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Old 06-25-2019, 06:49 AM   #1
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My 2019 Classic is at Jackson Center to repair my big mistake so I thought I would have them do some other things while it's there. Asked about the easy start and they want $600.00 per AC for them installed. Is this a reasonable price?
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:11 AM   #2
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The Easy Start cost around $300 from Micro-Air (with no discounts). I installed my own, but if you are not good with that kind of thing, then $300 per installation isn't terrible, but it is not cheap.
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$300 for the unit, that means $300 of labor for 15-20 minutes of work. If you have any other choice for installation, it will be cheaper.
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Well - for someone like me who has a very healthy respect for electricity and no skills; the other things the $300 in their labor buys are presumably:

1) some warranty of workmanship
2) peace of mind that I didnít destroy the AC unit
3) not just the 20 minutes of their time, but the 3 hours of MY time Iíd have spent otherwise trying to figure it out...I figure my time is worth $100/hr

Iíll play with lots of stuff to try it. Electrical stuff usually isnít in that zone for me...

Good luck whatever you decide.
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$300 for the unit, that means $300 of labor for 15-20 minutes of work. If you have any other choice for installation, it will be cheaper.
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Thanks, I'll check with my dealer and see what he charges. Just thought it would be nice to have it done while it's there.
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Thanks, I'll check with my dealer and see what he charges. Just thought it would be nice to have it done while it's there.
You are close to ODM and they are fully capable of doing this properly. I think they last charged me about $120/ hr of labor and this job should not be more than an hour. The only issue will be getting scheduled in there for any work.
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It is indeed a high price. But probably in line with what JC charges for their other work. If you are going to the international rally there might be installation available there. There was at Salem. I figure you might save $300 to $400 on 2 installations somewhere else. Or not. I guess you have to decide if the extra hassle and risk of having someone else do it is worth it. JC understands that.
Are you going to run both AC units on a generator?
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My 2019 Classic is at Jackson Center to repair my big mistake so I thought I would have them do some other things while it's there. Asked about the easy start and they want $600.00 per AC for them installed. Is this a reasonable price?
Was the $600 an estimate or a firm price? Generally JC gives you estimates and $300 to install is a bit high.

In comparison, our installation for one AC cost us $70. That is for a half hour of labor which is about what it takes.

We love the team at JC and think they do great work. Since your trailer will already be there it may be worth paying their price. Plus they will stand behind their work. Consider your time, trouble, and expense to tow the trailer somewhere else to save a couple of hundred. May not be worth it.

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It took me 1 1/2 hours to install. Mostly because I just worked off of an extension ladder and didn't climb on the roof - so had to reposition ladder a few times. There is an excellent video on one of the easy start threads to show clearly what needs to be done and how to do it. Same guy who did an excellent backing up video. Do get the installation kit ($10) if you are going to do yourself, well worth having all the connectors before you begin...
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MicroAire (maker of the EasyStart) will be at Doswell so I recommend you have them install them while you are at the rally!
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No. You're not being ripped off. The job is a little more involved than it sounds. I was quoted 275 for EasyStart installation by a local RV service center. Decided to do the job myself. Took me about 3 hours plus a trip to Home Depot. An experienced tech could do the installation in 30 minutes, but after that the EasyStart has to go through the learning phase which requires the AC unit to be cycled on an off 5 times which takes at least 6-10 minutes between cycles. Because of the AC compressor learning process, EasyStart installation is actually a 2 hour job that can easily turn into 3 hours if there is a problem.
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My 2019 Classic is at Jackson Center to repair my big mistake so I thought I would have them do some other things while it's there. Asked about the easy start and they want $600.00 per AC for them installed. Is this a reasonable price?
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At the last three Internationals that we have attended the Easy Start folks have been vendors on site and selling and installing their units. Check with them to see if they will be at Dozwell (if you are) and how much they want.

Anyway that's what I'm going to do.
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$600 per unit is outrageous. I paid $350 fully installed in my Interstate, 6 months ago. I went to a local RV shop, and they did it in 45 minutes.

Camper World had a special last month where they will install anything you buy from them for $75. I'd start there

Be well and good luck.

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At the last three Internationals that we have attended the Easy Start folks have been vendors on site and selling and installing their units. Check with them to see if they will be at Dozwell (if you are) and how much they want.

Anyway that's what I'm going to do.
What and where is Dozwell? Thanks
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