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SCVJeff

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Boondock Boredom
« on: January 14, 2009, 02:18:31 AM »
This is one of those things that was bugging me; That there was no way to shut off the  FRS Gang Charger (just irritating to see those LED lights on in boondock mode).
FIX: Add a switch here. Can't be any more of a perfect fit than this.
It's only a few Ma., but when you're shutting down equipment in Boondock mode, every little bit helps.

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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 07:43:06 AM »
I would suspect the current draw of a few LEDs is less than the self discharge current of the batteries themselves.  Of course, if the LEDs keep you awake, that's different :)
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 07:48:12 AM »
Yeah - like Ned says probably minimal current draw, but even those milliamps can add up.  Good project Jeff!
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 04:55:00 PM »
Don't forget there are 4 FRS radios each with 4 hi-cap (900ma ea.) NiMh batteries per radio sitting in this charger. That can get significant depending on state of charge when you don't need them. The LED's are just a reminder that I have phantom current that I can't shut down.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 04:56:57 PM »
You mean it didn't come with that switch?  Nice work.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 08:23:16 AM »
No - no switch  :o - they just sit there on the house batteries!
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2009, 12:22:31 PM »
Where can I get a set of the radio with that charging base? I would love to add they to my rig.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2009, 12:44:31 PM »
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2009, 01:06:00 PM »
John thanks!
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2009, 03:56:44 PM »
Power Switch not included.... >:(
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2009, 02:45:52 PM »
That has always been an irritation to me too. I just bought the switch for the problem.  Nice mod Jeff!

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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2009, 01:24:55 AM »
If anyone in Quartzsite is looking for this 4 radio set and gang charger, Gamblers RV is selling the entire package with the upgraded GMRS200 radios for $65.00!!!
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2009, 04:21:35 PM »
Thanks! I  order a sey from them right after you posyed this. Hope it comes in soon.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2009, 09:28:11 PM »
And- O-by-the-way...
Behind the vinyl "wall" where these things are mounted from the factory is a steel plate punched out to the dimensions of the gang-charger exactly. We drilled holes from the inside out on Dick's coach, then drew a cut-line between them. it was a mixture of open hack-saw blade and a Dremel tool with a drywall router bit to make the cut.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2009, 08:31:40 AM »
Jeff - is the steel punched out on all Winnebago's?  I'm not familiar with Dick, does he own a Winnie product?
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2009, 10:52:31 PM »
Jeff - is the steel punched out on all Winnebago's?  I'm not familiar with Dick, does he own a Winnie product?
Goes by 'REM' here. His is a Journey 36 and it looks like mine behind the dash.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2009, 07:45:25 PM »
Where is the radio charging system located in your rigs? I have order a set and just thinking about where to install them.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2009, 08:04:46 PM »
Glenn - mine is in front of the co-pilot seat on the vertical part of the dash bulkhead.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2009, 08:23:06 PM »
Thanks John. 
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2009, 02:39:53 AM »
Mine too.. Not sure where the factory would have mounted them in your chassis but it's usually within reach of the front door.
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Re: Boondock Boredom
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2009, 09:17:10 AM »
Mine too.. Not sure where the factory would have mounted them in your chassis but it's usually within reach of the front door.

That's what I was thinking to mount them near the door so I can grab one as I leave the unit.
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