New radio in a 2000 TIOGA (Ford) with the outdoor entertainment speakers?

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mdfuller

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OK the tape player has to go!  I am going to replace the Ford stock radio in a 2000 TIOGA next week.  I have a concern about losing my "outdoor entertainment center" though.  There is a switch that changes the speakers from the ones inside the coach (in the back) to the speakers outside (door speakers stay on all the time).  I am thinking it just mechanically switches the wiring to control the other set of speakers.  Do you think I will lose this functionality with a new radio or not?  It is sort of handy having this feature.  Has anyone replaced the radio on a coach with this option?  Thanks!
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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Do you think I will lose this functionality with a new radio or not? 

No. The standard vehicle radio has a set of speaker output wires, typically 8 of them in radios made in the last 15 years or so.  That configuration supports 4 sets of speakers (left and right channels, front and rear).  Most likely one set of 4 goes to the rear speaker wiring built into your rig and the switch is part of that wiring. The other set of 4 likley supports the unswitched front speakers in your rig.

Several years ago I replaced the radio in a 96 Southwind (also a Fleetwood product) with a model that supported a CD changer. My coach speaker wiring was probably the same as yours - a switch on the rear speakers and unswitched front speakers.
 

mdfuller

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You were indeed correct.  New stereo rocks.  Fifteen minutes!  Outdoor speakers still work.
 
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