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Old 03-18-2015, 02:30 AM   #1
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Radio and audio in an MH -we need to rethink.

I've found my MH radio and all dash radios so far on an MH to be semi worthless.

The bluetooth now common allows speakerphone use but who really wants a speakerphone in the front of an RV. If you are doing work business then it's better to go to another location. If you want to chat it's just not that good to hear or speak into.

The use of it as a radio/audio going down the road is limited due to noise and being busy driving. When parked you can use a much better system than a standard car radio for entertainment.

Another gripe is the user interface. Seriously, who can punch all of the screen options while driving a car, let alone a 35 to 40 foot motorhome?

For my money I wish the manufacturers would skip the radio completely and put in a CB, display for Nav, etc. In fact I'm thinking of just covering mine up with my Garmin/Tomtom mount.

I suppose one could argue that some general news or music is handy so maybe a simple radio would suffice but the complexity we are paying for in these isn't worth is...IMHO.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:42 AM   #2
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I agree with you 1,000%.

When driving the coach my cellphone is off as is the radio and I don't use a GPS.

I need 100% concentration on the road and traffic.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:20 AM   #3
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I modified my dash radio so it runs on the coach battery instead of the truck. We can then use it while parked also.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:45 AM   #4
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The only time I ever use mine is when parked. If I try to use while driving, the first thing I hear is the DW saying, turn that thing down some.
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We don't listen to it much as we travel but it's nice when at a rest stop to have some music or news to listen to without having use the house home theater system. No need to turn on the inverter or generator. What I really hate is the small buttons they have.
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Bluetooth is great for streaming music from my smartphone.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:27 AM   #7
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I think you are right on target. We have a pretty fancy dash stereo, and I believe we turned it on one time to see how it worked. It's pretty much wasted electronics/space in our coach.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:37 PM   #8
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As for touch screen info/entainerment ceters, and even multi-menu buttons.

DANGEROUS. I think they should be outlawed for cockpit radios

As for blue tooth..

That allows your PHONE to play MP3's or Pandora via the radio...not the other way around. now I like Pandora.

That said...My good old Radio/CD player does not have a tooth,blue or otherwise,save on the gears that move the CD in and fail to move it out again. It does have LINE IN though.
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I guess I'm different.....I have a nice stereo with XM radio and listen while I'm driving. I have to ask.....what do you guys do during 4-6 hours of driving? I love my wife, but I certainly don't have 4-6 hours of conversation with her.

I rock out to the 70's music and switch to Country when I need a change. For me it's relaxing and makes the drive more pleasant. It also drowns out any coach noise.
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I'd like better speaker placement. That said it is often on for weather and traffic news. Often have a "book on tape" or music *I* like on a USB stick plugged in to listen to while driving. It would be hard to do much better than the dash mounted units as far as the radio's go. Speakers on the other hand....
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we have a jensen in dash with multiple menues and touch screen that are confonding and confusing! Some options you just touch the icon or line or else it switched to something else..very dangerous to distract driver
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I guess I'm different.....I have a nice stereo with XM radio and listen while I'm driving. I have to ask.....what do you guys do during 4-6 hours of driving? I love my wife, but I certainly don't have 4-6 hours of conversation with her.

I rock out to the 70's music and switch to Country when I need a change. For me it's relaxing and makes the drive more pleasant. It also drowns out any coach noise.

Now that's good stuff right there!
I love listening to music while driving this great country of ours.
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Gotta have music, I have always wondered why they do not put the radio on the Co-Pilot's side of the moho? My wifey needs something to do besides looking out the window and telling me to slow down, and I think the radio/music system stuff would be right up her alley. Hmmmmm, a new project is presenting itself.

Anybody ever seen it over on the other side?

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Gotta have music, I have always wondered why they do not put the radio on the Co-Pilot's side of the moho? My wifey needs something to do besides looking out the window and telling me to slow down, and I think the radio/music system stuff would be right up her alley. Hmmmmm, a new project is presenting itself.

Anybody ever seen it over on the other side?

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