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Old 12-28-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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DIY YouTube Video: Add Bluetooth for Less Than $20

Here is a Diy Video I made. Our 2016 261BHXL did not come equipped with bluetooth and After our 6th Camping Adventure this year I knew it was time to update the Audio Capabilities with out spending a fortune or hacking a car stereo into place. AM/FM is Boring, I hate Commercials and We dont own CD's any more. So Here is what I came up with. Now we can stream our music from inside or outside the camper.

The bluetooth Module can be purchased on ebay for about $6
The 12v to 5v Module can be purchased on ebay for about $5

The extra cables can be purchased locally.

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Old 12-29-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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Looks like a nice, simple mod, rfenters. Thanks.

Please post a list of parts needed and links to where you got the parts on eBay so others can do the mod.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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Hmm, this is something I MUST have!
Thanks for posting it.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:54 AM   #4
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Nice install. I do wish our camper had that feature.

I think I missed it, but what was the reason for adding the switch? Could you not leave the bluetooth on at all times?
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Old 12-29-2015, 11:06 AM   #5
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Looks great and would appreciate a link to the items, I have had no luck trying to find them on e-bay.
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Old 12-29-2015, 02:10 PM   #6
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Nice install. I do wish our camper had that feature.

I think I missed it, but what was the reason for adding the switch? Could you not leave the bluetooth on at all times?
Yes you could have. I mounted the switch under the cabinet in the corner so you cant see it.

The main reason I did this was because when its summer here in the south and the ac is constantly running you can barely hear the tv over the ac because they are so close in this model. So I used a Y cable and ran my tv audio output to the aux input also. This lets us use the speakers above the couch while the ac is running to hear. Here is that video. Sorry I didnt post that. I used the switch so I wouldnt have any interference between either device while each one wasnt running. Hope that makes since.

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Looks great and would appreciate a link to the items, I have had no luck trying to find them on e-bay.
Hey I'm sorry I never did buy them to resell.

12v - 5v usb converter (power Supply basically):
Link-->Car Charge DC Converter Module 12V 5V Micro USB Output Power Adapter 3A 15W Uf | eBay

USB Bluetooth Dongle MP3:
Link-->Universal Bluetooth 3 5mm A2DP Stereo Audio Adapter Dongle Receiver TV PC MP3 US | eBay

All the cables may vary depending on your radio and can be purchased locally. When the bluetooth is on there will be some interference.

You can purchase a 3.5mm to 3.5 mm noise reducer also, I didnt use it. Its minimal but if need be this is it and just goes inline between the dongle and radio.

link-->Mini 3 5mm Male to Female 1 8 Noise Filter Ground Loop Isolator Car Audio | eBay

All of these links were found on ebay and shipping from china. If you find them local to the lower 48 you will probably look to spend a tad more.
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Old 12-29-2015, 02:22 PM   #8
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I think this is also a way to accomplish this without all the wiring:

Bluetooth Wireless 3 5mm Aux Audio Home Car Receiver Adapter A2DP for Phone PC | eBay

Looks like it is just $9.00 USD free shipping
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thats one way of doing it, I just didnt want anything hanging off the front of my stereo, and by it being installed there is no way of loosing it.
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I think this is also a way to accomplish this without all the wiring:

Bluetooth Wireless 3 5mm Aux Audio Home Car Receiver Adapter A2DP for Phone PC | eBay

Looks like it is just $9.00 USD free shipping
This one has a built in rechargeable battery. (lasts 5 hrs)
Would work ok to plug into the front 3.5mm audio port (if equipped) but wouldn't take the place of the OP's wired unit for a permanent install.
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