Originally Posted by Jim Bennett
I use a bluetooth receiver that is about 1.5"x1.5"10.5", paired with my phone. I love being able to select something to play from where I sit, and even let others choose too. I have about 10,000 songs on my phone, so anybody will find something they like.
What I like about the receiver, is that I can hook it to any stereo with and input jack. I mostly use my jobsite radio, but also can use the stereo in the trailer, my stereo at home, the one in the vehicle, at a friends house, and so on. The only thing I don't like is the range is not so great, but the convenience is fantastic.
I most definitely would not put a stereo any other trailer I get.
If we didn't need good radio reception, I would go with your simpler solution.
But, we mainly boon dock while fishing in the high country north of Vancouver, BC and prefer to listen to the weather/news in the comfort of our trailer rather than running to the truck in a downpour. Whatever radio we use, portable or installed, we need decent FM reception (AM okay too) and input for Bluetooth so we can play music from our iPhone or iPad if we do longer trips again, like to Utah. I was thinking that speakers hardwired to a car stereo with Bluetooth would work best, but I'm not sure.
After time spent perusing the forum, I wonder if I could get advice on these stereo/bluetooth/antennas issues?
1) AM/FM antennas. Is the dialogue on XM antennas applicable to FM antennas and reception.
2) Getting weather reports is important to planning our day, so FM reception is important for that reason, plus we do listen to the news every few days.
3) I read in an earlier blog that Reace hid an antenna someone provided in the wall of a trailer. Would that both FM and AM antennas?
4) If we get the trailer prewired for stereo, does that include both antennas?
5) Is there better reception with an antenna sticking out the top of the trailer rather than in the wall of the trailer? We have ordered the added aluminum insulation and worry that it might reduce reception.
6) Would it be best to install a car stereo with Bluetooth or are there better alternatives? I donít want to cut anything out or waste cupboard space, so Iím thinking it would be best slung beneath one of the cabinets by the dinette. That way we could replace it with a smaller unit in the future if we wanted to replace it. Would a Poly Planar marine radio mount fit a DIN car stereo without modification? Also I never saw a response to Charlie's question about whether the ETI installation of a DIN-1 radio included an enclosure?