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Old 02-17-2013, 11:27 AM   #11
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That's ok thanks for the quick reply.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #12
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did you have to install a new mounting backet or were you able to use the one that's there already?
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Good question about the mounting bracket. A lot of the Audio houses (like Crutchfield) can cross reference the vehicle and supply with bracket and the dash surround if needed. Crutchfield has the radio Debbie installed, and supply all hte mounting hardware and wiring free with the radio. Check Crutchfield's website and plug in your vehicle as a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van and your year. I think they sell the hardware etc separately if you find a better price somewhere else on the radio. I like to buy from them for the aftermarket support they provide. (Map upgrades, etc.)
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:16 PM   #13
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Crutchfield does have them cheaper than what I paid. However, I can't change a lightbulb without instructions, so having it installed for me was worth the extra!
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Thanks for the info I'll look into that and Debbie don't feel bad about that there's a lot of people out there who can't and or shouldn't work on things themselves.
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Trip back to Alabama was great listening to the new system. However, we are going to have to get the Sirrus antenna put somewhere else. It is on the dash right now and the signal breaks up. Anyone have any suggestions?
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I read somewhere that the Sirius Antenna is not obstructed by Fibreglass and that folks were getting good reception installing the antenna in the cabover. That's what I did, running the little thin cable down and around the driver's seat and in behind the dash. Haven't taken a trip out since I installed it, but it is getting a good signal sitting under my metal roofed shed, so I'm optimistic. You might try it there since it's pretty quick and simple routing the cable, and a lot easier than trying to mount it outside.

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I read somewhere that the Sirius Antenna is not obstructed by Fibreglass and that folks were getting good reception installing the antenna in the cabover. That's what I did, running the little thin cable down and around the driver's seat and in behind the dash. Haven't taken a trip out since I installed it, but it is getting a good signal sitting under my metal roofed shed, so I'm optimistic. You might try it there since it's pretty quick and simple routing the cable, and a lot easier than trying to mount it outside.

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Ed - I'm confused ... you say to run it up so it is in the cab above the seats? Like where the bed is? And if that is what you mean, just have it sitting on the bed part? Thanks
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Ed - I'm confused ... you say to run it up so it is in the cab above the seats? Like where the bed is? And if that is what you mean, just have it sitting on the bed part? Thanks
Yep. Not on the bed - under the mattresss. Just make sure it lays with the flat side down (doesn't need to be on metal). I tucked it in under the mattress as far forward as it would go. It's virtually invisible, and won't disturb anyone's sleeping. I guess you could velcro it to the little shelf at the head of the bed, but I wanted mine inconspicuous.
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Well, this morning before heading to get the Sirius antenna's location changed, I officially called Sirius and signed up the Solera's new Kenwood unit. On my way to MobileOne it never lost signal. So, guess the "preview" had a weaker signal than the real thing? Anyway, told MobileOne that we'd try it like it is and see what happens. BTW - love the garmin nav. On our way last night, it came on and said "congestion ahead, recalculating". Pretty cool.
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Last update on this process - the Sirus lost signal as soon as we got out of NOLA last Sunday going north/east :-(. We got back in town with it yesterday - does ok going south and west! However, can't always drive south and west! Took it to Mobile One, they drilled a small hole on the roof and put the antenna up there. Works like a charm. (although when we leave Nola again this weekend, that will be the true test!)
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