Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Improvements For The Guppy

The Guppy has a radio with speakers in front and back in the bedroom. The only problem is it's a pain in the ass to turn the radio on and off because it is in the dash in the cab of the motorhome. I figured it would make life simpler if there was a radio that was easy to get at.

Radio and one of the speakers temporarily wired up to see if it works. 
I had some radios laying around and some speakers from a surround sound system so I brought a couple radios and some speakers with us on our trip. I got power from one of the 12v lights close to where I figured I'd put the radio when the installation was done. When I tried one radio it seemed to stop at stations when I did a scan, but all I got was a loud hum. So I hooked up the other radio and it got some stations and played fairly well. One odd thing was at times there would be a lot of static and discovered that if I turned on a light the static went away. Sometimes there would be some static, but could listen to the radio. That may have been the problem with the first radio I tried.

Radio installed in an overhead cabinet.
Yesterday I installed the radio in an overhead cabinet in the kitchen/dining area. The space where I put it is kind of a dead space in the cabinet. There is a metal rack above the radio in the cabinet so about the only space not usable anymore is the area taken up by the radio. Now we no longer have to crawl into the cab of the motorhome to turn the radio on or off.

The radio has a CD player in it. Need to get a CD and see if it works. Forgot to bring any along. Should also run a CD cleaner disc thru it to get rid of the cobwebs, etc.

Originally thought I'd have to mount the antenna on the outside of the motorhome, but when I had it hooked up temporarily I discovered that it worked with the antenna on the inside. (The outside of the walls are fiberglas, which explains why I can get a signal with the antenna inside.) So now it's on the valance for the curtains by the table. If I can find an adapter to go from coax to auto radio I would try hooking the radio up to the TV antenna on top of the motorhome.  I have a hunch I'll have to try make one myself. (That would be the only use for the TV antenna where we are now because we are down in a valley and the only TV reception is via satellite.)


  1. hope this works..I'd have to have music

  2. Nothing like home improvement to while away the hours waiting for spring.

  3. My 5th wheel is metal and not fiberglass so when I put a portable 12 radio C/D player in it and it didn't pick up so well I ran a copper wire from the antenna to a ground screw and it worked pretty damn well.

  4. Agree with BBC - sounds like it needs a ground
    the Ol'Buzzard

  5. I ran a ground to the antenna and have positive and ground wires going to the radio from one of the lights. I think what is causing the static is the charger for the RV battery. When the fan for the furnace or a couple of lights are on there is enough of a draw on the battery. With only the radio it doesn't draw enough and the charger in it's idling mode causes static. One of these days I'll unplug the AC and see what happens when it's running off the battery.


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