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Old 08-15-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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Clarion NX405 Replacement ??

I have been waiting until after our 8 week (7000 mi) trip this summer to make a final decision on what to do with this. We definityly want to replace it with a single unit that does all the NAV, Sound, etc.

I know that in 12/17, NealC switched to the Pioneer AVIC-8201 (8200), but was wondering if someone in the past 18 months has found single unit they are happy with.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:58 PM   #2
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The Pioneers are good units and I was very happy with my AVIC that I had many years ago. This time, I tried the Kenwood with Garmin navigation. I'm pretty happy with the Kenwood.

https://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-Excel...gateway&sr=8-1
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I am not familiar with the Garmin built in systems. I am assuming you can program Weight, Height and Length, to optimize routing. Is this true?
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I bought the 994 model which doesn't have the ability to add the RV size. For me, that wasn't a priority. At the time I bought mine, they were just offering a model that would accept rig size, it was about $400.00 more.
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I have been waiting until after our 8 week (7000 mi) trip this summer to make a final decision on what to do with this. We definityly want to replace it with a single unit that does all the NAV, Sound, etc.



I know that in 12/17, NealC switched to the Pioneer AVIC-8201 (8200), but was wondering if someone in the past 18 months has found single unit they are happy with.


For those that have made a change , do you know if there is an amplifier driving the subwoofer? When we opened up the dash drawer today, the subwoofer was just barely vibrating.

My audio tech thinks it likely needs an amplifier if it doesnít have one.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:42 PM   #6
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On my 2019, the sub and the amp are behind the panel, directly in front of the passenger seat.

When you did the wiring crossover, there was a blue wire (if I recall correctly) that triggers the subwoofer. I originally didn't know what the wire was for, but soon fond out I had no sound, until I connected it.
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Don, Neil, or others that have upgraded the Clarion unit, did you also upgrade the JBL speakers that are used with the Clarion? If so what did you go with?
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There is an amp and on mine itís above the accelerator pedal.

I replaced the clarion with a pioneer. I replaced the amp and subwoofer. Canít remember the amp brand and I think the sub is kicker. I replaced the JBLís with Alpine. I had an audio store do the pioneer amp and sub work. I did the speakers.
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I left the speakers alone, I'm hard of hearing and not a music aficionado. I feel I did get better sound quality in my good ear , but I primarily replaced the radio because I HATED several flaws that it had.
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There is an amp and on mine itís above the accelerator pedal.

I replaced the clarion with a pioneer. I replaced the amp and subwoofer. Canít remember the amp brand and I think the sub is kicker. I replaced the JBLís with Alpine. I had an audio store do the pioneer amp and sub work. I did the speakers.
nice setup. Thanks for the input.
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Don, After 7,000 miles of Excite frustration, I bought a Garmin stand aalone GPS which solved the main issues. When the coach was new, I had problems with the Bose volume on the outside TV when using the dash radio. Per forum discussion, I added an amplifier and filter. This solved the problem at the time. Now it is six months down the road and the filter has failed or the hum has increased. Before changing the radio, I thought I'd ask if anyone else experienced a failed filter.
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I added the amp, but left off the filter. I found the sound was okay for outside use and the few times we used it.
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