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Old 11-28-2015, 05:38 AM   #1
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ACE radio upgrade

We have a 2014 ACE, 29.2. Our JRV212T radio quit and we need a new replacement upgrade. I would like to get a new one that the 3 cameras will work with.

Any help out there ?
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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Dave,

Welcome to the Forum.

We have a 2016 Vegas 24.1, the dash Radio Thor switched to is the Axxera AV614BH (axxeraaudio.com). It handles the three cameras, it also has a lot of bells and whistles...some that were not hooked up by Thor (you can run two Video Outputs from the dash DVD player if you run the necessary RCA cable bundles when you do the instalation). Also there is a mirroring hook up on the back that needs to be run to the front of your dash for easier access (Thor did do that).

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Old 11-28-2015, 11:53 AM   #3
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We have a 2014 ACE, 29.2. Our JRV212T radio quit and we need a new replacement upgrade. I would like to get a new one that the 3 cameras will work with.

Any help out there ?
This is my first post.
Dave,

More than likely your ACE is configured the same as my Challenger. The radio only needs to control one camera. The coach uses a camera control, in my case mounted under the top of the dash, which has the 3 camera connections and then one RCA connection to the back of the radio. The camera controller determines which camera is viewed under certain conditions (turn signals, reverse etc...).

You can verify this by removing your radio and looking at the camera connection or looking in the radio owner's manual.
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:06 PM   #4
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Here is a link to another thread on this forum of another Axis owner who upgraded his 212 radio to a Jensen 215. He and several others are happy with the 215 which includes navigation! Since my 212 just quit I am thinking of doing the same thing, espceially since it is a fairly simple R&R - I hope!http://www.thorforums.com/forums/f27...rade-1105.html
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Old 11-28-2015, 03:36 PM   #5
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Dave,

More than likely your ACE is configured the same as my Challenger. The radio only needs to control one camera. The coach uses a camera control, in my case mounted under the top of the dash, which has the 3 camera connections and then one RCA connection to the back of the radio. The camera controller determines which camera is viewed under certain conditions (turn signals, reverse etc...).

You can verify this by removing your radio and looking at the camera connection or looking in the radio owner's manual.
My ACE 30.2 is the same as dstankov. I can put in any camera ready head unit. I'm switching to a Pioneer. I've had great luck with those and have installed them in a number of cars. I'm not a fan of the Jensens.
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Old 11-28-2015, 05:33 PM   #6
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My ACE 30.2 is the same as dstankov. I can put in any camera ready head unit. I'm switching to a Pioneer. I've had great luck with those and have installed them in a number of cars. I'm not a fan of the Jensens.
Will you be able to manually select a desired camera images with the Pioneer? Or will you be limited to the turn signal/reverse view auto-selection?
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:40 PM   #7
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My ACE 30.2 is the same as dstankov. I can put in any camera ready head unit. I'm switching to a Pioneer. I've had great luck with those and have installed them in a number of cars. I'm not a fan of the Jensens.
Interesting thing happened on my way to the forum:

I just finished mounting a second fire extinguisher in my coach in preparation for a trip in a week and a half and while doing so I had my Axxerra on and was listening to Sirius when all of a sudden the radio lost all power and will not power up. I guess after lunch I'll be removing the top of the dash to do some troubleshooting. This radio has been intermittently loosing power since new so it may have decided to give up the ghost.

Earlier today I put an Alpine INE-W957HD on the Christmas wish list. Maybe the Axxerra caught wind of its future and said "up yours Jack"
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:19 PM   #8
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Will you be able to manually select a desired camera images with the Pioneer? Or will you be limited to the turn signal/reverse view auto-selection?
I'm not sure. I have no need to manually switch to see my side cameras so it's not a concern for me. I'm sure if you wire it right you could. They do have multiple inputs on all the pioneers. On my truck I had before I bought my motor home I put a camera on the tail gate and another one at the front of the bed to use when I hooked up to my gooseneck. On my wife's SUV I put a tv/DVD player in the back and ran wires so that you can play the disk in the back or on the head unit and get picture and sound either way.
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Old 11-28-2015, 08:31 PM   #9
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I just completed the switch to the 215N, very happy! Very easy to do, get the new harness with the adapter. Plug and play.

Ide rather stick with a known entity Jensen vs a brand new brand.
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:52 PM   #10
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I had that same radio that stopped work in my 2013 ace remove the radio from the dash using the special extraction loops remover the power plug on the back and wait 10 min plug the radio back in and see if it works
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