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Old 11-29-2016, 12:46 PM   #11
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We are working on our build sheet for a 2017 5.0 TA and we are trying to decide on the "Stereo/DVD with four speakers" option. We want a radio and we will play music stored on an Android device via Bluetooth. We don't plan to use the DVD player.

The components ETI is currently using (at least in the 5.0 TA) include the following:
The reviews on Amazon are not very good for the radio and there aren't any reviews for the speakers. I couldn't find very much info about the radio or the speakers on the internet.

Sarah at ETI, says they can install a radio that I provide and they will give me a $50 credit. She also said the speakers cannot be changed.

My questions are:
  • How does this system sound (good, bad, awful)? We aren't music snobs, but we don't want something that sounds bad.
  • Have you had any issues with this radio (not the prior radios that ETI used)?
  • Have you changed the radio (either yourself, or via ETI)? What radio did you use?
Thanks much for your input.
I did not care if we got a stereo in our 2016 19 but my wife wanted one and since we have it I like it. It sounds fine and my daughter quickly discovered how to play her phone over the stereo via blue-tooth. I think we will get a blue-tooth transmitter to hook up to the radio to play speakers outside (quietly). All in all I think the stereo/radio is just fine. Once again (like an oven) just another personal decision.
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:21 PM   #12
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As we prepared our Escape 21's build sheet, I bought a stereo with bluetooth capability and wanted ETI to install it, as their standard stereo at the time did not have bluetooth. In talking with Tammy she alerted me to the fact they were switching to the Boss stereo with bluetooth. Another employee informed me that there was a custom charge for installing a different stereo, which kinda negated any credit. Maybe we were misinformed. Anyhow, we did get the standard stereo and find the sound quality good, though we rarely use it. We love quiet. When we do want music, the iPhone hooks up to it easily and any of the thousands of songs on it are available on the stereo. The FM range on the stereo isn't as good as our previous trailer, but then it could be the shorter antenna.

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Old 11-29-2016, 01:30 PM   #13
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I think any radio installation should also include the weather channels or a separate weather radio, it does come in handy, particularly in the mid/south/west states.
That is becoming an outdated thing, as you can keep right up to date with a smart phone these days, plus they are more convenient for finding pertinent data quickly too.
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:35 PM   #14
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While I do not spend much time in the trailer, I am somewhat the opposite. I donor want to annoy my camping neighbors by listening to music outside. I go camping to enjoy nature, and that includes, to a degree, peace and quiet. I really don't want to listen to someone blaring country music, Mozart, or Kiss all day long. My listening is confined to headphones or the Escape stereo to which I have added a BlueTooth module (it is the previous model used by Escape, a non-BlueTooth Jensen. I find the sound very good given the small size of the speakers. Actually, I use a BT speaker (Bose Soundlink) when working in the garage at home. It is plugged into 120 v all time. What I don't like about the "portable" speakers is that they require periodic charging (tough if you're boon docking), have to be stored someplace, and most of them do not have replaceable batteries so when the internal battery fails, it becomes a throw away item. Not good, if it is one of the more expensive models.
When you are off chasing through the woods playing all terrain bocce, it is nice to have some good tunes playing for all to hear.

When in a formal campground we still play music a fair bit, but at a volume low enough to not disturb others.

Charging is no problem even off the grid, as almost all speakers now use USB to charge. We tend to charge at night when not in use, and a charge will last anywhere from a days use to many days of use.

There are most definitely times when I prefer the sounds of nature only. This is especially true at more remote campgrounds, but for some of the busier private ones, there is very little nature there to appreciate at all.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:25 PM   #15
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That is becoming an outdated thing, as you can keep right up to date with a smart phone these days, plus they are more convenient for finding pertinent data quickly too.
Actually Jim, once you start traveling in your new unit you will find your cell phone service sporadic across many states whereas NOAA weather stations more or less cover most of the US.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:31 PM   #16
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Actually Jim, once you start traveling in your new unit you will find your cell phone service sporadic across many states whereas NOAA weather stations more or less cover most of the US.
That's true. but then can't I just lick my finger and stick it out the window to get a forecast?

On that note, do you get the weather station everywhere too? I have never used one before.
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I know most people think they play their music quietly enough so that the music does not permeate the neighboring campsites, but my experiences tell me otherwise. I'd prefer if everyone just kept their music inside. Of course, that's just coming from an old grumpy camper who much prefers to hear the wind, the waves, and kids playing.
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That's true. but then can't I just lick my finger and stick it out the window to get a forecast? .
just make sure you do not do that behind one of these, I made the mistake of following one too close and when I stopped for gas I was followed by a swarm of flies....
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I know most people think they play their music quietly enough so that the music does not permeate the neighboring campsites, but my experiences tell me otherwise. I'd prefer if everyone just kept their music inside. Of course, that's just coming from an old grumpy camper who much prefers to hear the wind, the waves, and kids playing.
I must be even grumpier, as it seems like frequently "kids playing" has now become, "we're camping and it's ok to run all around the campground screaming as loud as possible"
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I have Family Radio Service walkie-talkie which has weather channel. Don't think I've ever picked up a broadcast here in BC.
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