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Old 09-28-2019, 01:04 AM   #1
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Axxera removal

I have read all the posts at http://www.thorforums.com/forums/f17...dio-13192.html and they were helpful. However, nobody has mentioned the faceplate -- how do you get that out without damaging it?

The Axxera AV614BH is completely dead and I am trying to figure out what is wrong with it before I have to toss it out in the field.

Any advice is very welcome. Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:52 AM   #2
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Without a picture I doubt many of us know what yours looks like or where it's located, but:


Mine doesn't have a faceplate, it has a surround.
It just pops out and will likely be of no use on your new install.
To remove the radio from the mount, if you don't have the tool, use a butter knife. Stick it in the side, along the top edge, and slide it down. It'll pop the clip.
Then do the other side..
Mines halfway out right now awaiting professional replacement on Monday.

You can see the little tabs on the surround bezel. Just a light pressure disengages.
You can see the half round clip on the frame that clips into the hald round indent on the radio. Just slide a butter knife in and it unlatches. Slide the radio out with the butter knives still in place.

Three minutes to find butter knives, 20 seconds to remove the radio.


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If yours is completely dead and you're low on funds, my good 2018 radio will be probably available for free. Pick up at the Grand Canyon or at Pechenga for the west coast meet-up.(Pechenga WI require a trade... Ice cream, a dog turd shaped like George Washington... Any trade.)
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Old 09-28-2019, 03:05 AM   #3
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Thank you for your prompt reply. I do not plan to replace the Axxera unless absolutely necessary so do not want to damage the bezel/faceplate. I will try again this weekend. Thanks again.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:27 PM   #4
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Replacing Axxerra AV614B

I would like suggestions for replacing the Axxerra AB614B - something that fits in a 2015 Ford E-450 chassis my Freedom Elite 28H is on.



Thanks -- I need help!
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:52 AM   #5
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Just curious, did you stick a pin in the reset button on the front?
Mine was completely dead with no power or even the blue light on power button. I found the little rest indent with a flashlight and used an ink pen to push it. Waalaa, back to normal. Just needed to re enter presets.
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Old 02-27-2020, 04:04 AM   #6
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Thanks. Yes, I tried the reset but I will try it again. I think it may be a loose connection at the back of the unit. When it "went out" it was on, then had blue horizontal lines then faded to black and stayed there. It probably needs to go.
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Old 02-27-2020, 04:17 AM   #7
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On our Challenger we went through 3 Axxerra 614 radios in the first 13 months of ownership with all of them being replaced under warranty. Our issue was they kept going dead (power down) while driving down the road. Reach over hit the power button and they would come back on. The last one was still working when we traded in the coach.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:36 PM   #8
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Buy a set of plastic pry trim tools. Cost a couple of bucks. Extremely useful when working in the cab area. My Axxera came with several loose connections that became detached over time. Pulled the trim. Couple screws removed the unit (actually was missing 3 mounting screws that caused the thing to shake and rattle). Traced and pushed all the connections together snugly. Found some extra screws for the remount, snapped trim back on. Works like a charm ever since. I think most problems described result from a very poor original install. Total time 20-30 minutes. Difficulty.... fairly easy.
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Old 03-07-2020, 02:27 AM   #9
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If you are still looking for a stereo I HIGHLY recommend Crutchfield. You input your vehicle and their website tells you all the stereos that will fit. Along with adapters and wiring needed.They have the most awesome tech and sales support. Online support as well. I just replaced my junk axxera a week ago.
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Old 03-10-2020, 01:38 AM   #10
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Axxerra replacement

We ordered the Kenwood DDX6706S today and have scheduled a professional installation for next week. Not sure what we will do withe the Axxera -- does anyone need a boat anchor?
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Old 04-05-2020, 02:10 PM   #11
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I installed a Kenwood DDX8906S and new door speakers yesterday in our 2017 Outlaw class C. It took a few hours but with the Crutchfield “ready harness” option, it was actually fun. For those planning to DIY I highly recommend this option. Note, it was only necessary to partially remove the dash bezel that extends around the radio as well as the instrument cluster. I needed to disconnect the two 12V “cigarette lighter” plugs but not the climate control. The bezel flexes enough to work the radio into the slot.

The Kenwood is WORLDS better. Works with Apple Carplay, screen tilts to multiple settings so glare is no longer a problem. Rear camera looks so much better and now has customizable guidelines. We set the mid level line for the distance we need to drop the toyhauler ramp.

Now to replace the crummy inside TV with a “smart” and upgrade the remaining speakers. I’ll soon have this thing the way I want it.

Oh, and the Axxera won’t make a good anchor. It weighs next to nothing. Enjoy your new head unit.
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:23 PM   #12
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I just replaced all the TVs with smart Units. Total improvement...so happy I did. I went with Samsungs for the bedroom and outside and Vizio for the main living area.
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:29 PM   #13
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We have Samsung smart TV's and use our Samsung phones to cast everything from YouTube to TV subscriptions to the TV. Works great even when no over the air channels.
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:47 PM   #14
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We have Samsung smart TV's and use our Samsung phones to cast everything from YouTube to TV subscriptions to the TV. Works great even when no over the air channels.
Exactly...as long as I have youtube...lol. We did add a portable Satellite system so we are looking forward to having that available as well...
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