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Old 08-21-2015, 12:02 AM   #1
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I have read a lot in the forum stating the coach radio is wired to the coach battery When ignition on, and to the chassis battery or shore power when off. Well my radio does not work with the ignition off. I have to move it to accessory to use the sound of the radio for the TV. Can someone please let me know how to be sure my radio is working off of shore power or how to make it work off of shore power? I just don't want to kill my battery. Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:56 AM   #2
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I also have a 3170 and when the ignition is off the radio plays only if the rear power dial is in the on position.
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:10 AM   #3
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x2 battery switch would have to be on
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:10 AM   #4
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With my 2860, the radio does not work with coach power, only with the house battery. So I have to turn on the house battery while driving to have my radio on. Seems odd, but I usually have it on while driving anyway.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:07 AM   #5
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I have tried it several different times including just now as we are at a site. There is no way to turn my radio on without turning a key in the ignition. Coach battery switch is on, and I am plugged into shore power. So everyone else can just press the power button on their radio with no key on ignition, and it turns on as long as the coach better switch is on?
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:16 AM   #6
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I believe it depends when your unit was built. As I recall, FR made the change sometime during the 2015 model year. My 2016 gets power from the chassis battery when the engine is running and from the coach batteries when off. This is indicated by a red light around the on/off switch when parked.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:43 AM   #7
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I probably should have specified, mine is a 2013. So if my ignition is on accessory, Am I using my chassis battery? Would be really weak of there is no way for me to use that stereo for TV sound without killing my battery as the TV has the weakest volume I have ever heard.

Of course add a leak to the top of the bunk house popout now.... I will save that for another topic.
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Of course add a leak to the top of the bunk house popout now.... I will save that for another topic.
Just a quick reply on that. We had the same problem. I took off the slide topper and ran Dicor along the seam toward the front of the slide. That should fix the problem.
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Of course add a leak to the top of the bunk house popout now.... I will save that for another topic.
Just a quick reply on that. We had the same problem. I took off the slide topper and ran Dicor along the seam toward the front of the slide. That should fix the problem.
Thanks! I will do that when I get home. Does that topper come off easily?
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Old 08-21-2015, 03:32 PM   #10
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You could add a switch to choose power source or a relay to auto transfer with ignition off.
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