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Old 05-29-2011, 02:00 AM   #1
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My 2011 Solera is equipped with the Jensen JRV219 radio. It's an awesome radio capable of an iPod interface cable, sirius and much more. The one complaint I haves is that the ignition needs to be on to use it. Is there a way to wire it so that I can play the unit without the ignition switch on or the engine running?
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:11 AM   #2
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I have the same set up. Wish it would of come with an outside radio. I'm sure you could find the hot wire on the radio and then connect it directly to a 12v source. I think I'm just going to rig up a radio in one of the storage compartments.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:10 AM   #3
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My Solera is equipped with a Sound 5 radio and has an owners' manual. My mh is a Freightline and the owners' manual has the Freightliner name on the front cover. It comes on whether the key is in the ignition or not. It is a plain radio having no aux connector, blue tooth or any frills. The speakers inside the living quarters are connected to the radio and cannot be turned off.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:32 PM   #4
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I took the radio out of the dash myself to put in the iPod interface cable. I noticed audio out cables when I did this work. I'm fairly sure you could add speakers for outside use. They also sell an inexpensive remote that would help. Like I said it's a great radio. Just need to make it hot. Thanks for your response.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #5
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Just use a test light and find the hot wire. Cut it and connect it to the battery.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:04 PM   #6
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I've had ours rewired to the RV batteries and a switch installed so that we can turn it on and off. When I start the engine the switch is bypassed and the radio comes on automatically. When we park we flip the switch and the radio comes on. I didn't want to use the engine battery as that could drain it rather quickly......

At that point I had the TV also wired into the AUX input of the radio. Provides much better sound than the TV itself.

I feel this is the setup that should have been provided from the beginning from Forest River. Competitors usually put in a second radio for the living quarters and with the setup/modification we've done I'm more than happy with the radio configuration (don't care must for outside speakers anyway).

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