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Old 12-27-2018, 08:58 PM   #1
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2019 Seneca Radio / GPS

How is the radio reception with that new antenna on the Seneca? Is the GPS any good? How is the rear view camera. Just curious. The radio on my 2015 Seneca is worthless.
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:16 AM   #2
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It seems like all 2019 Jayco class C's have the same radio- the Soundstream Infotainment Dash Radio. It's not horrible, but it isn't great, either. You have to fix it right out of delivery, if your dealer hasn't, with a quick firmware fix. It fixes an issue where multiple characters get inputted as you type. It could really be brighter, or at a better angle, as it's difficult to see in the sun. There is no 'knob' to control the volume- people really hate that. It doesn't bother me- I am use to it with my car. You tap the power button to mute it and you tap and hold the volume to turn it up or down. If you are a person who must have a physical button, use the remote. It's really more designed toward android versus apple, so don't expect to hook an iphone directly to it with a cord and expect it to do great. I use it with bluetooth with an iphone and it works well. As far as the GPS itself, it's fair. I know where I am going 95% of the time, so I still put in an address to see how it routes. Remember, it is not a RV specific unit, so it will give you back roads and u turns. As far as radio stations, it works pretty well. I've listened to the Jacksonville Jaguars lose on multiple trips and it performed as well as my car stereo. I really like the aux function when we are watching tv- it will play over the speakers, giving a surround sound feel. There is an issue with ground noise in the mode but by balancing the volume on the unit and the tv, I can get it to a manageable level. The rear view on the camera, at least in my Redhawk 22J, it close to straight down. So you get about 6 feet of view. It's perfect for backing in as long as you did a walk beforehand.

In short, to wrap this up- if you want to hate it, you will. If you want to like it, same. I pretty much thought I would have to rip it out instantly and replace it. I am a bit of a technophile, so I gave it a chance. Like I said- it is very middle of the road, but I can deal with it.
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Old 12-30-2018, 03:24 PM   #3
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It seems like all 2019 Jayco class C's have the same radio- the Soundstream Infotainment Dash Radio. It's not horrible, but it isn't great, either. You have to fix it right out of delivery, if your dealer hasn't, with a quick firmware fix. It fixes an issue where multiple characters get inputted as you type. It could really be brighter, or at a better angle, as it's difficult to see in the sun. There is no 'knob' to control the volume- people really hate that. It doesn't bother me- I am use to it with my car. You tap the power button to mute it and you tap and hold the volume to turn it up or down. If you are a person who must have a physical button, use the remote. It's really more designed toward android versus apple, so don't expect to hook an iphone directly to it with a cord and expect it to do great. I use it with bluetooth with an iphone and it works well. As far as the GPS itself, it's fair. I know where I am going 95% of the time, so I still put in an address to see how it routes. Remember, it is not a RV specific unit, so it will give you back roads and u turns. As far as radio stations, it works pretty well. I've listened to the Jacksonville Jaguars lose on multiple trips and it performed as well as my car stereo. I really like the aux function when we are watching tv- it will play over the speakers, giving a surround sound feel. There is an issue with ground noise in the mode but by balancing the volume on the unit and the tv, I can get it to a manageable level. The rear view on the camera, at least in my Redhawk 22J, it close to straight down. So you get about 6 feet of view. It's perfect for backing in as long as you did a walk beforehand.

In short, to wrap this up- if you want to hate it, you will. If you want to like it, same. I pretty much thought I would have to rip it out instantly and replace it. I am a bit of a technophile, so I gave it a chance. Like I said- it is very middle of the road, but I can deal with it.
Did you get an instruction booklet with your soundstream? I did not nor did I get a remote. I will be contacting Jayco to see what happened...
Thank you for your information, it has been very helpful!
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Old 12-30-2018, 03:53 PM   #4
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I did get both. The manual is really, really bad. Remember, at the end of the day Soundstrean is a Chinese based American product company. You arenít going to get a lot of help there. I am camping and I donít have the manual but Iíll look for it online for it. I am trying to post a picture of the remote but my signal is weak.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:05 PM   #5
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Take a look at your radio and see if this is your manual.
https://www.manualslib.com/products/...b-4944258.html

Attached is a picture of the remote.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:07 AM   #6
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Take a look at your radio and see if this is your manual.
https://www.manualslib.com/products/...b-4944258.html

Attached is a picture of the remote.
Thank you for the pic on the remote and link to the Soundstream instructions. I sent an email off to Jayco requesting the remote.
Hopefully I can get that resolved quickly.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:18 AM   #7
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It seems like all 2019 Jayco class C's have the same radio- the Soundstream Infotainment Dash Radio. It's not horrible, but it isn't great, either. You have to fix it right out of delivery, if your dealer hasn't, with a quick firmware fix. It fixes an issue where multiple characters get inputted as you type. It could really be brighter, or at a better angle, as it's difficult to see in the sun. There is no 'knob' to control the volume- people really hate that. It doesn't bother me- I am use to it with my car. You tap the power button to mute it and you tap and hold the volume to turn it up or down. If you are a person who must have a physical button, use the remote. It's really more designed toward android versus apple, so don't expect to hook an iphone directly to it with a cord and expect it to do great. I use it with bluetooth with an iphone and it works well. As far as the GPS itself, it's fair. I know where I am going 95% of the time, so I still put in an address to see how it routes. Remember, it is not a RV specific unit, so it will give you back roads and u turns. As far as radio stations, it works pretty well. I've listened to the Jacksonville Jaguars lose on multiple trips and it performed as well as my car stereo. I really like the aux function when we are watching tv- it will play over the speakers, giving a surround sound feel. There is an issue with ground noise in the mode but by balancing the volume on the unit and the tv, I can get it to a manageable level. The rear view on the camera, at least in my Redhawk 22J, it close to straight down. So you get about 6 feet of view. It's perfect for backing in as long as you did a walk beforehand.

In short, to wrap this up- if you want to hate it, you will. If you want to like it, same. I pretty much thought I would have to rip it out instantly and replace it. I am a bit of a technophile, so I gave it a chance. Like I said- it is very middle of the road, but I can deal with it.
The gps function has not worked in mine yet, replacement on the way but what I was hoping for was the rv specific gps functions - your saying it has none of the rv options like setting height weight and length of the unit and avoiding bridges and underpasses that the rv shouldnít go over / under? If it does not have that it is getting replaced.
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:36 AM   #8
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The gps function has not worked in mine yet, replacement on the way but what I was hoping for was the rv specific gps functions - your saying it has none of the rv options like setting height weight and length of the unit and avoiding bridges and underpasses that the rv shouldnít go over / under? If it does not have that it is getting replaced.
Ditto on that and that is why I bought the Garmin dezl 780 LMT-S 7Ē GPS Truck Navigator. You are able to input weight, height, length and width!! You are able to switch it to car mode as well.
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Ditto on that and that is why I bought the Garmin dezl 780 LMT-S 7Ē GPS Truck Navigator. You are able to input weight, height, length and width!! You are able to switch it to car mode as well.
Thatís correct- you cannot set height, length, etc. Remember- itís a $200 cheap radio.

If you are handy, take a look through crutchfield.com. They will sent you everything you need to do any install. If you arenít, reach out to a stereo shop. Iíd make sure that whatever I get 1) accepted cameras. If you have a Greyhawk, thatíll be hard. Most radios have 2 camera inputs, where Greyhawk needs 3. 2) DVD output- if thatís your thing. Youíll need this if you like watching DVDís on the tv from the radio. If not, donít worry about it. 3) ability to accept AUX from the TV. Again, personal thing- I like it playing on the overhead speakers. 4) a good updatable GPS. See if you are charged for the maps.

Whatever you choose, make sure it has decent support.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:51 PM   #10
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Thatís correct- you cannot set height, length, etc. Remember- itís a $200 cheap radio.

If you are handy, take a look through crutchfield.com. They will sent you everything you need to do any install. If you arenít, reach out to a stereo shop. Iíd make sure that whatever I get 1) accepted cameras. If you have a Greyhawk, thatíll be hard. Most radios have 2 camera inputs, where Greyhawk needs 3. 2) DVD output- if thatís your thing. Youíll need this if you like watching DVDís on the tv from the radio. If not, donít worry about it. 3) ability to accept AUX from the TV. Again, personal thing- I like it playing on the overhead speakers. 4) a good updatable GPS. See if you are charged for the maps.

Whatever you choose, make sure it has decent support.

I like crutchfield and I did contact them and asked if they had anything that accepted 3 cameras...they said no. I am willing to separate the tasks the Soundstream does not perform well, i.e., separate radio, navigation and camera. I have an idea and will let you know if I am able to pull it off.
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