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« on: May 26, 2008, 12:37:46 PM »
I am thinking of installing a car stereo in my camper with 2 external speakers mounted in the sidewall under the awning. I am looking for pictures of such an installation. Suggestions for speakers to use as well as how to weather proof them would be appreciated as well!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 02:08:24 PM »
If you're installing them outside, use marine speakers.  You can find them at Best Buy, Crutchfield, etc.  

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I am thinking of installing a car stereo in my camper with 2 external speakers mounted in the sidewall under the awning. I am looking for pictures of such an installation. Suggestions for speakers to use as well as how to weather proof them would be appreciated as well!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008, 03:55:52 PM »
Here are some pictures of the speakers I installed.  I don't have a stereo, just amplifiers that I can hook up external sources (like my iPod) to:

Outside speakers



Inside speakers



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I used MTX marine speakers.  They can handle the elements.  to seal them up, you just have to bed them in putty tape:



Just make sure you verify the speaker connections before you put the speakers in the putty tape.  You don't want to have to pull them off again! Sarcastic


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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008, 07:41:43 PM »
Are most PUP walls filled with the styrofoam? I was concerned that if mine are hollow they may not be able to support the weight of the speakers.

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2008, 09:05:35 PM »
No, not all pup's are filled with styrofoam.  Some are hollow.

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The speaker doesn't weigh that much.  It's designed for a boat hull and has clips to hold it in place that would fit on 1/8" panels.


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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008, 10:47:26 PM »
why not keep it simple and go with indoor/outdoor bookshelf type speakers?


I installed my stereo inside the camper, but ran speaker wires outside under the camper and have some mounting screws on the frame of my PU.  Takes about 2 minutes to attach the speakers when we setup.  No cutting holes in the side of the camper.




We use the aux input on the radio for our iPod and the radio has a remote so we can adjust volume up and down from outside the camper.
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008, 12:35:28 AM »
Where are you mounting the antenna at on the PUP?
Im thinking of installing a radio on my PUP but im looking for options for the antenna.

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 08:42:36 AM »
FWIW, I used a marine antenna from ebay, which has a long wire attached to it, so you just run the wire as far away as you can with what they give you. I attached it around the cabinet the radio is in, all inside.. Works very well for me, and I didn't have to mess with setting up a regular car antenna, etc..

 As for outside speakers, I have considered the idea you're talking about, so the speakers are overhead, but in the meantime I just attached one to my outside table I made. I was also thinking of some lights mounted beside the awning, aiming in, so we could have some light at night when needed...

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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2008, 04:25:15 PM »
please excuse the dumb question, but how do you get power? does it run off the converter, or do  you have to have a battery in your pup to run it off??
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2008, 05:25:47 PM »
Once the roof is done, I have GOT to do this...I have a Bazooka TVB-141 and amp that needs a home....not that I would actually "crank it up"...but to simply see the looks when the box gets set under the front bunk with the coolers. Evil

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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2008, 06:24:29 PM »
jenna-joe, I personally grabbed 12v power from the outside porch light. The + and - for that light come up by the door and run under the camper, so it was an easy place to get power from. I'm glad I put it in, because on a rainy camping day, or even if we're on our own in the middle of a campground, some calming music can add to the experience, IMO.

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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2008, 09:12:39 PM »
Unfortunately we do not have a outside light..  Sad is there another way to hook up the power?  Confused We would love to install a outside light if someone can advise us how to install one of these as well.  Wink
Thanks to this site we have already replaced our door handle, fixed the lights and got some great ideas to do this weekend for shelves..  Happy Camper

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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2008, 11:20:17 PM »
I mounted my antenna on my rear bumper.  Routed the wire up the frame and into the camper through the floor into one of the cabinets by the radio.



I tapped power behind the fridge cabinet where the ceiling light power wires are run.

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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2008, 11:32:43 PM »
Jenna,  If your converter is original to your '95 Destiny Royale, then don't connect a stereo (or any other sensitive electronics) directly to it.  You would need to run off of the battery.  The reason being that older converters don't have filtered 12V output, and would likely fry a stereo (or treasured Alpine amp Disapprove ).

I originally had my equipment hooked directly to the batteries, but that was a pain in the butt, so I installed a new converter.  It runs the electronics just fine.

Dredwolf, hide the sub under your camper.  Trust me, no one expects that to come from a popup.  They usually glare at the 5'ers Evil


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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2008, 09:16:00 AM »
Jwrigley, did you ever install a radio on the PUP?  That is something Eliot always wanted to do but never got around to it, I just wondered how it turned out.

Friends of ours installed a radio in the camper and ran the speaker wires down to the frame where they installed the speaker brackets (Like Jeremy from here did). They just hook the speakers up when they get to the campsite and try to remember to unhook them when they leave :)

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