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Old 04-02-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Wink Problems with in dash dvd player

Hi,
New to this forum and just had a question if anyone can help.
We have a 2013 Forester (model 3051) motorhome. We get a
grainy picture on our tv when we put a dvd in the in-dash
player. Upon taking this to dealer, we are told this is "normal"
due to way it was wired at factory. We need to upgrade the
media control box for $675.00 or "live with it" I find it hard
to believe Forest River would just put out a junky product
and expect everyone to upgrade. Feel there must be a
solution ! Thanks all
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Are you referring to the front TV or the bedroom TV? Our bedroom TV gets the DVD signal but is so snowy it's not able to be viewed. From what I have learned, the rear TV is not wired correctly for DVD sources. If its the front, quality isn't like my DVD at home, but seems tolerable. I also wondered if an upgrade in that switch box would help, especially if you could find one that and HDMI output.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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As far as I know it's both (would have to check with my husband for sure).
I know for sure it's the front tv.............sigh !
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
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You could search other posts as it seems a lot of people have issues and problems with this option. My dealer recommended against the option and to install my own DVD system which I did, crystal clear. DVD players are cheap and small so you can easily put one on the rear TV.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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Again, this is wired through a box that splits (component cables/digital signal) into analog coax cable so that you can watch the same DVD on all TV's or different things on all TV's. That is the traditional way that all units were wired...however with HD signals this is not cutting it anymore.

I would recommend wiring directly and not using the switch box if it is an issue. Have the in-dash feed the main TV and a stand alone DVD player for the bedroom. Several on this forum have done that.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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Hey we just bought a 3051 as well! Love it so far... Except we also have a DVD issue. In fact I can't figure out how to get it to even play on any TV. I can get regular "air" channels with the antenna up but that's it. Any help folks could supply would be great:

1. I put DVD into dash mounted player
2. switch box to DVD front TV
3. turn TV on
4.... nothing

I suspect I need to get the TV on channel 3 or 4 but don't know how. I have all these weird channel 30-1 33-5 or whatever. I've not had a TV in like 10 years now have 3! in the RV. hahaha..

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:00 PM   #7
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hit 3-0 on the remote control. Or scan for channels when you have the DVD playing. If the E-brake is on you should be able to see the DVD playing on the dash screen (or maybe just with the keys out of the ignition)
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I did scan for the channels (in air mode) but only got a couple. When I push 3-0 on the remote nothing really happens, then the TV defaults back to 33-0. Which is one of two channels found in the scan.

PS. I can see and hear the DVD in the dash player no problem.
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You need to scan with the DVD playing so it sees the signal. Or try other inputs on the TV.

Also hit 3 dot 0

The "dash" channels are digital. 33-1. 16-1. 16-2
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Hmm. This is what I have tried:

1. No key in ignition... all things off. :-)
2. switch box on DVD
3. Insert DVD into dash
3. Play DVD
4. turn on TV
5. set source to TV
6. menu -> channel -> air -> autoscan
7. scan results: RF CH: 69 Found:0
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