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Stereo Installation
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July 17, 2016
11:52 am
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Hello to the brand new Retro forum,

A couple of weeks ago we bought a 181b, the trailer did not have the stereo option and the dealer wouldn’t install one so they recommended taking it to car toys. I have my reservations about taking it there not to mention if would be probably 6-$700. I am wondering if anyone has installed a stereo them selves? From my understanding the trailer is not prewired for one so I would have to run it all. Any ideas? Would love some input.



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July 20, 2016
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Just a thought…do you really need the stereo installed?  For that kind of money you could buy a Bose Wave Radio/CD system.  They are relatively small and the sound is incredible.     

We have an IPOD and just take it and a small bluetooth speaker.  Sound is great and it is easy to use inside or out. 


July 23, 2016
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Welcome to the forums! 

I’m in the same boat as you my White Water Retro 181b  did not come with a stereo system in it as well. I investigated the issue and realized that it won’t be worth the hassle it would take to properly wire a stereo up. Luckily like David said we have plenty of options such as buying a bluetooth speaker that will deliver equal if not better results for a fraction of the cost. 


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September 12, 2016
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I would suggest the same as the last two posts. You can get such a great sounding Bluetooth speaker for a fraction and have portability too. If you look at the pics I posted on the introduce page, I have a Marshall speaker that sounds incredible and has that vintage guitar amp looks that suits the camper well. Has an auxiliary out so you can use old school IPod as well. Cost is around $200, but there are great sounding ones for less as well. Good luck.

September 23, 2016
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The first time I took out my 177se I noticed it was very quiet in the morning. I thought, I need a radio (it’s just me).  I asked my son about his IPOD and speaker system, he said that would be a great idea. He said he will tell me all about it when he gets home with the trailer. lol   I just saw old school IPOD in the last post (am I out of it?) 

September 23, 2016
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No .. Lol. I was just referring to the older iPods w/o Bluetooth or wireless capabilities. I love and use those too. Sitting at a campsite in Northern MI using our 177se for the first time outside our backyard. Listening to mellow 70’s Rock around a fire. Life is good. Our dog finally tuckered out and sleeping.

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