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Old 06-10-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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How to connect a TV to built in Jensen stereo/DVD player

We have a new X17Z with a built in Jensen stereo/DVD player. We want to hook up our TV to the stereo so our kids can watch DVD's. The Jensen has the 3 plug RCA connectors on the back side of the stereo (inside the cabinet), so the only way I can tell to hook the TV to the stereo is to drill a hole in the cabinet and run the RCA cable thru the hole. I don't really want to drill any holes if I don't have to. Am I missing something or is this the only way to make this connection? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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My TT came with the Jensen Stereo/DVD player as well as a TV. Basically thats what they did. The stereo is located below the TV, which is mounted to the wall. They drilled a hole and brought the wires up to the tv. They did place a plastic insert in the hole. Another idea would be to buy a cheap DVD player and simply plug it into the tv when you want to use it. No drilling, no holes! BTW, at least with mine, the dvds play through the speakers if I want them to.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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I guess it depends on what model trailer you have and how the TV is mounted in comparison to the radio. My stereo is connected to the tv via the rca cables through a channel that all my cable wires go through. No drilling necessary in my case.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. Our TT did not come with a TV, just the built in stereo. We added the TV ourselves. The first time out we just brought an old DVD player of ours and used it. The TV and DVD player sit on top of the fridge, which is just to the left of the stereo in the attached picture. It all works. It just clutters up this area with extra stuff and cords. Plus, the DVD player is just one more item to pack/unpack. And with 4 of us in our little TT, space is at a premium. Besides, I'm kind of upset that we have a nice built in stereo/DVD player with no way to easily plug a TV into it. Not sure why Jayco or the dealer didn't add a wall plate or something so all you have to do is plug your TV into the wall plate. This is our first TT, so we're learning on the fly. I'll probably end up drilling a hole in the underside of the stereo cabinet and routing the cables thru there. I'll add a grommet too so that it looks nice and protects the cables/wood.Click image for larger version

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How to connect a TV to built in Jensen stereo/DVD player

Thinking... Maybe some sort of Bluetooth extender. Not sure what type of Bluetooth product would work but I bet there's something. I'll look around and let you know if I come up with anything.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if this would work, but I would think it should. A bluetooth transmitter and receiver.
Receiver:
http://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Blu...r+and+receiver
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http://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics®-TT...r+and+receiver
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:41 AM   #7
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same problem with a 2013 X17A

We are having the same trouble with our new X17A. Has to be an easier solution. I have contacted our local dealer and will let you know what they say.

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We have a new X17Z with a built in Jensen stereo/DVD player. We want to hook up our TV to the stereo so our kids can watch DVD's. The Jensen has the 3 plug RCA connectors on the back side of the stereo (inside the cabinet), so the only way I can tell to hook the TV to the stereo is to drill a hole in the cabinet and run the RCA cable thru the hole. I don't really want to drill any holes if I don't have to. Am I missing something or is this the only way to make this connection? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Someone with a X18D posted the same question a couple of weeks ago. It seems that there is no consistency on how Jayco delivered these. Their X18D also does not have the cables coming out by the TV and their TV shelf is on the opposite side from the Jensen. Our X20E on the other hand has the cables coming out by the TV shelf through a grommet and our TV is on the opposite side also. Go figure.

Also, you may be interested to know that the left and right audio cables are NOT audio out, they are audio in. So they will not send audio to the TV. If you want them to be audio out, you will need one of these (Line Output Converter) to convert the "B" channel speaker output to line level RCA connections. We had to do this to take advantage of the headphone jack on the TV because our Jensen is a model model without a headphone jack.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #9
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So I finally got around to fixing this. What I ended up doing was drilling a hole in the underside of the cabinet that the stereo is in. I ran one end of my RCA cable thru the hole and plugged it into the backside of the stereo. I added a rubber grommet to make it look nice and protect the cable. The TV end of the cable just sits coiled up on top of the fridge when the TV is not hooked up (like while traveling). I wasn't crazy about drilling a 3/4" hole in a brand new TT, but it seemed like the easiest and cleanest solution to my problem. It works great and the little woman was happy with how it looks, so it's all good. The kids are happy too as now they have surround sound and they say it's like being at the movie theater. Nothing says "camping" like watching a movie on a new LCD TV with stereo surround sound while in the cool comfort of an air conditioned camper while eating microwave popcorn..... Not exactly the canvas tent experience that I grew up with.
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Nothing says "camping" like watching a movie on a new LCD TV with stereo surround sound while in the cool comfort of an air conditioned camper while eating microwave popcorn..... Not exactly the canvas tent experience that I grew up with.[/QUOTE]
I'm glad we are not the only ones...new TT and new 40 inch tv with built in surround...teen boys, microwave popcorn and campfire forgotten. On the bright side..no more "I'm bored" at 8pm.
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