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Old 03-18-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Jensen Dash Radio replacement confusion

Our dash radio was among some things that took the hit from a lightening strike (the surge protector saved the 110v).

The radio is a Jensen VR1828WIN and is apparently not only out of production but there is absolutely nothing else comparable with CD, AM/FM, satellite and weather band. It's tall, too.

Any suggestions on where and how to find a VR1828WIN? All the usual suggestions from Winnebago itself through Litchsenn to Jensen have failed.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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Try Here: B 2 Loud: Jensen VR182 AM/FM/CD/WB Sirius & iPod Ready Stereo they show it for $369
And you checked with ASA Electronincs? www.asaelectronics.com

Just some thoughts.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:51 PM   #3
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Mickey53usa: I went to that web site on the Jensen but could not locate the facia dimensions, do you know by any chance what they are? I am looking to replace my Magadyne with something like this. Thanks
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Mickey53usa: I went to that web site on the Jensen but could not locate the facia dimensions, do you know by any chance what they are? I am looking to replace my Magadyne with something like this. Thanks
I have the VR182 in my MH. It is storage but I can get the Faceplate measurements tomorrow if it will help.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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This is what the owner's manual has:
Signal to Noise Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > 60dB
Channel Separation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .: More than 50 dB
Frequency Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .: 40Hz - 18 kHz
FM Radio
Frequency Coverage (USA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87.5 to 107.9 MHz
Frequency Coverage (Europe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87.5 to 108 MHz
Sensitivity (S/N=30dB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4μV
Image Rejection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . >45 dB
Stereo Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .>25dB
AM/MW
Frequency Range (USA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-1710KHz
Frequency Range (Europe). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522-1620KHz
Sensitivity (S/N=20dB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 dB
General
Operating Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DC 12 Volts
Grounding System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Negative Ground
Speaker Impedance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-8 ohms per channel
Tone Controls:
Bass (at 100 Hz). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 10 dB
Treble (at 10 kHz). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 10 dB
Power Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40W x 4
Current Drain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Ampere (max.)
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 (W) x 183 (D) x 100 (H)

Sorry, I gave you all of them - Looks like the dimensions are in mm.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:11 PM   #6
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Try Here: B 2 Loud: Jensen VR182 AM/FM/CD/WB Sirius & iPod Ready Stereo they show it for $369
And you checked with ASA Electronincs? www.asaelectronics.com

Just some thoughts.
Great lead, but it went dead when the b2Loud folks that have the radio in stock on their website report the web listing is old and the radio out of stock.

Still can not find one or even a substitute of the same size and apparently the new Jensen radios for Winnebago are even larger.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:47 PM   #7
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This thread is really gettting interesting so let me add some information that might be even more confusing for some. Today after looking at Mickey's dimensions I call Winnie to see what they recommend to replace the Magadyne. "I would recommend you replace it with the newer Magadyne" When I mentioned the Magadyne is junk in IMHO are there any other choices that would fit into the courrent opening? He was not aware of any, other than using a standard car radio and using the filler piece with it. I went to the search threads and I see some have done just that.....used the filler piece. Does anyone here have a better solution? I would really like to find a radio that fills the existing opening without using the filler. Thanks
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:09 PM   #8
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Exactly what I have been learning . . . the current option proposed by the shop doing the lightening repair work is a smaller 2-inch-tall radio with a filler and without any weather band feature. If I can't find a Jensen that fits the old-sized hole, this may become the only option . . . and this is a year-old 2009 Winnebago.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:23 PM   #9
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The radio in my MH seems to have the same features. Maybe this will help. Mine is the VR185.

These people list it and there is a picture:

Jensen VR185 AM/FM/Cassette/CD/WB SIRIUS Satellite Ready Stereo, Fully suspended automotive grade CD mechanism, 1.8 DIN chassis size (Ford OEM Mount), 160 Watts (4 x 40 output power), Electronics AM/FM/WB tuner, 7-channel NOAA Weatherband tuner, SIRI

I bought the remote which you might not find anymore.

You can still get the Sirius radio add on:

http://www.jensenrvdirect.com/products/sirius.html
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:06 AM   #10
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I had to replace the Magnadyne radio in our Adventurer and after an extensive search I had to use a standard size radio with a filler piece. The Magnadyne was 1.5 din in size, which is obsolete and I considered installing a 2 din radio, but it would have required extensive dash modifications. I installed a Kenwood satellite radio with Bluetooth and other rather nice features and I am completely satisfied with the change from Magnadyne.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:34 AM   #11
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If you google 1.5 din radio there are still many around.

1.5 din radio - Google Search
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:12 PM   #12
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Hey guys, sorry to be stupid here but what is a din? Do you mean dimensions and the 1.5 is the height of the facia? My Magadyne facia measures 7 1/4 X 3 1/8 so will this 1.5 din fill the hole and fit right in?
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Hey guys, sorry to be stupid here but what is a din? Do you mean dimensions and the 1.5 is the height of the facia? My Magadyne facia measures 7 1/4 X 3 1/8 so will this 1.5 din fill the hole and fit right in?
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DIN in English stands for the German Standards Institute. The DIN is an organization that establishes standards for many of the auto accessories you have. Single DIN refers to a standard radio size. Double DIN refers to a radio twice the height of standard. 1.5 stands for...you get the idea.
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I represent ASA Electronics, the producer of the JENSEN brand of televisions, stereos, and speakers and the Voyager brand of observation monitors and cameras. At ASA, we strive to provide excellent customer service and product satisfaction and would like to offer some assistance in this matter.

The JENSEN VR18-series radios (including the VR182BKWIN, VR182SVWIN) are what are commonly referred to as a 1.8 DIN radio chassis. As the vehicle chassis & dash manufacturers have moved to the larger 2.0 DIN (or double-DIN) radios, the 1.8 DIN radios have been discontinued and are no longer available.


For radio replacement, the options are to replace with the larger 2.0 DIN radio (if your dash will accommodate this) or a 1.0 DIN radio with a filler-panel (commonly referred to as a dash kit). To replace your VR182BKWIN or VR182SVWIN with a 2.0 DIN radio, the dash opening would need to be enlarged by 0.69" in height. The width and depth are not changed. Consult your RV dealer or auto sound installation center for assistance in modifying your dash radio opening.

If your dash can be modified in this manner, our JENSEN JRV210B is our current model that supports AM/FM/CD/USB and NOAA Weather Band with S.A.M.E. technology. This model also is SIRIUS and iPod Ready.

Please let us know if you need any further assistance.
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It's great to see a vendor / manufacturer step up and offer advice on these issues.
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If your dash can be modified in this manner, our JENSEN JRV210B is our current model that supports AM/FM/CD/USB and NOAA Weather Band with S.A.M.E. technology. This model also is SIRIUS and iPod Ready.
Do you make a multiple CD model?
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:18 PM   #17
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So am I the only one here thinking this is a really STUPID situation. You would think people are trying to restore some antique motorhome. I went through this with my dash monitor for the backup camera. My motorhome was less than 2 years old! Luckily Four Winds had monitors in stock. Wow an inventory of parts! How novel an idea. If Four Winds had not stocked it, I'd have to modify my dash. There's something wrong in the United States.


Sorry for my previous USELESS post/suggestion and link.

One more thing. Doesn't ANYONE fix anything anymore? As a kid my next door neighbor could fix ANYTHING electronic. He worked for Grumman. Worked out of his house and had a huge number of customers.

Went to RADIO Shack the other day to find a small underdash radio for my scooter. They don't sell RADIOS FOR CARS! I used to buy them
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Here's what appears to be a 1.0 DIN with the features you want: JHD3620B - JENSEN Heavy Duty AM/FM/CD/WB/iPod and SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready Stereo. Only a little pricier than the 2.0 DIN model that the Jensen rep recommended, but would fit your opening with a filler. (Am looking for similar features for a radio to put in a FW entertainment center...)

Much lower price here: http://www.heavydutyradios.com/jhd_3620.html

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Well gang, it looks like the jury has spoken so I guess I will go with the 1 din and filler piece. I did have a conversation with the Magadyne people and I have to say he was really great on the phone. He even offered to repair my Magadyne free if I paid the shipping. Honestly, he really did seem to care and wanted to satisfy my problems with my radio. I think I will take him up on it and then see if they can repair it before I go the Jensen route.
Just a quick note to the gentlemen from Jensen: Thanks so much for replying and chiming in on this thread. Your information was very helpful.
And thanks to all of you on this thread for your help and to the original poster for starting this thread. Take care gang.
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You can get a 1.8 DIN radio. They verified the existence by email to me. Maybe I wasted my time but here's the link:

RVCams Backup Cameras and Rear View Systems: Jensen 1.8 DIN AM/FM Sirius Ready Stereo with Cassette/CD Player and Weatherband (REMANUFACTURED)

Yeh, it's used. So was the one in the OP's MH.
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