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15 Greatest Trucker Songs Of All Time
1. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson (1980)
The song about life on tour was written after the executive producer of the film Honeysuckle Rose approached Nelson about writing the song for the film’s soundtrack. It became one of Nelson’s most recognizable tunes.
2. Roll on 18 wheeler – Alabama (1984)
This was the first single and title track to the band’s album Roll On. It was the group’s 12th straight No. 1 single on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles The song is a tribute to the American truck driver. Here, the story is that of a man who drives an over-the-road semitrailer truck to support his wife and three children.
3. Six Days on the Road – Dave Dudley (1963)
A song which captures the sense of boredom, danger and swaggering masculinity that often accompanies long-distance truck driving.
4. Truckin’ – Grateful Dead (1970)
The song was recognized by the United States Library of Congress in 1997 as a national treasure. It molds classic Grateful Dead rhythms and instrumentation. The lyrics refer to a drug raid of the band’s hotel lodgings in New Orleans during a concert tour.
5. Highway Star – Deep Purple (1972)
In 1971 when a reporter asked the band how they wrote songs, they decided to demonstrate and ended up playing the first version of Highway Star. Deep Purple continued refining it and ended up performing it live that night. It is considered one of the best driving songs.
6. Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses – Kathy Mattea (1988)
The song is about a truck driver named Charlie who is retiring after thirty years to spend more time with his wife. The song mentions Charlie receiving a gold watch, a common retirement gift.
7. Big wheels in the Moonlight – Dan Seals (1988)
The song written by Seals and Bob McDill peaked at number one immediately after its release. It is about a young man’s childhood memories of watching semitrailer trucks travel along a nearby highway, listening at night to the roar of the trucks’ diesel engines in the distance and dreaming one day of being a truck driver.
8. Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbitt (1980)
The song is a first single from Rabbitts album Horizon. It reached number one on the Hot Country Singles in 1980, and peaked at No. 5 on the BillboardHot 100. The song, a look into the life of the roadies and the long periods of time they spend away from home, was featured on the soundtrack of the 1980 movie Roadiestarring Meat Loaf and Art Carney.
9. I’m a Truck – Red Simpson (1971)
The song — sometimes known as “Hello, I’m a Truck” — became Simpson’s biggest hit single, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in January 1972, and spending 17 weeks on this chart. about life on the road through the eyes of a truck. Instead of giving praise to the hard work of the truck driver (as most truck-driving songs had), the truck — whose story is told in first-person narrative — takes a cynical look at the profession.
10. Truck Drivin Man – Terry Fell (1954)
Popular country song written and recorded by Terry Fell. One of his band members, Buck Owens, recorded the song himself in 1965, omitting the fourth verse – “When I get my call up to glory, They will take me away from this land, I’ll head this truck up to Heaven, ‘Cause I’m a truck drivin’ man.”
11. 500 Miles – Bobby Bare (1963)
Also known as “500 Miles Away from Home” or “Railroaders’ Lament” is a song made popular in the United States and Europe during the 1960s folk revival. The simple repetitive lyrics offer a lament by a traveller who is far from home, out of money and too ashamed to return.
12. East, Bound and Down – Jerry Reed (1977)
Song written by Jerry Reedand Dick Feller, and recorded by Reed for the soundtrack for the film Smokey and the Bandit. The song spent sixteen weeks on the U.S. country music charts, reaching a peak of #2. It also reached #3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.
13. I’ve Been Everywhere – Lucky Starr (1959)
Originally written by Geoff Mack in 1959 and made a hit by Lucky Starr. The song has been sung and recorded by many different artists – Johnny Cash, Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel and others. Original singer Lucky Starr released an EP called “Lucky’s Been Everywhere”, which contained four different versions: United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
14. Teddy Bear – Red Sovine (1976)
The song — actually, a recitation with an instrumental backing — was one of Sovine’s many recordings that saluted the American truck driver. “Teddy Bear,” released during the height of the citizens’ band radio craze of the mid-1970s, is titled after the song’s main character, a young paraplegic boy whose semi-trailer truck-driving father had been killed in a road accident, and is left with a CB radio to keep him company.
15. Bud the spud – Stompin’ Tom Connors (1969)
The song is an account of a truckerwho hauls potatoes from Prince Edward Island, Connors’ home province. It was written about his truck-driving friend, Bud Roberts. Connors crisscrossed Canada, performing it along with his many other songs about Canada, at first in small venues. In this way the song became known through word-of-mouth as well as through radio airplay on CBC Radio.
Do you have any suggestions? Let us know your favorite truck driving songs below.
There are three different types of material used in the construction of RV roofs:
Rubber is the most commonly used material. Your owner’s manual will come with specific instructions on how to care for your roof and it will likely point out which type of rubber has been used in the build, and how to care for it.
There are two types of rubber used in RV roofs: Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM); and Thermal Poly Olefin (TPO).
Fiberglass roofs are a little less common than rubber since they’re a but more costly and add a bit of weight to your RV. They are however quite low-maintenance .
Aluminum is fairly low-maintenance as well. However, it adds more weight to your RV than a fiberglass roof and so is the rarest type of roof you’re likely to come across. We’ve included several products suitable for aluminum all teh same.
Once you understand what material your RV roof is made of you’ll be able to make informed decisions about its maintenance, repair and the type of products you’ll need to work with.
Types of Sealant
Broadly, these are the main types of RV roof sealants you’re likely to come across:
This kind of coating is less uncommon than most as RVs with aluminum roofing are rarely manufactured anymore. that said, if you have one, you’ll still need to fix it up from time to time.
Fiberglass coating is a bit more widespread but it can be heavy, costly and difficult to install. It is however low-maintenance once installed and will save you plenty of cash in the long run.
If your main concerns are preventing corrosion and protecting your roof from UV exposure, liquid coating is your best bet. Since it’s a water repellent, as well as sealing your roof it, it also prevents rust from forming, which we really like.
This is the most commonly-used RV roof coating and comes in two types: those made from EPDM and those made from TPO.
EPDM and TPO coatings require slightly different ongoing maintenance, but we’ll get to that a bit later.
The Best RV Roof Sealants Reviewed
1. Flex Seal Liquid Rubber In A Can
Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Flex seal liquid rubber can be used on any type of RV roof to stop leaks and to keep out air and moisture.
The best thing about this product is its ease of use.
It doesn’t require any fancy method of application; you can simply brush it on, use a roller, or even pour it directly onto your roof.
It can also be used to seal up the inside of your RV if required.
Loved by users, and available in a variety of colors and sizes, it’s our Number 1 Pick.
EternaBond RV Rubber Roof Repair tape is your perfect solution for rips, tears and open seams.
It consists of 10’ sections cut from a 50 foot master roll, and you can use it on almost any type of RV roof, be it EPDM, TPO or metal.
Its most defining feature is its UV stability. According to tests conducted by EternaBond, if you use it on your RV roof, you may can leave it out in the sun for up to 19 years with minimum signs of wear and tear.
It has a built-in primer that allows it to bond easily with whichever surface it’s installed on, and creates a permanent water-tight seal. This saves you the added cost of buying a primer separately.
Liquid Rubber RV Roof coating sealant is a unique water-based roof coating that doesn’t contain any solvents.
Unlike some other high quality sealants, it doesn’t require any special breathing apparatus and is completely safe for you to use in enclosed environments (if carrying out maintenance in your garage for example).
Apart from your RV roof, you can also use it on your camper, gutter, shed, etc to create a durable waterproof membrane.
It provides coverage of 100 sq ft per gallon but it does require 2-3 heavy coats for best results, so a typical 30 foot RV would require a 1.5 G pail.
You can use it to bridge gaps and seams, and you should use a primer first if your roof is made of EPDM or TPO to aid adhesiveness.
Butyl Putty Tape is made of a non-hardening elastic material that lasts longer than many similar tapes on the market right now.
Its crack-resistant formula is best-suited for roofs made of EPDM rubber.
You’ll find it creates a perfect waterproof membrane for your rubber roof. We believe its beast feature is that it increases in adhesion with age after you apply it creating a strong, long-lasting seal.
Things we like about this sealant:
Moulds according to the shape you need
Increases in adhesion with age
Easy to work with
Doesn’t create a mess
Things we don’t like:
Needs to be chilled before use for easy application
All of the products on our list will do a good job if you go for them. They’ve all been around long enough to gather hundreds of positive reviews from independent users just like you. And as they’re on our list they all come highly recommended.
If you really pressed us to choose the best RV Roof Sealant, for a permanent fix we’d have to go with Flex Seal Liquid Rubber due to it’s supreme versatility and ease of use. It works on any surface, and can be painted on with a brush or roller quickly and easily. It’s priced relatively well, and is the best-selling product on our list by quite some way.
For an all-inclusive option, it’s hard to look past the Liquid Rubber RV Roof Coating kit. With this combo set you get everything you’ll need to carry out a complete repair of your roof, including 5 Gallons of Liquid Rubber RV Coating, Liquid Rubber 4″ x 50′ Seam Tape, Primer, Cleaner, Brushes, Rollers and gloves as well. It’s a bit pricey, but you get so much for your money it offers real value.
For a more budget friendly option we’d recommend Cofair Extreme Quick Roof. This fast acting, self-adhesive roof repair tape will hardly break the bank whilst providing a permanent seal against the elements in no time at all. It’s compact, so can be stored in your RV for patch repairs whenever you need it, which helps it score so highly in reviews.
Things To Consider When Buying RV Roof Sealant
Educating yourself on the type of roof you have and which method of roof repair, and which type of sealant would work best for you is one of the few challenges you’ll be faced with while caring for your RV roof.
To help you make sense of what can be too much information, we’ve compiled a few questions you should answer before you pick a product:
Why Are You Sealing Your Roof?
Undoubtedly the most important question that you’ll need to answer is: why do you want to seal your roof in the first place? This is essential because different reasons can lead to different products and vastly different repair and maintenance techniques.
For instance, if your main concern is wanting to keep your vehicle cool, you’d go for a sealant with a brilliant white finish that would reflect sunlight and keep the inside of your RV cool.
However, if you’re facing a leak, you’d be best advised to use a tube sealant to fix it. See the difference?
The second question you’ll have to answer in this regard is: how degraded is your vehicle?
Depending on your RV’s level of degradation, you can either use repair tape to fix a small rip or more sophisticated methods of roof repair. This will also help to determine how much time you’ll have to put in to repair your roof.
Is Your Roof Leaking?
If you’ve decided to repair your RV’s roof because you’ve identified a leak, it’s imperative to investigate what’s causing the leak.
Maybe it’s being caused by rain? Maybe an object has struck it? Maybe your vehicle is just a bit tired and worn? Maybe all of the above?
After you’ve successfully established the reason behind the leak, you’ll then be able to choose the best RV roof coating to fix it.
What Material Is Your Roof Made Of?
The material your roof is made of is the most important factor that you should be taking into account before you repair your roof. As highlighted in earlier sections, RV roofs are typically made of three materials: Rubber (EPDM or TPO); Fiberglass; or Aluminum
A quick inspection or a check of your users’ manual will let you know the material your roof is made of. Only after this stage should buy a sealant for your roof.
Is The Sealant UV Resistant?
UV rays cause your RV roof to wear out over time, and they obviously heat up the inside of your vehicle. Therefore, you should choose a sealant that is cool and reflective that can resist UV rays effectively.
This not only helps keep your RV cool, and reduces the need for maintenance over time, it also guarantees better overall functioning of its components.
Such sealants also substantially reduce the possibility of your roof falling apart due to thermal shock and UV damage.
How Elastic Is The Sealant?
Elasticity with regard to an RV roof sealant refers to its ability to stretch and recover.
How effective is the sealant in extreme weather conditions? Is it able to expand and contract with changes in temperature without cracking?
If you plan on travelling through changeable weather conditions you should really ask the questions above before you come to a final decision on the best rv roof coating for the job in hand.
How Good Is The Sealant’s Tear Resistance?
Your RV roof’s tear resistance refers to its strength and ability to withstand force before breaking apart. Ideally, you’d want to pick a sealant tape that’s reasonably flexible and difficult to tear.
Tearing is usually caused by roof traffic, foot movement and changes in environment. Make sure your chosen seal tape is made of durable materials that can keep your roof in great shape for the entirety of its life.
Tips For Maintaining An RV Roof
Here are a few tips to bear in mind in order to maintain your RV roof and save yourself the trouble (and cost) of repairing it.
Inspection And Light Repair
Manually inspect your roof at regular intervals to ensure there are no cracks, punctures or tears.
Check often for signs of water damage.
Ensure your roof is strong enough to hold your weight if you walk on it. This can be determined by whether or not your RV has a ladder attached to its rear. If not, you should use a plank of plywood to lay on it to distribute your weight when you walk over it.
If your roof is made of rubber or vinyl, don’t use cleaning products on it that contain petroleum solvents or citrus ingredients as they cause permanent damage. This sort of damage can let rain and melted snow in that can ruin insulation and even rot framework.
If your roof is made of rubber, clean it at least four times a year.
Take a look at this handy clip for some further guidance:
Heavier Repair Works
If your roof does require more than just basic maintenance and you’ve decided to repair it, take note of the following tips before you start:
Clean your roof thoroughly by scraping off the odd piece of debris, roof material, dirt and let it dry completely.
Be very careful while cleaning your roof as you can make things worse by enlarging a tear or ripping a hole through it.
Either refer to your users’ manual or ask your dealer about which sealants are best suited to your roof.
Wear protective gloves and be careful not to spill any sealant on your clothing-that stuff is permanent and won’t wash off.
The following brands are the ones we’d consider the best in the industry at the moment, and worthy of recommendation:
The Flex Seal family of products, as seen on TV, make an excellent addition to any garage or workshop. They’re versatile, easy to use, and most importantly, they work.
Geocel has been in the industry for well over 40 years and has been consistently flooding the market with professional-grade, quality products. Their sealants are easy-to-use and effective.
The fact that it supplies to over 600 distributors and retailers speaks volumes for the durable, easy-to-use sealants manufactured by the best microsealant producer in the market – Eternabond.
Cofair is one of the most innovative brands in the sealant industry and spends decades on thorough research and development to bring you self-adhesive membranes and tapes. Their Steel-Loc adhesive is next generation technology that is both ingenious and effective.
Providing loyal customers with quality paints and sealants since 1967, Anvil Paints has become a household name in the industry and is trusted by leading distributors and a large consumer base of RV owners as well.
Established in the early 2000s, Liquid Rubber provides its customers with flexible, damage-resistant membranes that are proven to be of great quality. Their 5-star customer service is probably their best selling point.
Q – Does my RV roof require constant maintenance?
A – Maintaining your RV roof and keeping it in good shape for years takes no more than basic maintenance but it is of prime importance that you clean your roof at least twice a year and check for rips, tears and leaks.
Q – Can I paint my rubber roof?
A – Yes, but it is not advisable. You should only paint your rubber roof if you’re beginning to see black rather than white and even then you should paint it only once before replacing it.
Q – Will I always require a primer?
A – A primer may be required in some cases depending on he type of roof you have. However, its not always necessary to use one and it is no substitute for proper cleaning.
Q – Can my roof be recoated?
A – Yes, most coating systems in the market are renewable as well as sustainable. As your coating eventually wears away, you can apply more as per the specific instructions of your coating manufacturer regarding re-coating applications.
Q – Can a rusted metal roof be coated?
A – Yes, it can be coated after you’re able to clean off the rust. If the rust on your roof is white (zinc or aluminum), you can coat it after a basic cleaning. If the rust is red, it must be treated with a corrosion inhibiting primer. If fasteners are rusted they should be treated or replaced. You could also consider a rust converter.
Q – How long will my coating last?
A – Ideally, a properly-applied coating can extend your roof life by up to 10 years or more. How long it will last also greatly depends on the weather conditions it will be exposed to and how thickly the coating has been applied.
Wrapping It Up
As discussed, giving your RV roof the care and attention it deserves can appear to be a daunting task. You have several things to take into account before you unload your wallet and pick up the first sealant you come across at the hardware store.
Yes, RV roofs come with their fair share of maintenance issues but there are plenty of handy solutions too.
After weighing the pros and cons of all the leading sealants in the market, we feel that Flex Seal Liquid Ribber is the best RV roof sealant around right now. For ease of use, permanent results, and the sheer volume of positive feedback from independent users, it cannot be beaten.
Liquid Rubber’s RV Roof Coating Kit is a great option if you have a complete overhaul to carry out, want a comprehensive kit to call upon should you need it, and want all the bells and whistles for a top quality finish.
And for those who don’t want to spend a fortune but still want reliable results, or a sealant tape that stores easily for occasional use or emergencies, we recommend Cofair Extreme Quick Roof. It’s a fast acting, self-adhesive roof repair tape that provides a permanent fix at a great price.
All in all, the choice is yours so make sure you choose a sealant that can provide the solution best suited to your needs without breaking the bank.
What do you think is the best RV Roof Coating? Let us know below. We’d love to hear from you.
2. Pioneer TS 1,200 Watt 10 Inch Shallow-Mount Subwoofer
Rating: (4.4 / 5)
The Pioneer TS is very unlucky not to be named our number one pick.
It features a Single 4ohm Voice Coil and delivers deep bass with top-notch sound quality.
It does so thanks to market-leading materials, in particular mica injection-molded resin which is used to create this subwoofer’s super-durable cone which helps it to produce accurate, distortion-free bass.
The Pioneer has an oversized cone structure which provides greater cone and gasket surface area without adding to its dimensions.
It’s thanks to this larger cone surface that the subwoofer can produce louder and deeper bass by moving more air than most.
The mounting depth is even more impressive at just 3.125 inches.
You get a nice power range of around 100-300 Watts RMS and 1,200 Watts at peak power.
If you need a 10 inch shallow mount and like your bass, this is the choice for you.
Things we like:
Rigid and very durable for a long-lasting use
Excellent sound quality and bass
Scratch free and non-slip carpeted surface
Easy to set up with an innovative design – a good fit even in tight spaces
A steady frequency response of 20-125 Hz
A cone that’s made of resin and injected with mica
Things we don’t like:
It has slightly lower power handling compared to some others
The Punch Stage 3 by Rockford Fosgate comes with Dual 4-Ohm voice coils. The fiber cone is reinforced with Kevlar, with poly-ether-ester surround.
It has an RMS of 100-300 Watts (150 Watts per voice coil) and peak power handling of 600 Watts.
With a depth of only 3 9/16″ you’ll be able to fit it into the tightest of mounts, and you’ll be thankful you did!
Rockford applies a thin aluminum cone and a dust cap that is very light to give the woofer a clean response whilst at the same time making it rigid enough to keep its shape when belting out some really deep bass.
When these features combine with Rockford’s M-Roll Santoprene™ surround, and you get a long lasting, high output subwoofer that sounds as good as a standard component design.
Things we like:
Stylish design and compact construction
Very affordable thanks to the low price tag
Excellent sound quality and an incredible performance
6. Boss Audio CXX10 800 Watt, 10 Inch, Single 4 Ohm Voice Coil Car Subwoofer
Rating: (3.8 / 5)
This popular 10 Inch, Single 4 Ohm Voice Coil Car Subwoofer by Boss Audio has a sensitivity level of 87 dB and a resonant frequency of 36 Hz.
Its sealed enclosure internal volume is .65 cubic feet and its ported enclosure Internal volume is 1 Cubic feet.
It comes with a 4.6 inch mounting height, a high-temperature voice coil and rubber surround. The propylene cone material produces a great sound and is highly durable meaning that this product is built to last. The voice coils are highly resistant to corrosion and perform very well under stress in both high tension and high compression environments.
It’s important for this subwoofer to go through a short ‘break-in’ process before you crank it right up, so do bear that in mind if you go for this one.
That means not subjecting it to more than low-to-medium volume levels for 3-4 hours in the enclosure to start with – which should be fine fore most people anyway.
That time allows the subwoofer’s suspension to loosen enough to prevent the voice coil from overheating and causing failure.
The break-in period is also effective in extending subwoofer life. Over-driving the woofer before it has been properly broken-in will usually result in premature failure and poor performance.
But if you warm it up properly you may never have to replace it again.
7. Kenwood KFCXW-1000F eXcelon 10 inch Shallow Subwoofer
Rating: (3.9 / 5)
Kenwood’s eXcelon 10 inch shallow-mount subwoofer is very slim and very powerful.
It comes with a carbon-glass fiber composite cone with a butyl rubber surround which and a cast aluminum basket.
If you’re looking for a woofer with good sound quality and a super-robust design, this is it!
The power range is between 50-250 watts RMS and it handles a whopping 1,200 watts of power with only a 4-inch mounting depth. Its frequency response range is 35-800 Hz, while its sensitivity level is around 90 dB.
For die-hard Kenwood fans there really is no other choice.
Things we like:
The subwoofer is slim, with loud and great sound;
Its carbon fiber composite cone with butyl rubber surround;
Its impressive cast aluminum basket;
Its power range of between 50-250 watts RMS.
Things we don’t like:
Sensitive to over use without a proper warm up period
So, What’s The Best 10 Inch Shallow Mount Subwoofer Then?
All of the subs on our list will do a great job. They’ve all been around long enough to collect hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of independent users, just like you. We’re happy that they represent the best options available on the market right now.
That said, if you really puched us to choose the best 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer of them all, we’d have to go with the Skar Audio VD-10 Max Power.
The sound quality is superb. They’re constructed from materials of the highest quality and they fit really well in shallow enclosures to deliver the finest performance. The price is great and the feedback unrivaled.
The Pioneer TS 1,200 Watt sub also deserves a mention, as there really wasn’t much in it between this one and the Skar for first place.
The Pioneer has a solid design and really strong sound qualities. It’s affordable, easy to fit and delivers excellent deep bass.
For a good budget option (which we’d still recommend as a top sub regardless of the low price) it’s hard to look further than the Skar Audio IX 400 at number three on our list. For its size it really packs a punch. It’s durable, is easy to install and the sound quality is excellent.
Why You Need A Good Subwoofer
The key to enjoying long drives, alone or with friends, is an audio system with excellent sound quality – a sound quality that only the best shallow mount subwoofers can provide.
Shallow mount subwoofers are designed to reproduce bass, while at the same time to remain compact. They deal very well with the lower end range of frequencies, which the smaller speakers find difficult to reproduce.
In some cases, the selection of subs available to you can be limited by the amount of space that you have. That’s why modern slim versions (that come with a shallow depth) were designed and are now so popular among users.
So now, if you have a sports car, a family car or even a truck with little room, you can still add power to your sound system at levels that cannot be reproduced by standard speakers.
In our guide we’ve looked at the best 10-inch shallow mount subwoofers that could fit in an area where normal component subwoofers cannot. The bass that they can supply will certainly add richness and depth to the sound you get. You’ll experience much greater clarity on the low notes, with minimum distortion.
If you like your bass that crispness is priceless.
Knowing what to search for when looking for a subwoofer is important to get the best bang for your buck. Hopefully the products on our list have helped narrow down your options. You’ll get great value for money from these, whichever you choose.
For those still stuck, we’ll take you through everything you need to know to make sense of all the lingo and make an informed decision.
Why 10 Inch Subs?
One of the most important factors when it comes to shallow mount subwoofers is the size. If you’re looking for big bass, then you should go for the larger sizes. But if you own a truck or a subcompact car, then you probably can’t accommodate those larger subs unless you carry out lots of modifications.
There is a solution for small vehicles and these are the 10-Inch shallow mount subwoofers. They offer a slim profile, which allows you to get them into tight spaces, which their regular counterparts cannot achieve. The result? Great sound with minimum fuss!
What Exactly Is A Shallow Mount Subwoofer?
Subwoofers provide that big bass sound that so many of us just love in our music. They are designed to be very compact in relation to their output, so that they can fit into small places, like your car. Shallow mount subs are even smaller and were designed and manufactured for drivers of modern vehicles where space is at a premium but who don’t get enough bass for their musical tastes from the pre-installed speakers.
Shallow mount subwoofers have many benefits, but the main ones include the fact that they are portable, lightweight, small and shallow, and offer best value as they almost always guarantee good sound.
The difference between the regular and shallow mount subwoofers is in the details. Shallow subs are small in size and can fit inside small spaces. They are also easy to transport, as they are lightweight. Regular subs are heavier and bigger, which means that they are less versatile.
10 inch car subwoofers are very common size for both compact and standard size vehicles. They are usually easy to install, with no modifications, and can be placed under a seat, in a shelf, or door panel without taking up any useable room at all.
In general, 10 inch shallow mount subwoofers have clarity and decent bass response, and are most suited for drivers that prefer to listen to rock, non-heavy bass tunes and country music.
The best shallow mount subwoofers are made by several well-known brands such as Pioneer, Kicker, Skar Audio, Rockford Fosgate, JL Audio and Polk.
Do I Need Subwoofers?
Subwoofers are speakers, which are able to produce low frequencies, including hard-hitting, window shaking thumping bass.
Car speakers are usually small, and they have issues hitting the low frequencies and this is the reason why the music in your car often lacks depth.
When your car speakers do produce low-frequency sound, the sound quality will most probably be distorted because it’s too powerful for the limits of the speakers. As a result, this distortion can damage your speakers if you push them that hard too often.
That is why having a good subwoofer can help you with all these issues to improve your overall listening experience, which is THE most important thing EVER!!!
In order to maximize the functionality of shallow mount subwoofers, you should be careful when choosing the place and the position where you put them. There are several good places to position your subs, based on the sound that you are aiming at.
Types Of Car Subwoofer
There are four different types of subwoofers – vehicle specific, enclosed, powered and component.
These are mounted in a pre-made enclosure, which are designed for the particular model of car for an excellent spreading of the sound. These subwoofers are made to match the car interior which is very nice. The downside is that they do not offer that big bass you might be dreaming of.
These are mounted in a very compact enclosure and are powered by an amplifier. They sound great and are very bass effective. Due to the compact enclosure, do not expect window shaking bass.
These come already mounted in an enclosure. They require an amplifier to be powered. The choice options of enclosed subwoofers however are quite limited.
These subwoofers are speakers with no amplifier or enclosure. You choose the enclosure and the amplifier. Component subwoofers, which are subject of this guide come in various sizes between 8 and 15 inches and come in a great variety. They are ideal for you in case you want to personalize your car stereo system.
What’s The Difference Between Shallow Mount And Regular Subwoofers?
We’ve touched on this a few times, but we will say it again – shallow mount subwoofers occupy a small space and are lightweight, so you can transport them when and wherever you need to. Regular subwoofers are a bit heavier and not so easy to move from one place to another, or to install!
Shallow subwoofers do not offer quite as good sound quality as regular subwoofers. They can offer chest-thumping bass crisp enough for most if us, but not as clear as the sound of a regular sub. The reason: the shallow body is a little condensed which limits the movement of the cone.
Compact subwoofers are less durable due to the exposed parts, unlike regular designs. And, due to the construction of these compact subwoofers, their parts are more likely to suffer from environment-caused damages.
How To Pick The Right Subwoofer For Your Car?
Before you head to the store to buy a shallow mount sub there are several things that you should consider in order to get the product that ‘s right for you:
Subwoofers come in different sizes, which can vary from 8 to 15 inches. The larger ones produce louder bass, but the performance is not associated just with the size. it’s better to consider the free space that you have to place the subwoofer in. Ten inch subwoofers are very popular – they are well-rounded and a safe choice. These subwoofers are suitable for fast paced music, for heavier bass and for club music.
Type Of Enclosure
The type of enclosure that you fit them in is very important in terms of how a subwoofer sounds. If you prefer a loud sound, go for a subwoofer that is mounted in a vented enclosure with great air flow. If you’re into tight, accurate sounds, choose a subwoofer mounted in a sealed enclosure, but remember that it needs more power to produce the volume of the vented enclosure.
When looking for a shallow mount subwoofer, check the continuous power handling (or RMS) and the peak power handling. The RMS is the power that the subwoofer can handle for a long period of time. And a sub’s peak power reveals you how much power it can handle for short periods of time.
There are single voice coil subwoofers and dual voice coil subwoofers. The dual ones are more flexible in terms of wiring systems.
This is the way to measure the subwoofer capacity and convert the power into volume. The higher sensitivity rating number should mean to you that the subwoofer needs less power for producing loud and big sound without making compromise with the quality.
This is relevant when considering low a subwoofer can play. The greater the range, the crisper the bass.
This tells you the effective resistance of the electric circuit to the current flow. It is measured in ohms. Some subwoofers are rated at 8 ohms, others at 8 ohms, but the majority of them are rated at 4 ohm. You should know that an amplifier and subwoofer need to come with the same impedance rating to work together.
With that knowledge in mind, you should now be in a better position to choose a sub for your car. All 10 inch shallow mount subwoofers on our list are great options. They all provide excellent sound quality at an affordable price.
Having analysed many of the leading products offered by loads of different brands, in all of our recommendations we’ve gone with the most trusted brands, as we want to protect you from spending money on low quality products.
That is why we have picked a 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer or two from the likes of Kicker, Rockford Fosgate, Pioneer, Boss and Skar Audio.
These companies have a variety of well-experienced sound systems; they are well established brands. Their products have unique, market-leading design and features that have won their customer’s satisfaction time and again.
If you buy from these guys, you do so with peace of mind.
Q – Where Should You Place Your Shallow Mount Subwoofers?
A – There are several good locations, where you can mount your shallow subwoofers, depending on the sound that you are looking for and the space you have available inside the vehicle and the amount of bass that you can handle. The two best places to set up your shallow mount subwoofer are the rear speaker deck and the truck.
the trunk is considered to be one of the best spots to place a shallow mount subwoofer. If mounted in the trunk, you will get big bass and the loudest outside sound, and you will feel the music. The sound might not be of the highest quality, however, the music you are listening to will be heard from a distance.
If you place your shallow mount subwoofers in the deck for the rear speakers or behind the back seats, you will hear all the fine details. In this way you will get the most powerful low notes, the resonant high notes and a good clear sound.
Q – What Are The Benefits Of Shallow Mount Subwoofers?
The main benefits of the shallow mount subwoofer are its portability and its lightness, compared to regular subwoofers. Depending on the way these subwoofers are mounted in the vehicle, the subwoofers might be easy to install, remove, and also transport. As their name suggests, shallow mount subwoofers are very easy to mount compared to the normal-sized subwoofers.
Q – What Are The Disadvantages Of Shallow Mount Subwoofers?
The main disadvantages are the lower bass levels and sound quality. These can be distorted if the subwoofer is made of low-quality materials. Shallow subwoofers lack low-end frequency reproduction and lack serious bass. They can also be dislodged if not properly installed.
Conclusion – Wrapping It Up
Choosing a good sub for your ride can add a great deal of enjoyment to your drive. The superior sound quality and bass of a decent subwoofer can transform the impact of a piece of music dramatically.
In many cases a shallow mount subwoofer will be the perfect upgrade from the factory made system. And a 10 inch model is one of the most common options available to you, so hopefully this guide has been helpful.
In our view, the best 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer is the Skar Audio VD-10 Max Power. It ticks every box and doesn’t cost the earth.
The Pioneer TS 1,200 Watt sub is a very close second, and if the price is better on the day you should probably go with it as there’s not much between the two at all.
And if you’re looking for excellent sound quality with deep bass but don’t want to break the bank, choose the Skar Audio IX 400. You’ll get great value for money without compromising much on performance.
Let us know below which one you went with. We’d love to hear from you.