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Old 06-21-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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We have a 1977 overlander with the origin radio and it still works but would like to know if it can be replace with a car radio w/cd player ? Sarah
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We have a 1977 overlander with the origin radio and it still works but would like to know if it can be replace with a car radio w/cd player ? Sarah
Yes. I've done it with our Sovereign. I'd recommend a simple on-off switch on the power supply wires, so you can cut it completely off when the trailer is being stored. You'll have to wire both memory and main power wires together to get it to work.
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would like to know if it can be replace with a car radio w/cd player ?
Or, there are units designed for RV or Marine apps you may like better.
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Or, there are units designed for RV or Marine apps you may like better.
If the radio is visible in the trailer, the white marine version would probably look a lot better than basic black.
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Cool Radio

Thanks for the information, I will check out the marine radio that is another way we could go.The radio is in the stereo cabnet by the door. It folds down. thanks
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I've mounted two car radios in my trailers. Not a hard job. Coupled with an antenna from VTS I get very good reception, even better than in vehicle.
I think you could see the one in my Safari by looking in "images" under my profile.
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I got an HD radio for my '68 GT and installed a cut off switch. Also allows the use of my MP3 player. I went to radio shack and got an antenna. It's great. See photos under globetrotter 1968 summer thread. Good luck.
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I don't know what the original unit looks like but if it isn't a modern DIN size, you could probably make an adapter faceplate of finished wood and mount the new unit that way.

I rebuilt my old living room credenza and installed an AM/FM/CD unit in it. While you probably won't go to such an extreme if you check my blog you can see how my stereo mounts in a wooden panel.

The power switch like Terry suggested is a good idea and I did the same thing.

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Two thoughts:

A marine version of an auto music player will often cost more, simply because they don't sell them in similar quantities.

Instead of an extra switch, in the off-season, simply remove the inline fuse that every car music system has. Every extra switch, button, or knob is just one more item to potentially cause problems down the road.
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