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Hi folks - I have a Jayfeather trailer which, like most, came with a Jensen radio/DVD multi-zone player. It lives up to my expectations of anything Jensen: it’s a second or third-rate piece of ****.

There is a reason no-one other than a desperately broke teenager installs a Jensen stereo in their car - yet they seem to have the RV market all to themselves. I have been unable to find anything by a more reputable brand to replace it with.

Am I missing something? Does some decent electronics brand make a unit for RVs?

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I've actually had excellent luck with cheapie eBay units. Hard to believe something so inexpensive would work at all but I've used 3 so far (in two RVs and my old truck) and each one did exactly what they were advertised to do and the two I still have are still working fine, one after 3 years.. All 3 were actually different from each other..what they sell changes frequently. As cheap as they were I figured I'd roll the dice...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Android-8-1-Car-Stereo-GPS-Navigation-Radio-Player-Double-Din-WIFI-7/254095461800?hash=item3b29450da8:g:AS4AAOSwNXpcSw-6

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If you're referring to the units found in Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels, I agree. Total junk. I don't know what they put in Class A's, B's and C's. If you do find something, plan on needing to modify the opening to have a decent fit and finish. You'll also need to plan on running new speaker wires because they use a common ground in RV's and the wiring is a mess to say the least. Where the grounds are located and whether they are all connected is a mystery. Likely within the rats nest of wires found hidden somewhere in your RV. So you'll have positive and negative sets of speaker wires at the back of the Jensen unit but by the time they reach the speakers you'll have something different. They might not even be the same color wires like in my RV. Somehow they work with the original POS Jensen but not all the speakers work with better units and I've tried three different units and I can't figure it out. A close friend of mine who is an electrical engineer can't figure it out either! I didn't want to run all new wiring through the walls and ceiling so I just gave up and use my phone and good bluetooth speakers for music. For DVD's and Television I put up with the lousy sound. Good luck to you!


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https://www.crutchfield.com/g_484750/Rad.........html?tp=89275#&nvpair=FFHDMI_Output|Yes





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Glad to see this thread. I have a Rockwood with the pos Genesis 2.0. Made by Concertone and no longer production, it was owned by Forest River.

There are RV stero units out there like Jensen and iRV that will fill the large rectangular hole and plug in to the existing wiring. They cost a lot and are also crappy units that are notoriously undependable.

I found an auto installer that knows this business. I just bought a Pioneer 211 EX double din that is a rectangular touch screen. It will do everything. Comparable units are made by companies like JVC and Kenwood, or Alpine. My guy says Pioneers never come back compared to the other brands. It will be installed by a pro for $100. Money well spent if you ask me. Stay tuned. I paid $179 for the Pioneer.

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Thanks everyone - you’ve given me some good leads and ideas.

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Which model?

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I guess I don't get RV entertainment systems. Our 5th wheel had a supposed 5.1 surround system. Of course the player/receiver died. But the area of an RV is just too small. The "rear" speakers are in front of the recliners, think about that. The subwoofer was behind a cabinet door.

Plus open a speaker cover and find some seriously cheap speakers.

A DVD player and television are all I really need. But a sound bar will do more than a replacement RV entertainment system.


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Anything will work. I don't know what is meant by 'made for RVs'

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Will you be using a sub? Center? Surrounds?

What are your main speakers?

You can get something cheap around 200$

Some options with their compares:
https://chooserator.com/best-av-receiver-under-200

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