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Old 05-12-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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I have removed the factory installed house radio with a quality car audio deck and I want to drive the speakers through an amplifier. Technically I have the skills but I am researching a way to get an 8 gauge wire to the house batteries.

Ordinarily, with an overhead installation, I would go down the front pillar but there is not one on the RV. Anyone have an idea on howto get from the overhead to floor or underfloor level? I could relocate the amp but then I have to route the speaker and audio cables down to the amp.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:29 AM   #2
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I have removed the factory installed house radio with a quality car audio deck and I want to drive the speakers through an amplifier. Technically I have the skills but I am researching a way to get an 8 gauge wire to the house batteries.

Ordinarily, with an overhead installation, I would go down the front pillar but there is not one on the RV. Anyone have an idea on howto get from the overhead to floor or underfloor level? I could relocate the amp but then I have to route the speaker and audio cables down to the amp.
In my 2011 350XL I was able to remove the screws that hold on the plastic vertical guide (it has a slot on it) that the edge of the front shade slides in. You will see where a wire can fit down through there all the way into the engine/right front fender area. I was then able to route over to the house batteries (or engine battery) as necessary. I did have to drill a hole just to the edge of the front shade roller into the upper cabinet. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:12 AM   #3
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I am in Phoenix right now but I will check that solution when I get back. Did you run 8 AWG or 4?
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:51 AM   #4
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I am in Phoenix right now but I will check that solution when I get back. Did you run 8 AWG or 4?
WOW! #8 or #4 AWG?
My gosh how many watts are you planning to pump into the speakers?
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:34 PM   #5
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My 5 channel amp is around 1000 amps.I hooked it up the other day and am not happy with the thermal load. Normally I route 8 awg for any amp install. The 4 awg is the manufacturer recommendation. We don't use the power but systems tend to sound better at lower ranges of volume too. We will end up replacing all the speakers when I can afford it.

PS I used to build show platforms for some of the major audio shows.
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I am in Phoenix right now but I will check that solution when I get back. Did you run 8 AWG or 4?
I was actually running 110V from an inverter into the upper cabinet. 12AWGx3
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