset and i am in cumbria
     
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    Should you abuse an inverter you could kill the leisure battery, so possibly invalidate the battery warranty.
     
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    I can understand their point to an extent.
    If you fit an inverter with no modifications to the original 230vac circuit then no problem.
    If, on the other hand, you utilise the vans 230vac sockets and wiring then that will invalidate any warranty on those factory fitted circuits.
    Any future fault could, and would, be blamed on the inverter.
     
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    Shoe menders :)
     
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    There's a thread running at the moment where the OP is using an inverter. Each time he plugs the item he wants to use into the inverter the 12v hab supply trips. There's a good & simple explanation for this but from a dealers viewpoint it might be more trouble than it's worth answering customer enquiries / complaints each time an inverter is used for a hairdrier.
     
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    That is exactly what I wrote.
    So why did your Cobblers get through but mine got changed.
    Infamy, infamy, they've all........................................:D:D:D

    Richard.
     
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    You have clearly been singled out as a subversive. Wear the badge with pride. :)
     
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