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Old 07-28-2014, 01:39 PM   #1
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2013-2014 Tour owners - steering wheel radio control question

Hi there.

On your coach you have remote controls for the radio in the center of your steering wheel. I am trying to get more info.

Is it look like it was an add on module?
Does it work like an infrared remote and require batteries?
Is there a manufacturer name on it?

I am trying to upgrade my wheel to have this function and cant seem to get any answers. The VIP wheel people say they don't build it. Xite (radio manufacturer) doesn't have anything.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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I have a 2014 journey but think your tour is the same.

It is a ir remote that uses batteries. Winnie adds a ir sensor on the steering column under the remote so that it works with the radio. Your radio will need to have a ir input and be compatible with this remote.

Not sure but I think this is who distributes the remote to Winnie.

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Old 07-28-2014, 10:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

It does look like you have the remote I am looking for. Unfortunately river park does not know anything about it. They said Winnie must be having it built. I talked to the parts dept on a 14 tour and they couldn't find a part number. According to them there is no such thing, LOL. It's always so frustrating trying to find people that know what I am talking about!

I am doing a retrofit on an 2014 American Revolution that has the same steering wheel and same series radio. I can't reach the radio while seat belted (great design) and would like to have the Winnie functionality.

Any help is appreciated!
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I have a 12 Rev and the radio, Nav is inches from the wheel, and is very handy on the old dash. What were they thinking on the new dash moving the radio and switches so low and far away from the driver??
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:02 AM   #5
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The radio remote Winn part number is 163142-13-000 and the cost is $83.10. I added one to my 09 Journey that I purchased while at the GNR. Couple of considerations - it only works with the radio supplied by Winnebago, it requires a remote IR receiver connected to the radio and it will only install in the Freightliner VIP steering wheel. If you have a "compatible " coach, installation is a 10 minute job involving pulling off the center of the wheel, drilling two holes to mount the unit and tightening the lock nuts. The unit comes with a chrome backer piece that holds it securely inside the wheel and is predrilled/serves as a template for mounting. Winn suggest relocating the IR sensor to the steering column as the transmitter is on the bottom of the remote but mine worked fine with the receiver mounted in the center of the dash. Good luck, it is a dramatic improvement from the Velcro mounted remote.
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One caveat, at least on mine (on a 2011 Itasca) it is *not* lighted. So you learn to memorize the volume and mute etc button locations..and replace the batteries ever so often. Standard AA as I recall.
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