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Old 05-23-2018, 06:06 PM   #1
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Replacing Axxera AVM70 stereo

The Axxera AVM70 stereo in my Chateau 31E continues to annoy the heck out of me. When listening to a podcast it cuts in and out all the time, even if the podcast was previously downloaded via wifi. The display flickers whenever the headlights are on. And there is the annoying muting of the audio whenever you use turn signals and it switches to the camera view. I also find the rear camera display is pretty useless in the dark or in bright light (i.e. most of the time).



I would also like to have an RV navigation system where I can enter the RV dimensions to avoid getting into bad situations where it doesn’t fit. I was considering getting a Garmin RV nav unit, but I think I'd prefer to have the nav system built into the stereo if it had the features I want. Apple Car Play would also be a nice feature to have.


So, I decided to replace the Axxera with the Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX DVD/CD reciever. It used to be their flagship model and sold for about $800, but it has now been replaced with the 8201NEX (which looks the same to me), so it’s now $620 at Walmart or $645 Amazon. This seems like a good deal to get a top of the line Pioneer stereo with Car Play plus a navigation system.

Here are some highlights:
· 7” capacitive touch-screen display
· Built-in navigation system, includes free map updates. Has 7.9 million points of interest.
· Can create a navigation system profile for the RV, with vehicle dimensions and weight. Also which type of roads you want to avoid (dirt roads, toll roads, etc.)
· Receives free traffic into
· Has Apple Car Play and Android Auto

· Compatible with the existing cameras. Also has an additional camera input if you want one.

· Does not change the radio volume when switching to camera view
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:07 PM   #2
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The display in our Chateau 24F flickers on and off also, seems like only when the headlights on. Thanks for the suggestion on the stereo replacement, have been looking for a good replacement with navigation.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:44 PM   #3
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IMHO the Axxera radios make great boat anchors. I replaced mine a long time go with the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX. There are newer models now. The display includes reticulated lines so that it is easier to judge the rear camera distances. The Pioneer NEX series have Apple CarPlay which I use all the time.

As for "on board" vs. a Garmin GPS, I went with the Garmin RV 760 GPS. I have it mounted on the dash above the instruments. I like it there because it gives me a speedometer without taking my eyes off the road. It allows you to put in length, width, height, and GVWR. It has never gotten me in a bad situation. The other thing I like is the lifetime updates.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:05 PM   #4
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How about some pictures?
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Old 05-24-2018, 03:21 PM   #5
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How about some pictures?

I haven't installed it yet. I just made the decision on which unit to get and I ordered it. I'm hoping to install it in a couple of weeks, and I'll probably upgrade the door speakers while I'm at it.


When I install it, I'd like to run a cable from the TV audio output to the aux input on the stereo so that the TV sound can be played through the stereo, since the TV speakers are not very good. I could just install an aux input in the dash and plug in a cable when we want it, but the more elegant solution would be to have a permanently connected cable so we can just select aux input on the stereo to get the TV sound. It will probably be a pain to route the cable, though, so we'll see.


Another cool idea would be to run an HDMI cable from the stereo to the outside TV so that you can play DVDs from the Pioneer stereo if you want to watch a DVD movie outside. We almost never use the outdoor TV, though, so I probably won't bother doing this, but it would be a cool option for those that do like to watch movies outside.
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Old 02-22-2020, 04:35 AM   #6
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Hello. Did you replace your Axxera radio? How did it work out? We just got a 31E and the turn signal annoys me and the rear camera also is blurry. Seeing how this unit worked for you?
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Hello. Did you replace your Axxera radio? How did it work out? We just got a 31E and the turn signal annoys me and the rear camera also is blurry. Seeing how this unit worked for you?
You know a new radio won't change any of that.
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:30 PM   #8
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Hello. Did you replace your Axxera radio? How did it work out? We just got a 31E and the turn signal annoys me and the rear camera also is blurry. Seeing how this unit worked for you?

Yes, I did replace it. There is a whole thread about it and photos here:



https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f2...nex-12449.html


This was one of the best upgrades I've done to the RV, well worth it IMO. I don't usually use the Pioneer navigation though. I found that it gives me some strange routing sometimes, so I just use Google Maps on my iPhone.


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