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    #16
    Alternatively... Leicester is approx 36 miles southwest of Newark!
    Wandering in a dazed state!

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      #17
      Thanks for the suggestion, Jim. I have emailed In Car Services at Leicester hoping that is the firm to which gasgas refers. If they think they can solve the problem I will go there from Newark on Monday.

      Paul.
      Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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        #18
        The place I went to is called Car Electronics Ltd, and their www is celstores.com. Tel 0116 244 9845. I haven't tried In Car Services but they might be just as good. If one fails, try the other.
        suivez l'aventure

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          #19
          Right! I hadn't forgotten you! I've just had the radio on for over half an hour! no problems, no economy mode! I don't know if this is because our van is older than yours and doesn't have a trip computer or because the Alpine unit has been retro-fitted

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            #20
            I have been told that on the Berlingo the timeout to the radio can be adjusted but only by a dealer with the right data interface thingy. May also be true for Fiat.
            I think the same circuitry also stops the interior light being left on too long.
            Il dolce far niente.

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              #21
              I've been to Leicester from Newark and received a second opinion that the only solution is a new radio. I now reluctantly accept this verdict and indeed I returned home to the North-East (with several stops, on one of which I cooked and ate a meat, gravy and three veg dinner) the same day with a new radio fitted. This gets rid of the Economy Mode (the radio runs on the Leisure battery anyway). The dashboard signals such as tripmeter, mpg etc remain viable but there is no dashboard radio information and neither is the radio control stalk connected, which would have put up the cost. I have never used this device so won't miss it - as mentioned, I never use the radio when driving.

              So much so good, but the new radio is rather garishly illuminated whenever the ignition is turned on and I find that annoying, especially at night. There may be a way to turn this off: the instructions are obscure to put it very mildly, and fiddling seems to be the only way to get things done.

              The new radio is a FM Panasonic with CD, which I will use a lot. DAB was too expensive and not in stock. The installers put in a dashboard switch

              Thanks for your various comments.

              Paul.
              Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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                #22
                Fiddling dunnit. With the light intensity reduced to about 15% and the colour changed to red to match the other instruments, the new radio is not now intrusive. What a pleasure to be actually able to use the radio when I want it, which is mainly for concerts on site in the evening and never when driving.

                Paul.
                Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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                  #23
                  .....and I am so carried away by this achievement and the excitement of listening to BBC3 evening concerts in bed that I have ordered a pair of rear speakers and I will fit these plus a switch over my bed. I can wire all this myself. This is a present to myself to celebrate achieving (almost) 8 years of age with nothing (except an enhanced listening experience) added.

                  Paul.
                  Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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                    #24
                    That's good 007, glad to hear you have got a nice radio. An additional bit of information you might like, is that it is quite possible that you can get a remote control for your Panasonic. I got one for my Panasonic in my last camper. This would mean you can control it from the back of the camper where you are fitting new speakers. I recently got a remote controller for my Kenwood and it works fine with one drawback: it does everything except turn the radio on! Once it is on I can change channels, vary the volume, change to CD etc etc, answer the non-existent phone and I can turn it off. But I will have to get out of bed to turn it on! That's a disappointment, but it does make fitting rear speakers more worthwhile.
                    suivez l'aventure

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                      #25
                      Yes, gasgas, I can get a remote control but as you say the main thing is turning the radio on and off. I very rarely listen to anything but Radio3 and my main interest is the evening concert for which everything can be preset.

                      The additional switch was more important in the Doblo since in that vehicle the only way from the back to the front over the folded rear seats was by the outside doors. In the Scudo I can walk to the radio console up the isle.

                      Writing of up the isle, you may find this short topical video amusing: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-devon-44170811/royal-wedding-2018-dogs-play-harry-and-meghan>.

                      Paul.
                      Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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                        #26
                        Regarding my last post, my story does not (yet) have a happy ending. The dashboard was ok with the new radio until I changed the leisure battery. I have an interconnection between the batteries and I should have turned this on to maintain the voltage during the change. I didn't. The dashboard went haywire.

                        Also, I have fitted a 20amp power outlet from the leisure battery and I used this to pump up the rear tyres. But I couldn't reach the front tyres so I connected to the power socket on the dash. This was successful for one tyre but not the other, and I assumed the fuse (per Handbook 10 amps) had blown. But the fuse box (very hard to get at) indicated otherwise.

                        I couldn't find a way with the new radio to pacify the dashboard, so I took the van to my excellent small local garage and asked them to restore the old radio to pacify the dashboard, as a start. I intended (and intend) to fit the new radio as a separate entity sharing the front speakers but with exclusive use of the rear speakers. I plan to retain the switch over the bed. But the garage declared that all the fuses were intact so I had a wiring problem. They are having difficulty restoring the old radio because of the way the new one was fitted. So the van has gone a few miles to a specialist. It's now been away for a week and I am beginning to miss it.

                        Paul.
                        Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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                          #27
                          Paul. get your motor fixed then buy a portable radio.

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                            #28
                            Doog: the reception won't be good enough. For classical music the four speakers are essential. I already have a second new radio that I will fit elsewhere in the van but it must link in to the speakers. Refitting the original radio (which I won't use as a radio) is part of "getting my motor fixed.

                            I blame Fiat.

                            Paul.
                            Seek to make a virtue of necessity.

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