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dhblack

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Back up camera
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:33:10 AM »
I need the what, where and who of easy to install goog functioning cameras. Preferrable to be on full time not just while backing.  All and any info is welcome and needed.

99dart

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 06:53:01 AM »
You can do some reading/researching here;  https://www.tadibrothers.com/
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2kGeorgieBoy

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 07:00:23 PM »
I replaced the old Voyager black and white system we had with a Rear View Safety system I bought through Costco. It has a 7"color monitor which I mounted in place of the rear view mirror that was still installed in  our Maverick. It also has infrared night vision capability which is good in low light conditions. When I'm driving I can scan from one side mirror to rear view to other side just like in a regular vehicle. Works great that way. Normally the 'trigger" power wire is attached to the reverse light circuit so the monitor comes on when shifting to reverse. If you wire it to a circuit that is always hot when the key is on, the monitor will also be on all the time. Very easy to do. Do your homework when shopping for these, as there is a great many different models and capabilities out there. "Cheaper" is not always better. You'll be happy that you added this system to your RV.
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'08 Polaris Touring LE ATV (mine)
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dhblack

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 11:38:06 PM »
Thanks for the info. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do. Anyone have any luck with the wireless systems?

HappyWanderer

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 09:34:41 AM »
An important consideration is that video monitors can mess with your night vision, so keep that in mind when selecting a place to mount it.
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fman

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 08:50:00 PM »
I replaced the old Voyager black and white system we had with a Rear View Safety system I bought through Costco. It has a 7"color monitor which I mounted in place of the rear view mirror that was still installed in  our Maverick. It also has infrared night vision capability which is good in low light conditions. When I'm driving I can scan from one side mirror to rear view to other side just like in a regular vehicle. Works great that way. Normally the 'trigger" power wire is attached to the reverse light circuit so the monitor comes on when shifting to reverse. If you wire it to a circuit that is always hot when the key is on, the monitor will also be on all the time. Very easy to do. Do your homework when shopping for these, as there is a great many different models and capabilities out there. "Cheaper" is not always better. You'll be happy that you added this system to your RV.
I'm looking to do this also with my voyager. If you purchase the conversion adapters? I'm not looking forward to removing and replacing the wiring as it seems like it's a nightmare.

2kGeorgieBoy

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017, 12:54:07 AM »
I replaced the old wiring using the wiring that came with the kit. I did use the old wiring to pull the new wire through the end cap. From there on, I routed the wire along the frame and up into the area under the instrument panel. I would recommend doing it this way, rather then trying to use adapters and the old wire that may be "on it's last legs". This was not a hard install, it just takes some time.
2000 Georgie Boy Maverick
31' E450 V10  No slides
our toys:
'08 Polaris Touring LE ATV (mine)
'12 Polaris 550 XP ATV (wife's)
1968 AH Sprite (original owners, not on road at this time)
Gary, Jena, and Presley (our awesome yellow Lab).
Westcliffe, CO.

Buck94089

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017, 03:40:17 AM »
MONITOR
I got a replacement rear-view mirror with an inset video screen (the mirror is nearly useless anyway and it's very natural to look at the rear view mirror and see a view of what's behind you).  It's sort of like link 1, except I got mine at a local Fry's and it was around $50.  I was able to easily tuck the wires into the plastic trim piece next to the headliner and around to the dash area.  The hardest part was figuring out how to remove the factory mirror, but youtube taught me how (turns out you just have to confidently pry/pull harder than I thought).


CAMERA/MOUNT
My license plate is mounted way on the left side and I wanted my camera to be centered.  I didn't mind if it was low because I'm mostly scared of running over people or bikes and not hooking up a trailer.  I wanted to avoid drilling and didn't want the camera to be very noticeable.  My solution was to create a camera mounted in a hitch cover that I could remove if I wanted to use the hitch and replace or swap if I didn't like the camera.

I got a couple different cameras like link 2, all of which came with a drill bit exactly the right size for the camera.  The cameras were between $9 and $19. 

I got a few blank hitch covers (one for each camera) and drilled a hole in each for the camera.  I trimmed the wiring so that each camera-mounted-in-a-hitch-plug had a few inches of RCA cable and connectors sticking out of them.  See link 3.  I now have several "plug-and-play" cameras each with different strong points (color-quality-resolution / wide-angle-ness / night-vision).


WIRING
I have a 23 foot motorhome.  I bought about 35 feet of RCA cable suitable for outdoor use from Fry's, but easily found on Amazon also. 

I got about 30 feet of wire conduit and something like 6 or 12 feet of wire heat shield from my local auto store (whatever was a single package).  AutoZone, Pep Boys, etc.  (It wasn't exotic or hard to find.)

I was able to easily find good places to zip tie the cable-in-conduit underneath the chassis all the way from the hitch to the dog house.  When transitioning from sort of the outside edge to where there'd be a lot of heat (the vehicle part), I covered the cable with the heat shield.  The cable and heat shield came up very easily through a gap between the doghouse and the back of the dashboard area, where the mirror cables were waiting.

For power, I spliced power from the hitch connector for the camera and there was power easily available in the dashboard area for the rear view monitor.


WIRELESS OPTION
I did buy a wireless kit from Frys and a different system from Amazon.  Both had a lot of noise when I had either the engine or radio on.  In both cases I attached the transmitter just behind the hitch receiver and the receiver in the hollow space next to / between the radio and glove compartment.  Hardwired was noticeably better and just as easy!
 
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Links referenced:
1) https://www.amazon.com/AUTO-VOX-Adjusting-Brightness-Rearview-Monitor/dp/B00J863EI2
2) https://www.amazon.com/Backup-Infrared-Camcorder-170-Degree-Waterproof/dp/B0160OOHQW/
3) https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Hitch-Cover-Insert-Receivers/dp/B00SVNRJ6Q
« Last Edit: September 11, 2017, 02:12:14 PM by Buck94089 »

RV_Fan86

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Re: Back up camera
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2017, 08:27:39 AM »
wireless have less of an install, but interference can be annoying. Wired are usually more reliable.

 

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