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Old 06-18-2006, 11:02 PM   #1
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I leave my Prodigy plugged in 24/7. The quick connect is not so quick and also not so easy to get to where it has to be in the Element.

Outside of the remote possibility that it will draw my battery down, is there a reason why I should NOT leave it plugged in?

(I drive so much, the battery draw is about a zero concern)
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:08 PM   #2
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is there a reason why I should NOT leave it plugged in?
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:25 PM   #3
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I leave my Prodigy plugged in 24/7.
Me too.

When I first got it, it seemed to be a neat feature to have it unplug, it also came with a pouch to keep it in! But, knowing me, [b]I'd misplace it right when we were ready to hitch up.

I like riders asking me, "What's that thing for?"
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I get the Radar Detector comments too.

That pouch is too small for the thing! (At least mine is) I use it with an antistatic bag to carry my broadband card.

OK, I won't worry about it then.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:38 AM   #6
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I get the Radar Detector comments too.

That pouch is too small for the thing! (At least mine is) I use it with an antistatic bag to carry my broadband card.

OK, I won't worry about it then.
Glad to know that I'm not the only one with a small pouch.
My Prodigy must turn off all by itself. It is always off when I get in the truck.
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I, too, find the Prodigy connector not-so-quick to disconnect, and have taken to leaving it plugged in whenever it is mounted. I am not aware of any reason (other than that parasitic power draw) not to leave it plugged in.

I leave the controller setup and plugged in during towing trips, and remove it between trips, but not at each stop. It is relevant to this that my controller is on a mounting bracket on my slideout cupholder/coin tray; it removes completely, and I would rather not have it there when not towing, but it takes a minute to set in place. I don't have a problem misplacing it, because when it's not in use I leave it in the console storage box.

I find the included pouch an amusing touch, but absolutely useless, because to use it I would need to remove the screws which hold the bracket to the controller. If I were using the "pocket" mount, I think the pouch would be useful.

My controller "goes to sleep" when not connected to a trailer for some period of time, matching the behaviour described in the Prodigy manual.
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I leave my Tekonsha plugged in all the time. It draws no power unless braking, and I too would lose it if I were to remove it from the truck between trips.
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