Last Call: Croc and a Hard Place Edition

I don’t know whether to say see ya’ later or after a while…
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14 responses to “Last Call: Croc and a Hard Place Edition”

  1. spotarama Avatar

    ahhhhh. Australia…….ingenuity at its best
    well after all, if you manage to pick up at the pub, ya gotta get her home somehow and don’t forget to swing by the bottle shop (liquor store) on the way in case she needs a couple more pre-mix Bacardi breezers to keep her in the mood

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Well dinner isn’t going to fit into the back of the Toyota now is it?

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Don’t forget to tie down your freight securely to prevent movement.

  2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    So I have the base radio in my 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. Since I live a bit out in the sticks in south central Pennsylvania there has been some issues with radio reception. As well as it not having anything resembling modern features. I had held off replacing the head unit because the miles were low on the van but that isn’t the case anymore. I have 83,000 miles on it and I think it’s time to swap it out for something that can help me with better radio reception between Philadelphia and Harrisburg stations as well as give me some new toys like bluetooth and USB.
    So here is what I would like to ask the brain trust. Can I do this and still keep the controls on the back of my steering wheel?
    Can I do this and have it not cost me a mint? I’m not a radiophile. Heck if I wasn’t I would have swapped it out already.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      As a general class amateur radio operator, I’d advise you to try a high gain aftermarket antenna. Even if you later replace the whole system, the antenna is the thing that’s going to help the most with the reception, and will work with the new as well as the old. The antenna, in the radio world, is where the rubber meets the road.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        I had thought about just replacing the antenna but I didn’t think that would make a difference. I know it does on any other type of equipment but for some reason I thought it wouldn’t on a car radio.

    2. ptschett Avatar

      As far as reception I’ll defer to @batshitbox’s comment. As far as adding features, it cost me $800 to upgrade my über-base-model “27F”-package 2010 Challenger R/T from an RES-code radio to an REQ in order to have Sirius satellite, and that was part of the deal when I bought the thing.

    3. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      Maybe this is obvious, already-trodden ground, but have you checked Crutchfield for replacement options? I’ve never challenged them with anything more modern than an ’02 Subaru, but they seem to be willing to spend as much time as it takes, via phone or online chat, to solve whatever weird slew of options you can throw at them.
      ETA: yeah, what ptschett said about what BSB said!

    4. gerberbaby Avatar

      Crutchfield is the way to go. They have single din units that give you a storage slot like the one at the bottom of the pic, or a double din unit that fills the whole space like your oem head unit. They also provide custom face plates that fit the opening so there are no gaps. They also sell a converter to allow you to continue to use the steering wheel controls. .. When the propietary amp died on my old BMW, I had to replace the whole system. They have experts to help you with the process as well as good instructions that come with each component. I called them a couple times, but now everything works as it should.

    5. P161911 Avatar

      Call Crutchfield, they could probably help.

  3. Alff Avatar

    Seen one tailgator, you’ve seen ’em all.

  4. ptschett Avatar

    Upon arrival: “Why is there a reptile on the trailer? what happened to the John Deere?!?”

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Watch what you say about the von Hindenburg sisters!

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