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Old 07-05-2016, 05:41 PM   #1
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Jensen radio/camera system

My 2014 Vegas has the Jensen radio/ camera. It always displays the time when the store/use switch is in the "use" position. Now, the display is out as well as the cameras and radio operation. No response despite cycling store/use switch several times. I know the Jensen is a POS, but it has worked fine till now. I am about to check fuse, sure it is in the panel under drivers seat in exterior compartment. If fuse is blown, why? Fuse should not blow if there is no short or other wiring problem. I have had numerous issues with the fuse for the power points in the dash. This fuse is fine and the power points have power, so another fuse controls the radio/camera. If the radio is junk, how do I remove old unit? 4 holes in front of radio look to me like release points for the radio to be removed. I then just replace the original with a superior brand. Are all the camera inputs and other inputs all standardized for any other radio? Thanx.
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:21 PM   #2
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There is a fuse on the back of the radio (10A if I remember correctly).

You should have in your "Thor Bag" two pieces of wire that look sort of like "C"s. You put each one into the four holes on the front of the radio, squeeze the wires and pull and the radio just pops right out.

The JRV-215 (also a Jensen) is a pretty superior replacement in every way. So far we haven't had any issues with ours (even though it still is a Jensen).

The 3 camera's have proprietary Jensen plugs on the end.
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:47 PM   #3
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Thanx Jamiegeek for the quick reply. I checked both fuses for the radio. They both are good. One is for radio memory, and the other is for radio power. I removed the memory one and reinstalled it, and the radio turned on, the blue lights in the knobs, and the white sound came on, but no camera or radio operation. Now, it will not turn off, so I put the store/use switch to store position. I was concerned the batteries would go dead if I left everything on. It made no difference if I plugged into shore power. Is the newer radio you suggest a direct installation into the existing radio chassis, or will dash mods be necessary? Also, where is the new model Jensen available? What is the cost? Did you make this change in your coach? Thanx, again.
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:40 PM   #4
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I replaced the 212 with the 215 and detailed the process in this thread:
Jensen JRV-212 Upgrade

Read the last few pages though: It sounds like people are now getting the 215 as a warranty replacement for the 212 including a plug-n-play harness.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:34 PM   #5
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Thanx again, jamiegeek for the info on the radio. I did some research locally, and the Soundcrafters store in Daytona beach has installed quite a few Kenwood receiver/3 camera/CD/nav/bluetooth systems in motorhomes. he also says the Jensen unit is problematic, and a very cheap, entry-level unit that manufacturers install to save a buck. I also contacted CW, and the service guy stated the same thing, which I suspected all along, anyway. The Jensen really was difficult to use, had poor reception, and sound quality, and difficult to program, and was not Sirius ready. Research I have done on the Kenwood indicates a much superior system. Quoted about $800.00 for the unit, and 1 Hr. for install. I have done much car and truck repair over the years, including sound systems, but I think, due to the complexity of the cameras and my general ham-handedness, I will let them do the install for $75.00. I think the warranty will be worth that, anyway. Happy camping.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:17 PM   #6
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David,

Once you get your new Kenwood unit installed how about some pictures, make/model and a critique of the unit's preformance as compaired to the Jensen.

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Old 07-06-2016, 12:19 AM   #7
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I would be glad to send pix of the installed Kenwood unit, and my evaluation, Doc mike.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:48 PM   #8
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I have installed the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX. I love this radio. The screen is brighter. The screen tilts to eliminate glare. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Better reception. and HD radio.

The only issue was the cameras. I had the installer put three toggle switches in the small open cubby at the bottom of the center console. I rarely use the left and right cameras. So this was not an issue. Oh yeah! It also supports marks on the camera image to better gauge distance while backing up.
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Old 07-10-2016, 02:00 PM   #9
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Jensen 212t issues

I did a lot of research and decided to buy the Jensen JRV215NR 6.1. It has Nav, Bluetooth, 3 camera triggers, with rear cam audio, DVD capability, which,I assume means you can watch a DVD while driving... I think there is a lockout for that, but I think it can be disabled so your passenger can watch a movie while in motion. I hesitate to return to a Jensen, but, Jamiegeek used the updated unit and is happy with it, so I feel this unit, being further improved, should offer better longevity than the original. The Kenwood did not allow for left-right camera triggers by the turn signals. The Jensen does, so I went with that. However, it does not indicate in the Jensen specs if in-motion rear camera is a feature. I require seeing my towed car at all times, so that would be a must for me. Anyone familiar with the Jensen JRV215NR 6.1 who can tell me about in-motion rear cam operation? Thanx.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:01 PM   #10
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My 212 went dead - at the RV dealer!! - back in Dec/Jan. Replaced with the 215 under warranty. Much better unit, though don't care much for their built in GPS.
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