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Old 04-11-2016, 03:50 PM   #1
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AM Radio Question

In March we bought a used TT. On the roof is what looks like an Vehicle AM/FM radio antenna. I'm not sure where the other end is. I think it comes out where the DVD, TV area is. There is one cable with an RCA type connector.

If that is the radio antenna then I don't know what to plug it into.
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I don't either, and you didn't give us much info to work with. What year/make/model of trailer, and what AM/Fm radio does it have (if any)?

For an antenna to pass along a signal, it obviously has to be plugged into the radio receivers antenna jack.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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You would plug it into the back of the radio that someone may have removed.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:45 PM   #4
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You would plug it into the back of the radio that someone may have removed.
That's part of the problem. There is no radio and the plug looks like nothing I have seen before.

I likened it to the old RCA audio/video connectors, but it is different.

The RCA has a center prong and fits both into and over a connection. The one I am referring to also has a center prong, a bit longer. It also has a shield that fits into a connection instead of over one.

After looking more, it is a car radio connector.
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I'm with "lynnmor".....a 2007 trailer most likely came with a radio that the previous owner removed. Start looking for a cabinet that looks like it was changed or space used for something that wouldn't have necessarily been in that trailer. Your antenna connection is probably hidden.

If you think that one wire is an antenna lead, throw an ohm meter on it and see if it's connected to the roof.
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Were there, or are there still, special radios for Travel Trailers that took a car radio antenna connection?

I'm very new at this. We haven't even used the trailer yet, other than sleeping in it while it is in the driveway. A trip is planned later this month, though.
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Pretty much any 12 volt car radio would work. Most of the ones in RV's are a 12 volt radio, just like in your car.
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The difference between car radios and RV radios is the quality. The car companies could never get away with installing the junk commonly found in RVs.
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The difference between car radios and RV radios is the quality. The car companies could never get away with installing the junk commonly found in RVs.
X2!!!!

Those antennas were pretty common back a few years - our last two TTs, a '95 and an '01 had one of them. Both radios were changed for good ones that worked. The last ('06) and current ('14) 5er had/have a 'better' radio that evidently didn't need an outside antenna though both - worse then lousy AM reception. There is nothing wrong except for a hole in the roof, which means that antenna needs to be well caulked. With that antenna along with your choice of a much better radio you may actually have some decent reception
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If it is a long center prong like the standard audio connector and about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long then instead of a outward connection like RCA audio connection it is just a sleeve back along the wire but about the same size as the RCA type then that is for the antenna.

It is called a "Motorola" connector.

It is for car radio receivers but is 75 ohm.

You can either change it but often the center lead is a fine wire so adaptors are better.

You can possibly get one from a car audio store or online.

If yiu have any junk car stereos most have a coax jumper style wire with a female on it so the unit can be made smaller and easier to fit.

You cut it off and attach the desired connector on the end cut.
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