Here’s a Graphical Guide To The Enhancements We Made
Just rollover the arrows to see the descriptions.
Upgrading The Music
The outdoor speakers on the trailer are ok but barely. As long as the volume is low you don’t hear how tinny sounding they are. I have an Amazon Echo 2nd Generation in my entertainment unit so I’ve been using it on loud to cover indoors and outdoors. But that stops working once you turn the AC on and shut the door.
I happened to have a spare Dot with me on a trip and stuck it in the kitchen. I plugged it into the outlet next to the fridge. I was really surprised with how good it sounded – probably because the kitchen “box” gives it a good bass boost. It doesn’t sound great loud, but when I’m at a campground, loud seems like a jerk move anyway.
Make sure its a 3rd gen. Gen 1 and 2 are worse than the Apex speakers!
So, for the next trip I bought a wall mount and positioned it towards the top on the back wall above the fridge. It sounds pretty good – certainly a lot better than the factory speakers.
Powering The Echo
You probably should just plug it in to the outlet. But I decided to go for the gusto and still have music when I’m dry camping. So I cut the cord and patched it in to the power line going to the overhead light. Works great plugged in (13.6v) but I’m not sure if that’s overstressing the on-board power supply. And I’m definitely not sure what will happen when the battery starts dropping below 12v. I was going to add a voltage regulator, but I’m going to run it like this for a bit and see what happens.
I ran the cord across the surface of the kitchen “box” using white duct tape. At some point I’ll fish it through the overhead space. There’s almost 2″ up there before you get to the bathroom closet.