With all of the audio equipment packed into the cooler in the most efficient and safe way, it was time to think about how to seal it off from the rest of the area so that the cooler could still remain functional. Dobson used precision-trimmed white acrylic and secured the panels using epoxy-based plastic adhesive. “We have it sealed from the main cooler compartment exceptionally well, but also added a one-way drain valve on the electronics side just in case,” Dobson said. The main cooler compartment still houses about 70 quarts of volume, about as much as the model of Coleman Xtreme cooler the next size down. The original drain opening for the cooler still functions as intended and, with the axle hinged to place wheels under the opposite end, it even drains more efficiently.
More to Come
These relatively simple ideas compounded to become a well-thought-out enhancement to an otherwise utilitarian part of outdoor activity. The best part is, it’s a profitable venture. Much like the recreational marine or SSV market, people want to ensure they enjoy their time outdoors with great music. Signature Audio’s clients have responded favorably and, while the shop is always busy with audio and high-end custom radar/laser detector installs, they have clients lining up for custom coolers as well.
Who says audio and installations can’t be fun and profitable, too?