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Old 10-15-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Stereo is a JVC KD-X40, ipod/iphone control, bluetooth ready (requires an adaptor), no cd player, $100 at Future Shop. Speakers are Infinity Reference 6030cs, $250 at Future Shop...or $160 from Amazon.com with duties and shipping (go figure!!). Escape is charging $100 to install.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #12
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

So far, we have been very happy with our Jensen AMW975. I was concerned about the reception, but then found the reading lights above the bed produce a fair amount of interference. If they are off, then reception is great. I had Escape install it, and run an HDMI cable to the TV. I like the built in look.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:05 AM   #13
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

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So far, we have been very happy with our Jensen AMW975. I was concerned about the reception, but then found the reading lights above the bed produce a fair amount of interference. If they are off, then reception is great. I had Escape install it, and run an HDMI cable to the TV. I like the built in look.
Leon, the Jensen AMW975 appears to be a higher end radio than the Touch Audio. How did it end up in your Escape? Did you purchase yourself and ship to Escape for them to install, or something else?

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Just a thought. For those of you who have installed a car stereo (or have had Escape install it for you), did you have to also install an antenna? If you did install an antenna, was it internal or did you put it on the roof?
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:37 PM   #15
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

I bought the AMW975 at camping word's web site, and had them ship it to Escape. Escape then installed it for me, and ran an HDMI cable to where the TV was going. They also installed a "pig tail" (?) FM antenna, which runs along towards the back of the trailer (ours is a 17B). We get RF interference if we use the reading lamps at the same time we are using the FM radio. So one of these days, I am going to re-route the antenna. If I had to do it over again, I might get a small rubber external FM antenna and mount it to the outside of the trailer. I still might do that one of these days if get up the courage to actually drill a hole in the trailer shell. But so far, I am following Baglo's Law.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:45 PM   #16
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Many times interference is caused by the converter, especially on AM. Are the reading lamps LEDs or are they incandescens?
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:56 PM   #17
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

I don't think you need to drill a hole. I think you can just mount the FM antenna inside a cupboard and the FM signal will go through fiberglass.
I sometimes have to place my Sirius satellite antenna outside to point it in the right direction, but mostly it picks up OK inside the trailer.

Try re-positioning the pigtail FM antenna so it's not near electrics.

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Old 10-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #18
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

I mounted mine inside and it works fine, picks up weather from 90 miles away. You can see it here mounted in corner, all connections inside.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:26 AM   #19
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Music is very important to me, so I want to make sure I get a good solution to this problem. I'm not an audiophile, but I want to get decent sound quality (at low volume, both inside and outside the trailer). I prefer a built-in solution, since portable units are just one more thing to set up and take down, and one more set of batteries to keep charged.

In the 19 that I looked at on the lot in Chilliwack, the speakers are mounted in the cabinet over the bed. This takes away valuable cupboard space. Jim's solution (looks to be over the dinette?) is similar, but since it's a smaller unit takes up much less space.

In the pictures of the 19 on the Escape website, they stereo and a pair of small speakers is mounted under the cabinet over the bed. This looks like a good idea, so long as the stereo isn't so large that somebody sitting on the bed will whack their head on it.

I'm a fairly accomplished cabinetmaker (as a hobby, anyways), so I was thinking of having Rease pre-wire for an under-cabinet mount, and leave me to purchase a car stereo, speakers and build an enclosure for it.

This leaves the question of music outside the trailer, though. I've seen units with external speakers installed through the side of the trailer. I don't like that idea, since it's one more place for water to get through, but unless the speakers are permanently mounted, there's no way to get away from the "one more setup item" problem.

I'm not sure what solutions wireless technology (either RF or bluetooth) gives, but I will look into that. Barring other better solutions, I might just have Rease pre-wire some speaker cables from where the under-cabinet mount will go down into the under-bed bay, where I can install some jacks. When I want outside music, plug some speakers into these jacks and set them up outside.

If you've noticed my posts, you might have noticed that I tend to over-think things. Another fine example...
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:40 AM   #20
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

I, like Baglo, prefer the 'boom box'. Put the music where the listener is! I use the Dewalt job site unit. It's AM, FM, iPod ready and charges it's own battery when plugged to shore power. I use the battery to power my Dewalt drill for raising and lowering my stabilisers.
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