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Old 08-04-2020, 05:50 PM   #1
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Bluetooth hands free - audio books for older motorhomes

Now I can play audio books on the stereo in my 2006 NH. I found this cigarette lighter Bluetooth to FM with USB charger ports on Amazon. I gave it a try for a short drive yesterday. Easy to setup and worked well with my phone. Just tune the radio to the station displayed on the device and pair with your phone. It also shows vehicle voltage.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Well worth the $17

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Old 08-04-2020, 08:58 PM   #2
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Now I can play audio books on the stereo in my 2006 NH. I found this cigarette lighter Bluetooth to FM with USB charger ports on Amazon. I gave it a try for a short drive yesterday. Easy to setup and worked well with my phone. Just tune the radio to the station displayed on the device and pair with your phone. It also shows vehicle voltage.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Well worth the $17

-Bill

Which is hundreds of dollars less than a replacement radio. Definitely worth the money
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:10 PM   #3
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I have one that is similar, it doesn’t have the Bluetooth and it also has and SD card slot so I play my music through the SD card. It works well with the only problem being that it has a very low power transmitter so if you drive through an area that has a radio station on the same frequency you will get the local station overpowering your signal. Not a big deal as you just change the frequency on both units and continue on down the road.
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Old 08-05-2020, 06:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info! I had of these units years ago and it worked very well. I had forgot about until you post reminded me. I just ordered one to use in our toad.
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Here’s what I bought. It uses the Line In jack instead of FM. Of course, it won’t do any good if you don’t have the jack.

Mpow BH129 Bluetooth Receiver for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075JBLGLB...p_mob_ap_share
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Thanks for the tipo.

These FM radio transmitters CAN work well if you don't encounter radio interference from nearby real radio stations.

I've used these back in the portable CD days, and success or failure depended on what stations were operating on what frequencies. In a large metro area, spectrum space can be pretty full. Finding a vacant space "on the dial" can be essentially impossible.

This does appear to allow significant adjustability of the transmission frequency...to find holes in the radio signals locally. But the transmitter's "power" is the same as the "old days" and is strictly limited to a very tiny signal that won't interfere with radio reception in the car next to you.

I'm not saying this is a bad idea...not at all. I'm saying that these technologies have limitations, especially in urban areas, and especially because as you drive from one radio market to another, you may need to adjust the transmitter's and vehicle radio's frequencies to adapt.

Other options for old school car stereos include "cassette" adapters, and an Aux in...if available. I've been using a cassette adapter in my 2006 Dodge since I bought it. A good one works well and will last for many years.

Again, thanks for the tip.
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Old 08-07-2020, 12:21 AM   #7
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I bought the same type of BT adapter to play recorded music on a chip. It was a good unit I thought until driving in my area and the BT keeps losing the connection. Drives me nuts!. I've given up and since I rarely use this vehicle anymore, I'm back to playing CDs. At least there is no constant breakup of music.
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Thanks for the tipo.

These FM radio transmitters CAN work well if you don't encounter radio interference from nearby real radio stations.
I had one on a Boy Scout trip in Alaska - the van in front and back could both tune into it (100yds - no radio stations for miles). We drove the Scouts crazy with 60s/70s music.

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