Step 7: Voila
I am using this primarily for iPod play back so I just turn the stereo up loud and then control the iPod volume with the remote. The stereo can play CDs and even radio stations, but that was secondary to what I wanted.
The iPod stays charged through the dock and the USB port on the front of the stereo and the sound goes through the headphone link.
It can get pretty loud and even louder when you close the lid.
Went tubing over Memorial Day weekend and this worked fantastic! Had one rough spot that threw water over the top and filled the speakers bowls up with water. This was fixed by opening the lid and letting the water drain out! (wait till you are out of rapids before opening the lid!) At the end of the day, there was very small amount of water in cooler and no damage!
Remote was lost on the river!! double bagged in ziplocs and it fell out of my pocket! I will work this one out.
Battery lasted for whole river trip and is still going! I had thought of putting solar charger on handle for extra boost but I believe the car battery can go for days with just the stereo to run!