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Old 05-19-2020, 07:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy Clarion dash radio

The radio we have in our 2016 Ventana has very poor reception and wondering if the rooftop antennas are even connected. My problem is I cannot find how to remove the dash components to access and pull the radio. If anyone has done this work please let me know the steps
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Old 05-20-2020, 09:38 AM   #2
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I replaced the Clarion on my Dutchstar. If your coach is the same it is fairly easy install. Take the six or eight screws out around the instrument panel and you can get to the back of the stereo. There is a face plate around the stereo that comes of. From the back you will see how it comes apart. There is a fair amount of room to work in there too. Good luck
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We have the Clarion. It works Great! Take in to someone to check out.. I have a feeling something is wrong between the radio and Antenna. We love our Clarion. We have a 2017 Ventana 3709. We just found out our Batwing for local channels was bent and the coax was not good. Fixed it works wonderful!
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The clarion radio in are 2014 dutchstar which also has a useless GPS has absolutely terrible reception!! Every time we use the motorhome I say to my wife damn I hate this radio. I'm not sure if it's the antenner or the radio. My suspicion is that it's the antenner. If anybody has upgraded the radio and it solved the problem that information would be great. I bought a separate garmin rv 770 GPS so I am only looking to upgrade radio.
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Should not have to remove dash for removal of Clarion unit. Remove black trim piece and then on each side of unit slide down removal, should be in your owners manual for Clarion. Bought Pioneer head unit from Crutchfield and sent picture of plug from Clarion so the main wiring harness was plug and play, plug in FM antenna, Sirrius/XM antenna and new voice microphone. Now I have wireless CarPlay with Waze, Google Maps but still rely on our Garmin 770. The Pioneer woke up the JBL factory speakers!
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Should not have to remove dash for removal of Clarion unit. Remove black trim piece and then on each side of unit slide down removal, should be in your owners manual for Clarion. Bought Pioneer head unit from Crutchfield and sent picture of plug from Clarion so the main wiring harness was plug and play, plug in FM antenna, Sirrius/XM antenna and new voice microphone. Now I have wireless CarPlay with Waze, Google Maps but still rely on our Garmin 770. The Pioneer woke up the JBL factory speakers!
I put in the Pioneer as well with android auto. Have had several Pioneers in the past they are good units. Much better than the Clarion unit. I also have the Garmin for my co-pilot. lakebuster, do you have to have your phone connected to the USB to get your car play to work or does it work via Bluetooth? I have to keep mine connected. Also do you have it configured and wired so you can operate the GPS while driving as opposed to being stopped and in park?
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I put in the Pioneer as well with android auto. Have had several Pioneers in the past they are good units. Much better than the Clarion unit. I also have the Garmin for my co-pilot. lakebuster, do you have to have your phone connected to the USB to get your car play to work or does it work via Bluetooth? I have to keep mine connected. Also do you have it configured and wired so you can operate the GPS while driving as opposed to being stopped and in park?

I have the BT Apple Car Play and also will work with Android. I have never tried using Apple Maps, Google Maps in motion. A selling point is instead of having a dedicated 200/year SiriusXM account now I just stream from phone..
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The radio we have in our 2016 Ventana has very poor reception and wondering if the rooftop antennas are even connected. My problem is I cannot find how to remove the dash components to access and pull the radio. If anyone has done this work please let me know the steps
My 2016 Dutch Star has the Clarion NX-405 radio. I was doing some work in my dash and used the radio opening for access. I took the attached photo (rotated 90 degrees unfortunately) for future reference.

You need to remove the front bezel on the radio. Then there are 4 screws that hold the radio in place. Once removed, the radio slides out.
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