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Old 12-02-2022, 12:17 PM   #1
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Exterior Speaker Upgrade

I just installed some high-end Alpine 8" marine speakers to replace those little 3" pieces of junk on the exterior of the trailer.
I bought the speakers bare and purchased angled speaker pods on eBay to house them. Easy install and much better sound!
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Old 12-08-2022, 05:46 PM   #2
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Nice!
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Old 12-09-2022, 07:24 AM   #3
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Did you do anything else to improve sound? I have been contemplating doing this as well, but wasn't sure it would be worth my time if the radio didn't output good sound to begin with...

How did you attach the larger pods? Did you have to drill new holes?
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Old 12-09-2022, 08:58 PM   #4
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As you know, the stock stereo system is not a premium unit. It probably rates in the 20 watt range, since the speakers are rated at a maximum of 35 watts. However, the larger and more efficient Alpine speakers made a marked improvement in fidelity. I do plan to swap out the head unit at some point or add an aux amp for the Alpine speakers.
As far as mounting the speakers, I rigged a wire on a hook to hold them near the old speaker holes while I did the wiring and then used self tapping screws, about 1 1/2" in length, to attach the pods. Basically the same screw used for the stock speakers. Then I sealed around them with silicone. One note....the pods I bought had no weep hole in case moisture invaded, so I drilled a 1/8" or so hole at the bottom to let any water out.
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How much further do they stick out? Would there be any concerns with the weight of them and bouncy roads? I would like to do something else as well even though a lot of the time I run the Sirius boombox..
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Old 12-17-2022, 06:45 PM   #6
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How much further do they stick out? Would there be any concerns with the weight of them and bouncy roads? I would like to do something else as well even though a lot of the time I run the Sirius boombox..
They extend about 4.5", which looks to be a little less than the awning above them.
They mount with 8 screws and you will seal around them with silicone. No worries! They won't fall off!
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Good mod, only I would not use silicone. If you had to touch up the silicone in the future, silicone does not stick to silicone.
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Old 12-18-2022, 03:29 PM   #8
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I also agree on the speaker upgrade. But never use silicone anywhere on a trailer. Use Proflex clear sealent and if you ever have to reseal anything, at least you can. Something you can't do with silicone. The best place for silicone is in the garbage can or left in the store. https://www.amazon.ca/Geocel-28100V-...0d-2e69-4a5a-a
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Old 12-20-2022, 08:34 AM   #9
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Good mod, only I would not use silicone. If you had to touch up the silicone in the future, silicone does not stick to silicone.
I didn't use silicone, but could not remember the name of the clear sealant I used when typing the comment. Should have just said clear sealant but was lazy, lol...
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