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Old 08-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Question About the In-Dash Radio/DVD Player

Wanted to play a dvd today - but could only do it with the key turned to accessory. Then it played on both the unit and the tv in the living area. Is there a way to do this so the ignition isn't turned to acc? Surround sound worked great btw.
Thanks for any help!
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:15 PM   #2
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What brand radio do you have? Mine is a MB and sometimes the radio will work with the ignition off....there is a complete manual just for this radio.
Others on this forum have brands other than this...
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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Wanted to play a dvd today - but could only do it with the key turned to accessory. Then it played on both the unit and the tv in the living area. Is there a way to do this so the ignition isn't turned to acc? Surround sound worked great btw.
Thanks for any help!

suggest you read the magnadyne thread. also read the post of mr clemens from
forest river. i believe this issue has already been adressed
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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Merry - My 2012 Solera has the Magnadyne M-4 LCD. It is wired to work when the vehicle is turned off - assuming the "House" battery is turned on. Forest River has a small circuit in the 'switched 12 volt' line to the radio to allow this without allowing feedback from the chassis battery to the house battery (basically diodes in each 12 Volt switched feed wire). This allows running the Magnadyne in any mode while camping - but does require manually turning it off (it does not go off with the ignition when the house battery is turned on).
You might PM JAMiller45 (he is Forest River Type "C" Electrical Engineer) as your unit is newer, is the "M" model, and may be wired differently.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #5
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Merry - My 2012 Solera has the Magnadyne M-4 LCD. It is wired to work when the vehicle is turned off - assuming the "House" battery is turned on. Forest River has a small circuit in the 'switched 12 volt' line to the radio to allow this without allowing feedback from the chassis battery to the house battery (basically diodes in each 12 Volt switched feed wire). This allows running the Magnadyne in any mode while camping - but does require manually turning it off (it does not go off with the ignition when the house battery is turned on).
You might PM JAMiller45 (he is Forest River Type "C" Electrical Engineer) as your unit is newer, is the "M" model, and may be wired differently.
By the way - really enjoy your posts and your enthusiasm! Keep them coming!
your answer does confuse me . turn what off. in other words the key is out of the ignition. then what do you do
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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Key is out of the ignition - what I termed "vehicle is turned off" - "house" battery is turned on - means the main switch in the stairwell is in the "on" position - then I just press the "On/Off/Nav" button on the Magnadyne - upper left corner of the Magnadyne just to the right of the up/down volume controls - and the Magnadyne turns on.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:42 PM   #7
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Key is out of the ignition - what I termed "vehicle is turned off" - "house" battery is turned on - means the main switch in the stairwell is in the "on" position - then I just press the "On/Off/Nav" button on the Magnadyne - upper left corner of the Magnadyne just to the right of the up/down volume controls - and the Magnadyne turns on.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:54 PM   #8
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Wanted to play a dvd today - but could only do it with the key turned to accessory. Then it played on both the unit and the tv in the living area. Is there a way to do this so the ignition isn't turned to acc? Surround sound worked great btw.
Thanks for any help!
That used to be the only way that it worked...as others have mentioned we rewired it as a running change to the house batteries.

Make sure your battery disconnect (in the stairwell) is not turned on (or off, I can never remember) Anyway, make sure you have 12v lights working. If the radio does not turn on at that point (pushing the power button) it may have been built before the wiring change.
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Note that the DVD picture will not appear on the in dash display unless the parking brake is engaged but will appear on the TV.

(If you located the orange wire and cut it off the parking brake and attached it to ground the "safety " feature would be defeated) .
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Note that the DVD picture will not appear on the in dash display unless the parking brake is engaged but will appear on the TV.

(If you located the orange wire and cut it off the parking brake and attached it to ground the "safety " feature would be defeated) .
Note: It will not pass inspection like this. Also watching TV while driving is only marginally safer than typing up your resume while driving.
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