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Old 12-19-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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2012 ACE Stereo Amplifier Location

I can't hear the radio/stereo very well when driving down the road in my 2012 Thor ACE 29.2 . . . so I crank it up.

If you are sitting on the sofa, your ears will start to bleed because I have it cranked up so much to hear over the engine noise. I wish Thor put speakers in the dashboard so I wouldn't have to crank up the "front" sofa speakers so much.

So, I am going to install some dashboard speaker myself. I am thinking about some type of surface mount box speaker. I may upgrade to in-dash speakers later.



I have the Jensen VR209TP head unit with camera stuff in my ACE. The wiring diagram online indicates there is a amp connector for the speakers. So where is the amplifier? I am going to need to inspect that amplifier to see if it will allow me to add more speakers easily.

If not, then I will need to splice into one of the overhead sofa/dinnette speakers. . . or add another amplifier. . . or replace the entire head unit with something better than the crappy Jensen.


Does anyone know where the amplifier is on the ACE?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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I don't think there is an amp, there is an amp connector, but I don't think there is an amp. The amp connector is a standard deal on stereo's is a specific connector designed to trigger the amp and provide the signal.

I went ahead with a pair of 3 1/2" speakers up front. You are 100% correct, you can't hear the stereo at all up front without having to blast out the entire coach. I just spliced into the rear bedroom speaker for the new front ones. We never use the rear/bedroom speakers, I may just disconnect them all together.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:01 AM   #3
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What about going another route. Address the sound issue. I installed this stuff on the underside of my engine cover and it made a big difference. I can now have a conversation without yelling while driving. This is Dynamat copy at half the cost. You can buy this in 10-25-50-and 100 square feet quantities, sticks good, just use a roller and 6 inch strips to stick it to the underside of the engine compartment cover.


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Hmm. Guess I'll crawl under there tonight and check it all out. It didn't dawn on me to put Dynamat on the engine cover. I haven't even figure out how to take that thing off yet. LOL
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Good Idea Scott. I already added the speakers up front, but still would not mind cutting down on the noise. Think I will scout it out and come up with a plan to try it.

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