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Old 08-08-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Ok satellite radio experts out there. I recently got a new car that has built in XM radio in it. I have decided to go ahead and extend it for a couple of years. The problem is, my wife wants us to get it for her car now, and to use it when we go camping in the Suburban.

Does anyone have a preference for what type of radio we should get for her car? Also, does anyone have a general idea of the cost of the subscription for the second radio. They say they discount the second account some, but I can't find out the amount on line, and I am not ready to deal with a sales person on the phone just yet.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:26 PM   #2
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i used to have a small roadie that was super portable between the rv and the truck
i thin best buy had it for under 25 dollars a few years ago,
it uses a cigar lighter plug for power and has an option to hard line to your cars radio or transmit over a few fm preset channels, which made it easy going to the rv, it even had a desk stand thing and separate antenna for when it was in the rv or out in the open

programing costs.......everything is negotiable
i canceled xm and they gave to me for free for a year

my new truck has sirius which is xm or is it the other way ? which i plan to renew but not until they call with a low price...
any who you can get an ala carte thing of x amount of stations like the ones you listen to for less $ and

trick is dont take no for an answer with pricing
i think when i had xm it was 11 per month
and when they finally let me go it was 6 a month.....
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If you want to go between her car and camping (portable), one of the Roadie's (or whatever the new little portables are called) are your best bet. But the sound quality suffers significantly running through your FM antenna. The best bet is to get a new in-dash unit for each one. With your primary account, you can get a "Family Plan", and each additional radio is $6.99 a month. But you can only have a total of 5 radios.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:29 AM   #4
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i have the factory xm in my truck and purchased a roady xt for the wifes car with a home kit. this way i have a base, power cord and antenna in the car and i have the home antenna,home power cord(120volt) and base in the trailer. al i have to do is grab the roady and throw it in the trailer with the remote. the remote came with the home kit as well. the home antenna picks up just fine from inside the trailer right through the roof.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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I have had built in XM and Sirius radios. And I have consistently let the subscriptions lapse. Instead we bought two Pioneer Inno radios. Battery powered so it can be used portable, has memory so I can record lots of music. And best of all, being portable with a car or home kit it can be used in car,truck,fiver,home. Far better than having a dedicated radio for just the car.
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One Trick on the Roady XM is if you did not dumb down the signal on your Roady as XM was pushing folks to do due to a FCC signal power violation I park my Suburban forward to the front of the TT and leave the Roady plugged in and tune the TT radio to the FM signal and play my XM through the TT radio off of the signal from the Roady in the suburban. Don't even have to move the thing and unplug all those wires etc.

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:07 AM   #7
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I have the original SKYFI and it still works great. I pass it between the house the truck and a portable stereo that came with it. I bought the lifetime subscription (radio not mine) I was a little nervous because it was more money up front but it has more then paid for itself in the last 6 years.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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I was lucky, my new 5th wheel came with a xm radio all I had to do was buy a docking station for my car so now I can switch radios between my car and camper. But my truck radio does not have a AUX to plug in docking station and I tried using the FM converter buts its too much trouble. I going to buy a new radio for my truck so I can use the XM in all 3 vehicles
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I've had both XM and Sirius (have Sirius right now) and they seem equivalent to me. We bought CHEAP ($30) Sirius units, 2 car units, that are identical. One is permanently installed in our F150. The other I put in the trailer and plug it into the input port on our Jensen (which replaced the Concertone). BUT, we only have a subscription for one head unit. I just trot it back and forth between the trailer and truck. In the trailer, the docking station just plugs into the 12 volt receptacle in the TV area. Then run a line to the Jensen. Then just run the antenna out the trailer through the door. (not a permanenet placement). Works GREAT!!
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Sirius and XM are merged and most programing is simulcast, but the radios are still different from what I have learned so far. There is still some programming exclusive to each that you can pay extra for to get on the other service (if you really need Howard Stern which is Sirius only). Since I have XM, I have to get an XM equivalent radio.
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I had a sirius in my car but my camper was XM, the problem was the accounts are different so I had to cancel my sirius account and open a XM account(because my sirius would not fit in the camper docking station) which was a pain but I don't really see any difference in the two radios. I have the "family" account which has all I really want, I don't need all the adult sites.
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Our new Rockwood 8315BSS came wired for XM and with the SKYFi3 radio, It also has the home docking station so we use it in the house as well as the trailer. MW Chevy Malibu came with the XM wired in and I have an XM Roady xt that I use in our truck and my shop. We really enjoy it as where we live is quite rural and not many stations (2) during the daytime. Our subscription for all 3 is around $400 Cdn. for 3 years.
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Kim: I have factory XM/Sirius in my truck and a Sky-fi add-on unit in my car, which can be removed and placed in a boom-box for camping. The boom box runs on batteries or AC and has its own antenna with a very long cord so I can locate it exactly where I need it. It works great. I think I got the boom box at Circuit City for about $99. Can't remember how much the Sky-fi was. I get a better deal by paying annually, and I think the second unit is maybe 60 or 70 percent of the rate for the first unit. Also, all XM/Sirius subscribers can get service for free on their computers. I hook some pretty good speakers to my laptop, and it sounds pretty good. So there lots of options.
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we only have a subscription for one head unit. I just trot it back and forth between the trailer and truck. In the trailer, the docking station just plugs into the 12 volt receptacle in the TV area. Then run a line to the Jensen. Then just run the antenna out the trailer through the door. (not a permanenet placement).
That's what I would probably do if I ever go the satellite route.

When FR was talking about making the suggestion that they'd give me a sat' receiver to overcome my radio reception issues, I asked which brand & it was XM. The added cost of the subscription, plus the fact that they didn't have the NASCAR coverage, I passed.

Last year when we went to Charlotte in a rental truck. My buddy just put his Sirius head unit on the console, plugged it into the lighter & put the antenna on the dash. No problems w/ reception from southern Ontario to NC.
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