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Old 11-27-2008, 08:45 AM   #1
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Bought a Challenger 377 back in January. It's stored in a fenced lot at a self-storage facility. Short story: it was burglarized, probably by teenagers since the only things stolen were the radio and the receiver for the tire pressure monitoring system. The faux wood trim surround was simply yanked to pieces to get to the radio. The heater controls were left dangling and the rear TV monitor pushed back.

I'm going to get a new radio, obviously, but ... there seems to have been no mounting structure behind the console. Could the radio have been held in place by just the trim piece and the light rectangular plastic piece that surrounded the radio?

Am I going to have problems matching a new radio to the radio wiring harness that now just dangles there?

BTW the DW and the four furkids in the family still love the 377; I just wish I had checked to see that all three of the little, lower windows on the dining room slide were locked. We've never opened them, but that's still no excuse.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving all.

Paul & Joy
and the Keeshonden: Montana, Xena and Nala who've been joined by Princeton, a Pomeranian who adopted us - a "foster failure."
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Bought a Challenger 377 back in January. It's stored in a fenced lot at a self-storage facility. Short story: it was burglarized, probably by teenagers since the only things stolen were the radio and the receiver for the tire pressure monitoring system. The faux wood trim surround was simply yanked to pieces to get to the radio. The heater controls were left dangling and the rear TV monitor pushed back.

I'm going to get a new radio, obviously, but ... there seems to have been no mounting structure behind the console. Could the radio have been held in place by just the trim piece and the light rectangular plastic piece that surrounded the radio?

Am I going to have problems matching a new radio to the radio wiring harness that now just dangles there?

BTW the DW and the four furkids in the family still love the 377; I just wish I had checked to see that all three of the little, lower windows on the dining room slide were locked. We've never opened them, but that's still no excuse.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving all.

Paul & Joy
and the Keeshonden: Montana, Xena and Nala who've been joined by Princeton, a Pomeranian who adopted us - a "foster failure."
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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In the old days when you could turn on the radio INSTEAD of the heater to warm your car (Ok, Ok, they were never that bad) they had to have a 3 point mount.. The Tuning knob shaft,volume shaft and a bolt on the rear

Today's radios are so light weight that they are very often mounted just on the front trim No rear support at all.. However your "results" will depend on the radio you buy.. I really like the Pioneer AM/FM/FM/CD in my coach, I also like the kenwood AM/FM/FM/Cassette in my car.. both have the optinal "Line in" adapter so I can play sound from "other" sources. LIke a Mini-Disc player

But most automotive replacement radios now days do not have the rear support.. Just the front mount.

A good cabinet maker can fix up your trim for you
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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I just installed a new radio in my RV. When you get the new radio, you should get a mounting frame with it. The frame will insert in the hole in the dash. The hole should be close to the same size as the radio. The frame has a lip on the front that keeps the frame from falling in the hole and some tabs the bend so that the frame does not fall out of the hole. There are several tabs that will adapt to different thickness of dash.
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I had a Pioneer OEM replacement sent to me by Damon a few months after taking ownership when the old one gave up. It came with 2 metal "keys" that slipped into slots on either side of the face plate. These keys released spring tabs in a metal housing (GAwingrider mentioned) allowing the radio to slide out easily. I re-plugged the new radio into the existing harnesses and it snapped back into the old housing. It sounds like your old housing was ripped off also but if you find you need keys let me know and I'll look for them.
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