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Old 06-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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Radio reception

Just got a 2013 Solera. Love it but any pointers on why the radio reception is so horrible?
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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my 2011 Rockwood has never got good radio reception I haven't fiqured out why except cheap crappy radio
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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Try moving the antenna some. If ours is flat on the roof we don't get much but with it up about 5 inches up we do fine. We only have it as high as the AC so I don't have to go up on roof. Bad reception is almost always the antenna or cable or poor connection or placement. Play around with it and make sure all is tight. One last thought. If yours does not have a roof antenna they are using the power line so try moving it around. Hope this helps some.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:52 AM   #4
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You need to look at the back of the unit and see what it's using for an antenna. It may just have a little piece of wire back there. If that's the case, you need to plumb it into your rooftop antenna using a tap.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #5
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My 2013 has an antenna above the passenger seat and reception isn't great
We mainly stream our I phones and radio sounds terrific
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:21 AM   #6
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My Solera has a separate roof-mounted whip antenna for the radio. Mine gets fantastic FM reception and very acceptable AM reception. If your Solera does not have that antenna it may account for the poorer reception. If the antenna is mounted, then I'll echo BarryD0706 and suggest you check the back of the radio... the coax may have not been plugged in or may have become loose. If everything is in order, I would ask the dealer to order a replacement.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:23 AM   #7
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I have a new 2013 R love it but gave up on the radio, put Siriusxm in.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:18 PM   #8
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My 2012 has the roof mounted whip antenna as well and works fine. Reception obviously is a function of transmitter location, etc. So, its always spotty depending on where your driving/camping. I'm not sure what the radio selectivity rating is for the magnadyne, but that is the circuitry design that allows the radio to seperate, lock in, and play the desired station. Even expensive radios belive or not, may not have a high selectivity rating.
A note to the moderator. Seems non Solera owners chime in on questions like this, that tend to be Solera specific (i.e. antenna location on the solera, reception). I'm not sure if you can suggest to them, that the vast FR forums can be unit specific, and they might want to limit posts in this Solera specific forum, on topics that are more unit specific. IMO
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #9
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A note to the moderator. Seems non Solera owners chime in on questions like this, that tend to be Solera specific (i.e. antenna location on the solera, reception). I'm not sure if you can suggest to them, that the vast FR forums can be unit specific, and they might want to limit posts in this Solera specific forum, on topics that are more unit specific. IMO
A lot of us tend to use the "New Posts" feature of the site and can be guilty of not noticing which forum that we're posting in. I know it happens for me.

That said, there's a lot of overlap between features and functions from camper line to camper line and even across the camper type boundaries (motorhome to travel trailer to fifth wheel to pop-up/a-frames). It's hard to tell when our input will or won't be something that is in that niche range that is specific to one particular unit (in this case "Solera" and the radio reception). In this case, it just so happens to not be applicable.

For instance, Barry's recommendation has worked well for Genesis users across fifth wheels and travel trailers. He's also provided great input on tires and propane systems and other things. I'd rather him offer input even if it ends up being not applicable than to not offer input when he can be helpful. If it's not applicable, read past it.

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Old 06-11-2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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Make sure your antenna (above the passenger seat) is vertical.

That said, the MagnaDyne AM radio is awful. That's one of the reasons I replaced it with a high end Pioneer unit (there are a couple of older threads about this very issue). AM reception on the Pioneer is acceptable, but still not great.
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