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Old 11-02-2011, 07:15 AM   #15
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Jim - Glad the installation went smoothly for the Kenwood. As you know - we despised the Jenseen, as it was so difficult to program.

Tris hooked up the FM antenna to the existing antenna on the Apex which runs down the center post under the cover and we get excellent reception. He ran the wire for the satellite up through the center of the dash and mounted the antenna in the middle of the dash in the valley.

Let us know how your satellite receiver install works out and how your reception is!
Swansnest - so it sounds like your XM antenna is on your dash and inside the windshield. Is that right? I want to add an XM receiver and keeping the antenna inside would sure make installation easier and neater.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:13 AM   #16
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The satellite receiver arrived late Monday evening and I installed it on Tuesday. It was a plug & play and installed in minutes. I was going to run the satellite antenna into the well between the windshield and the dash, but when I took off the panel under the dash by the front door, I found the plug end for the satellite antenna. WRV used a Sirius antenna when they built the coach and it matched. I plugged it in and it works perfect. The whole thing took 15 minutes since the radio was already installed. All that is left to do now is pair my phone to the new Kenwood so I can hear my calls through the radio speakers while I am driving. I am very happy with the improved reception and quality of sound I am now getting out of my Pioneer speakers. (Good by Jensen.)


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Old 11-02-2011, 05:06 PM   #17
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Kraig & All - YES, YES, YES, today, I went to Radio Shack and got the cable adapters so I could run the radio into the AUX port on the Jensen. Low and behold, when I went looking into that vast cavern under the passenger side of the dash, there was an antenna lead, all coiled up and laying on the floor (there is also a CB antenna wire as well, and I know the antenna is up on the roof-but that is too much to deal with). I plugged it into the radio, ran the wire to the Aux Port on the Jensen, and it works perfectly, in fact 1000% better than before, strong signal, more volume, and quicker lock on to my selected channel.

Thank you all for the information to assist in this installation.

FWIW-when I checked with Jensen for the sat add on, there price was 95 dollars. So just getting the aftermarket radio from Sirius for 29, and 10 in the adapter cables, I am 60 dollars ahead on the hardware. Now if I can just convince Sirius/XM to give me a great deal on the subscription to go out to when the Jeep expires, and then add the Acura later on.

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Old 11-02-2011, 10:05 PM   #19
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I originally had my XM antenna mounted under the dash, atop the gauges. It worked pretty good, except when heading North (only a few skips). Then I moved it to the valley between the dash just to see if it improved (not really). Then I ran it up the windshield pillar (center on mine) and put the antenna up near the leading edge of the cap, wedging it into the insulation. Now I have perfect reception, all the time.

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