Music to our ears

Discussion in 'Campsite Electronics' started by mostlyok, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

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    <b>We have music <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">!</b> All thanks to Circuit City collapsing! We finally found a car radio/CD player and speakers cheap enough. We have been wanting to install a radio for a long while. Those boom boxes or portables don't work too good in the boonies. The Jeep radio always did good. Pictures of the mod can be found here. Click Next to see rest of mod.
    A working radio
    <img src="http://inlinethumb39.webshots.com/45030/2418152570074011356S200x200Q85.jpg" border=0>

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara (The Cottage)
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep"> '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    If its got zippers and Velcro it's got to be fun!
     
  2. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Looks very cool, I'll bet it sounds nice too! Did those speakers come with grilles? It'd be ashame to knock into them, or have something bump them in transit.. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Black Eye">

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2001 Starcraft Constellation Gemini
    <s><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD (SOLD)</s> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd,
    Booked '09: 41 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tongue">
     
  3. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    One of <b>the</b> most worthwhile mods IMHO. I hope we don't start a war with the "I camp to get away from it all" crowd <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">.

    <i>Note, that was only a joke. We all camp for our own reasons and there is no right or wrong way to do it as long as we are respectful of our neighbors & environment</i>


    Joe

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">'96 Rockwood Signature Series 1280
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'07 Ford Explorer
    <i>Wherever you go, there you are.</i>
     
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    tampajim New Member

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    I can't see why anyone would want to destroy nature’s music and comfort by installing a piece of hideous machinery to mask the sounds of nature! We go camping to get away from all of that...

    <i>....how was that?</i>

    Excellent job Paul!

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    Jim (DH - 60, DW - 60, DD - 98, DD - 00)
    Brandon, Florida
    2004 Fleetwood Sequoia
     
  5. friartuck

    friartuck Well-Known Member

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    . . . my radio's better cuz it goes up to 11! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Major Mods"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    (with apologies to Spinal Tap)

    David
    '02 Coleman Yuma (The Lap O' Luxury)
    '04 Explorer
    Airborne Zeppelin <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle"> Fuji Nevada <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
     
  6. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

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    We get out hiking and biking as our way of enjoying the natural sounds. But there is the Saturday afternoon Met Opera! And when it's been raining for an hour we lose interest in the pleasant ping of drops on the camper roof. Then the radio is nice. Of course we catch local weather info too. I guess I could say we appreciate both natural and unnatural sounds.
    As for protecting the speakers, we may do that yet. Right now there is so much overhang of the seat cushion, we think they will be safe. If we notice any close calls on our first trip out, we'll pop covers on.

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara (The Cottage)
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep"> '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    If its got zippers and Velcro it's got to be fun!

    Edited by - mostlyok on February 03 2009 15:09:14
     
  7. You-And-I

    You-And-I Ozarks Überland Basecamp

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    Heidi & Paul,

    Congrats on the new Radio system, Great installation too.

    Alan & Christine
     
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    jwrigley Member

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    Nice install. How did you do the antenna?

    Jeremy
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  9. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

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    The antenna was a surprise. I attached the auto antenna plug to some cable-TV cable. The intent was to attach the other end to our amplified antenna we use for the TV. When the radio came on with just the 15 ft of coiled cable, we picked up more stations than our cars do. So, for now we'll leave it as is. The other end of the cable is not attached to anything. If it still works when we are camping, fine. If not, we'll try to make a 5 foot loop in the seat storage area. If that fails we will try the original idea, tie it to the amplified antenna.

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara (The Cottage)
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep"> '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    If its got zippers and Velcro it's got to be fun!
     
  10. Tahoein Bunch

    Tahoein Bunch New Member

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    The antenna I don't think is that big a deal they sell a small Marine one that is Flexible to go under your Bough I think that's right. I just stuck a regular fixed antenna under the left side of my boat (inside) and it worked great. So the coils of wire should get good reception as long as the car gets it the trailer should too.
     
  11. The Postman

    The Postman You gotta love Camping!!

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    I think that the stereo in the pup is a great idea. On a rainy day it would be nice to listen to CBC and just relax for a bit.
     
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    I advise you to cover those speakers before any close calls. Chances are, that close call is one that doesn't do "much" damage. But that little bit of damage goes a long way in destroying the sound quality of that speakers in short order. Ya might not even know when you damage it because of the dynamics of cramped spaces and how the speaker is located.

    [​IMG]

    I feel you on the cheap thang, though. I spent $30 on the tuner (got the deal of the century), $25 on speakers (had an extra pair in the attic so I made it a 4-speaker party), and $20 on the antenna and extensions. (I also picked up a sub from the pawn shop for $60-still shopping for that perfect deal on an amp to push it. Plus, I salvaged the connection terminal from the speaker box and wired it to the deck so that I can hook a speaker for outside entertainment.)

    [​IMG]

    I got my 6x9's for $25 at Walmart. Trust me, they sound awesome! [:D] They came with better than average custom covers to boot!
     
  13. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Looks good, Heidi & Paul!
     
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    screwballl Stimulus Package

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    This is a very similar type of setup I am planing for our pup. We listen to a lot of radio... not sure if we will get a basic $25 radio only or a CD player.

    That is interesting with the antenna, I may have to try that when I get mine setup...
     
  15. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    Great Job. Looks better than a Fleetwood original and probably works better too! [:D]
     
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    Went to flee market picked up sony car stereo for $20.00 ,installed in cabinet, put two speakers in front wall through trunk and ran two wires underneath camper. Picked up indoor outdoor speakers from radio shack mounted to frame.(removeable when travaling). AWSOME sound . Just bought car antenna from autozone plug-in type and just leave it in side cabinet. WORKS GREAT!!!
     
  17. Crazycoleman

    Crazycoleman It is so much better when you wake up IN the pup!

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    Once we finish just getting the pup in campable shape, that is first on the list of mods....tunes! We use a boombox now, but it is in the way, and just something else to carry and take up space. Your install is very clean. Did you support the radio on the backside somehow, or was the wall thick enough to support it from the "cage" it snaps into?


    ROb
     
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    I'm planning to do this mod in the next month but I'm gonna add a little twist. Instead of mounting the speakers permanently, I'll put them in a small speaker box (with room to stuff a bit of extra wire) and use hangers (like a table) both inside and outside the trailer. I'll install wire clips so the speakers can be stashed under the seats when not in use.

    With the ability to use outside, we can do any number of things. I'm planning on a "movie night" at the family reunion. Just pop the projector audio into the deck and hang the speakers outside...... instant movie theater! [:D]
     
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    First mod I did after I repaired the roof on my PUP. I used a old working head unit I had sitting the the garage and a pair of elcheapo speakers from Wallymart. Once I figured out where I wanted it only took me about 30 min to install. For the antenna, I just coiled up about 5' of 12ga wire I had laying around the garage, striped one end, soldered it and plugged it into the antenna plug on the radio, works great, picks up all my favorite stations. Total cost 29 bucks and about 30 min of my time.

    Oh by the way, mines better it goes to 41.
     

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