Satellite Radio and stereo connections

Discussion in 'Roehl' started by meistreguy, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. meistreguy

    meistreguy Bobtail Member

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    I was just wondering if any of you have satellite radio in your truck. Do the stock stereos have an auxillary input which will make it easier and also if it does not, did you connect it using FM direct connect to the antenna on the back of the stereo (I have done it this way) since if you just use the FM transmitter sometimes you will get bleed-over in the larger cities. If you did use FM direct connect, did you have to get maintenance to pull out the stereo for you to hook it up.

    I should be starting orientation on Aug 13th if nothing delays me. I am an experienced driver and will be doing van in the Texas regional fleet.
     
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  3. inkeper

    inkeper Road Train Member

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    The newer trucks will have the aux port, the older ones most likely will not. I have used all three ways, FM transmit, direct antenna connect, and aux port.

    There is a tool for each type of radio to release it from the dash. I was lucky enough to be friendly with the shop guy, he had spare tools for the radio I had and gave me what I needed when I said I would do it myself. They like that sort of thing when the hardest they have to work is give you something.

    Sorry, I'm a Swift guy that happened to see your post on the new post feed.
     
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  4. coopnp

    coopnp Road Train Member

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    But he's right new trucks have aux port old ones mostly do not but you could get lucky. I use the aux now and the fm way when the aux wasnt avaiable. Ive heard of other drivers using a fm transmitter. Ive never went that route or tried that way but I'm pretty sure maintenance shop guy could help you out.
     
  5. spydertrucker

    spydertrucker Bobtail Member

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    how new of trucks are we talking 2000 on up or 2012 up???? do freightliners and internationals have the same ports on front of radio???
     
  6. coopnp

    coopnp Road Train Member

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    yeah i trained in a 2010 cascadia and I have a 2012 prostar now both have aux ports in the front. The freightliner columbia I had, had a aux port too but was damaged by another driver and replaced with a radio without one. Majority of the fleet is 2010-up slowly but surely getting rid of the 2006-2007's
     
  7. GunzFlatbedder

    GunzFlatbedder Medium Load Member

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    i have a sirius with the direct connect cable getting rid of....have to hook up in txas area
     
  8. QuietMike

    QuietMike Medium Load Member

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    Both of my columbias have had the aux ports. My satellite radio is hooked up that way.
     
  9. hindsy

    hindsy Road Train Member

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    Aux is simply better and none of that annoying bleed thhru. I hated that and really it kinda defeated the purpose a bit...
     
  10. coopnp

    coopnp Road Train Member

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    My power cord on my xm radio doesn't work anymore. The truck I have has satellite ready capability. Hindsy u talking it bleeds through and better off getting direct connect for the auxiliary port set up like I had b4?
     
  11. T-Lady

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    my 2012 Prostar+ has a Sirius ready radio. I just called Sirius and had them activate it. It can be de-activated whenever I get booted from the truck. This way, I needed no extra hardware, didn't have to remove the stereo, etc. Keep it simple.
     
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