I notice a lot of new Caravan owners asking about installing the 2nd and 3rd row Entertainment system in their 2011 Carvans, and there have not been many answers as of yet if this is even possible.
Like a lot of you, I have noticed that the only after-sale screen option shown in the Mopar catalog is the 10" over the head unit with the built in DVD player. I know that most of us have the empty overhead console, so this is not an option.
There are a couple of kits out there that, depending on the website catalog you look at, are compatible with the 2011 Caravan. Those are 82211707, and 82211871. I have emailed a couple of parts departments to find out if these indeed can be used with the 2011 Caravans, but so far I have not received a definitive answer.
I got incredibly lucky this week, and located a complete DVD system out of a wrecked 2011 caravan, including the DVD player, the complete overhead console, and a 430 non-nav head unit. It was in Las Vegas, and my father-in-law was kind enough to take a look at it, and buy it for me. I know I am taking a chance getting these sight unseen, but even if just the screens work, I think I will come out ahead on the deal. My goal is to install these components in my 2011 Caravan Crew.
My guide for this effort is a pair of installation documents I found on the net: K6860331, and K6861508. The K6860331 document has been around a while, and covers the basic of installing the DVD players in the 2008 to 2010 Caravans. The K6861508 is much newer, and covers such things as removing the super console top that is included in the 2011 Caravans. Curiously, this document is only available on the Mopar International website.
I should have my hands on these components as of this weekend (I live in California, and my in-laws split time between Las Vegas, and California), and my first order of business will be to test the 430 head unit. If it works, I will be selling it to help with the cost of the install.
My second order of business is to start locating the wiring harnesses that I will need to install the equipment. From the research I have done, I think I have the parts numbers for the harness I need:
68019572AA This should be the main harness from the radio to front DVD screen. It appears to be a generic harness that Dodge uses in a lot of vehicles.
68056933AA This should the monitor cross connect harness that goes from the front screen to the rear screen. At this point I don’t know if I need it as I hope to be able to salvage it from the junk console. I have also seen this harness referred to as 68004933AA, but google can’t bring up that number.
68004934AA This is the auxiliary input harness that runs down the C pillar to where the 120v outlet is. Right now I am considering not purchasing this harness as a cost savings.
68004935aa This is the secondary DVD power harness that goes from the dedicated DVD player to the front screen. However, I have not been able to verify that this is the correct part number.
If anyone has any insight as to which harness I should be trying to locate, please post it here. I know someone did a complete install off a 2008 T&C a few years ago, and used the complete factory harness, but I am trying to stay away from replacing my complete A pillar harness, and am trying just to add the necessary harness to get the DVD unit to work, as per the 82211871 kit and others.
I hope to be able to get down to one of my local Dodge dealers next week, and find out for certain if these are good parts numbers.
Hopefully this is the first posting of many regarding this subject, and I will try to post as many pictures as I can when and if I start doing the install.