Fiat Ducato radio reception - or not

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  1. Richard and Janet Mason

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    Drove new van home yesterday and reception was crap - why? Cos during the conversion the aeriel is removed! Unbelievable....anyone else aware of this or am a stating the obvious and you all know?
    Aeriel being fitted tomorrow!
     
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    Oh dear that takes the shine off picking up your new van. Hope it gets fixed soon and enjoy your trips.
     
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    Looking at mine, when I replaced the standard stereo for something decent, I found two aerial leads. One was the original Fiat one which was supposed to go to one of the door mirrors as per standard, the other was clearly fitted by Pilote and I haven't a clue where it goes. I found the radio very susceptible to interference and had to remove the hard wired units for the phone and the dashcam (which I fitted) and now power the phone from the outlet on the back of the radio (Pioneer Appradio) which it is designed to do and the dashcam from one of @Techno 's very neat solution for a hard wire USB from one the the lighter sockets

    Radio reception is now quite good, whereas it has been utter rubbish for a year - the sole reason being the interference, so it seems........

    P.S. I used the Pilote aerial as it was the one that the original radio was connected.......
     
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    @Richard and Janet Mason

    Our two previous motorhomes were Bessacarrs on the Fiat Ducato chassis. On a Ducato van the aerial is mounted on the cab roof but when Swift build the coach built body on the aerial lead is re-routed into the mirror housing on the near side door.
    As you say, as a result the radio reception is rubbish.
    We tried various things to improve it, including having the lead wired into the Status aerial.
    With both vehicles we ended up having aerials mounted on the near side windscreen pillar. Even that was far from satisfactory.
    Stef.
     
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    Having an aeriel fitted behind rear view mirror tomorrow. Just wondered how many others suffer poor reception when there is a simple fix (FITTING AN AERIEL!) LOL
     
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    Having suffered from terrible radio reception for a few years I finally had a proper aerial fitted a few weeks ago. Reception is now excellent!
     
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    Our Ducato radio didn't work until we had one of those bendy rubbery aerials fitted on the front wing. We were told there was some sort of internal aerial set up on MH conversions but it didn't do anything useful.
     
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    Hi Richard, we have had crap reception on our swift which we change at the end of February for new van and I hoped reception would improve as we were told aerial was in near side mirror.
    Can you please let me know if your solution is better and also if it is what you have used.
    Regards Ray
     
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    will do...tomorrow is the day!
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Aerial now fitted - a small bar inside the windscreen about 7" long - can't be seen due to blind housing covering it;-) Reception is MUCH improved and even MW and LW are good so cricket an option in the summer!

    Cost £50 for aerial (fitted) which seems steep but has done the job.

    May be worth considering.

    Used RAM Mobile Ltd from Wakefield who did a professional job and were very neat and tidy - no wires showing etc and proper MH alarm now fitted for £500 including travelling 60 miles to fit at our house. Happy man:)
     
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    Yup. Standard. It's just what the converters do.

    That will probably improve things but don't expect it to be perfect.
     
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    Will have to put a prog cd on if radio fails;-)
     
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    Have you any pictures please, as our 2010 Fiat radio is also pants!

    so much so that I've only used it for playing spotify via my phone

    Andy
     
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    We've got one of those windscreen aerials. Pile of poo as far as we're concerned. Radio is pointless. Thank God for the tunein app. Am considering getting the right aerial fitted to the wing tho
     
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    We have an aeriel fited to the door pillar nearside, when extended it works really well, if you are stationary it is firne, but when travelling it batters against the bodywork and is very annoying, reception is ok though.
    Suggestions please, not a replacement aeriel, want to use it tomorrow.
     
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    The radio reception was lousy when we collected our new mhome last year, found to be the 12v supply to the aerial amplifier had not been connected.
     
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    Ours had no reception until after a couple of months I decided to put my glasses on and take a good look at it.

    A couple of menu options later changed the radio over from analogue to digital and everything improved instantly. (y)
     
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    Some cars use a similar system but have a small rubber support near the top of the pillar. You maybe able to replicate it by using something like this:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/30Pcs-Wir...641527?hash=item1eb7153df7:g:TQgAAOSwMtxXv-WT

    or similar.
     
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    I get so cross when this subject is brought up. When we bought our globecar we paid close to £1,000 extra for the special sound system, a Blaupunkt New York. We like our Music! Once we set off from the dealer we realised that we had no radio reception at all, maybe a ĺittle crackly local radio ìf anything.

    The dealer had no idea what to do and frankly was not interested, he had the money. I took the van to a locaL "expert", long story short, 3 aerials later we now receive quite good radio, not as good as in my Citroën Berlingo standard radio though.
     
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