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Old 11-21-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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Wanting to replace Visteon radio

We have 4 XM radios. 2 were built into the cars and 2 are portable units. Then we bought the Bounder and it has Sirius. Since Sirius/XM will not allow a Sirius radio on our family account, and also because the Visteon 6 disk changer in our Bounder does not have an iPod or Aux port I would like to replace it with something that does.

Here's my questions for anybody who has replaced their Bounder (or FW) radios:

Did you have to create your own wiring harness or were there pre-made adapters available?

Was there any trickery involved to get it to work via the 'radio on' toggles in the front and rear of the coach?

What did you replace it with?

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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I'm going to replace our radio in our Pace Arrow. I have been talking to a rep at Crutchfield who has been very informative. Check out their site:
Crutchfield: Car Stereo, Speakers, Home Theater, LCD TV, Digital Cameras
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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What I did

I finished this project several weeks ago. I did go to crutchfield but they did not have a harness I could use so I had to make my own. Figuring out which wire is which was relatively easy with a simple volt meter and a 9v battery.

I ended up installing a JVC double din receiver that has 2 USB ports, 2 aux in ports, and a digital connection for the XM radio, and Bluetooth for connecting to cellphones or BT enabled media devices.

I had to do a bunch of cutting because the Visteon was about 1 1/2 din sized and ANY double din receiver is bigger. The new one is also deeper so I had to do some cutting & grinding to get it to slide in all the way.

The Serius antenna is identical to the XM one so I didn't have to replace it, and there was an extra 20' of wire so I didn't need to do anything more than remove the cable tie and pull it over to the new radio.

The JVC receiver has a remote that I attached to the dash with Velcro, integrates with iPods, iPhone, memory card readers, and even USB powered hard drives. It worked perfectly with our cell phones, and I was able to program the colors of the 3 display areas to match the Freightliner gauges. I'm quite happy with it even if the installation was much more difficult than I hoped.

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