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    How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Looking for some ideas on how you can power a receiver and speakers for tailgating. So some of you use car batteries then just recharge them?
    Anything will help me. Don't really want to drag a generator out there.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Get a cigerette powr convertor about 30 bucks. Start your car about every hour. Thats what I use.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    Get a cigerette powr convertor about 30 bucks. Start your car about every hour. Thats what I use.
    I thought about that but then also thought about getting one of those little jumpstart car auto things with a outlet on it.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Hopefully Vanillathrilla will chime in and give you his setup. He uses the battery from his race car.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    We hook directly to the battery. Run the van about 5 minutes every couple of hrs...


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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by d4nim4l View Post
    Hopefully Vanillathrilla will chime in and give you his setup. He uses the battery from his race car.
    Somebody told me that is a good way of doing it. I think I've even seen a solar powered tailgate out at Jack Trice.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    We hook directly to the battery. Run the van about 5 minutes every couple of hrs...
    Do you use an inverter then for your receiver or what?



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Just buck up and get a generator. You'll find all kinds of things to plug into it. For example space heaters.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    We tried using a power convertor but there was too much load for it with 2 or more speakers so we had to run 1 speaker. We then switched to vanillathrillas battery packs and that lasted forever and had no problems what so ever. We also have done the generator deal which was nice because we would have a flat screen tv, receiver, and other things plugged into it.



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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    I tailgate with vanillathrilla and his setup is pretty simple. He just charges his battery the night before the game and it powers a receiver for the entire tailgate. It's nice to have that without the loud generator going.
    I'm not sure what type of converter he uses, but I'm sure he would let you know.


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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by johnpkelly81 View Post
    Do you use an inverter then for your receiver or what?
    One of the guys in our tailgate crew is an EE, and he rigged up two good aftermarket car speakers and wired them to an amp. At the end of the amp's power cables are two mini-jumpers, red and black that you hook up to the battery like you're jumping it. This powers the amp, which in turn powers the speakers, and you can plug an ipod directly up to the amp using a regular 2 channel AV cable. It's a basically like a mobile car stereo that you can easily move and configure the speakers for maximum sound out put. During the Missouri game one of the speakers slid off my girlfriend's Jeep, and the whole wiring system pulled out, so we have some off-season work to do on it (not to mention what the van needs), but it's a pretty nifty set up.


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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    This is not directed at you personally, but if anyone is gonna blast music, please be about 10 car lengths away from me. I love having it in the background and really adds to the great atmosphere, I just dont want to have to yell over Jock Jams or your "great" ipod mix while im gettin drunk. Sorry, I feel better!


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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by ripvdub View Post
    This is not directed at you personally, but if anyone is gonna blast music, please be about 10 car lengths away from me. I love having it in the background and really adds to the great atmosphere, I just dont want to have to yell over Jock Jams or your "great" ipod mix while im gettin drunk. Sorry, I feel better!
    Dude, we had to tailgate next to the Club Element bus for at least 3 games last year. Basically that thing drowned out any stere w/in 20 cars of it. And plus it was just rap and techno crap. Terrible. This, and being forced to park where the grass Nazi's make you is a huge part of the reason we're moving the van to G7 next year... With the music at an appropriate volume, of course.


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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    I. HATED.G7... talk about Nazi's there!!!

    I also do not like when the people next to me want to "share" their music so openly and loudly. Sometimes we actually talk when we tailgate.. ;) Also, I do like to listen to other games or pregame shows and cannot hear them over the loud speakers in the truck bed next to us.


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    Re: How to power a receiver and speakers for tailgaiting

    Count me in the group that prefers listening to other games/sports radio while tailgating, not everyone else's music. I don't mind hearing it in the background, as long as it's played "at a reasonable volume" though...




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