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Old 12-27-2020, 08:40 PM   #1
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Remote Start on my Magnitude XG-32

I was frustrated with having to start the XG-32 everytime I need to put the slides in or out. So I started researching remote starts. I ran across the Start-x product and it had high customer reviews, it was only $115 on Amazon, and they claimed a 30 minute install. So I bought one and had it in two days. First, they lied, it was 10 minutes. It plugs into the back of the OBD port under the dash and then uses the existing key from Ford. Now I can start it while I am in the coach. It works great!

Note all the other remote starts I researched were about $300 and called for splicing, tapping into wiring harnesses, or a $200 install charge.

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Old 12-27-2020, 09:53 PM   #2
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I just gave the slides a try from inside the coach with the F550 remote started. The unlock interface worked and I could run the slides without a key in the ignition. The truck still had to be running with the e-brake on.

One other note, this is a no-honk remote start. Nice for camp grounds.
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Old 12-28-2020, 04:51 AM   #3
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Nice need to get one for our XG32
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Old 12-29-2020, 04:15 PM   #4
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2020 XG-32 Remote start

Which model X Start works with the 2020 F-550 XG-32? none of the models show the F-550.
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Old 12-29-2020, 06:14 PM   #5
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Which model X Start works with the 2020 F-550 XG-32? none of the models show the F-550.
I just ordered the one for the F450 and I had to make sure it was the 2020 model since my chassis is a 2020, but my coach is a 2021.

The box that came was labeled F150. So i assume they are all the same for Ford.

The easiest install I've ever done.
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Old Yesterday, 02:46 AM   #6
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Saw this post, ordered and installed. Simple installation. Works great, thanks for the lead.
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 AM   #7
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Saw this post, ordered and installed. Simple installation. Works great, thanks for the lead.
I absolutely love mine. I just have to remember to leave the ebrake all the way down. I think the reason the engine has to be on for the slides to work is so there is no risk for low voltage damage to the slide motors. Having the ability to start the F550 when I am in the back has been great. Since this uses the facory ford settings for remote start, it won't run more than 10 minutes on remote start. Also, if you tap the break it will kill the motor. Same as my previous F350 with factory remote start.
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...Also, if you tap the break it will kill the motor...
If you also press the lock, unlock, lock, it will kill the engine as well
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Old Yesterday, 11:01 AM   #9
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I like it!

But dang it..... now something else I have to add to the eternal upgrade list.


Question for you...... is is smart enough to know when it is in cooler temps the glow plugs need to warm up before it tries to start the diesel?
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I like it!

But dang it..... now something else I have to add to the eternal upgrade list.


Question for you...... is is smart enough to know when it is in cooler temps the glow plugs need to warm up before it tries to start the diesel?
There is no indication on the dash-you press the lock, unlock, lock, a few seconds later it starts. Doesnít appear to know but then again, Iím in Florida.
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There is no indication on the dash-you press the lock, unlock, lock, a few seconds later it starts. Doesn’t appear to know but then again, I’m in Florida.
If you get a chance, could you start it from inside the coach and watch the dash? If the dash lights up during the delay, then it might be allowing for the glow plugs to warm before cranking when needed.

I'm down in Cape Coral, FL and we have had mornings cooll enough where the glowplug light comes on in my GMC Coplorado diesel. We do a fair amount of cool waether camping but since this plugs into the OBD port, it should be reading the ECM an have the intelligents to wait if needed.
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If you get a chance, could you start it from inside the coach and watch the dash? If the dash lights up during the delay, then it might be allowing for the glow plugs to warm before cranking when needed.

I'm down in Cape Coral, FL and we have had mornings cooll enough where the glowplug light comes on in my GMC Coplorado diesel. We do a fair amount of cool waether camping but since this plugs into the OBD port, it should be reading the ECM an have the intelligents to wait if needed.

I was curious about that when I got it. I do watch the dash and nothing comes on until the engine starts. I will see if I can hear the glow plugs come on next time. It will be a while as I don't have it hear for at least another week-getting batteries and new inverters put in.

One other thing I discovered with this is that the alarm will trigger if you don't press the unlock button after it starts.
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Old Yesterday, 04:36 PM   #13
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I like it!

But dang it..... now something else I have to add to the eternal upgrade list.


Question for you...... is is smart enough to know when it is in cooler temps the glow plugs need to warm up before it tries to start the diesel?
It just runs the climate control where they are set. So in the winter leave everything on warm, and cold in the summer. It only runs 10 mintues but you can just start it again. To start, you do lock-unlock-lock, it takes about 10 seconds, you hear the fuel pump start, some clicking, then it starts. To shut off, lock-unlock-lock, and it shuts off immediately.

Another cool thing, the dash messages are the same as my F350 with remote start. So this is recognized as a factory remote start by the Ford computer.
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Old Yesterday, 04:41 PM   #14
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If you get a chance, could you start it from inside the coach and watch the dash? If the dash lights up during the delay, then it might be allowing for the glow plugs to warm before cranking when needed.

I'm down in Cape Coral, FL and we have had mornings cooll enough where the glowplug light comes on in my GMC Coplorado diesel. We do a fair amount of cool waether camping but since this plugs into the OBD port, it should be reading the ECM an have the intelligents to wait if needed.
I think that the 10 seconds delay where I hear the fuel pump and some clicking under the hood is where it is warming the glow plugs. My F350 did the same thing. I started it when it was 24 degrees outside and it worked without any issues.
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I think that the 10 seconds delay where I hear the fuel pump and some clicking under the hood is where it is warming the glow plugs. My F350 did the same thing. I started it when it was 24 degrees outside and it worked without any issues.

That is what I am thinking.... just want to make sure in colder temps it gives the glow plugs time to warm up before cranking the engine. I would think that 10 seconds is firing up the ECU and having it go through its normal startup checks..... like the glow plugs.
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That is what I am thinking.... just want to make sure in colder temps it gives the glow plugs time to warm up before cranking the engine. I would think that 10 seconds is firing up the ECU and having it go through its normal startup checks..... like the glow plugs.
I was wondering why it takes so long to fire up. Makes sense now, thanks guys.
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