A long-time client from Mapleton recently contacted Sweet Sounds to inquire about upgrading his 2006 Fleetwood Discovery audio system. He brought the gorgeous Class A motorhome to the shop so we could have a look at the vehicle and discuss the upgrades he wanted.
Interior Audio System Upgrades
The client wanted a much larger, and higher quality TV in the motorhome. Our team created a mounting bracket for a 49-inch Sony Bravia XBR-49X800D Ultra-HD TB. We wrapped the front face of the bracket in a beige vinyl that matches the dash of the motorhome.
The entertainment equipment was mounted in a cabinet to the left of the screen. The charging system and motorized room controls are on the right. To provide easy access, we installed a set of ball bearing drawer slides on the cabinet doors. This allow the doors to slide straight down and added snap-closure tabs to the top of the doors to keep them in place.
Speaker Upgrades for Fleetwood Discovery Audio System
Next, we installed a Sony XAV-651BT Double DIN Bluetooth receiver in the dash. The video output of the Sony is connected to the TV. Now the client can watch DVDs whenever he wants. The client also has a Direct TV satellite system in the motorhome that he can use to watch TV.
A four-channel Rockford Fosgate PBR300x4 amplifier and a DD Audio A2 subwoofer amp are mounted inside the original stereo cabinet. The Rockford amp powers the four main speakers and the DD Audio amp powers an 8-inch Memphis Audio PRX8ES subwoofer. We installed the equipment to the left of the driver’s seat.
We removed the original bookshelf speakers and mounted a baffle to the cabinet opening to create an enclosure for a set of Focal PC165F coaxial speakers. We installed new grille cloth over the factory speaker covers to freshen them up. We also upgraded the front speakers with a set of Focal PC130F speakers.
Exterior Audio System upgrades
The motorhome came with another TV and a small stereo in a storage locker just behind the right front wheel. We removed the original A/V equipment and installed a Memphis Car Audio MXA1MC mechless marine source unit. We had a piece of Plexiglas laser CNC-machined with the Gophers’ Football “M” and their SKI-U-MAH cheer and mounted it beneath the radio. The edges of the “M” are etched, and the panel is backed in burgundy vinyl that matches the team colors. We added a strip of RGB LEDs around the outside of the plastic piece so that the panel will light up at night. Another strip of RGB LED lighting was installed under the canopy. It is controlled by a Racesport RS-CONRF20B controller that allows the client to choose from thousands of different color combinations.
The MXA1MC radio includes an AM/FM receiver and a Bluetooth transceiver to provide a wide variety of source options. We added a 1/8-inch aux input jack and USB port connection just inside the storage cabinet for additional source and connectivity options.
The output of the Memphis source unit feeds an Alpine KTP-445U power pack and a Memphis MXA1.300 subwoofer amplifier. We mounted a set of Memphis MCX69 speakers in carpeted enclosures and provided forty feet of speaker wire so the client can place the speakers wherever he wants once parked.
We also created a vented subwoofer enclosure for a 12-inch MXA12D2 marine subwoofer. We had the enclosure and the mounting panel for the radio sprayed in weather-resistant Line-X coating. This makes it durable and weather-resistant. The subwoofer enclosure fits into the back of the storage compartment.
Exterior Lighting Upgrades
We mounted 100 feet of 1-inch tubing to the underside of the RV to serve as a mounting location for additional LED lighting. This LED lighting system is controlled by a Wet Sounds RF-RGB-MC v2 controller that includes an audio input. The client can select the light color, or have it change to the beat of the music.
The Ultimate Tailgating Motorhome
After several days or work, it was time to turn this 2006 Fleetwood Discovery audio system upgrade project back over to the client. He was thrilled with the way the new TV looked and loved the way both stereos sounded! If you are interested in upgrading the entertainment system in your RV or Motorhome, give Sweet Sounds in Mankato a call, drop by the store or send us an e-mail using the contact page on our website.