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Old 06-25-2012, 08:04 AM   #21
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Always be careful about the word "READY" Too many folks bought High Def TVs in the beginning that were marketed as "Digital Ready" only to find out they were no such thing.

The "ready" part meant that there was a place to plug in the 300 dollar (initially) digital tuner that the expensive set lacked.

XM/Sirius READY means that the remote will control the XM/Sirius radio tuner if you buy one.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:18 AM   #22
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Taxbuster - once you hook up your movie box to the switch box...the tv is connected to the radio via rca audio plugs just like the dvd is connected to the switch box...by putting the Magnadyne to input AV2, you will connect the TV audio to the surround speakers. I found this works best if you also go into the TV setup menu and turn off its front speaker, and also then in TV audio menu change from variable output to fixed.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #23
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Always be careful about the word "READY" Too many folks bought High Def TVs in the beginning that were marketed as "Digital Ready" only to find out they were no such thing.

The "ready" part meant that there was a place to plug in the 300 dollar (initially) digital tuner that the expensive set lacked.

XM/Sirius READY means that the remote will control the XM/Sirius radio tuner if you buy one.
Got it -- still think it's "cheesy". I guess I'm old school that way. I dislike advertising that makes one think one is getting something - only to discover that it ain't so. When I buy an $80,000 piece of equipment I expect it to be DONE. Not kinda-sorta ready to add more stuff.

I also own a BMW; it too had Sirius and a one-year package. The tuner was in it and ready to go. Not 'ready' to be installed. Even my wife's Prius included the tuner (XM though - no Canadian content!)

I'd rather they tacked the $300 onto the sales price and just included it, personally.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:27 AM   #24
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Taxbuster - once you hook up your movie box to the switch box...the tv is connected to the radio via rca audio plugs just like the dvd is connected to the switch box...by putting the Magnadyne to input AV2, you will connect the TV audio to the surround speakers. I found this works best if you also go into the TV setup menu and turn off its front speaker, and also then in TV audio menu change from variable output to fixed.
Oh, that's very good news indeed! Easy peasy then. Now I've just got to figure out a way to mount the movie box and get a bit of power to it, though I can just sneak it out the cupboard door for the time being.

Thanks for letting me know that!!
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:55 AM   #25
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we set it up that way so you could listen to the TV through the ss speakers, allowing for higher volume in loud situations, such as AC running. If TV is left in variable mode and TV speaker left on, the radio needs to be set at about 25 on volume, and then it will fluctuate as you turn the tv up and down. When TV is set to fixed, the radio will control the volume.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:59 AM   #26
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we set it up that way so you could listen to the TV through the ss speakers, allowing for higher volume in loud situations, such as AC running. If TV is left in variable mode and TV speaker left on, the radio needs to be set at about 25 on volume, and then it will fluctuate as you turn the tv up and down. When TV is set to fixed, the radio will control the volume.
That totally makes sense. Can't wait to try it out!
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:40 AM   #27
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I know this seems picky but it seems that 90 percent of questions/issues on forest river products especially motorhomes derives from lack of an accuratte manual/documentation from forest river.

I know they have a lot of product lines-but if they finally did a manual for C's
only-then just updared this for new info-that would be an improvement.

I don't know how many times i've read "what is this button for" or how do i do this.

oh well
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:20 AM   #28
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I know this seems picky but it seems that 90 percent of questions/issues on forest river products especially motorhomes derives from lack of an accuratte manual/documentation from forest river.

I know they have a lot of product lines-but if they finally did a manual for C's
only-then just updared this for new info-that would be an improvement.

I don't know how many times i've read "what is this button for" or how do i do this.

oh well
To be fair, my issues are almost exclusively with the electronics, which is only partly FR. I see them rather like a house builder. They are responsible for the frame, the structure, the interior and its integrity. The individual parts, though, are the responsibility of the various manufacturers: Ford, Magnadyne; Dometic; Bigfoot; Jensen etc. On the other hand, they are selling the MHs as a unit, and have a duty of care to ensure that they operate that way.

FR should, however absolutely ensure that the manuals provided are accurate for the units supplied and that the description of what is included is both complete and appropriate and free of "advertising" language (e.g. Sirius being "ready" and not "installed").

As far as the coach part goes, I've had no issue at all other than a squeak fixed by the dealer and a small plastic problem with a drawer latch. All the manuals seem reasonably OK, though I've not been through each with a fine-toothed comb. That's what summer holidays are for....?
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:37 AM   #29
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To be fair, my issues are almost exclusively with the electronics, which is only partly FR. I see them rather like a house builder. They are responsible for the frame, the structure, the interior and its integrity. The individual parts, though, are the responsibility of the various manufacturers: Ford, Magnadyne; Dometic; Bigfoot; Jensen etc. On the other hand, they are selling the MHs as a unit, and have a duty of care to ensure that they operate that way.

FR should, however absolutely ensure that the manuals provided are accurate for the units supplied and that the description of what is included is both complete and appropriate and free of "advertising" language (e.g. Sirius being "ready" and not "installed").

As far as the coach part goes, I've had no issue at all other than a squeak fixed by the dealer and a small plastic problem with a drawer latch. All the manuals seem reasonably OK, though I've not been through each with a fine-toothed comb. That's what summer holidays are for....?
taxbuster,let me put it another ways,

1.magnadyne is wired to both house battery and chassis battery.
2.were is the override for slide and how do you do.
3.magnadyne will run from house battery first.
4.where and how to use battery cut of switch.
5.how do you make water heater electric if no switch in coach.


these are all examples of things that should be said in a forest river manual
instead the only place to get answer is by looking on this forum or asking bclemens.

I see it in the business i am in. you've done it so often it seems"obvious"
but a person new to a coach has no clue.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:51 AM   #30
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I see where you're coming from....and as the "person new to a coach" I am the one who "has no clue".

I do know that most of what I've learned has been from others like you on the forums. As a forum rat (not just for this one) I expect so little from manufacturers, I guess I just go to the net first. They do, however, often set the bar pretty low for themselves.

I will give FR credit for participating (or allowing their people to) on here - a lot of organizations won't do that.
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