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Old 02-16-2005, 08:37 PM   #15
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Okay, so here's my first thought. We'll start with the rear view cameras. The hitching camera is nothing too special, it can be a normal wired camera. The camera on the rear of the trailer is the real trick, since there are two possibilities.
1. Have another connection to plug and unplug along with the normal hitching.
2. Use a wireless A/V transmitter @ the rear camera and use a reciever unit in the tow vehicle which in this case is a ford sd.
My first choice for the screen would be to utilize the large factory "double din" radio opening (meaning that it is double the size of a normal radio vertically) and utilize an Eclipse AVN product that has easy to use, touch screen Navigation, CD player, radio, rear-camera input and also a 2nd A/V input which would be used for the trailer mounted reverse camera.

I am looking into a trackable lo-jack type system for you. I do have a gps linked system from VIPER that ties into their security modules (i will look into seeing if it can be used as a stand alone product) this product allows you to track it online and even see where it has travelled in the past.
I will also try to look into the tv information for you.

Now for a quick re-cap and overview. I know the headunit/tv screen is more than you were looking for, but sold as an all in one unit the navigation software is very accuate and has searches by restaurant, gas stations, parks... whatever you want to find. As well as allows for easy switching between cameras, navigation, dvd, cd player, and radio. and you do not lose any functions of the factory setup.

I am in the midst of starting my own company catering to my friends on the road. I hope to do mobile/on-site installations of the above mentioned products and much more. I hope to accomodate many of the great people in the Airstream clubs that I have grown up in. I have been travelling with the WBCCI for 9 years(almost half of my life), being only 21. I have grown to love the glimmer of the sun catching the aluminum skin of these silver beauties. My hopes are to bring new useful electronics to the new and vintage trailers, motorhomes, and tow vehicles.

I invite all to submit thoughts and advice if you so desire, any tips or tricks will be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my excessively long post. Sincerely,
Chad Bleakney
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Old 02-16-2005, 09:00 PM   #16
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I'm wit you 2air. (Is that the "Air America", that's a long time ago).

How does that dash system compare to the pioneer? I"ve been wishing one of these for the new truck I've been wishing? http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...6_3149,00.html
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Old 02-16-2005, 09:24 PM   #17
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I'm wit you 2air. (Is that the "Air America", that's a long time ago).

How does that dash system compare to the pioneer? I"ve been wishing one of these for the new truck I've been wishing? http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...6_3149,00.html
I do like the Pioneer AVIC-N1 unit very much, which I also currently sell. I have my favorite points from each manufacturer. These are Alpine, Eclipse, and Pioneer. The pioneer units are easy to use, but i find that they tend to be slower reacting than the eclipse and alpine units. As well as installation, the pioneer systems are a set it and forget it system, adding to the system later is a royal pain as far as add-on modules are concerned(music keg, diversity antenna unit, dsp unit). My hands down overall favorite company is Alpine due to ease of installation(comparatively) and quality and range of electronics that integrate to each other flawlessly.The eclipse units are nice because they have all of the core functions in one piece(granted you have to have a 2-din radio opening to fit it) As for Pioneer, they offer an equally broad range of compatible products as alpine, as well as having a list of "fun" features that neither of the two other companys offer.
When comparing the Pioneer to the Eclipse unit, I would say they are about even. I am going to throw around a few more variable and put Alpine back in the mix. For a weekend camper I would say these systems will do fine. For someone that plans to be on the road quite often, I would suggest Alpine. Their navigation was redesigned for this year, allowing for traffic updates linked to the navigation. If there is an accident on you're route, it will notify you and route you around the traffic if you choose to do so. Also, Alpine's recievers can be directly integrated to your iPod to control it's functions through it's screen, and the units are also able to be used with BOTH XM and Sirius satellite radio, so you choose the one you want and that's the one you get.
Hope this has been helpful to people- Sincerely, Chad Bleakney
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:20 PM   #18
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How 'bout simple CDs / DVD / Radio

I am going to replace the AM-FM cassette unit above the sofa. The original car sized unit is set in the bottom of a 11" x 10" space about 9-10" deep. The top of black painted panel has the A/S logo stenciled.

What brands of CD players are better? (Or conversely, what brands to avoid.) Should I have the DVD on or in the credenza next to the 13" TV? Or put it up with the CD player and run wires?

I'm sure many of you have upgraded your sound systems, and I'm looking for nonexpensive options. The current speakers seem hard to get to and sound OK.
TIA for your comments.

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Hey Chad, If you lived in my town I would have scheduled an appointment already... You have the right idea...you can use an old trailer and upgrade it and have today's advanced mobile entertainment and security I purchased a 13" LCD tv with a built in DVD player almost two years ago and I still don't have it mounted ...the two years since I purchased it.the LCD TV's are now half the price I paid ( $699. hard earned dollars ) would like to have the 20" flat screen for $399 I saw at wallmart last week

My speakers are in realy bad condition.Almost embarrased about them but I can get over it by saying " Their origional and still work " Last weekend while at my local trailer store I looked at the new line of Joyco trailers which come with DVD and surrond sound standard equip...
What I liked best was the speakers that they are useing ... they mount sort of half inside the wall and half surface mount... soooo what you see is surface mounted speaker sticking half way out of the wall ...I May go back and try to get these for mine..
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Old 02-17-2005, 09:42 AM   #20
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MP3/iPOD ready

Some of the new audio units are MP3 ready. It just means that
they have a jack for plugging in an MP3 player. ( very cool )
My daughter got a unit for a $250? that can store 26000 songs.
It's the size of a bar of soap.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:18 AM   #21
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Some of the new audio units are MP3 ready. It just means that
they have a jack for plugging in an MP3 player. ( very cool )
My daughter got a unit for a $250? that can store 26000 songs.
It's the size of a bar of soap.
Some are mp3 ready in that way, but most mean when they say "mp3" on thgewm that they have the software built in to decode mp3 format cd's whitch allow you to fit hundreds of songs onto one cd.
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I am going to replace the AM-FM cassette unit above the sofa. The original car sized unit is set in the bottom of a 11" x 10" space about 9-10" deep. The top of black painted panel has the A/S logo stenciled.

What brands of CD players are better? (Or conversely, what brands to avoid.) Should I have the DVD on or in the credenza next to the 13" TV? Or put it up with the CD player and run wires?

I'm sure many of you have upgraded your sound systems, and I'm looking for nonexpensive options. The current speakers seem hard to get to and sound OK.
TIA for your comments.

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Im having trouble picturing the radio space you are talking about. I have a used unit that has been in my jeep for a few months that fits in a regular radio sized slot and is a cd/dvd/am/fm tuner... so you could use it as the dvd player in your trailer, also making the integreation into the factory speakers in the trailer without any extra modukes or wires. It's a great unit, the Eclipse 55090, retailed for $1,200 but i'd be willing to let it go for $400 if anyone wants it. It has video output that would go to your tv. If you happen to have a HD TV in your trailer, the unit has an optical output that you might want to take advantage of.

here's a little blurb from eclipse:
The heart of an ECLIPSE 5.1-Channel Mobile Entertainment System is the 55090 DVD-Video AM/FM/CD/CDC-Radio. Conceived in a single, standard-size (DIN) unit, the 55090 performs a myriad of entertainment and information functions. The 55090 plays full-motion DVD video, as well as ordinary CD's (compact discs). A special infra-red remote control is included, so as to operate specific DVD functions from anywhere within the vehicle. The 55090 incorporates an AM/FM tuner featuring the ECLIPSE STARTUNER V. Flexibility and control are integral parts of the 55090. Add a CD-Changer or two and operate up to two CD changers using the exclusive E-LAN technology. If you require the convenience and safety features of voice command operation, navigation or hands-free cellular communication, the 55090 will interface with the innovative the ECLIPSE Commander and its valued accessories.
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I got frustrated because...

nearly all of the units looked like a light show. It didn't match the
theme of my trailer. I guess the lights don't use that much electricity
but I sure didn't like the looks. I was also concerned about phantom loads
from the units. I am thinking about installing a kill switch.
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:29 AM   #24
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nearly all of the units looked like a light show. It didn't match the
theme of my trailer. I guess the lights don't use that much electricity
but I sure didn't like the looks. I was also concerned about phantom loads
from the units. I am thinking about installing a kill switch.
I will take a picture of the unit. I'd think it will draw power at all times to keep the clock and settings in check, but i'm not sure how much that is. I left my jeep for 3 weeks with security system blinking
(2 leds) plus whatever power it needed, and the dvd player in it, and had no problem what-so-ever starting it.(i realize that 3 weeks is short for a trailer though) --Chad--
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:34 AM   #25
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If you get one with a removable faceplate, you can elminate the draw of the light display, while leaving power to keep the clock and station settings.
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Old 02-18-2005, 12:11 PM   #26
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If you get one with a removable faceplate, you can elminate the draw of the light display, while leaving power to keep the clock and station settings.
Oh, in that case... this has NO lights on while the vehicle is off.
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Our Airstream "vehicle" doesn't have an ignition switch, so both unswitched and switched wires from the radio are connected directly to 12VDC. I suppose one could add a separate switch to control power on the wire that normally goes to the ignition switch.
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Yes, this is true. A switch would have to be mounted to truly turn off the unit. I had to actually go out and check it. The button lights and clock stay on when unit is turned off but the accessory wire stil sees 12v.
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