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For those wondering about multiple car seats in the second row, the Radian RXT (3 in 1, rear-forward-booster) fits 3 across. With some tweaking of the seats, I was able to fit two of these Radians in the 60% two seat section just barely leaving enough space to leave the 40% seat free to fold down to access the third row.
Two footnotes for the car seat install above.

1. The Durango manual states that the upper tether anchor should go below the outbound seat headrests while oppositely it reads in the manual that in the center seat the upper tether anchor should be placed above the 2nd row center seat headrest.

2. Also the Durango manual states the LatCH lower seat anchors on the outbound seats of the second and third rows are rated for 65lbs while the Super LatCH lower anchor connector in the Radian RXT is rated for 80lbs but obviously it's better to use the default weight in the Durango manual. Since these car seats are heavy, around 27lbs, the maximum child weight is around 38lbs using LatCH. Above 38lbs use the Durango seat belts with the forward car seat rated up to 65lbs child weight and 120lbs child weight (4ft 9in) in the booster position.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:09 PM
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Re: 2014 Durango - Features and Changes

TreadLightly? I did my paperwork this weekend and I picked up my Durango (which I love). However my dealer is giving me heartburn about providing a company ID badge or w2 from TreadLightly to prove that I'm an employee to get the affiliates pricing. I sent copies of my welcome letter etc, but he wasn't satisfied with that.

Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how did you solve it?
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TreadLightly? I did my paperwork this weekend and I picked up my Durango (which I love). However my dealer is giving me heartburn about providing a company ID badge or w2 from TreadLightly to prove that I'm an employee to get the affiliates pricing. I sent copies of my welcome letter etc, but he wasn't satisfied with that.

Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how did you solve it?

From what I know about tread lightly, the control number & a copy of your paid membership/id card/paid dues receipt or something of that nature should suffice. If you still have a problem, pm me and I'll get you squared away by tomorrow afternoon as a last resort.
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From what I know about tread lightly, the control number & a copy of your paid membership/id card/paid dues receipt or something of that nature should suffice. If you still have a problem, pm me and I'll get you squared away by tomorrow afternoon as a last resort.
Correct. I believe that the bottom of the page with the control number is some text saying proof of membership/employment with the organization is required. I'd imagine some check and some don't. My dealer wanted to see it as well. I did it through a different organization (Access Fund) and my membership card was sufficient.
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Correct. I believe that the bottom of the page with the control number is some text saying proof of membership/employment with the organization is required. I'd imagine some check and some don't. My dealer wanted to see it as well. I did it through a different organization (Access Fund) and my membership card was sufficient.
Yes, my dealer also wanted to see the membership card. I (like you) used Access Fund. They (Access Fund) were very quick to send both an e-mail confirming my membership and a replacement membership card to me when I couldn't locate mine. (I either did not receive it originally, or it was thrown out accidentally with junk mail.)
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...I think a handy solution is video out with MHL-HDMI adapter from maybe a Galaxy S4 and stream Netflix or other broadcaster. Only problem it ties up your phone but will certainly work nicely...
The MHL-HDMI adapter, Android video out enabler, from my Galaxy S4 worked like a charm with the Rear Entertainment System. I tested it out over this past weekend streaming Netflix movies during some long drives with the family. Actually you can use the MHL to video out with many features from Android, like the picture gallery or YouTube... The Netflix broadcasted surround sound was great; it sourced to both rear screens without issues once I removed a stopped Blu-ray in the DVD player. We had the phone setup by the media console and the movie displayed in HD simultaneously on the phone as well (third screen) for the front passenger. I had an USB plugged into the MHL-HDMI adapter so the phone battery wouldn't drain but with the Galaxy S4 the USB is no longer required with the MHL adapter. In addition, I was also running the UConnect 8.4 navigation while also connected via Bluetooth to the Galaxy S4 for UConnect phone services without any issues too. The flexibility, features and the responsiveness of UConnect and the Rear Entertainment System are truly very impressive!

Too bad none of the Durango reviewers in the media have detailed these possibilities with this new rear entertainment system. In comparison to let's say Ford Explorer's system, there is no comparison, the Durango is in a different premiere league.

Future mod idea is to remove the DVD player from the rear entertainment system, freeing up space in front center console, since all you need is the mobile broadcaster source input. Hmm....

My only nagging gremlin with the radio is that the radio mute button gets deselected at times (very infrequent); I am hoping this will be fixed with a future software UConnect update, but I have a sneaking suspicion it is hardware related with my Durango.
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Too bad none of the Durango reviewers in the media have detailed these possibilities with this new rear entertainment system. In comparison to let's say Ford Explorer's system, there is no comparison, the Durango is in a different premiere league.
Agreed. I have a 1st gen Nexus 7...doesn't support MHL but I tested it out with Chromecast plugged into the Durango and it worked great. The HDMI inputs and the flexibility to route it to any screen is indeed impressive. On my upcoming trip I will probably try streaming from the Durango HotSpot, and we will see if the 3g connection will handle video streaming.
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Agreed. I have a 1st gen Nexus 7...doesn't support MHL but I tested it out with Chromecast plugged into the Durango and it worked great. The HDMI inputs and the flexibility to route it to any screen is indeed impressive. On my upcoming trip I will probably try streaming from the Durango HotSpot, and we will see if the 3g connection will handle video streaming.
Do you have a HotSpot subscription? It's pricey on a per day or per week basis given only 3g; I can't imagine streaming at those speeds but glad you're giving it a test.

I'll be testing out my Roku3 soon, which has a speedy processor.

My Audible through Bluetooth worked just ok, since it was disappointing that the chapters were not recognized by UConnect Media.
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Do you have a HotSpot subscription? It's pricey on a per day or per week basis given only 3g; I can't imagine streaming at those speeds but glad you're giving it a test.

I'll be testing out my Roku3 soon, which has a speedy processor.

My Audible through Bluetooth worked just ok, since it was disappointing that the chapters were not recognized by UConnect Media.
I plan on purchasing hotspot access for one day on my trip out to Wisconsin . I think its $10. If my kids and possibly wife will be doing lots of streaming over the course of almost exactly 24 hrs..., I'd prefer to just pay the flat rate for a day rather than using our cell phone allotment and potentially going over our limit. (I'm not on an unlimited data plan).

You are right that Its not something I'd normally do (Durango hot spot), but for this particular circumstance it makes sense. That is of course assuming that 3g is wide enough to stream one video...
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Re: 2014 Durango - Features and Changes

I have a question on the audio systems. I see that the Limited comes with a 9-speaker sound system, as opposed to the base 6-speaker system. Optional is the 506W Alpine system. What's the deal with the 9-speaker system? Is it the Alpine system minus the subwoofer? Is it the base system with 3 more speakers? Neither?
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On the limited 6 speakers are standard.

The upgrade package includes an amp (housed behind the left trim panel in the cargo area), a subwoofer that takes up half the underfloor cargo bin behind the third row.

The subwoofer is one of the three "extra" speakers. I believe the other two are those found at the base of the A-pillars.

HTH

Here is detail from the Durango Features/Availability document
Standard on Limited
Six speakers (two instrument panel mounted 2.5-in. tweeters, two front
door 6x9-in. full-range speakers, two rear door 6.5-in. full-range speakers


Optional on Limited
Premium audio system with nine speakers with subwoofer and 506-watt
amplifier


When my wife gets home later I'll see if I can figure out where the other additional speakers are...
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