We own a 2010 Rockwood 8315BSS Signature Ultra Lite, and like many others have experienced less-than-adequate performance from the factory installed ZX700 Radio/Stereo/DVD etc. This unit has been losing functionality little by little over the past couple of seasons, despite several attempts at a factory default reset. This season, it powers up but behaves like it has completely lost it's brain.
So, I decided to replace the ZX700. Wanted something that would physically fit into the same space without a bunch of woodwork involved (finish carpentry is not my strong suit
). I know that the Concertone Genesis that succeeded the ZX are considered to be just as unreliable as the ZX series, so a visit to my nearest Forest River dealer revealed that FR are installing something called an IRV66 in current trailer models which is physically the same size as the ZX series. Got a quote for an IRV66 through the dealer from FR , that when converted to Canadian $ with duty, tax and brokerage included was going to cost me over $700.00 CDN. YIKES !!!
So onto the Internet to do some searching. Found an item called an ELITE EEDV04, which, with a few added features (HDMI, Bluetooth, Infrared and SD card socket) is physically and functionally identical to the ZX700, Genesis and IRV66 units and is completely plug 'n play with the existing trailer wiring, for a landed cost of just under $200.00 CDN. It is so similar to the other units mentioned that, if I was a betting man, I would bet that the same factory built them all !
So, for 200 bucks I was willing to take a chance and order one - arrived in about a week or so, installed easily by just plugging in the various connectors, and so far, all the functions work as expected. YEA !!!
Time will tell if the EEDV04 is more reliable, or just as big a piece of junk as the others, however if it is, I am only out $200.00 instead of about $700.00 for the replacement unit being flogged by Forest River.