Originally Posted by CA_Tallguy
I hope that bumping this old thread does not cause too much "friction" but to the OP -- Dockhead I believe -- how did your issues with the inverter/charger work out? Did it have to go in for service or did you find some wiring
I'm glad that a few folks chimed in late in this thread with endorsements of Victron as I was starting to get nervous reading all the problems Dockhead has had. I have almost made up my mind to get on the Victron boat and hadn't come across too much negative info about the brand before.
I have not had any more failures of Victron gear
in the last couple of years. Although I admit that I just left my isolation transformer failed in place -- never bothered to fix it.
The functionality of the Victron stuff is absolutely fantastic. So good that it may even be worth the risk of failure. The Multiplus charger/inverter is the heart of my boat's electrical system
, and I can't imagine being without it now.
So I wouldn't necessarily discourage anyone from going Victron -- it's the best, in terms of functionality. Just keep in mind that it might not be 100% reliable. I am not the only one to have had problems with this gear
But before settling on Victron, you might have a look at Newmar, or even Sterling equivalents. The Newmar stuff is supposed to be the best of all in terms of quality (was original fit on my boat), but very expensive. The Sterling stuff is very cheap
, and is supposed to be really excellent -- heard this from more than one marine
electrician. Don't think they make any exact equivalent of the Multiplus, though.