2005 Keystone Raptor, 3612DS
External Speaker Jacks and iPod Jack Installation


With all of the "outdoor speaker" hype out there, here is how we did our Raptor 3612DS.  I really was not that motivated to do speaker jacks for external box speakers but after hearing how loud it was inside the coach with the exterior wall speakers on, I had to do something.  I mean, you could not even carry on a conversation if the volume was up.  Some have recommended using foam insulation around the coach's speakers but that is just a band-aid fix to the real problem.

Here is the stereo box for our raptor.  Notice the two speakers in the box.  There are a total of four speakers on the exterior of the coach with two being in the picture below and two speakers located up higher.  The speakers were currently separated by the "fade-front" and "fade-rear" function of the stereo.  The below speakers were the fade-front and the upper speakers were the fade-rear.  There stereo also had an "Auxiliary" function that was currently unused and since we wanted to use our iPod outside with the stereo, all I needed to do was add a jack for it.


Here is a visual of how the fade was done.   Not a bad concept but I was adding two more so I had to figure out how to make them work.  When it was all said and done, I spliced the two sets of wires together and made all of the coach's speakers "fade-rear".  The box speakers then became "fade-front".  I could now control where the sound was going to.


To access the stereo in the raptor, you have to go into the cabinet below the stove.  Open it, and remove all of your junk.  You will then see an RV standard - a cheesy looking separator.


This industry standard of excellence is held in by two screws at the bottom.


Back out the screws and the panel will come free.  You can leave it in laying on the ground or pull it out as I did.


with the retaining panel removed, you will see another standard of excellence - the infamous wiring and attention to detail.  I found the capped off auxiliary plugs (white and red) and simply added an RCA to mini plug jack to it. 


Here is all I needed...

 


Remember, I wanted to add a jack for the iPod so I purchased a thru-hull mini jack fitting.  Looking at the picture below, you will see the "dummy" 110 volt outlet that was installed from the factory.  The exterior speakers were connected via the black four way speaker plate.  All I had to do was drill two 1/2 inch holes below each black and red speaker clasps and run the speaker wires through the 1/2 inch holds.  I soldered them to the speaker jack plugs and then screwed the speaker jack plate to the dummy 110 volt plate.  The iPod thru-hull fitting simply fit through another hole that I had drilled.  From the inside, I then plugged the auxiliary plug into the back of it which completed the connection to the stereo.


Like all good RV covers (hatches), the cheap plastic lip that is supposed to catch the key lock, always breaks.  I got a piece of aluminum that was offset  and simply installed it with the original mounting screw.  It worked perfect and replacing the entire housing was not something I was quite ready to do.

My exterior speakers are the generic box speakers that we all grew up with in the 80's:  They are about two feed tall by one foot deep by one feet wide.  The wires are lose on the ends and do not have an RCA jack or banana jack on them.  I simply put the wires in the below jacks and put the fade to the front and I am ready to listen to music outside without disturbing anyone on the inside of the trailer. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at bkirkpatrick@email.com or you can call my cellular phone (562-843-4043).  I spend a lot of time with my family at Lucerne, Ocotillo Wells, Glamis, and along the coast.  These were just some improvements that I needed to do.

Thanks,  Brendan

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