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Old 02-16-2018, 06:46 AM   #1
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'03 Bounder radio -> house power?

I just installed solar, checking all the current draws, etc. There's a switch to provide power to run the radio when the engine is off, but I found out the hard way that it still runs off the chassis battery.... dead battery when I left it on all night. It's possible that my chassis battery is weak, but it starts the engine just fine.

In any case, I think I want to wire the radio so it always runs off of house power, even when driving. The only house power I can find near the dash is a lighter outlet near the passenger seat, but the wire to it is puny. Has anybody else made this modification, or have any clues where I can find house power somewhere near the radio?

It's Workhorse W chassis, if that matters.
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Do you not have a switch anywhere on your dash that will switch your radio between the battery and house power? We have that on our 97 Fleetwood Pace Arrow. And the power for our radio does also come from the same power as the cigarette lighter (which is also connected to the converter and a couple other items (fridge maybe), as I found out the hard way last summer, when I blew the fuse adding bluetooth to my radio. So if you do switch it, and blow a fuse, be aware that your circuit may be running other items, too. I posted about my findings here last summer, I think.
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I found my old post about the radio... check this one out... especially post #13, where I explain all the items on that fuse/circuit!

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f107/coul...lp-355571.html
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Do you not have a switch anywhere on your dash that will switch your radio between the battery and house power?
I had Ass-U-Me'd the switch connected it to house power, but apparently it still draws from the chassis battery. I guess it just bypasses the ignition switch.

Seems like the best solution is to connect the radio to house power full time. Even if I forget to turn it off, I'd rather draw from the house batteries.
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Thanks, that should help.

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I found my old post about the radio... check this one out... especially post #13, where I explain all the items on that fuse/circuit!

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f107/coul...lp-355571.html
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