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Old 06-24-2022, 02:45 PM   #1
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audio switch for JL Audio

Hi. Just took delivery of my 2022 20FB Caravel. To my surprise I discovered the JL Audio system is powered on when the battery disconnect is turned on. No separate on/off switch for the audio system other than remembering to turn it off every time you turn on the battery. When the cover is on the from of the JL Audio system you do not know the audio system is on resulting in unneeded battery drain. Sorry Airstream, but this is just cheap. Also putting a single 90 watt solar panel on the roof when the Basecamp at half the price comes with two panels is a joke. I have ordered 2, 90 watt B line Zamp panels from Zamp and a 90 watt portable with a built-in regulator from Zamp. That should take care of the battery charging issue. The Audio system fix that I came up with is to install a on off switch to power the Audio System on off separately. Before I take this on does anyone else have a fix to the Audio system issue? Many Thanks
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:11 PM   #2
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If the reception on your JL is as poor as it is on my ‘20 23FB FC , you’ll never be turning the system on anyway.
As for the second solar panel, it may have as much to do with the target buyer or the real estate available on the roof as the cost. Airstream would never cut corners simply to enhance their profit.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:27 PM   #3
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since you just took deliver of a *new* unit, here's something to consider before you wire in a separate on/off switch. I agree with you, that makes no sense that the battery disconnect does not include the radio so perhaps what you really have is a wiring mistake. Based on other posts across the forum, errors like this are not as rare as we would all hope them to be. If you have the time to invest, I would try to trace back the power feed of the stereo, it might be a dedicated line all the way back to the main electrical panel, and it might be wired on the wrong side of the disconnect switch. A simple move of that wire to a +12vdc terminal on the other side of the disconnect would be the best fix, but it will take some time to research it in your trailer, and it might be an effort full of frustration. It will help you in the long run, to become more familiar with all the wiring and how the systems are connected.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:47 PM   #4
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Why do you need a separate on/off switch for the audio system? There’s already an on/off switch on the JL Audio system. Why not just push that and turn it off? Adding a second switch seems redundant.
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Old 06-24-2022, 08:21 PM   #5
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Thank you StreamDream I will take a look at the wiring and see if I can trace back. Dennis C: the JL Audio unit auto turns on whenever the battery switch is turned on. There is a travel cover on the JL audio so I didn't even notice it was on after turning the battery on. There is no way to turn off the JL Audio unit so it will not turn on when the battery switch is turned on, I contacted Airstream and was told that is the way the Caravels are wired. Obviously not good for battery life if you do not notice that the power is on to the audio unit
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Old 06-24-2022, 08:35 PM   #6
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Ok, got it. Thanks. My JL Audio unit switches off when I press the power button and it doesn’t come on unless I press the button again.

I hope you get the issue resolved.
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Old 06-24-2022, 08:53 PM   #7
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Mine works like this. Drives me nuts! Why on earth would this make sense to anyone?
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Old 06-27-2022, 12:13 PM   #8
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Thank you StreamDream I will take a look at the wiring and see if I can trace back. Dennis C: the JL Audio unit auto turns on whenever the battery switch is turned on. There is a travel cover on the JL audio so I didn't even notice it was on after turning the battery on. There is no way to turn off the JL Audio unit so it will not turn on when the battery switch is turned on, I contacted Airstream and was told that is the way the Caravels are wired. Obviously not good for battery life if you do not notice that the power is on to the audio unit
We have 2021 16RB and it does not work as you describe. It does not power on unless the button is pressed on it. I use it for bluetooth from phone for music.
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Old 06-27-2022, 02:57 PM   #9
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Hi. Just took delivery of my 2022 20FB Caravel. To my surprise I discovered the JL Audio system is powered on when the battery disconnect is turned on. No separate on/off switch for the audio system other than remembering to turn it off every time you turn on the battery. When the cover is on the from of the JL Audio system you do not know the audio system is on resulting in unneeded battery drain. Sorry Airstream, but this is just cheap. Also putting a single 90 watt solar panel on the roof when the Basecamp at half the price comes with two panels is a joke. I have ordered 2, 90 watt B line Zamp panels from Zamp and a 90 watt portable with a built-in regulator from Zamp. That should take care of the battery charging issue. The Audio system fix that I came up with is to install a on off switch to power the Audio System on off separately. Before I take this on does anyone else have a fix to the Audio system issue? Many Thanks
Could you be inadvertently pushing the on button when you put the rubber cover on? You think it is off and it really isn't and don't realize it is on until you power the trailer back up.
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