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Dufus99

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I just purchased a 1999 Jayco Eagle 12 pop-up from some relatives in MI who are going through a divorce. I put (installed myself) in a Carrier V AC unit (too hot in OK not to have one), and an omni directional TV antennae. I have a car stereo I want to install in the camper but I'm not sure about what to do about power, where to install it and where to put the speakers (2) round. Does anyone have any advice or experience doing this? I've been to RV shows and know that they do this. I just don't want to fry the stereo or burn down the camper. Any suggestions or has anyone done this?

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Dufus99 wrote:

I just purchased a 1999 Jayco Eagle 12 pop-up from some relatives in MI who are going through a divorce. I put (installed myself) in a Carrier V AC unit (too hot in OK not to have one), and an omni directional TV antennae. I have a car stereo I want to install in the camper but I'm not sure about what to do about power, where to install it and where to put the speakers (2) round. Does anyone have any advice or experience doing this? I've been to RV shows and know that they do this. I just don't want to fry the stereo or burn down the camper. Any suggestions or has anyone done this?

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when running the 12 volts back to the battery or a power block make sure it is fused. You wouldn't want the radio under a water source. Becareful when drilling through side walls so you don't punture gas, water or electric.


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Wire the stereo to the 12v, except for the "always on" line. Hook up a throwaway 9v battery to that line. It will keep your time and station presets without relying on the camper battery to be hooked up.


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I would say that the A/C and the antenna are bigger, more complex projects than installing a stereo. I found it rather easy, possibly easier than changing one in today's cars. All you need to find in 12v positive and ground. If in doubt run straight to the battery, and don't forget to fuse it!! And place the speakers wherever they will physically fit. If I had to do it over again I would only have installed 2 inside the camper and made allowances for some possible removable outside speakers to be controlled by fading front to back on the radio.....just a thought.


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Posted: 06/17/05 03:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have seen them mounted near the door and use the wire for the outdoor light used as a source of 12V..
I would venture to say that if the speakers are thin enough one could mount them in the roof or another idea is simply on the outside of a storage compartment at shin level (easier wiring perhaps). Or simply go to Radio Shack and buy two boxes and mount them in there and make the speakers mobile, garage or pop up. Many options.


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I can do pretty much anything with all 12v or all 110 as long as I have instructions. The AC came with instructions and a dedicated plug-in and breaker in the trailer. It was just a matter of hooking up a power supply cord to the AC. Not unlike wiring a home ceiling fan or such. I have also installed car stereos- all 12v. I am just a little confused about power converters and I don't have a battery in the trailer. Should I have one and where in the heck would I wire that into or is it already wired for it? Another problem. The idea about the 9v inline battery makes sense and a darn good idea. How and where though? If I wasn't so cheap I would take it to a dealer and have them do it. As usual, I know enough to be dangerous but I want it right. The speakers I can deal with. Cutting a couple of holes and running some wire or using the portable speakers is another great idea. My problem is that the power converter is in the front of the trailer and the breaker/fuse box is in the back. Where do I splice in the stereo?

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