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Old 04-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Removing the dash Xite unit

Today, the Sirius satellite radio option and AM/FM portions of the Xite unit quit working. The radio portion just seems to be an antenna issue since stations fade in and out. I'm thinking the antenna lead to the back of the unit is loose. For the satellite, the Sirius icon that you normally tap on the main menu is greyed out which to me indicates that the SiriusXM V200 Connect Vehicle Tuner is no longer plugged into the back of the Xite unit.

I need to remove the Xite unit to check for loose connections. Is it as simple as removing the plastic bezel and the four small screws, then slide the unit out?

Additionally, have any of you actually placed eyes on the V200 Connect Vehicle Tuner and know where it is mounted?
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Tom, yes it is fairly straight forward, just take the bezel loose and pull it right out. However, you can likely check the connection by taking out the drawer below it in the console and using a small flashlight to look up behind the unit.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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Tom, yes it is fairly straight forward, just take the bezel loose and pull it right out. However, you can likely check the connection by taking out the drawer below it in the console and using a small flashlight to look up behind the unit.
I considered trying to see the back of the unit with a flashlight but figured the view would be blocked by the backup camera screen.
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I considered trying to see the back of the unit with a flashlight but figured the view would be blocked by the backup camera screen.
Might try a mirror with that flash light.
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Tom, I suspect your dash is still configured the same as the 2011. If so the Sirius tuner is located on the passenger side of the dash right under the Velcro dash cover.
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There are so many wires in there the simplest way is to just zip out all the screws on the bezel. While you are in there you can make some changes. I connected the back up camera system to the overhead TV, from the factory its connected to the nav unit. Second change was to disconnect the triggers that change the back up camera to side cameras, etc. Drove me nuts when changing lanes I would lose my rear view to know if I have cleared the car behind me. Good luck!
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There are so many wires in there the simplest way is to just zip out all the screws on the bezel. While you are in there you can make some changes. I connected the back up camera system to the overhead TV, from the factory its connected to the nav unit. Second change was to disconnect the triggers that change the back up camera to side cameras, etc. Drove me nuts when changing lanes I would lose my rear view to know if I have cleared the car behind me. Good luck!
I agree with MSMatt you will get much better access if you remove the entire bezel and it is easy. The change I made to the rear camera was to tap the rear camera signal and connected it to the 'video in' on the Xcite radio. That way the rear view stays on the radio monitor while the regular monitor changes view with the turn signal. Getting both views simultaneously is very helpful.
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I agree with MSMatt you will get much better access if you remove the entire bezel and it is easy. The change I made to the rear camera was to tap the rear camera signal and connected it to the 'video in' on the Xcite radio. That way the rear view stays on the radio monitor while the regular monitor changes view with the turn signal. Getting both views simultaneously is very helpful.
Can you explain in more detail as to how you made this change? Sounds like something that has frustrated me as we'll. does your change/mod disable or over ride other features?
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Can you explain in more detail as to how you made this change? Sounds like something that has frustrated me as we'll. does your change/mod disable or over ride other features?
The Xcite radio has monitor capability; it works when you go to camera mode, so tapping the rear camera lead affects nothing. When traveling, I leave the radio on camera mode which means I have identical views of the rear camera until I use the turn signals then the regular monitor switches cameras while the radio view stays the same. Using the radio as a monitor also makes it easier to see since it is the top monitor. Btw, the radio still functions normally while it is in monitor mode.
To do this you will have to pull the bezel and locate the 3 cables that come from the cameras to the monitor and identify which is the rear camera cable. That cable has more wires running in it (probably 5) because the rear camera has sound and a motor to control and the side cameras do not. Slit the outside sheathing of the rear camera cable and identify which of the wires is video and ground. Find your rear camera instruction booklet and it will give you the wiring breakdown. The cable has a wire for audio, video, power tilt, 12v and a common ground. The Xcite radio’s video-out is a RCA female connector so if you have an extra audio or video cable with RCA ends laying around cut it, separate the wires and tap them onto the video and ground lines. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you tap the right lines. Two of those lines have power and tapping them would be bad. Again identify the appropriate wires through the camera instruction manual and you can confirm by a voltmeter if you want.
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The Xcite radio has monitor capability; it works when you go to camera mode, so tapping the rear camera lead affects nothing. When traveling, I leave the radio on camera mode which means I have identical views of the rear camera until I use the turn signals then the regular monitor switches cameras while the radio view stays the same. Using the radio as a monitor also makes it easier to see since it is the top monitor. Btw, the radio still functions normally while it is in monitor mode.
To do this you will have to pull the bezel and locate the 3 cables that come from the cameras to the monitor and identify which is the rear camera cable. That cable has more wires running in it (probably 5) because the rear camera has sound and a motor to control and the side cameras do not. Slit the outside sheathing of the rear camera cable and identify which of the wires is video and ground. Find your rear camera instruction booklet and it will give you the wiring breakdown. The cable has a wire for audio, video, power tilt, 12v and a common ground. The Xcite radio’s video-out is a RCA female connector so if you have an extra audio or video cable with RCA ends laying around cut it, separate the wires and tap them onto the video and ground lines. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you tap the right lines. Two of those lines have power and tapping them would be bad. Again identify the appropriate wires through the camera instruction manual and you can confirm by a voltmeter if you want.
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Thank you, I will check into it.
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There are so many wires in there the simplest way is to just zip out all the screws on the bezel. While you are in there you can make some changes. I connected the back up camera system to the overhead TV, from the factory its connected to the nav unit. Second change was to disconnect the triggers that change the back up camera to side cameras, etc. Drove me nuts when changing lanes I would lose my rear view to know if I have cleared the car behind me. Good luck!
I'm with you 100% on disconnecting the left/right triggers. Also I noticed today the backup trigger locks out the UP/DOWN camera tilt control - does yours do that? On my last coach I couldn't reach the monitor front panel while driving so I installed a rotary switch with one position to disable the triggers, one position for "normal" and 4 more to manually and quickly select the other views whenever I felt the need.
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Thank you, I will check into it.
In regard to the video tap mod described by lp5151 you could try contacting Tim at rvcams dot com - he might have some sort of pre-made adapter cable (I guess I would call it a splitter) that would do the job without the need for the surgery. If such a cable exists it might not be on the web site so best to drop him a note. These folks have been very helpful with my prior camera installations.
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The Xcite radio has monitor capability; it works when you go to camera mode, so tapping the rear camera lead affects nothing. When traveling, I leave the radio on camera mode which means I have identical views of the rear camera until I use the turn signals then the regular monitor switches cameras while the radio view stays the same. Using the radio as a monitor also makes it easier to see since it is the top monitor. Btw, the radio still functions normally while it is in monitor mode.
To do this you will have to pull the bezel and locate the 3 cables that come from the cameras to the monitor and identify which is the rear camera cable. That cable has more wires running in it (probably 5) because the rear camera has sound and a motor to control and the side cameras do not. Slit the outside sheathing of the rear camera cable and identify which of the wires is video and ground. Find your rear camera instruction booklet and it will give you the wiring breakdown. The cable has a wire for audio, video, power tilt, 12v and a common ground. The Xcite radio’s video-out is a RCA female connector so if you have an extra audio or video cable with RCA ends laying around cut it, separate the wires and tap them onto the video and ground lines. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you tap the right lines. Two of those lines have power and tapping them would be bad. Again identify the appropriate wires through the camera instruction manual and you can confirm by a voltmeter if you want.
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So how does your mod affect use of the NAV? Assume you have a separate Nav unit or don't use it?
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I'm with you 100% on disconnecting the left/right triggers. Also I noticed today the backup trigger locks out the UP/DOWN camera tilt control - does yours do that? On my last coach I couldn't reach the monitor front panel while driving so I installed a rotary switch with one position to disable the triggers, one position for "normal" and 4 more to manually and quickly select the other views whenever I felt the need.
Yep, put it in reverse and the tilt goes away. I pull a trailer that uses the 4th input, but doesn't tilt, so not a huge deal for me. But like you said, just disconnect the trigger.
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