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Old 07-12-2015, 03:36 PM   #1
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Replacement Radio/CD?

It seems our Sony CDX-GT210 AM/FM/CD player that was original with the trailer has died an untimely death...probably due to getting wet when our solar panel blew off and allowed water to drip onto it via the cables that went between the panel and the monitor and then the batteries inside the trailer.

So we wrestled the radio out (no small feat) and checked everything we could to determine if it was the fuse, the faceplate vs main unit, power to the radio, etc. The verdict kept coming back - dead radio.

We could buy an identical used model on ebay...they don't make this model anymore. Or we could replace it with something new.
Some of you have replaced your units or just put in a unit of your own preference from the start.

Any suggestions? Pro's and Con's....
Also - we would rather not have to redo the wiring harness that Escape installed for the original Sony unit. So something that is either directly compatible or able to be compatible via an adapter would be preferred.
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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Don't know anything about the wiring harness or electrical connections, but I am very pleased with my Pioneer unit (CD/DVD/radio). It's a standard double din size so should be compatible with any standard auto unit (although I don't know what size unit you had).
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Karen. We have the older smaller size unit...not the double size like yours. We'd prefer not to have to make a larger hole in the cabinet. In the picture below, the faceplate has been removed from the radio. But you can see there is not much space to enlarge the opening given that the solar panel monitor is there too.
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Replacement Radio/CD?

Fran and Dave, I would think that any quality single DIN car stereo would be fine. I'd probably opt for one that plays multiple formats, has internet capability, Bluetooth, HD Radio, etc, because they're actually pretty cheap even with a load of features. Crutchfield has always taken care of me. If you haven't tried them, check out their website.
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Fran and Dave, I would think that any quality single DIN car stereo would be fine. I'd probably opt for one that plays multiple formats, has internet capability, Bluetooth, HD Radio, etc, because they're actually pretty cheap even with a load of features. Crutchfield has always taken care of me. If you haven't tried them, check out their website.
Thanks. We agree - there are lots of features available for not much more than a no frills unit. We have plans to call Crutchfield this week and see what recommendations they have. But real life recommendations are always helpful!
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Ok, fair enough. I'm a fan of Kenwoods:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113BT76...D.html?tp=5684
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Ok, fair enough. I'm a fan of Kenwoods:

Kenwood KDC-BT762HD CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
Do you happen to know if the wiring harness that ETI puts in for the Sony will plug into this unit?
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Do you happen to know if the wiring harness that ETI puts in for the Sony will plug into this unit?
No, but there's a wiring harness adapter for almost any stereo. Google Sony to Kenwood Harness. But, there's nothing wrong with replacing it with a Sony. I was just throwing a brand out there, based on my good experiences with it. Karen's right about the Pioneer head units too. Very nice.
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Just chatted online with Crutchfield. They said we'd have to rewire...probably even if we went with another Sony since they change things over time. Darn...there are a lot of wires there!
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I did an Alpine that has Bluetooth - wifey plays her iPhone music through it. A separate Sony Bluetooth speaker works to about 30 ft so we can have it on the campsite table. Has an earphone jack which we use for the tv sound
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