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Old 04-05-2011, 12:34 PM   #15
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What your are looking for is DIN removal tools. Crutchfields is a reliable place to purchase tools, radios and get advice. Bear in mind that these tools can be tricky to use at times and that you can also foul-up the release mechanisms on the radio mount if you aren't careful. Once out, measure the opening of the mount and then you can key on what size radio you need.

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Crutchfields can also likely help you get the proper connectors so that you can mate up with the existing harness. Might be a bit tricky as it is an Airstream and not a car. Having the correct connectors will make installing and removing (if necessary) the radio much easier than if you directly connect the wires. Just sayin' as I have been there, done that many times for many years.

This tread is a motivation for me to finally get rid of that Audiovox in mine and replace it with a decent (likely) Kenwood or Alpine. As mine is not a standard mount, I need to install a DIN mount in a wood "face" that I can swap out for the existing wood mount. The hard part will be trying to get the wood to match. It is possible I will go with a "double DIN" mount since I have the room. That allows a larger control face for the radio. I'll have to see what is out there.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:23 PM   #16
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I think I miss-stated above about the connectors. The new radio would come with a connector that would then be wired into your existing wiring. That in turn would allow you to dis-connect the radio from the wiring harness if need be.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:36 PM   #17
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I replaced my AM/FM/Cassette Sony radio in my 2003 CCD right after we got it (Cassette player in 2003 - REALLY???). I think your setup would be the same - the side panel in the overhead storage in mine had velcro holding it in - it just pulled off - later models I know had screws - in any case it was easy to access the radio from behind. The mount box must be removed with the radio out - the tabs that hold it in will not depress into the box with the radio inside (security measure?). Once I removed the radio I pushed the tabs down one at a time and pulled the box out. The new radio came with its own mount box that slid into the opening without issue (one of the few standard industry sized items in the camper). The wiring was labeled with brown packing tape - but atleast it was labeled - the new radio came with an adaptor harness for retrofit to the trailer - standard Sony AM/FM/CD/MP3 player from the electronics box store of your choice. Installation was about 30 minutes.

One side note - the wire harness for the prewired solar was in the same space for my trailer.

If you go to a store that installs I am sure they will do it like a car and ahve all the tools on hand. Some comfort in knowing there are people who do this for a living (mostly 17-21 year olds but hey they do great work... and have all the stuff on hand to do it right with a warranty)
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I have a 19' Bambi Our new HDTV had a DVD (won it in a raffle) player in it and we didn't have the av upgrade so we fished for the av cables (above the outlets by the bed) and followed them to behind the tv area and hold your breath, cut a hole and installed an outlet in the bookcase behind the tv. Now we have surround sound!
This is perfect, I have actually been asking around for just this information. I too have a 2006 19' CCD. So what I am reading is that there ARE av cables run. One end is in the wall above the outlets by the bed, and I assume the other end is either plugged into the factory Sony or are at least spooled up behind it?

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This is perfect, I have actually been asking around for just this information. I too have a 2006 19' CCD. So what I am reading is that there ARE av cables run. One end is in the wall above the outlets by the bed, and I assume the other end is either plugged into the factory Sony or are at least spooled up behind it?

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The panel by the stereo comes of pretty easy, 3 screws and then use a suction cup to pull it off and the wires are back thereWe fished for the wires above the top outlet by the bed and found them but they were stuck behind a rib so we bought a wireless fiber optic camera from harbor freight found the wires and figured out where they went. This part was scary but we cut a hole behind the magazine rack pulled the wires through splice them and bought audio connecters and tada we were done.
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Thanks blmitch5..... I know what I will be doing this weekend.
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