Question on installing radio in pop up

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  1. CNC0129

    CNC0129 Member

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    I am looking to install a cd player into my 1980 jayco pop up. I know that i can run it off of 120 volts from when you plug it into electric at the campground. What would you guys suggest be the best option to put this radio into my camper and work when i plug it into electricity at the campground? Let me know what you all think would be the best way to do this.

    Thanks
    Ben
     
  2. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    I am assuming you meant 12 volt?

    I have heard of older converters outputting 12 volts that are unfiltered, which will burn up the radio. Just something to keep in mind. Good luck!


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    Yes i meant 12 volts. Will i burn up the radio if i wire it into the wiring harness of the camper so that it has power when i plug the camper into the electric at the campground?
     
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    You'll blow it up!!! car radios are 12 volts, so you either need to connect it to the 12 volt side of your converter or connect it a battery .. Lots of threads on here about installing them ..
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    Run a 12v circuit from the 12v side of your power center. You will have radio power as long as you are plugged into shore power or if not, have a charged battery installed on your trailer.
     
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    COdreaming New Member

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    ^^This^^

    I have a radio in mine (factory installed) and that is exactly what they did.
     
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    Please understand RV electrical consists of two distinct systems:
    - 110VAC "shore power" - what you plug into at the campground. This powers the normal household outlets inside the trailer
    - 12VDC to operate lights, water pump, furnace fan, etc Popups have a device called the converter that converts the 110VAC to 12VDC. Some trailers have a battery to provide 12VDC if camping without electrical hook-up.

    Car stereos run off of 12VDC power.

    Assuming your trailer has a converter, you want to power the stereo from the 12VDC output of the converter. But be advised, as KMH mentioned, old converters were very poorly regulated and this could affect operation of the stereo unit. Some big filter caps might help.
     
  8. CNC0129

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    Well i don't believe my pup has a converter in it. I only have 2-15 amp breakers and thats it. I don't have a heater and my fridge is just an ice box. What would you guys recommend i install so that i can get my extra car stereo i have sitting around installed in the camper so i can have some tunes playing when out camping?
     
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    Does your popup have lights inside? Those are typically 12VDC.

    If indeed, your trailer has no 12VDC, then just use an AC powered stereo, boombox, or iPod dock.

    Or, check out the active thread where someone is using a computer power supply for their 12V power.
     

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