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Old 09-16-2014, 10:41 AM   #29
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As crazy as it may seem, you may have to remove your radio when not using, when not plugged in to AC. It's a one button operation vs a confusing and unpredictable menu setup.

The Pioneer in my 2014 re-programs itself every time there is any kind of service interruption. It consumes 2 amps+- just sitting there and flashing it's light show.

Also, if you leave your tow vehicle cord hooked to the A/S you may get a 2+- amp draw back into the TV.

And....turn off the antenna booster.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:07 AM   #30
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As crazy as it may seem, you may have to remove your radio when not using, when not plugged in to AC. It's a one button operation vs a confusing and unpredictable menu setup.

The Pioneer in my 2014 re-programs itself every time there is any kind of service interruption. It consumes 2 amps+- just sitting there and flashing it's light show.

Also, if you leave your tow vehicle cord hooked to the A/S you may get a 2+- amp draw back into the TV.

And....turn off the antenna booster.
Most tow vehicles have a battery isolator in the wiring to prevent what you said about leaving the TV connected. Is there something different about this particular unit?

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:25 AM   #31
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Most tow vehicles have a battery isolator in the wiring to prevent what you said about leaving the TV connected. Is there something different about this particular unit?

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I was surprised that the solar control panel showed that draw when the TV was attached. It's a 2013 RAM with a full tow package.....you'd think that there would be an isolator. Had the same issue with a 2002 Tahoe. I always unplug when parked over night.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:52 AM   #32
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John's 2012 is the same as mine and nothing is connected when in Store except the propane detector and the tongue jack. I guess the inverter is wired directly to the battery so if he left that on, it would be a draw for about 1 amp, even with nothing connected to it.

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Old 09-16-2014, 12:00 PM   #33
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Wouldn't you know it. While checking my Battery Disconnect red light to answer urnmor's question I see that my Battery Disconnect is malfunctioning. Damn the bad luck.

With no external power the red light stays on and I am able to use all 12v equipment in either "USE" (correct) or "STORE" (not correct). When switching between "USE" and "STORE" I hear the relay clicking loudly as usual, so that's a head scratcher. It had worked properly for three years since new.

urnmor, I suspect the discovery is that your system works properly and mine does not.

So your turn, help me out. Larry, what do you think?
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:29 PM   #34
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I have greatly appreciated all of your assistance and am sorry to hear that you are now having problems with your system. As to the red light. When you switch does the red light go out? I found that I had to hold it for a second or two then let it go for it to turn off. It does not go out right away.
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Thanks John, you might have a good idea there. I usually do hold the switch for a moment to ensure the relay engaged, I'll try that again. I suppose if I hear a single click that would be correct, a double click would mean the relay is moving over and not holding. I'll see.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:42 PM   #36
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Doug,

My first try with a relay, always, is to try a horizontal slam adjust. Beat on it sharply. I have seen some posts on the forum reporting failures of the relay. I am assuming you have enough voltage to energize the relay.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:48 PM   #37
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Thanks Larry. Yeah I know about beating on relays from my many years as aircraft electrician. If they work when you beat on them you need a new one. Everything wears out sooner or later.

The voltage is good, 12.7vdc.
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Yep, hold the switch momentarily and the relay worked as it should. Not reason to replace yet but I'll keep an eye on it.

Thanks guys.
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Great now all we need to do is get the AS hooked up and head on out.
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Heading out sounds like a great plan.

Meanwhile, if you replace your trailer's stock Parallax 7355 converter with a Progressive Dynamics 4655, you can stop worrying about turning the battery to "Store" when plugged into AC power. The PD converter is a smart 3 stage unit that will not damage your batteries, unlike the stock PLax unit. That PLax unit has two strikes against it. First, as has been noted, it can boil your batteries. Second, it's a very slow-charging unit. The PD unit charges faster and is much safer for your batteries.

As for why AS installs a crappy PLax converter vs. the PD unit, it's most likely all about the Benjamins. Nobody makes a purchase decision based on a converter, and the PLax unit probably saves them money...

Anyway, I made this upgrade and now I only turn the switch to "Store" if I'm trying to eliminate potential drains on the battery when the TT isn't plugged into AC power.
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As for changing converter/chargers, I probably will when the factory one wears out. For now, using the solar charging and the battery disconnect in "STORE" when on external power we are getting along.

The reason is simply cost, the idea of replacing something that works to get a minor improvement in function bothers me, not good economics and perhaps wasteful.
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