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Old 07-18-2022, 03:27 PM   #1
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Radio Remote on Steering Wheel

2011 Itasca Meridian 40U on Freightliner CC.

The steering wheel mounted remote for the stock Jenson radio used to work occasionally and now it does not work at all. Yes, it has new batteries (which is what made it work in the first place). All the buttons work solidly and seem quite clean.

I'm curious if anyone here has experienced and solved this before.

I believe this is a Winnebago add and not standard Freightliner but could be wrong.

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Old 07-19-2022, 09:05 AM   #2
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If it works like the one for my magnadyne it's infrared. What's on the "dangling" PCB in the bottom photo? If it's IR LED's then there's an IR "receiver" somewhere in proximity to the steering wheel. Mine looks like a small panel mount indicator light that never lights up. That then gets connected to an IR remote input to the radio. IR remote testers are inexpensive if you care to isolate the trouble.

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Old 07-28-2022, 03:30 PM   #3
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Answer

It is IR and that dangling bottom piece has a "bulb" in it. With it unscrewed, I can aim it at the radio face and voila it works perfectly. When it is attached as it should be, it doesn't work. I'm devising a mirror relay system in my head... lol.
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Old 07-29-2022, 07:33 AM   #4
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Or a light pipe. Long way around the block to solve the problem though. First thing that comes to mind is there is a selection of IR repeaters and extenders out there. Put one end close to your remote and the other by the face of the radio and that might do the trick.

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Old 08-02-2022, 05:59 PM   #5
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Start with fresh verified batteries and see if 3V is getting to the circuit board. If not fix that.

If there is power to the board and it still doesn't work then you probably want to bail and try to find a used replacement.

My 2013 version looks almost exactly like yours so there should be a few years to choose from.
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IR Receiver

There is an IR Receiver directly under the that control box on the panel covering the steering column. That receiver is wired to back of radio. It is either out of alignment to pick up signal, or has shorted out.
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