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Old 06-13-2016, 06:37 AM   #1
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Radio Won't Work

I have a new FC20. The Clarion radio worked for the first three months. Between the last camping trip and one I took this weekend, it stopped working. It won't light up, turn on...nothing.

The fuse is in the number 7 position. When I pull the fuse, a red light comes on behind the fuse and I get a small amount of arcing when I put it back in.

The outlet is fine, I have tested it with other items.

The speakers in the coach aren't working either and I assume they are on the same circuit.

Does anyone have any ideas? I hate to wait all summer to get in for service at our local dealer if there is a fix I can do.

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Old 06-13-2016, 07:47 AM   #2
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I hear you about waiting to get in. You might want to call the service guy and see what advice he would offer. There might be another fuse at the back of the unit. If you are getting arcing, sounds like you have short somewhere.

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Old 06-13-2016, 09:25 AM   #3
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Thanks Aftermath....the arcing has me suspecting a short as well.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:41 AM   #4
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You will always get some amount of arcing when connecting a "live" load. If there was a short the fuse would blow. The fuse is sized to protect the circuit (load and wires). If there was a short there would be almost zero resistance in the circuit in which case the current would reach a point so high it would blow the fuse.

If your radio is not working pull it out. There may be a fuse protecting it at the back, but most likely even if it is blown it is blown for a reason. In most cases it isn't worth fixing. The radios that most RV manufacturers use are very poor quality and are very inexpensive (for them not you). You are best to replace with an aftermarket product. Your radio may actually be a DVD player as well? In which case you need to find a replacement like it otherwise you won't be able to play DVDs.

Most electronic devices fail in the first year so I would consider this "par for course".

If you can pull the radio out you can determine that it is still plugged in. You may be able to connect it elsewhere to check if it is working. If it is protected by its own circuit there may a load that is preventing it from working. My car stereo was blowing fuses and it was the external CD player that was the culprit. I just unplugged it and it worked fine on its own. You may have a situation like this.

Of course if the whole thing is under warranty then you may not want to mess with it. But if it was mine and I really wanted it work I would do it anyway and just put in something better.

Good luck.
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