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Old 04-16-2014, 08:57 PM   #15
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Looked through the entire briefcase of manuals and materials that came with the trailer and found no keys - NUTS!. I see the ones on Amazon are a whopping $10 bucks! I think I'll try some brass shim stock first.

Have you looked wherever all the other trailer gadgets (the kohler faucet tool and propane hose for the external LP port) are for those keys?
Do you have a set of feeler gauges or a couple of paring knives?
Stop by your local car stereo store. They have hundreds lying around. They will probably give you some.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:05 PM   #16
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KEYS! Ok folks, thanks. Maybe they are even still in the manual bag. I will look in a few minutes. Good thing I didn't pull too hard.

As to the actual radio, it doesn't meet my standards for useability. Too may small buttons that are software activated, the buttons don't make particular sense, and if there is an AM band, I can't find it. Like most "all purpose things" that are designed with software, it does nothing very well and requires a huge manual to find all the million small functions. I'll probably look for an old mechanical radio with a mechanical on/off and a tuning knob. Something I can use without a book. Please no flames - - I realize most people love gadgetized things, I'm just the oddball that hates these kind of designs!

All of them have too many small buttons and controls that are software based. I have had Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood,too.
Alpine seems to have better sound quality and is a little more user friendly. I like actual rotary knobs way better than pushbuttons for everything. I am quite impressed with the Sony. I love the abilty to bluetooth music or phone conversations from my iPhone or iPad.
To get AM, push the "band" button 3-4 yimes to get past FM1, FM2, and FM3.
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I am quite impressed with the Sony. I love the abilty to bluetooth music or phone conversations from my iPhone or iPad.
To get AM, push the "band" button 3-4 yimes to get past FM1, FM2, and FM3.
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Right. When people USE a feature, they tend to learn how to make it work and so on. I have no interest in Bluetoothing, have no interest in getting light shows, ZAP, or Heart button, don't even know what it does. I want to turn on the AM radio and the WX band and actually turn a tuning knob to scan the dial. Takes five seconds on a cheap table radio and takes forever on this Sony. BTW, I pressed the band button and cycled around FM1, Fm2, FM3 and back to FM1. I'm sure it's a fantastic radio. It's just not one that interests me or serves any of my needs. When I finally pry it out of that cabinet I think I am going to put it under my rear tires of the Suburban and run over it.
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Oh, no!
Give it to someone who will enjoy it.
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Sell it on eBay or Craig's list for $50.
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Ship it to me. I will install it on my motorcycle for streamin' tunes...
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I find the Suburban factory GM touch screen radio hard to use tuning SiriusXM, but the phone buttons on the steering wheel are nice.
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KEYS! Ok folks, thanks. Maybe they are even still in the manual bag. I will look in a few minutes. Good thing I didn't pull too hard.

As to the actual radio, it doesn't meet my standards for useability. Too may small buttons that are software activated, the buttons don't make particular sense, and if there is an AM band, I can't find it. Like most "all purpose things" that are designed with software, it does nothing very well and requires a huge manual to find all the million small functions. I'll probably look for an old mechanical radio with a mechanical on/off and a tuning knob. Something I can use without a book. Please no flames - - I realize most people love gadgetized things, I'm just the oddball that hates these kind of designs!


Hi, I like my radio, but rarely use it. When I do use it, I only play my favorite CD in it. I also have to find the manual once in a while to figure out how it works. [like setting the clock in my wife's BMW] As for the radio keys. Mine were in a little black box that looks like one used for storing a radio face. It was in one of the upper cabinets right next to my radio.
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Paula,
Yeah, an alarm would be very nice. Especially if it can be set by twisting one knob. In my drwams. BTW, I don't think this thing even plays CDs.
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Yeah, an alarm would be very nice. Especially if it can be set by twisting one knob. In my drwams. BTW, I don't think this thing even plays CDs.

Hi, on mine, you have to open the face to insert/install a CD.
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We have the current Sony radio in our 2014 AS. We're very happy with it except for two things:
1. Every time we apply power to the AS, the radio enters what is referred to as "attract" mode, where the display constantly rotates through a bunch of stupid flashing colors and lists of features. It's easy enough to turn off, but I have to do it every single time.
2. No Aux input for audio from our MP3 player via a mini headphone jack.
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Post if you find a replacement radio with an alarm please.
Bluetooth your phone or iPad to your radio and download an alarm app to your liking, waking up to "nature" or "music\radio" - whatever the alarm app allows, the Bluetooth enables the sound to come out via the stereo.
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With my 2013 trailer Airstream thoughtfully included a one page laminated cheat sheet for the radio. With this, quickly accessing the desired function isn't so frustrating. I blue tooth music off my Google Nexus while surfing the web.

I don't like the red and blue flashing screen that it defaults to every time the trailer powers up. Kind of tacky.
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