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Old 10-19-2012, 11:11 AM   #21
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Doug , Don't worry , anything worth doing is worth over doing!! Have you thought about having wires run to the under bed rear storage area where a couple of speakers can be stored for outside use. just a idea.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:11 AM   #22
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

JMac -- how long does the battery last? We're usually off-grid... I presume that charging the battery requires a low enough wattage that it could be charged from the trailer's 12v using an inexpensive inverter? How's the sound quality?
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:14 AM   #23
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Doug , Don't worry , anything worth doing is worth over doing!! Have you thought about having wires run to the under bed rear storage area where a couple of speakers can be stored for outside use. just a idea.
Yup, that's the under-bed bay with external hatch I was talking about -- install a couple of jacks there that I can plug speakers into. I'm rethinking the boom-box notion, though. Mostly we'll be listening outside. Setting up external speakers is no easier than bringing out a boom box.

But to be happy, I'll need to find a boom box that can charge off 12v, and that has decent sound quality. Shouldn't be too tough to find.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #24
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Doug, We have friends with the bose rechargable sound dock, the sound is awesome and the battery seems to last a long time. I know you wanted something built in but these units are a great option, I have one on my christmas list.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:21 AM   #25
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I use Ryobi cordless tools in my shop. Just took a look at ryobitools.com, and found that they have an equivalent jobsite radio as JMac described (radio/ipod player that runs off a cordless battery), and they also have a 12v charger. So there's one solution with stuff I mostly already have.

I will also take a look at sound docks like the Bose that DMac mentioned. One concern I have here is that if they have integrated lithium batteries (as most seem to), they are designed to be disposable -- lithium batteries start to degrade the moment they're manufactured, whether you use them or not, so if you can't replace them yourself you'll end up throwing the whole unit out in a couple of years. The "disposable society" that a lot of manufacturers subscribe to bothers me -- I'll avoid such things if I can.

Off to the Bose website to see what I can learn...
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #26
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I'm not sure what solutions wireless technology (either RF or bluetooth) gives, but I will look into that. Barring other better solutions, I might just have Rease pre-wire some speaker cables from where the under-cabinet mount will go down into the under-bed bay, where I can install some jacks. When I want outside music, plug some speakers into these jacks and set them up outside.

If you've noticed my posts, you might have noticed that I tend to over-think things. Another fine example...
I did just this. I had the under the cabinet Jensen stereo/CD/DVD player mounted in the corner over the foot side of the bed (not in the way at all), and had Reace run wires down to the access door area under the bed where I hooked up speaker jacks. Works great, but the only problem is that unless you crank the stereo, you are limited to sitting by the trailer to listen. Another drawback is the remote does not work from outside, so not easy to select or skip songs.

I too tend to over think, over research, over plan, things. But heck, it is just one of my sick ways of having fun.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:13 AM   #27
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We use this fine little Logitec unit:

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Porta...peakers+iphone

When on the grid it charges the phone; when off, the battery lasts about (aboot) 6-8 hours. The sound quality it great for my old jet-and-gunfire-damaged ears.

I had to buy a connector as the iphone won't sit in the dock while in its case.

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Old 10-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #28
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dbailey,
I did forget to mention that the battery does not come with the unit, it must be bought separately. They do however come with the dewalt cordless drill that we use for various tasks. As for playing time, I think about 6 hours depending on volume. Sound quality is as good as anything outside. We normally charge up at any available shore power spot. Full charge in one hour. We've got solar power and a 400 watt inverter but I've yet to wire up the inverter. Once done we should be good.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:58 PM   #29
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As I mentioned in my reply, I already have a bunch of ryobi stuff. Since the batteries do need to be replaced every couple of years, I'd want to stick with the one system. I did some digging around, and found 2 important points: there is an in-car charger for ryobi 18v batteries, so I can charge batteries without using an inverter, and the sound quality of the ryobi job-site radio apparently sucks. Sigh...
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:13 AM   #30
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Many times interference is caused by the converter, especially on AM. Are the reading lamps LEDs or are they incandescens?
The reading lamps are LED. I also use LEDs headlights on my bicycles, and notice that they interfere with the wireless bike computer and the GPS.

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