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Old 07-27-2014, 03:21 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
My mistake. When plugged into external power you can isolate the batteries by putting the Battery Disconnect switch in "STORE" position. The radio and accessories will be powered but the converter will not charge the batteries. That's a good thing to protect the batteries from constant overcharging, but you still need a way to charge them. Solar or a separate 3-stage charger will do it.

I kept my 2005 AS Interstate plugged in 24/7 when parked at home with the battery always connected to the coach's electrical system in USE mode. I didn't replace the OEM coach battery until 2012....just as a precaution after 60,000 miles of traveling. I also had a solar system and a translucent roof on the RV barn. Did the same on my 2013 International 19 (no solar system).

The 80 watt solar panel was a simple CampingWorld system connected directly to the battery with a very unsophisticated charge controller.

We'll have a 160 watt solar system installed on our 2014 International 23D later in August. The trailer has a 1000 Watt inverter.

I'm wondering how the Interstate's system differs from the Internationals'?

Do the best charge controllers have battery overcharge protection built in?

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Old 07-29-2014, 08:16 AM   #44
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I've been trying to figure out my Pioneer radio as well. I discovered that in the lower right hand corner there is a button labeled Disp. If you touch that the whole display goes off. I hit this at night to calm the light show. Also, the menu is different when the radio is off or on. In the off menu, you can switch off demo and set the time. In the on menu you can stop the color changing, set the color, and brightness. Now when I power up the trailer, I set the time, turn demo off, then turn the radio on, and set the color (I use red) and dim the display. No flashing colors or bright glaring display, and touching the Disp button a bedtime makes the room dark.

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Old 07-29-2014, 10:52 AM   #45
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Thank you so much Silver Cabin! I'll try it when I get home!! I sure appreciate your help!

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