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Old 06-05-2014, 11:22 PM   #21
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I am wondering about the placement of your LED radio in the original place Crown used. I did a test placement on mine and it was very awkward there. I am assuming your unit is a touchscreen like mine. I got the Kenwood Excelon DNN991 for my bus. It has a 7" touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, AM/FM, HD radio, DVD/CD, Bluetooth connection to cell phone, etc. When I tested it down in the original radio placement, I had to lean down fairly significantly to do anything on the touchscreen. It was also more difficult to see the maps on the screen. I am leaning towards a custom made extension on the dash just to the right of the instrument panel. The car radio place where I got my unit sells these custom units for RV's and conversions (I paid $19). It houses the double din head unit on the dash and with proper paint and some minor work, I think this is the way to go.

I want the screen to be easy to see and reach safely while driving. There are not that many Crowns on this site. So, I would appreciate any feedback from a fellow Crown nut about this problem. I am not sold on my current idea and could easily change it if you have come up with a better idea. My original idea was to place in within the instrument panel dash. However, it was too big to fit within the available space left after my gauges.

Your thoughts???
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:04 AM   #22
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I had some of the same concerns as you when I first started planning the placement of a new in-dash receiver.

But we have different uses I think: I didn't want to use it for navigation, or much of anything requiring much interaction with the touch-screen while mobile. The main points for me was all the built-in connectivity (like Bluetooth, audio in/out, etc.), and a back-up camera.

If you're going to be interacting with it while driving I completely agree that the placement isn't quite right in the original spot. But, if you're not touching it much I think as long as you get an in-dash receiver with a motorized screen in our buses the original spot is a great place. (I ended up getting a Pioneeer AVH-X5600BHS; I don't know about your Kenwood but this receiver has a decent angle that can be programmed for viewing from the driver's seat.)

If I were to put something in this bus that I could use while driving without distraction I'd do something similar to what I did in my GMC. That was a much larger (12") detached touch-screen with all the 'smarts' hidden away; but, at least in my bus, there's no good place to put a detached screen like that, not one that wouldn't get in the way of shifting or some of the smaller equipment I eventually want on top of the dash. :/

My navigation equipment unfortunately won't be so nice but it will work. I have an old Garmin GPS 60 (which easily fits on the dash and some paper maps.)
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:18 AM   #23
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I have bus envy! Looking forward to seeing more
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:39 PM   #24
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I guess I owe some pictures. Since last update, time and waiting for components seems to always be in the way.

Always start a project knowing you might not like the results:



...and in-case of emergency make sure you have a nearby phone...



And now on to the show...



(Damn. This is going to be slow.)
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Some minor electrical additions... I still need 6 more of these 8D's... :S



...and to think I have to re-connect and add more stuff to this mix:



Yup... glad I had that reminder...



Fuse blocks will be here soon.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:53 PM   #26
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Continued...



Primary water tank arrived:



...remember, water and electricity never mix.

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Don't you love my sink? (I really hope it's only temporary for this year.)

It's sturdy. And will do what it needs for now. ...ugly as sin in my opinion. :/



A view on the way outside. I don't think this bus has ever seen this much rain...



Damn screen is too bright. Going back to the bus...
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Safety 2nd (don't worry, it won't last.)



...wandered off... love the headlights.

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