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In-Dash Radio With Nav
« on: August 06, 2015, 02:30:00 pm »
We did a factory tour last week as we are considering ordering a new 2552.  I played with the in-dash touchscreen "Xite" brand radio on one model.  It looked very nice but the nav functions, e.g. zoom in/out, seemed very sluggish in response.  Anyone have this radio and care to share your opinion?

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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2015, 04:08:39 pm »
I don't have the in dash nav, instead I have a Garmin RV GPS mounted to the dash. My main reason for doing thie is cost of map updates. My Jeep nav cost $140 a year while Garmin is free, and they update their maps four times a year. Garmin is pretty fast and easy to operate.

Interesting to see another person going from a 2350 up to the 2552.

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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2015, 06:01:59 pm »
That is a valid point on the maps Tom.  I have the Garmin RV GPS with lifetime maps as well and for the most part, I like it.  I also have the wireless Garmin camera, but I've never used it.  I was thinking I might go with the in-dash touchscreen radio, partly because I am a tech geek and can't help myself, but also to eliminate the overhead Sony monitor for backup.

I would install the Garmin backup camera in the rear bath window and use it for a continuous live view of traffic behind me on the Garmin - a horizontal view that is not available with the backup camera installed by Phoenix near the roof line.  I guess if I'm willing to do that, the sluggish response (if that is indeed the case) on the touchscreen nav would not be an issue since I could just use my Garmin.

I also noticed the Xrite radio has a microphone and it displays a speaker button when viewing the backup camera.  My wife went behind the PC and spoke to me, but it turns out, the standard backup camera installed by Phoenix does not have a microphone/speaker.  Earl said he could install a camera with those features, so I could hear my wife and vice versa when she is spotting me while I am backing.  On second thought, that might not be a good idea!   :lol



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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2015, 10:27:28 pm »
Spend a little less and buy another backup camera tilted higher to see the rear traffic and a separate GPS for directions, etc. Too much in a single system invites everything going down in event of single system failure.
Personally, I like the rear vision monitors where the rear view mirror would normally be.
Carry on, regardless..................
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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2015, 08:31:02 pm »
Bob  I have a 2015 2910T with the NAV
 in the radio. Also side cameras. The problem is the reflection on the radio screen for the cameras, side and rear. All I see is my wife's
reflection. I just got back from the factory for some repairs and had them install the Sony 9 inch at the top of the windsheld. A lot better. I also use a remote GPS system,a lot easer
to look at on top of the dash.The only reason went with in dash unit was for the XM radio and camera system. A lot of money for nothing. Should got a remote XM radio.
 With the NAV, cameras and radio at the same time just to much on one screen.   Good luck jas

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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2015, 09:01:21 pm »
jas,
Try this with the in-dash monitor/GPS:
Take some thin cardboard and tape (Painter's tape) it to the dash just over and around the monitor. If that cuts the reflection and you can easily see the camera inputs or GPS, make another of black and insert it in the small space between the unit and dash cutout.
If you try that let me know if it works for you.
Carry on, regardless..................
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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2015, 09:54:22 pm »
Tried that. Was going to use plastic if it worked. But no luck.I used heavy cardboard and taped it to the dash to do away with the reflection  It was to deep to see it from the drivers
seat. That is when I had the factory to install the new monitor. On my 5th wheel system the monitor had a wrap around on it. The angle of the dash is the problem i thank. jas

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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2015, 10:09:11 pm »
Probably so, jas. Probably so.
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Re: In-Dash Radio With Nav
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2015, 11:12:40 pm »
I appreciate the input, and will keep the advice on advisement for the future.  Unfortunately, we've decided to put our plans to upgrade on hold because we can't locate a longer covered storage slot for our RV.  Perhaps it is time to buy some commercial property and build my own RV storage facility!  Most indoor/covered storage facilities where I live have three year wait lists.