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Old 09-16-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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Radio auto off problem

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The radio stays on after ignition is turned off.

Anyone experience this or have any suggestions?

It did happen after lost all power and radio reset. But I don't see any settings on radio for this.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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My radio has always stayed on after shutting down the ignition. If there's a way for the radio to turn off with the ignition, I'd really like to hear it. I didn't know it could do that!
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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The radio will come on and shut off with the ignition if it was turned on when the battery was disconnected with the switch by the door.
If your house batteries are connected, then you have to shut off the radio with the very small on/off switch on the front of the radio, or with the remote control.
I know - the whole contraption is very confusing!
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Two modes of operation:
1. With coach batteries operating normally you must turn Kenwood radio on/off manually. This allows easy use of this entertainment system when camping.
2. With coach battery disconnected radio operates like a OEM sprinter radio that is powered on/off with starter key like most automobiles. It can also always be turned on/off manually.
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Strange. Mine has ALWAYS turned off when I turn off the ignition. I didn't know it could be set to stay on! I'll have to experiment with it now; it would be nice to listen to my iPod before going to bed, without having to use earphones.
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The radio will come on and shut off with the ignition if it was turned on when the battery was disconnected with the switch by the door.
If your house batteries are connected, then you have to shut off the radio with the very small on/off switch on the front of the radio, or with the remote control.
I know - the whole contraption is very confusing!
Adding to the confusion is when running off of the Sprinter battery the radio will automatically shut off after 30 minutes. It is difficult to keep up with what condition it is operating under.
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Strange. Mine has ALWAYS turned off when I turn off the ignition. I didn't know it could be set to stay on! I'll have to experiment with it now; it would be nice to listen to my iPod before going to bed, without having to use earphones.
Just had a "Duh!" moment… My Kenwood DNX7180 is not original. The original DNX7160 was ripped out by the roots by a burglar the day after I bought my Interstate. It's entirely posible that the installer who put in the new unit wired it up like any car, so that it works solely on the chassis battery, and shuts off when the ignition shuts off. If he didn't know to wire it into the house system as well, he wouldn't have. That could be why mine is different. I don't even get the 30-minute delay after the ignition is turned off; it's key off, stereo off.
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Adding to the confusion is when running off of the Sprinter battery the radio will automatically shut off after 30 minutes. It is difficult to keep up with what condition it is operating under.
On my 2011 Interstate, the radio shuts off when the key is removed or after 30 minutes, whichever comes first. Of course it is the Mercedes Benz version of the radio.
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So I tested mine and the radio did indeed turn on and off with the ignition as long as I have the house battery turned off. But as soon as I turn the house battery back on (which I always leave on), I have to turn the radio off with the tiny switch on the radio again. My 2013 Interstate doesn't have the remote battery disconnect switch by the sliding door, and I keep the bed topper on, so getting to the disconnect switch every time I drive isn't an option for me. If the radio power button were off to one side of the radio, it wouldn't be so bad. But Kenwood decided to place the power button on the 3rd tiny button from the right. Why???
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There's a standby icon which will also turn off the radio, and you ought to be able to use the remote control to put it in standby.
The downside is you can still hear the hard drive running - and using up the battery!
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There's a standby icon which will also turn off the radio, and you ought to be able to use the remote control to put it in standby.
The downside is you can still hear the hard drive running - and using up the battery!
What radio do you have? The Kenwood DNX7190HD in my 2013 Interstate does not have a hard drive.
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It's a DNX890HD - this has the 2014 upgrades so I guess that was part of it.
If you ave a standby icon on the main screen, touch it - and then listen for any hard drive spinning.
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I have an Alpine that works as David M described and yes the on/off button is tiny!
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