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Posted: 01/17/20 01:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Add another upgraded dash radio (albeit in my class C, but that's immaterial for this discussion). In my case, it was a $20 Wal-Mart radio replacing the one that was there...which lost me the cassette tape mechanism and AM band, but gained Bluetooth, an AUX in port, and SD/USB stick playback.

You may want a little bit better dash radio than mine, to be honest, but one doesn't need to pay all that much at all to get a very reasonable one with Bluetooth support these days.





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We use a JBL Flip 4. Sounds OK, and plenty loud enough. I've thought about getting a Flip 5, which is larger still. We also use it outside as well.

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On my class A the dash radio is a Pioneer.. Now out of the box it does not have this feature. In my first towed. The replacement dash radio (the original died of old age) was a Kenwood. it too did not have this feature out of the box.

On both of them I plugged a box into the port on the backside and instant LINE IN. (AUX in) note there are several plug ins like a multi cd changer and XM-Radio but I plugged in an AUX in.

Play Cassette tape. CD or MP3's or portable radio (Though why you'd do that I don;t know) through the system.

Note that most modern Dash radios have one of the following options.
Blue tooth (Connect your Streaming device direct to the dash radio/system(
Aux in (native)
Aux iu (Add on like mine)

NOTE also when using AUX in I have to either use an inverter and wall wart to keep Phone charged or let it run on battery Using a 12 volt type charger will cause all sorts of **** on the audio feed (Ground loop issues)

IN my current car (Factory original radio/Cassette) I use a cassette adapter This looks like a tape but with a cord coming out that plugs into the streaming device.

Works great. I get the full power of the dash radio system while I listen to say Kingston Trio performing the Ballad of the Shape of Things Caution. the first time you listen to that track DO NOT BE DRIVING.


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Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377


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