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Old 03-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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Radio use/shore power

We just bought our class C and loved the first weekend in it. One question was there is only one radio deck, that being the main one in the dashboard of the cab. When parked, using shore power, we were concerned that leaving the radio on throughout the day would drain the main vehicle battery. The question is, does the shore power charge not only the motorhome batteries but also the main vehicle battery? If not, what to do? Thanks.

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Get trickle charger and hook it up to the chassie battery. I always do this and have never had a problem


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Old 03-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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You can use the Sony receiver to tune in radio stations and that goes thru the surround sound. You also have the ability to connect the coach batteries to the chassis batteries to start the motor. Coach batteries will be charged as long as you are on shore power.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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just quick note on my c the radio is on the house most rad have 2 hot wires 1 for memory other tuner so when in a car when u start rad comes on ,but also clock nevers lose time (other hot wire)
turn off house bat & see if it goes off
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:18 PM   #5
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I was havin the same concern as you so I ran a new power wire from the house batteries to the constant power on radio. Then I ran a wire from house power to a to the acc wire but I pit a relay in connected to a switch back by the sink so it don't power the fuse box. I also Hooked up the acc wire from ignition key through a relay to turn radio on with the key. All set up works great and DON'T. send power from chassis to house or vise versa. Love it
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We just bought our class C and loved the first weekend in it. One question was there is only one radio deck, that being the main one in the dashboard of the cab. When parked, using shore power, we were concerned that leaving the radio on throughout the day would drain the main vehicle battery. The question is, does the shore power charge not only the motorhome batteries but also the main vehicle battery? If not, what to do? Thanks.

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Your Fleetwood 31n has a BIRD, it's a switch that charges all bateries when needed while plugged in or on gen set.
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Bi-Directional Isolator Relay Delay is under the entry stepps were the house batteries are located. Should charge all batteries if you are on shore power.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:06 PM   #8
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Thank you

I do have a BIRD. I had no idea such a thing existed. Thank you, one less thing to worry about.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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If your radio works with the key removed, it runs on house battery. An easy way to check is to turn off your 12 volt house switch. If radio goes out, it runs on house battery.
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