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Old 09-02-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Stereo and Light

Picked up our 19' on Aug 5 and made our way back to Wisconsin via Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. Love the trailer but have two issues. The Touch Audio stereo has a blue light on the dial which never goes off and the sound has preset levels so a strong radio station will come in too loud. Have been talking to Tammy and hope to get the unit replaced or money refunded. Anyone had a similar experience and found a stereo they like? Also have a problem with poor lighting in the middle of the trailer. Should be a light in the center of the trailer opposite the wardrobe. Have tried two battery Led lights but neither was bright enough. Any solutions? David
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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Re: Stereo and Light

I just pull the faceplate off the stereo when not in use to keep the light of and minimize battery drain. I have had no trouble with volume. My unit is a Jensen stereo though.

Placement of lights is somewhat limited across from the wardrobe. Ours is straight across from the fridge. We mounted an LED battery light with about 8 bulbs on the door. More than enough to find what we need inside. Might be you just need a different model, there are literally 100's to choose from nowadays.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:46 PM   #3
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I dislike the Touch Audio system that came in our 5.0 My solution for the too-bright light is a piece of tape on the faceplate.

I never considered the idea of removing the system and asking for a refund...and its too late now. Eventually I will replace it with one of the better automotive systems. The only concern I have is finding a remote control. And, BTW, who designed the remote for the TouchAudio?...buttons all the same approximate size and shape and arranged in a pretty-darned illogical manner.

Rant off...I still LOVE my Escape

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Old 09-02-2011, 11:43 PM   #4
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Hi,

We are into high fidelity sound so we chose one from Crutchfield online (great company - great prices) and shipped it to Rease and they put it in for us. It is a very nice stereo/receiver - AM FM CD player with bluetooth and usb, etc. Separate speakers (purchased separately, too).

The sound quality should be quite good so we are looking forward to it. The high def TV/DVD player will plug into it, too.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:32 AM   #5
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Re: Stereo and Light

With advances in electronics appearing weekly, I chose not to have anything installed. I didn't want a hole that wouldn't accommodate a new piece of gear or a piece of gear that may fail and can't be easily repaired or replaced.

We have a Sirius satellite radio that mounts in an Executive Dock in the trailer or in a car mount in the RAV. We listen to 'oldie' radio shows ( Our Miss Brooks and The Shadow ) or CBC or one of 157 other stations, wherever we are. Which is why I don't miss TV. However, I pay $15 a month for the service and only listen when we are on the road.
I have a Altec-Lansing dock for my iPod. I can take it or the Sirius dock outside or use them in the trailer or the RAV on batteries or AC / DC.

I bought a TV mount and never installed it. Gave it away. Bought a 15 inch TV and that's now in my daughter's apartment in Halifax while she attends university. Bought a 7-inch DVD player and have used it twice to view a documentary short on Airstreams.

I've been thinking about an iPad or maybe a Kindle, which reminds me that a friend who owns a book store on an island frequented by vacationers sells lots of books to people who forgot to bring the charger for their eBook.

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Old 09-03-2011, 04:03 AM   #6
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Re: Stereo and Light

Glad I read these posts as I now realize I have no idea what model stereo/dvd player is coming in our 17B.
Have fired off an email to Tammy to get the facts!

Of course, giving the prevalence of blu-ray on the market and since I have a huge blu-ray collection, I just assumed that the stereo/dvd player would be blu-ray ... Doesn't seem to be the case as google-ing rv stereos shows nothing definitive (audiovox releasing one in 2011) just speculation.

Playback in Hi-definition isn't really the issue -it's the ability to watch dvd's in whatever format you own. Who wants to buy another copy in a different format just to take in the RV?
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:16 AM   #7
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Thanks for the interesting and helpful responses.
Lbaranyal, Ask Tammy about the speakers. The ones installed for us look like they belong in the back window of a 56` Chevy. Not very attractive in the faux light oak decor. Trying to get those replaced as well. David
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:31 AM   #8
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With advances in electronics appearing weekly, I chose not to have anything installed. I didn't want a hole that wouldn't accommodate a new piece of gear or a piece of gear that may fail and can't be easily repaired or replaced.

baglo
I did the same. I have a XM radio receiver that I move from the RAV4 to the trailer (separate antennas) when I can't reach the internet & listen to Pandora radio. I have a Sony dock that has an aux in for the XM radio, FM radio, and an iPod connector that works OK (even though the phone keeps telling me it isn't compatible) with my iPhone.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:14 PM   #9
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Re: Stereo and Light

Call me a luddite, but at night while camping, I only listen to the crickets, sans Buddy Holly.
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Call me a luddite, but at night while camping, I only listen to the crickets, sans Buddy Holly.
Since I was basically unaware I looked up 'Luddite"

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The Luddites were a social movement of 19th-century English textile artisans who protested – often by destroying mechanized looms – against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt were leaving them without work and changing their way of life. The movement was named after General Ned Ludd or King Ludd, a mythical figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest.[1]

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Of course traveling/camping with an Escape is a tad off the "Luddite" path

But l kind-of of like the concept and of course having hot water.. There's always that off chance I'm caught in the forest with only some water & a condom - I know I can make a fire, I guess the luddite in me would be a happy camper..
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