Shallow & Low-profile Speakers for your Airstream Trailer

While we love music we're not exactly audiophiles so when it came replacing our 30 year old brown square speakers it was definitely more of cosmetic upgrade than one to a higher fidelity. In a sense I think we were lucky that we didn't have exacting audio standards because it was extremely hard to find ANY speakers that would fit in our shallow walls. To further complicate things, many manufacturers don't provide complete and accurate dimensions of their product. We bought and returned 3 other pairs of speakers that, based on their published dimensions, should have fit but didn't. On at least two occasions we received speakers where the published dimensions didn't line up with anything we could physically measure. 

 
 

Sorry about the terrible "before" picture. It was the only one I could find of the original speakers.

 

Our Goals

  1. Replace the horrifically ugly brown on-wall speakers with white in-wall, low-profile speakers.
  2. Do this in the least invasive way possible.

Our Existing Setup

  1. Two horrifically ugly speakers in the front of the trailer.
  2. Two horrifically ugly speakers in the back of the trailer.
  3. Standard car stereo (don't recall the model).

What you will Need

This post is less about renovation and installation and more about finding the right speakers that will fit in your trailer. What you need, other than new speakers, should be minimal.

 

Speakers

The front walls of our trailer only allow for a speaker that is 1.5 in. deep. The existing cutout was about 4 3/4 in. in diameter. The rear walls of our trailer are spacious with about a 2 in. depth allowance and the same existing cutout diameter. We used the Fusions in the front and the Poly-Planars in the rear. You could use the more shallow Fusions in both. 

 

ToolS & Supplies

You can use small wire nuts or electrical tape to connect the speakers to the existing wiring. The wires may already be stripped but even if they are, it might be a good idea to cut the end off of the existing wiring to expose some "fresh" wire. We had to open up one of the cutouts a little bit. Having a good pair of tin snips on-hand makes this a lot easier.

 

Install the Speakers

I won't go into too much detail here because it should be very straightforward.

  1. Remove the existing speakers.
  2. Prepare the wires (cut and strip).
  3. Connect the existing wires to the new speakers.
  4. Test the new speakers.
  5. Screw the new speakers into the wall (increasing the diameter of the cutout with tin snips if necessary).
 

Bonus Tip!

We also swapped out our stereo for this really inexpensive Bluetooth stereo. It has a remote, can play audio from memory cards, has an aux input for phones, ipods, etc. and was really easy to install. Now we can play music, podcasts, whatever from our phones and computers directly over our built-in speakers. 

 
 
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