Radio Box?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Avalon, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Avalon

    Avalon Avalon

    Okay. I have worked at UPS as a feeder driver for around a year and have done so with no radio. I am about to lose my mind!

    Call me picky, but I would not feel comfortable with a big radio box with speakers sitting on my passenger seat
    causing me to turn my head if I need to adjust something on it.

    I see a lot of fellows that I work with carrying these radio boxes with just the radio, CB and the necessary wiring to
    hook it up to the truck speakers and power. Plus it is small enough to be strapped to the dash without blocking the
    view. Whenever I ask somebody about where they got their box or if they made
    their box I get the run around (they don't remember, the person who made it retired or died, wait at a certain door on Thursday
    night when the moon is full for a man named cowboy and he will know the guy that is a second cousin of the girls brother who
    makes this box).

    Anyway, this seems like it's some sort of big secret.
    I am just wondering if anybody knows who makes/sells the radio boxes without the speakers.
    And if you have one to sell I would be happy to look at pics of it.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance :)
  2. 104Feeder

    104Feeder Phoenix Feeder

    Just buy a plywood shelf and cut it dowm to fit what you want. I took a cheap Sony car stereo and screwed the DIN mount to the board then slid the deck in. You can bolt a CB bracket to that too. Then make a power distribution block and have one long power wire feeding that and two speaker wires in cable shrouding so it will easily fit various tractors. Add a power outlet for your phone charger and some ring mounts for bungees.

    ​Some guys cut up a Pelican case, briefcase, or toolbox and put it all in there.
  3. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    I have always made my own. Most decent radios come with a remote so putting the radio on the seat is no biggie and you should build a box with provisions to seatbelt it in anyway. Some ctrs won't let you put one on the dash because of the obstructed view and that it will fly around the cabin in a crash.
  4. pretender

    pretender Active Member

    When is UPS going to join the 21st century and just order tractors with radios?
  5. pretender

    pretender Active Member

    Most people who have been in an accident will usually tell you that the radio is the first thing to go flying around the cab.
  6. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Some do have very basic ones. But otherwise the company will never spend a dime on it. And if they did it would be the cheapest AM only hunk of junk.
  7. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    I worked in package for 34 years, and like 104 said, I used to mount a car radio and speakers in the smallest and cheapest toolbox they would fit. Add a fused power wire and ground and one of those stubby rubber antennas and you're good to go.
  8. TheDick

    TheDick Member

    A cheap set of desktop cans with subwoofer inside a homemade box are cheap and bump loud! Plug your mp3 into it and off you go.
  9. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Wow, I thought all the feeder tractors had radios automatically built in buy the manufacturer. That's pathetic.
  10. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    The new tractors have radios, basically because it's cheaper than having the radio hookups, (it's all about the bottom line). I just wonder what's gonna happen 5yrs down the line when and if the radio breaks. Will it get repaired or??????
  11. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    I don't have a new tractor so I mounted a radio in Metra 99-9000 Dash Kit For Uni Under Dash Full Shroud: Automotive
    This is meant to be screwed to a dashboard or van roof or something like that. I put a piece of plastic sheet on top and mounted a CB on top of that. Tomorrow I'll try to take a picture of it. I used this radio:JHD1130 Jensen Heavy Duty New for 2013
    The Jensen Heavy Duty radios will hold the memory for the clock and radio settings, (according to then up to 30 days). Which makes it nice when you keep changing tractors. I put Velcro on the bottom and use small bungee cords to hold it down. With the CB on top it does stick up a little bit, without it's no problem. Its right in front so you don't have to look at the seat to adjust the volume or change stations.
  12. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

  13. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    ​No. We have already had the new radios fail. The shop will not repair them.
  14. pretender

    pretender Active Member

  15. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Can you upgrade it (off the clock) to a unit with DVD player and Nav? That would be nice
  16. pretender

    pretender Active Member

    If you had a long enough run, you could watch two movies every night.
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I guess you guys must have missed the "in-cab distractions" PCM.
  18. serenity now

    serenity now Guest

    GMAFB / You guys are pondering if a radio will be repaired at some point in the future, and I have leaks in the cab of my truck that have not been fixed.
  19. 104Feeder

    104Feeder Phoenix Feeder

    We don't have PCM's and what you call a "distraction" is what we use to stay awake.
  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    DVD player?