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Have just installed (per instructions) a jvc car cd KD-G386/KD-G385 receiver in my caravan, nothing seems to operate, have reset it. and press "display"button-clock comes on for couple of seconds then goes off. While holding display button, it will accept a cd but no play! any solutions please?? Colin

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  • colinelva Jun 13, 2008

    Hi Paul, thanks for your reply. Unit installed in our caravan, not car.two speakers, used wiring & plug supplied with unit, yellow=power, black=earth grey & white for speakers, wires not used=red to accessory,(no ignition key)-blue to auto antenna (not installed) & blue with white stripe-to remote to other equip. The power supply is from 12v battery in caravan through 15amp fuse.

    Hope this is of use

    Many thanks


  • colinelva Jun 13, 2008

    Hi Paul, looks like you may have solved the problem! I will go out and try it tomorrow (it is nighttime here in New Zealand) our caravan is probably what you would call a trailer home? (towed behind a car) therefore no ignition, can I wire the red wire direct to the battery through fuse, or will it still have to be switched?

    Many thanks for your help so far, I will let you know tomorrow


  • colinelva Jun 14, 2008

    Hi Paul, It works!! Thank you so much for your assistance, saved me pulling out what little hair I have left. We get away in our "trailer home"a lot, we belong to a club and we go away for long weekends(we are both retaired) and sometimes 4/5 weeks around this lovely country, and now we can have good music whereever we go!!

    Thanks again

    Colin & Elva Wright

  • colinelva Jun 14, 2008

    Hi Paul, thanks for that, but our van (trailer home) has it's own 12v battery (deep cycle) that is charged up whenever we connect to mains power at holiday parks, so doing what you suggested earlier, the radio will be powered. You can still have "bragging rights"to knowing someone in New Zealand. If I knew your address I will sent you a postcard from our capital city Wellington, about 25min drive from where we live.

    Kind regards

    Colin & Elva


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Hi colinelva.
I can probably help you but I need more info.
Lets start with the vehicle, What year ,? What specific model?, What type of head unit came out? Was it factory?
Did you use a wiring adapter, or just cut the plug off and hardwire it?. If so give me the color code of all the wires that you used in the dash. are their any left over but not hooked up? How many speakers? All Factory?

I don't need any info about the JVC Head unit.
Lets start with that, and we will take it from there.
Regards, Paul

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    Paul Hering Jun 13, 2008

    Hi again colin,
    I wish they were all this simple. All your wiring is correct except the red power wire HAS to have + 12 volts, switched The speakers are correct if the wires go directly to the speaker terminals. or the correct factory wires and their is no factory amp.
    Black is earth ( negative)
    Yellow is your memory lead, it needs to have 12 volts constant or you will lose your settings every time you turn the van off.
    Here's the problem...
    If you haven't hooked up the red lead you have never actually turned it on!
    It needs to be hooked up to a switched 12 volt source that works both in the key On position and Acc.
    The reason that the clock displays when you push the button is so that you can check the time when the van is turned off.

    You are correct about the blue and blue/white wires. no power antenna or amp, tape them up
    You should have tunes in a few minutes.
    Any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.
    Play some R+B for me.
    Regards, paul

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    Paul Hering Jun 13, 2008

    To the south side of the world.
    I would love to see the southern cross and the Magellanic clouds,
    Send me a ticket and I'll wire . wash and wax, that trailer home.

    Since your power source is going to be interrupted every time you hook or or unhook the trailer home . Don't worry about the memory
    It's only the clock and your presets. If I lived the Gypsy and Vagabond life ( I kinda do ) I would just hook that red wire to the Yellow wire, and live with it.
    Plan # B. Go to any auto parts store or your local electronics store and purchase a SPST switch
    ( two contacts ) wire it in line ( series ) with the Red wire so you can turn it on or off, whenever you choose.
    Send me the Ticket or a pair of Sugar Glider's soon,

    Waiting in anticipation, Paul

  • Paul Hering
    Paul Hering Jun 14, 2008

    Hi Colin and Elva
    I'm glad I could be of help.
    I know a little trick so your unit will retain memory settings.
    Clock, preset stations, sound settings, etc, when you disconnect the trailer home.
    If your handy I will explain how to build it, All it requires is a,
    9 volt battery, fuse holder, two diodes, battery connector. two wires and a little container to put it in. like for Meds.

    If you would like. I can probably scroung up the parts in my miscellaneous box, and send it to you, no charge.
    All I require in return.Is the bragging rights, that I have a new friend in, New Zealand.
    Kind regards, Paul

  • Paul Hering
    Paul Hering Jun 14, 2008

    Thank you, Colin & Elva
    I would like that. In return I will send you one from the frozen tundra we call, Wisconsin
    Drop a quick note to
    Kindest regards, Paul


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