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Old 06-11-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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River Rockin' Cooler Radios..how to build questions.

So, with my bi-annual river weekend trip coming up in the next week, I've decided to possibly make one of those cd player cooler dealios. It can't be rocket science, but the stuff I see on the internet is very little help. If you've built one...please chime in here.

Things to buy...

car battery, cheap used CD/MP3 player, used cooler to hack up, and some speaker wire.

1. drill out holes for speakers, install using screws and silicone

a. Should I buy marine speakers? I mean, I don't plan on soaking this thing and if it does flip out of the tube, not so sure marine speakers would do anything for me anyhow.

2. Drill out rectangle for the cd player and fab up some sort of bracket to hold it in place.

3. Make a frame for the bottom of the cooler to keep the battery from sliding around.

How do I ground the head unit? Directly to the negative battery terminal and use an in line fuse for the power supply wire?

Any hints or tips would be great. Perhaps you have a useful link I haven't seen.

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Old 06-11-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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It sounds like you are on the right track with the ideas you listed.
Doesn't seem like a car battery would be required and if you use one you will need to drop the voltage to operate the cd/mp3 player unless it was made for use in a car. (not sure if you mean a little iPod type or car stereo)
If you use regular car stereo speakers they will not tolerate water at all on the cones so maybe marine would be a good idea.
As far as the frame for the car battery it is gonna have to be stout and secure to keep that battery from going straight to the bottom if the ice chest flips.
On the other hand I don't know a thing about what I'm talking about so feel free to ignore all of this.
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wouldnt the cd player have to be waterproof too if you're mounting it on the outside of the cooler?
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wouldnt the cd player have to be waterproof too if you're mounting it on the outside of the cooler?
The face of the stereo (car stereo) would be flush with the side of the cooler. I was thinking I could find or rig some sort of hinged cover to keep the splashes from hitting the player itself.

As for marine speakers, I think they are kinda expensive and I'm trying to do this on the cheap. If some small cheap speakers get damaged, I can always replace them later with the good ones when I have more $$$.
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screw cd player. use ipod, and small amp. you work right next to harwin.
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Gotcha.
Maybe mount the speakers flush with the side of the cooler and then cover with clear tape. I don't think it will muffle the sound and could help protect the paper cones from water. Another idea might be to paint the cones with varnish or polyurethane (also shouldn't affect the sound too much).
You could mount the CD player inside the cooler and just reach in when you want to change CD's. Even keep a small towel inside to dry hands.
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screw cd player. use ipod, and small amp. you work right next to harwin.

This could work and I think they make water tight cases for MP3 players too.
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screw cd player. use ipod, and small amp.
don't have ipod or small amp...

already got the used cooler, used cd player...just need some speakers and a battery. I looked on line and marine speakers are cheaper than I thought (just got to find someone local with them, no time for shipping). Quality probably isn't great, but I don't care. Anything is better than a bunch of drunks screaming (aka singing) karaoke for 3 hours.
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Gotcha.
Maybe mount the speakers flush with the side of the cooler and then cover with clear tape. I don't think it will muffle the sound and could help protect the paper cones from water. Another idea might be to paint the cones with varnish or polyurethane (also shouldn't affect the sound too much).
You could mount the CD player inside the cooler and just reach in when you want to change CD's. Even keep a small towel inside to dry hands.
I didn't even think of that. Anyone know if installing a cd player vertically vs. horizontal would mess with the way it operates.
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I didn't even think of that. Anyone know if installing a cd player vertically vs. horizontal would mess with the way it operates.
You could test that easily enough to be sure, but I don't think it would matter.
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I didn't even think of that. Anyone know if installing a cd player vertically vs. horizontal would mess with the way it operates.
i would think it may, but that's just a guess. how do you not have a mp3 player?

i had a small amp that would have worked perfectly, but i just gave it to henry SBK.
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You could test that easily enough to be sure, but I don't think it would matter.
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i would think it may, but that's just a guess. how do you not have a mp3 player?

i had a small amp that would have worked perfectly, but i just gave it to henry SBK.
i have an mp3 player, but not an ipod. and the stereo I have plays cd's and mp3 files, but no aux jack for an ipod or something similar.
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mp3 player to amp to speakers would have been super simple. that's my next project on the ruckus.

i just know myself, i'd be drunk fumbling with the cd/mp3 player the entire time trying to find the right song, where it would be quick on the mp3 player.


good luck on your build though, snap some pics on the way for us.
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mp3 player to amp to speakers would have been super simple. that's my next project on the ruckus.

i just know myself, i'd be drunk fumbling with the cd/mp3 player the entire time trying to find the right song, where it would be quick on the mp3 player.


good luck on your build though, snap some pics on the way for us.
dude, there is no fumbling around....I got 200 "river" songs on each cd...so, I may have to change the cd once while actually on the river. Will take some pics as I build this thing. Trying to keep it under $75.
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, i just found this pic...now i know what to do with my extra drink dispenser.

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dont use a ipod and risk losing it. heres what im using, just burn a media cd with like 100 songs and be dont with it.


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Motorcycle battery for power, a water proof cover/lid for Bass pro Shop, in the boat section, and a small 12vdc solor panel glued to the top. all openings shoud be siliconed, and get a rubber antenna....from an auto parts stor. You can get water proof speakers from Bass Pro as well
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dont use a ipod and risk losing it. heres what im using, just burn a media cd with like 100 songs and be dont with it.


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fantastic...what size battery do you use to power the cd player? I'm thinking a motorcycle battery will only give me a couple of hours play time.
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fantastic...what size battery do you use to power the cd player?
motorcycle or jetski
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