What did you do to your van today?

GreggBear

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Cheap, really cheap Chinese Bluetooth radio fitted. The longest part of the whole exercise was queuing outside Halfords for a antenna extension.
Works well. Wondering if it’s worth while finding a permanent live for it. So I wouldn’t need to have the ignition on. Anyone got any suggestions. Only concerning the radio, please Tezza33!
You should find that if you swap round the ign live & the permanent live the radio will function correctly. I had three fitted in peugeut vans, with iso connections. Buy the wiring adaptor off eBay & just cut & swap round the 2 lives, think they are red & orange....https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271596425447
This is a straight extender type loom, just find the 2 lives & cut them & reattach them the opposite way round.
 
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Trotter

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You should find that if you swap round the ign live & the permanent live the radio will function correctly. I had three fitted in peugeut vans, with iso connections. Buy the wiring adaptor off eBay & just cut & swap round the 2 lives, think they are red & orange....https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271596425447
This is a straight extender type loom, just find the 2 lives & cut them & reattach them the opposite way round.
If I link the ignition live into the memory live, this would work wouldn’t it? I’m thinking that swapping them around I’d get a permanent radio live, but loose the memory. Or am I complicating stuff as per usual?
 

GreggBear

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If I link the ignition live into the memory live, this would work wouldn’t it? I’m thinking that swapping them around I’d get a permanent radio live, but loose the memory. Or am I complicating stuff as per usual?


When I fitted mine, I had no memory, & no ign live. I swapped the 2 lives round & it then operated as it should do ie memory worked & radio came on with ign. If you link both live feeds to a perm live, you will have memory but will need to turn the unit on/off every time.
 

Trotter

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When I fitted mine, I had no memory, & no ign live. I swapped the 2 lives round & it then operated as it should do ie memory worked & radio came on with ign. If you link both live feeds to a perm live, you will have memory but will need to turn the unit on/off every time.
Pretty sure I understand what you mean. I want to be able to listen to the radio without the ignition on.
To save stations already selected to memory it needs permanent power. That’s correct isn’t it?
So if I swap the wires around, I have live radio, controlled by the on/off switch, but no stations selected.
Therefore, if I join the ignition wire to the memory wire, so both share the live feed for memory. I should achieve what I’m after.
Talk about a picture saving a thousand words😳
 

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Diesel prices are creeping up here now our lockdown restrictions are being eased. We filled the car up last week, it was €1.09 a litre, now it’s €1.12. So, the vans getting a trip to our local Super U for a fill up this afternoon.
 

xsilvergs

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Not so much 'what i did to the van' more 'what I'm about to do'.

Received this today from Wildebus, very well packaged, now I need to get out there and fit it.

To be continued.

AMT-Box.jpgAMT-Unbox.jpg
 

linkshouse

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Installed one of these -

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and a pair of these -
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Connect to them with my iPhone to play Internet radio and Spotify, well happy with them.

Actually, just in case anyone decides to follow suit, I would go for higher power rated speaker (or 8 ohms rather than 4), perversely, to make them quieter. These are already quite loud, not annoyingly so but certainly not quite, when just on one bar on the iPhone volume
 

xsilvergs

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Installed one of these -

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and a pair of these -
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Connect to them with my iPhone to play Internet radio and Spotify, well happy with them.

Actually, just in case anyone decides to follow suit, I would go for higher power rated speaker (or 8 ohms rather than 4), perversely, to make them quieter. These are already quite loud, not annoyingly so but certainly not quite, when just on one bar on the iPhone volume
Nob Sound!!! How does it make y' Nob sound/be bigger?
 

wildebus

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You should find that if you swap round the ign live & the permanent live the radio will function correctly. I had three fitted in peugeut vans, with iso connections. Buy the wiring adaptor off eBay & just cut & swap round the 2 lives, think they are red & orange....https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271596425447
This is a straight extender type loom, just find the 2 lives & cut them & reattach them the opposite way round.
Just a note ... The two wires are usually coloured Yellow and Red. Yellow on the Radio is the Permanent 12V; Red is the switched/Ignition 12V.
Orange is nowadays a bit defunct for most radios, but is the illumination dimming control.

Because it is so common to have these two (Red and Yellow) reversed with some makes (Mercedes and VW are key culprits), the majority of aftermarket radios have standard-fit bullet connectors on these two wires so the installer can just pull the bullets and swap them over to fix the issue without the need to cut, crimp or solder anything.
 

wildebus

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Cheap, really cheap Chinese Bluetooth radio fitted. The longest part of the whole exercise was queuing outside Halfords for a antenna extension.
Works well. Wondering if it’s worth while finding a permanent live for it. So I wouldn’t need to have the ignition on. Anyone got any suggestions. Only concerning the radio, please Tezza33!
couple of things .. You don't want to swap out the ignition 12V into the radio for a permanent 12V. May seem strange, but the on-off button on most radios nowadays do NOT turn the radio off properly. If you were to do this, you would find your starter battery discharging much faster even when the radio is "off" (the bluetooth module is the key culprit).
What you can do is fit a little wiring kit which allows you to chose at any time if you wamt the radio to come on with the key, or to come on without the key. I have this on my camper and it is dead handy. Been doing this for years on my last 3 vans.

Simple to do and if you want to lean more, have a read of my thread on the VW Forum where there is an explanation and some Q&A

PS. It is suitable for any non-canbus controlled radio and not just for VW Vehicles!
 

Trotter

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couple of things .. You don't want to swap out the ignition 12V into the radio for a permanent 12V. May seem strange, but the on-off button on most radios nowadays do NOT turn the radio off properly. If you were to do this, you would find your starter battery discharging much faster even when the radio is "off" (the bluetooth module is the key culprit).
What you can do is fit a little wiring kit which allows you to chose at any time if you wamt the radio to come on with the key, or to come on without the key. I have this on my camper and it is dead handy. Been doing this for years on my last 3 vans.

Simple to do and if you want to lean more, have a read of my thread on the VW Forum where there is an explanation and some Q&A

PS. It is suitable for any non-canbus controlled radio and not just for VW Vehicles!
Thanks both.
Think I’m going to leave it as it is. I’ve seen a good Bluetooth soundbar on Amazon for £20. I’ll use that when parked up. Anyone fancy a repair to a “JAM” speaker that will not charge?

The fridge/freezer arrived yesterday. 12 /240 volt. It’ll be used as a back up to the house freezer until we’re allowed out again.
 

linkshouse

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Nob Sound!!! How does it make y' Nob sound/be bigger?
Yes it is a rather unfortunate name but it has all the features I wanted i.e. none!

That is to say it has a power switch and nothing else, no volume control, no stop, start, next track etc, nowt. You just connect via Bluetooth an then do everything on your device. Plus, for me, another bonus is it doesn’t make any annoying announcement when you connect or disconnect.
 

Lee

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Here it is, I took a picture just before the wire brush obliterated it.
I was thinking it might redesign it but I think it may be difficult.
Watch this space, will it return or not.
 

xsilvergs

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Update:
The Ablemail AMT-12 is fitted and working. I believe our Fiat has a conventional alternator so I re-programmed the AMT to 'Setting 1', they are delivered set for Smart Alternators (Setting 4).

I can watch the AMT bring the Vehicle Battery up to about 12.75/12.8 volts and hold it there. Turning on the Fiat dash radio draws the battery down slightly and the AMT can be seen to kick in, turn the radio off and after a short period of time the AMT stops charging.

So at the moment I am pleased with my purchase.
 

The laird

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Today after chores are completed I want to adjust the booze cupboard sorry drinks cabinet,alter a few electrical points and this week it's got to get a wash n polish also going to get new brembo pads and dis s all round so when it's time the service and brake parts are all here 😀ready for the breakout
 
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