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#1 WERA976

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 05:49 PM

Hello - first time poster, 'cause we just took delivery of a new Outback 280RS this past Saturday. Well, it's parked in our driveway now, plugged in to the wall and the doors locked up. The boys and I came home this afternoon at about 4:00 to hear the radio inside playing on a white noise station at a volume of 38!!! The sound was cutting on and off like the radio was on scan or something, but the dial never changed.

Why would the radio turn itself on, to a station of jumbled noise, at top volume? Any ideas? Could the power have gone out and come back on, turning the radio on? Is it more likely someone broke into our trailer today and left the radio on to be honry?

I've pulled the radio fuse out of the panel so it doesn't do it again until I can figure something out.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:35 PM

Could be a wake up/alarm function?
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:48 PM

I'm guessing it is one of two things. Either someone in your neighborhood has a device with a remote that works with your radio or your remote is wedged up against something and the buttons are being pushed.

If it is the first one, when they change the channel on their TV you are the recipient of their signal. You might consider a couple things. If I remember correctly, there is an in-line fuse on ours inside the radio shroud. Remove the fuse and don't reinstall until you go camping. Be sure to reinstall it in the morning and see if you problem happens during the day. Don't try this at night, you might get a rude awakening. If that is the problem, you could install a switch in the shroud for a manual shut off.

If it is the second one, find the remote and store it without the batteries.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 08:15 PM

That's happened twice to me on our 25RSS in the last year.... I know it wasn't a remote problem. Not an alarm function either, as it would happen daily.

I would guess it is just a bug with the radio.. I think we have a Jensen. I was going to upgrade it at some point, but you know how that goes!
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 08:53 PM

The Abi-one started doing this last summer! We figured after a few weeks that when Stacey's cell phone rang the radio came on!! The one good thing that came from it was that we found the remote for the radio!! which we didn't even know had gone missing!
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:16 PM

Mine does it too. I just turn off all 3 speakers to make sure it doesn't wake anyone up in the middle of the night.
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#7 WERA976

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:28 PM

Wow. So this is indicative of the breed? No kidding? Wow.

Well, I know it's not a remote control thing, the remote is here in the house, in the wrapping, with the owners' manual, with no batteries in it.

I could almost see it being a neighbors' remote. Or a cell thing, or airplane traffic or what-have-you.

I just pulled the fuse from the fuse panel for the radio. I assume that will mean problem solved. I'll just post a label on the radio reminding me to pull that fuse everytime we leave the camper. Maybe I can install a switch in-line and just shut the power off that way every time. Hmm...

Wow, just wow. Good to know it's not just me, though. Wait 'till the wife hears this one!!! :-)
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:38 AM

It could even be interference from the converter, furnace, or any other electronic or motorized device in the trailer. I think it would make more sense if interference from something close to the radio was the cause since most Outbacks have the same basic equipment.

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#9 WERA976

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:30 AM

A funny footnote to this story!

Well, we've started to stock the trailer and actually stayed in it in the driveway last Saturday night as a "test run" to see if we could camp in it for the weekend. As I was walking around, testing things and trying things, I noticed that the two lights over the headboard on the slideout bed didn't work. 'Great,' I'm thinking, 'something else doesn't work.'

So I'm going through my head trying to figure out why the lights stopped working, as I saw them work with my own eyes at the dealership the day we took delivery. So I know it must be something simple, right? I start to trace the wires back toward the front of the camper and find a plug at the foot of the bed on the driver's side that's been pulled out. I guess when the slide pulls in, the plug pulls out. When you open the slide, you have to plug the lights back in.

So I figured I'd found it, right? Problem solved! Well, not so fast. I plugged the wires in, tested the lights, and still no joy. Dammit.

I was up most of the night trying to figure this light thing out (that's the type of guy I am).

The next morning I mentioned to my wife the problem, and told her nothing had changed since we drove it home... oh yeah, I mean I had pulled the radio fuse to stop the phantom radio from turning on, but I mean the bedroom lights wouldn't work off the radio fuse, would they?

They do.

I plugged the radio fuse back in just to eliminate the possibility that it was the source of the problem. I plugged in the fuse, and the lights came on.

So now we have to choose - working bedroom lights at night when we go to bed, or the chance the radio comes on in the middle of the night, blaring us out of our slumber? Hmm...

I'm just going to go to Radio Shack and buy a switch to connect to the radio's "power-in" wire and be done with it.

But I couldn't believe that the simplest and least likely answer was actually the answer.
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 02:31 PM

We had the same problem and found out the radio alarm is what was going off. For some reason ours defaults to having the radio alarm turned on so when we take it out each time I make sure the alarm is turned off. Hope it is something easy like that for you
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 02:48 PM

A funny footnote to this story!

Well, we've started to stock the trailer and actually stayed in it in the driveway last Saturday night as a "test run" to see if we could camp in it for the weekend. As I was walking around, testing things and trying things, I noticed that the two lights over the headboard on the slideout bed didn't work. 'Great,' I'm thinking, 'something else doesn't work.'

So I'm going through my head trying to figure out why the lights stopped working, as I saw them work with my own eyes at the dealership the day we took delivery. So I know it must be something simple, right? I start to trace the wires back toward the front of the camper and find a plug at the foot of the bed on the driver's side that's been pulled out. I guess when the slide pulls in, the plug pulls out. When you open the slide, you have to plug the lights back in.

So I figured I'd found it, right? Problem solved! Well, not so fast. I plugged the wires in, tested the lights, and still no joy. Dammit.

I was up most of the night trying to figure this light thing out (that's the type of guy I am).

The next morning I mentioned to my wife the problem, and told her nothing had changed since we drove it home... oh yeah, I mean I had pulled the radio fuse to stop the phantom radio from turning on, but I mean the bedroom lights wouldn't work off the radio fuse, would they?

They do.

I plugged the radio fuse back in just to eliminate the possibility that it was the source of the problem. I plugged in the fuse, and the lights came on.

So now we have to choose - working bedroom lights at night when we go to bed, or the chance the radio comes on in the middle of the night, blaring us out of our slumber? Hmm...

I'm just going to go to Radio Shack and buy a switch to connect to the radio's "power-in" wire and be done with it.

But I couldn't believe that the simplest and least likely answer was actually the answer.



Could it be that the radio area was used as a "junction box"? Can you verify the wiring as to what wire goes where? Just curious....
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:05 PM

When I don't use my OB I disconnect the batteries to limit any phantom drain. Then when I get ready to go camping I re-connect the batteries and my Jensen radio starts blasting.

The first time it happened to me, I thought someone was inside the trailer screwing with the radio!

Turns out that whenever there is absolutely no power to the radio and then that power is restored, the radio comes on. It must be a "feature" of the Jensen radios. It doesn't happen in with the Bose in Miata #1, Kenwood in Miata #2, Alpine in the Jeep, or stock radios in either the F-250 or Saturn. I thinking about replacing the Jensen with the same model Alpine I just put in the Jeep - it plays from a USB thumb drive, as well as MP3 CD's.
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