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Old 09-08-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Ford Radio Replacement

This is similar to a thread I started on the Tech forum. My remaining questions are Tiffin specific, so I'm asking here. First, I'm having trouble getting a wiring harness with a plug that matches the back of the OEM Ford radio. The one I got from Crutchfield doesn't remotely look like the back of the radio. Their response is that if the one they provided doesn't work, Tiffin or Freightliner must have modified the radio. Ya, right. My second problem is that it doesn't look like there is quite enough dash height to get a double-DIN radio in the dash.

Tiffin owners - have you figured out a harness that mimics the Ford radio?

Phaeton owners - has anyone managed to shoehorn in a true (4 inch + mounting bracket) double-DIN radio in the stock dash?

Thanks as always for the group's sage advice.
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Why not splice a Ford socket to the new wires color to color
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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This is similar to a thread I started on the Tech forum. My remaining questions are Tiffin specific, so I'm asking here. First, I'm having trouble getting a wiring harness with a plug that matches the back of the OEM Ford radio. The one I got from Crutchfield doesn't remotely look like the back of the radio. Their response is that if the one they provided doesn't work, Tiffin or Freightliner must have modified the radio. Ya, right. My second problem is that it doesn't look like there is quite enough dash height to get a double-DIN radio in the dash.

Tiffin owners - have you figured out a harness that mimics the Ford radio?

Phaeton owners - has anyone managed to shoehorn in a true (4 inch + mounting bracket) double-DIN radio in the stock dash?

Thanks as always for the group's sage advice.
Good news is that I took my radio to Best Buy and they gave me the appropriate plug to hook my new Pioneer APPS radio into the stock plug.

Bad News. For some reason the ford radio that came out was not a double DIN opening. We had to take a tool and enlarge the opening for it to fit. What is interesting is that a friend had a 2005 ford ranger pickup that the radio went out. I handed him the radio from my 2005 tiffin allegro bus and it fit his opening perfectly. All I know for sure was the double din
Pioneer Apps radio was slightly too big.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for all the advice. In case someone finds this thread in the future, I wanted to write up how this upgrade ended. I took the removed Ford radio to Best Buy. The salesman knew immediately what was needed, and went to the pegs and handed me a Metra IBR-WHFD3 and a Metra IBR-586FD. He called the Ford a "DIN-and-a-half" radio. As you can see from the picture, there is a small storage shelf above the single-DIN replacement radio.

The wiring harness worked perfectly, just soldered like-to-like colors. The height of the mounting bracket was perfect, but I had to enlarge the width by about a sixteenth of an inch. After that, the assembly snapped into place and fit great.

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