RNS 510 upgrade

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RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Sunn159ti » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:31 pm

Hi there, this is likely to have been posted here before but as a newbie I have limited access as yet.....

I've just bought a VW RNS 510 to upgrade my Caddy with and wondered what else I need to get it working please?

Will I need someone to code anything on my Van for the unit to work OK?

It's coming with a radio code and GPS antenna so those aspects are sorted at least.

I'd like to make it work with a non-VW reversing camera if possible, any ideas?

Bluetooth built-in? Or do I need another box?

Comments gratefully received!

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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Barbel330 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:18 pm

I needed mine coding when I fitted it. Bluetooth is not built in so you'll need a module and loom to get that option. I had an aftermarket rear camera fitted and working perfect with an aftermarket head unit previously but when I swapped to the rns510 it had different connectors. I bought a module from China and whilst it does work, it's not right. It now has a different aspect veiw, no moving guide lines and a slight flicker when in reverse. I've given up trying to fix it (it's still quite useable just not 109%) but tbh if I do get round to sorting it I'll just buy a new camera that is compatible with the OEM fittings.
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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Sunn159ti » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:33 pm

OK thanksfor that advice, I didn't realise Bluetooth wasn't already built-in to RNS 510!

I'm pretty sure though that while my Caddy appears to be quite basic spec, it does have some sort of Bluetooth system - I'm sure I came across a phone something-or-other in a menu when I first bought it. If I can suss this out, might this be the Bluetooth system I need for RNS510 or would I need to find this other module and loom you mention still? (Probably the latter I realise, such is life!)

Thanks too for the rear camera advice - also useful! I've just looked at some of the Chinese adaptors and might try one in due course!

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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Barbel330 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:42 pm

The Bluetooth module is generally located under the driver's seat so you can check there, you'll also have an extra loom going into the rear of the head unit and a microphone up in the interior light.
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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Sunn159ti » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:03 pm

I know there's a microphone, definitely no extra loom at the head unit though, no idea what's under the seat (probably lots of dirt, sadly :roll:

I'll have a look! Thanks again!

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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Sunn159ti » Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:50 pm

Wow, what a great upgrade! Seriously recommend it to others!

I tried a cheapie unit from Ebay when I first got the van, but even with the seller kindly sending me a replacement, then another, it just wouldn't work 100% (Different faults with each one - buyer beware!)

The 510 I bought 2nd hand came with it's code, a GPS antennae and 2018 maps. I bought an aerial adaptor to split the single aerial feed from my van for the two inputs of the diversity tuner in the 510 and it all slotted in easily - in fact the most difficult thing was slotting it in as the unit was a little deeper and one of the OEM wire harnesses to the heater controls was a bit in the way at first!

I found that my van does have a compatible bluetooth system too - Brucie bonus! No add-on module required! :D

V happy - thanks Barbel330 for your advice - very much appreciated!

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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Barbel330 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:46 pm

👍 nice one mate.
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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Craig2001 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:55 am

Definitely an upgrade I want to undertake on my own.

The caddy at the moment has parking sensors fitted with the lower spec radio do you have any idea if with it being a straight swap into the caddy if the parking display will function as normal on the RNS 510.
I know the coloured unit shows a completely different display than the black and white display fitted now

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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by karlos0891 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:06 pm

if you have the ops parking sensor module then a rcd510 or rns510 can have the sensors on the screen when reversing think most with colour screen will. but if you only have the pdc parking sensor module then theres wiring and module swap to do to get it on the screen


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Re: RNS 510 upgrade

Post by Craig2001 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:45 pm

Thanks for the info, I will have to check which type i have first.
fingers crossed i already have the right one, knowing my luck..... it wont be. :lol:

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