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Old 04-26-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Outside stereo/CD player

I have just purchased a nicely used 2001 Adventurer with the factory installed 'outside' stero/CD player. It is housed behnd a locking door but does not appear to have an on/off switch (just an 'off' button). Does anyone know if there is a hidden switch somewhere? I know the unit has a clock that can run down the battery, so i am wondering if that is one of those 'in the know' little details. It is a 12v unit so I am presuming it runs off the Ford chassis/battery.

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Old 04-26-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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I have the same model and could not find a switch that turns it off. My radio actually turns on every time it powers up so would drain the battery quickly. I just unplugged it. Remove the drawer under the stove and it is easily accessible from behind.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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You might want to take a look at this thread: Radio turns on by itself (old topic but new info) . Adding a switch to the +12V IGN/ACC line solved the problem for me.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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Depending on the unit you have, you can detach the face frame and this disconnects power. Always best to remove this when not in use anyways.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:36 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=therudds;1156696]I have just purchased a nicely used 2001 Adventurer with the factory installed 'outside' stero/CD player. It is housed behnd a locking door but does not appear to have an on/off switch (just an 'off' button). Does anyone know if there is a hidden switch somewhere? I know the unit has a clock that can run down the battery, so i am wondering if that is one of those 'in the know' little details. It is a 12v unit so I am presuming it runs off the Ford chassis/battery.

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Just a clarification. I can't get the darn thing to turn ON! Checked its fuse behind the unit and it looks OK, so may just be a bad unit. Time to head to Frys or Best Buy!
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If you hit a sale, you can get a new stereo for about $75. Easy to install yourself! I did my own.
On this RV, I took the one from inside and put it in the outside entertainment center and then upgraded the inside to an iPod reading Bluetooth model with hands free cell operation. This one came with a remote and was on sale for $129.
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Did you try pressing the volume control knob in? That is how my Sony in-dash stereo works. It only has an off button.
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There may also be a "SRC" button near the knob. You have to push and hold for about 3 seconds and all powers down.

You could also google the name and model number for the manual and info.
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outside stero/cd player is a

if yours is like mine (sony) the top left button turns it on and holding the bottom right button in for a few seconds turns it off. tapping the bottom right button once turns the radio off but leaves the display lights on...hold it in and everything will shut off ...RKL
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There may also be a "SRC" button near the knob. You have to push and hold for about 3 seconds and all powers down.

You could also google the name and model number for the manual and info.

I have a 2002 Adventure and that's what I found on mine. The SRC button will turn it off.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #11
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We have a Vectra with a similar problem. While fooling with the outside radio my husband somehow set an alarm but could not figure how to unset it. It turned out that somehow the outside radio is connected to the bedroom radio as the alarm started sounding in the bedroom each day at 12:00. Still don't know what he did but I undid it through the inside radio. I don't know the set up of your rig but that might work for you too.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #12
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I agree with pushing the volume control know. That generally turns on all radios with detachable faces. On another note, if you have an ice maker in you fridge, be sure to check the water connections regularly for leaks. We've lost two radios in the past due to water leaks, because the fridge access and water lines are directly above the outside radio. Both were marine radios, but that only protects the face of the radio, not the guts.

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