Originally Posted by robhagen
big vic is correct. it's reasonable to expect stereo operation (i.e. both left AND right channels) both inside and outside the trailer. anything else is a workmanship flaw, correction of which should be covered under warranty.
Kind of difficult to achieve proper stereo operation with a single speaker.
All the Forest River A-frames I've seen (the newer bigger models may be different) only have 1 outside speaker. And I haven't seen a car stereo in decades that has a mono/stereo switch to combine the channels. I seem to remember back in the '80s that some car stereos had an automatic switch to mono when the FM signal was weak, and I think I had one that had a manual toggle switch on the front panel. So right from the start, you have a problem making the outside speaker work correctly. You would have to connect the outside speaker to both left and right rear speaker connections to get both channels.
Add to that the crappy job of installing stuff done by Forest River, and I'm not surprised when the speakers get hooked up wrong to the stereo. The fix to put the outside speaker as the rear car speaker, and the inside speaker as left and right front speakers is not difficult, but does involve removing the microwave for access to the back of the radio.
One of these years, I may replace the standard Kenwood car stereo with one that has a USB input, or at least a headphone jack input to have my phone as a source. But since SWMBO doesn't appreciate my taste in music, there's no hurry.
2014 Rockwood A122 A-frame
2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan
3 weeks to the Utah 5 trip!
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend (or one week in this case) at a time