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Old 03-30-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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If anyone is considering changing out their stock radio, and you also want to have a decent navigation system........

Look at the Pioneer AVIC D-3.

I have a AVIC D-2 radio/navigation/I-Pod unit in my truck and I was very impressed with it. So much so that I chose the D-3 for the coach.

The navigation system is accurate and easy to use. In addition, the D-3 also has DVD function, which in my case goes through the coach wiring to the mid wall TV. The touch screen DVD in the radio/navigation unit does not operate while moving (it's against the law to have a DVD playing where the driver can see it while driving), it does play on the TV though while driving.

The radio/DVD/navigation unit also operates CD and I-Pod and can operate blue tooth cell phone. The unit is double din. The button control back light color is changeable and you can customize the loading screen and touchscreen backgrounds.

It is very user friendly. The unit cost was 999.99 at Car Toys, although you can purchase it for less then that elsewhere. While the cost does seem high, remember, it does have numerous functions. If your looking for a replacement - consider it. Installation is pretty straight forward, but, I chose to have it installed professionally.

How many of you, besides me, have found themselves off the planned route with a large motor coach and toad on a narrow road wondering where you can turn around?

The following pics is what mine looks like.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0177.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0179.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0181.jpg

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Old 03-30-2007, 06:51 PM   #2
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If anyone is considering changing out their stock radio, and you also want to have a decent navigation system........

Look at the Pioneer AVIC D-3.

I have a AVIC D-2 radio/navigation/I-Pod unit in my truck and I was very impressed with it. So much so that I chose the D-3 for the coach.

The navigation system is accurate and easy to use. In addition, the D-3 also has DVD function, which in my case goes through the coach wiring to the mid wall TV. The touch screen DVD in the radio/navigation unit does not operate while moving (it's against the law to have a DVD playing where the driver can see it while driving), it does play on the TV though while driving.

The radio/DVD/navigation unit also operates CD and I-Pod and can operate blue tooth cell phone. The unit is double din. The button control back light color is changeable and you can customize the loading screen and touchscreen backgrounds.

It is very user friendly. The unit cost was 999.99 at Car Toys, although you can purchase it for less then that elsewhere. While the cost does seem high, remember, it does have numerous functions. If your looking for a replacement - consider it. Installation is pretty straight forward, but, I chose to have it installed professionally.

How many of you, besides me, have found themselves off the planned route with a large motor coach and toad on a narrow road wondering where you can turn around?

The following pics is what mine looks like.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0177.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0179.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0181.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0184.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...e/100_0183.jpg
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:19 AM   #3
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Did it fit in the regular radio opening? I'd like to replace my radio with one if it will fit in the same hole.

Mine looks to be about the same size hole as your pictures show.
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Old 03-31-2007, 09:16 AM   #4
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The AVIC D-2 and D-3 is a double din. The stock Magnadyne system is din + 1/2. So, they do need to open it up a bit. You may be able to use the AVIC N-3 which is single din with a motorized screen.

Good place to gather info on Pioneer navigation is:

http://www.avic411.com/forum/

Hope this helps.
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Hay Gordon

You didn't list your rate. You must have been an ET to get involved in changing out electronics? They still have the requirement inorder to be a holligan to be over 6' tall?

I was stationed on the CGC Bramble and CGC Sagebrush as well as CG Station Miami Beach, NMV, NMR and San Juan RCC and Groton radio school. Good ole days!

How are you liking the Amb? We're picking our new 38PDQ up next week, Going from gas W-22 to a Diesel . s/Toby
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Old 04-01-2007, 04:19 PM   #6
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Toby. You're going to love the PDQ! Congratulations!!!

Nice to see another Puddle Pirate.....There's so few of us.

Nope - Not an Electronics Technician, but a Yeoman!

You of all people should know - you don't have to be 6' tall to be a Coastie! Jut the ability to walk on water

I spent time at Station Portland, ME, CCGDONE, Gru SW Harbor, CGC CIRUS, Ruitoff Cleveland, MSO Portland, OR, CGC RESOLUTE, CGC ALERT and last - AIRSTA North Bend.

The Ambassador is a geat unit and we are very happy with it. The Magnadyne was not bad, but froze up a great deal. Also, with the driver's seat so far from the radio, it was hard to change stations at the best of times.

Now I have a remote attached to the steering wheel so that I can keep my eyes on the road and the DVD in the Pioneer navigation unit is way superior. As you know, as with ship driving - you better plan on whats a mile or so ahead of you.
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