We had a few weeks of bliss here and there and the radio worked fine…but in many cases we would push a button on what we thought was the FM radio, but quickly got lost into the dark caverns of la la land with no way of getting out. We didn't know which buttons to push so we pushed them all and made it even worse! (The weather channel seemed to always be there but we seldom listen to it on purpose.)
The time came yesterday. After many months of talking about it and not really taking action, we wandered over to the car radio section of Best Buy. The techs back at Red Bay had mentioned Tiffin was starting to install Kenwood models, so we started there. And I remembered about needing a 'double din' model. The techs said we'd also would need to order a new dash face plate for the double din size radio. I figured we would do that after we got the radio. Maybe we could get it installed without a dash face plate and install it later...
After looking at a lot of radios in the store display area, we went back to the Geek Squad install shop.
We were there a little before our 10:00 AM appointment.
John took out the old radio, got a adapter harness and looked at the wires.
Major problem here. It would not synch with my iPhone. We tried Pam's iPhone. It searched and searched and would not pair with hers either. We tried John's Samsung (I didn't ask, but assume it was a Galaxy). No problem, worked fine. We tried again to get my iPhone working with it. No dice.
Well…we decided to go back out on the floor and see if my iPhone would pair with any of the display models. Yep! There were lots of ones the iPhone was trying to pair with. But not the JVC models. There was a little more expensive model ($139) that was a Kenwood that worked-- so we chose it.
Then John went back to the Roadrunner and pulled out the JVC model, got connectors ready on the Kenwood model and hooked it up inside the RV. It worked fine! We were back (almost) to where we started. I thought we wanted a double din size Kenwood.
Turns out the din and 1/2 size worked fine and had a CD player. And the Bluetooth worked too! Pam called from her phone and since mine was paired with the radio, I answered and talked with her with out touching the iPhone. It all went through the radio ala 'hands free'.
This stuff is amazing when it works. And we can play music from our iPhone or iPod.
The biggest thing about it is that is straight forward, pretty user-friendly. No more mystery on how to get to FM and AM and the CD player like the old one. (And it has some fancy multi colored lights…)
It took about three hours to pack up and drive into town to the Best Buy store, go through a few iterations and models and get it installed, and drive back and set up at our campground 10 miles away -- but it was well worth it.
Now we have a great radio we will be using whether we are parked or cruising down the road.
That's all this time on the Roadrunner Chronicles! And thanks for joining us! Until next time...