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Im looking to put a stereo/speakers in my trailer and am looking for suggestions. Its a 7x12 enclosed and will be running off of my 12v deep cycle battery for now as I do not have a generator. The smaller the better I suppose.
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When i was going to do it.... whole reason I installed that battery, I was going to use a normal alpine or kenwood car stereo, then mount speakers in small boxes hanging from the ceiling.




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I haven't put tunes in mine, but a few thoughts that come to mind:

Avoid adding an amplifier. They consume lots of current & kill battery life. If you decide an amp is needed to accomplish what you're after, compare current draw on several models.

Along those same lines, pay close attention to speaker efficiency specs. Usually expressed in how many decibels a speaker will produce with 1 watt of input, measured 1 meter away. A speaker 3db more efficient requires 1/2 the power to produce the same output!

Look for water & weather resistant speakers even if they won't be mounted in exposed spots. A stored or towed trailer sees huge temperature & humidity swings.

Look for an in-dash receiver with flexibility. Plenty of power, enough inputs to handle i-pod or MP3 players, & maybe even XM if you prefer to not bring source material.

Find a way to keep it all secure or make the head unit easily removeable.
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I'm a big fan of solar power. Get a couple trickle charge panels from Costco or Harbor Freight for $20-$30 and you can extend the life of that battery a little. If it's an enclosed trailer, it's super easy to mount those to the roof and run wires down.
The ones from Costco have a built in charge controller.

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I'm a big fan of solar power. Get a couple trickle charge panels from Costco or Harbor Freight for $20-$30 and you can extend the life of that battery a little. If it's an enclosed trailer, it's super easy to mount those to the roof and run wires down.
The ones from Costco have a built in charge controller.

Other wise +1 to everything Troy said.
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Doesnt Wink have a nice setup like this? Speakers on the outside of the trailer and all?
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I would also like to see a nice full size weber charcoal grill mounted somewhere on that trailer




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I mounted a car stereo in trailer. It can be powered by 12v or by 110v through a 12v converter box that I attached to it. Combine that with an inline RF connector, and I can also hook iPods or my Laptop up to it for unlimited tunes.

For speakers, I bought a set of good self powered computer speakers and a subwoofer for IN the trailer, and I installed 4 waterproof Marine Speakers in the Pit Side of the trailer for a full sound solution. Internal/External, Radio/CD/iPod/Laptop, 12v or 110v.

Seems to work great. If I was doing it over again, I'd add subwoofer in the Pit Side of the trailer as well for more Boom Boom in the paddock. I'd also add more wattage that could be used when it is hooked up to 110v.

I can take pictures of the set up this weekend if you want, or you are welcome to come over and check it out.

As far as the grill, I have one that I used to carry all the time that was a medium sized portable grill (Coleman Road Trip). I just got sick of cleaning it.

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what kind of life did you get from a battery running all of that Brian?

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It hasn't run out yet.

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what kind of life did you get from a battery running all of that Brian?
Dude, that was like a 200 dollar top of the line battery I put in there. It isn't going to run out. and it should be charging off your truck through your harness. so everytime you tow it, it's charging




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Mine charges off of my truck every time I tow. Remember, you have a CAR battery, powering a car stereo, and that is ALL.

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Mine charges off of my truck every time I tow. Remember, you have a CAR battery, powering a car stereo, and that is ALL.
but the car battery will not be charging as the car stereo is being used as it normally would be. Thats was the reason for my question

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Deep cycle is different than a car battery Mike. Do me a favor, grab the model number off that battery, we will do some math. I think your gonna be seriously surprised. as you should know by now, when I mod something, I always go overboard and err to the side of awesome




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Deep cycle is different than a car battery Mike. Do me a favor, grab the model number off that battery, we will do some math. I think your gonna be seriously surprised. as you should know by now, when I mod something, I always go overboard and err to the side of awesome
I know deep cycle is different but I have no idea what a stereo draws

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I went to BB and looked a car stereos that are Ipod ready, may go back this weekend to pick up. I already have 6*9 speakers, and solar powered trickle charger, I just need the battery.

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I had a dvd/cd/mp3 player in my trailer with a 7" LCD mounted in the overhead console. Was set up so I could plug the trailer into a generator or house power or run off the battery. Had a 12" rubber antenna mounted to the front of the trailer.

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I may get around to this over the weekend
I take it nobody has anything to sell?

I like Winks idea of using marine speakers
I dont even own an mp3, I-anything so is any of that really important to me?

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If you need help let me know. I may just work on putting in Ceiling tiles in the basement.

I have speaker wire in the basement somewhere you can have, I have to find it.

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Ill let you know if I find something
I stopped at Gander and at Campingworld in Madison today looking for marine/outdoor speakers. Big coin there-didnt pull the trigger

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Dude.. ever hear of this thing called the INTERNET?!
for what? I dont know stereo equipment so if I can touch and feel them first Im good.

I was going right past 90/94 and Hwy 51 so stopping was no big deal.

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