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Old 11-15-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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Watching DVD via driving dashboard is a royal pain!

In my setup, the front and rear TV's are run through a switchbox (I wish they weren't I prefer them to be independent), and I watch a DVD on both by putting a DVD in the driver's cockpit radio CD player. The TV's are Jensen brand. This is a ROYAL PAIN! Once the DVD is in, the remotes to the TV's do not work on the DVD, even if I press the blue DVD button. If I want to replay a scene, or do something to the DVD, I have to go to the front, behind the curtain, and use the touchscreen to operate the DVD. Am I missing something?
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:34 AM   #2
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You could see if there is a remote available for your indash radio. There may also be a remote app for a smart phone (does your radio sync with a phone?) that might control it as well.

You could also just plug another dvd player into an aux input of your tv.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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..You could see if there is a remote available for your indash radio..
Would bet a nickle that there IS a remote available - contact those folks.....Bill
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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Most likely there is some kind of remote, either oem or aftermarket.

Just need to know the manufacturer. If the radio has bluetooth then there will be some kind of software access point that could be used for control via a smartphone or computer.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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I hope there is a remote. I do NOT want to use a smartphone ap or computer ap.

I have a third TV, one in the center (RV Model 3170 Sunseeker), and it's independent (also Jensen brand) and it's connected to a Jensen Radio/CD/DVD player. The remote for the Jensen Radio works on the TV when playing a DVD, but this remote does not work on the other two TV's. Guess I gotta check for a remote to the dashboard screen.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
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You should've received the remote for the in dash radio in the big packet of everything when you got your coach.
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If you have the Ford chassis with ford radio, you most likely will only have the option of a software remote for phone/tablets. You will most likely need a lockpick as well.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:41 PM   #8
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FOUND IT! I guess I shouldn't have waived the "walk through." I told the dealer I didn't need a "walk through" as I've owned Forest River Class C's before, what could possibly be so different....

DANG. Now that's one more remote I have to track. At least all three TV's are Jensen's and even though I have three remotes, one remote works on all three of them.

Loving the 3170 model with the computer desk! But I still did not need the middle TV and I specified on my order I could do without it, but I guess I got it anyway. But the Jensen Radio/CD Player under that middle TV is nice, never had one of those before in my Forest Rivers.....

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What radio is in your dash?
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:59 PM   #10
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I'm sorry, but I have to complain again about what a ROYAL PAIN it is. I found the remote, it was a white thing with buttons. BUT, this remote STILL does not work on the front and back TV. If I'm watching a DVD in the back TV, and, "what, I gotta see that scene again!" Well, I have to walk up to the front, go behind the curtain, point the remote to the dashboard, and I DON'T LIKE THIS!

Why in the world would Forest River do the DVD thing from the dashboard? What advantage is it?

I love my new 3170, but so far, the "dashboard DVD" is not to my liking! Guess I just gotta buy a separate DVD player and attach.
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