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Old 10-28-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Radio problems

I recently bought a 2011 22FB. During the dealer demonstration the AM radio (Jensen AWM910) did not pick up any stations. Tech blamed it on being inside a metal building and foolishly I bought that explaination. Basically the FM reception is very poor and the AM only buzzes. The CD player and auxiliary input work and sound fine. Any suggestions how should I go about figuring if the unit is toasted or if the antenna is bad? I would hate to buy a new unit only to find out the wiring was faulty or the antenna was bad.

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Old 10-28-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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Pull the unit and see if it really is faulty wiring; could be that the antenna isn't plugged in all the way. If it is, then buy a cheap antenna and start troubleshooting. If it works, then it's a faulty antenna, if not, then the stereo itself is bad.

We had the same problem with the Jensen unit in our 2005 hybrid, and that's how I found out the stereo itself was bad. Even with a new antenna, I still couldn't get any radio stations. I found a stereo on sale at a big box store, that was further discounted as an open-box -- someone bought it and returned it -- so I got it even cheaper. I installed it and threw the Jensen unit out.

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Old 02-25-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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Radio problems still!

Update: I got dealer to test old radio and they agreed it was not working properly. They say they also tested the antenna and found it to be working properly. The replaced it with AWM965 withDVD player...nice upgrade but still I have no a.m. radio reception. I told the service writer that I wanted at least as good reception as any of the new similar RVs on the lot. She claims she took a tech out and they tested 5 new units and a.m. radio was terrible in all. I suppose my radio then meets the LOW industry standard which is pathetic. My f.m. reception has improved a bit - but we are talk radio junkies so we really want the a.m. stations.

I am just curious if everybody out there has poor radio reception like me?
Can anybody share a successful solution or fix that you have found? I don't understand enough radio basics to understand why my car radio is so much better. Is the only solution to replace crappy RV radio head with a unit meant for a car?
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:02 PM   #4
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The AM antenna is another entity. Mine once came still wire tied together behind the unit. If thats the case, untie and stretch it out.
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:39 PM   #5
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XM (satellite) radio and you can listen to the same station coast to coast
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:19 PM   #6
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I hear you. Unfortunately I hear very little from my AM radio in the cab. I have a small radio I listen to when parked. The truck radio receives just a few stations. It's got to be an antenna problem but I have no idea how to deal with the problem. Getting to the back of the radio to check the antenna connections would take a Freightliner tech.

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