old backup camera system

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jhoog

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My coach has the old original backup camera and monitor that don't even work, (they don't provide picture anymore).  Was looking to replace it with something a little more modern.  what have you all done to upgrade the old black and white?  Assuming since all the cabling is there I just need to find something I can just plug and play with what is there for wiring?
 

kiss6669

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I can't remember the brand of backup camera that I now have upgraded to but it is a wired single camera system. I had the same thought about using the existing wiring but the connections were different and I chose to just rewire. It wasn't hard just time consuming running the wire, I chose to go under the rig to the back camera location. I had to make some cuts to the existing mounting area in my rig to get the screen in the same place as the old TV monitor, it sticks out a bit further then the old rececessed monitor but the new monitors are usually thin flat screens.
 

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I installed a new system on our old 98 31 footer. The seller said a wireless system might be fuzzy on that long of vehicle. So, I went wired and it had a beautiful picture. Here is one on Amazon, you can go budget friendly or high dollar.

https://www.amazon.com/Vehicle-Waterproof-Monitor-Trailer-Campers/dp/B072M58X9N/ref=sr_1_7?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1532371372&sr=1-7&keywords=rv+backup+camera+system
 

jhoog

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99dart said:
I installed a new system on our old 98 31 footer. The seller said a wireless system might be fuzzy on that long of vehicle. So, I went wired and it had a beautiful picture. Here is one on Amazon, you can go budget friendly or high dollar.

https://www.amazon.com/Vehicle-Waterproof-Monitor-Trailer-Campers/dp/B072M58X9N/ref=sr_1_7?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1532371372&sr=1-7&keywords=rv+backup+camera+system

Perfect.  Budget friendly is all I need. Just something I can see back there.  Be nice to see my trailer and behind me again when driving down the highway.
 

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One thing to keep in mind about backup cameras is the quality of the image and the displays keep getting better every year, so the picture you get from a new low end system is likely to be better than it was from a top of the line system just 5 years ago.
 

jhoog

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Isaac-1 said:
One thing to keep in mind about backup cameras is the quality of the image and the displays keep getting better every year, so the picture you get from a new low end system is likely to be better than it was from a top of the line system just 5 years ago.

That is what imagine as well. Considering my existing one is original from 1995 I am sure a low budget one from 2018 will be a pretty substantial upgrade.
 

Isaac-1

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One thing to be warned about on some of the newer systems, particularly the very lower end, or those that came out a few years ago is image lag.  Being digital there are lots of things to delay the signal, a quarter to half second signal delay can be a big deal while backing into a space.  This is one place where analog was better, though the newer digital systems with faster processing tend to reduce this issue considerably.
 

99dart

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jhoog said:
Perfect.  Budget friendly is all I need. Just something I can see back there.  Be nice to see my trailer and behind me again when driving down the highway.

I don't know anything about your physical condition, but installation was fairly easy. My old wiring ran outside the coach until entering the cab. I just followed the path that the old cable ran. I was able to "inch worm"/slide along under the coach routing & zip-tying the new cable as I removed the old cable. It then entered our class C through the dog house and under the dash. I was amazed at the picture compared to our old black-n-white.
 

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We had an aftermarket radio in ours, so I swapped it out with a used in dash TV with a defective cd player for $22 on ebay and picked up a cheap camera and a 50 foot RCA cable on amazon for another $20. I use the heck out of the AUX connection on the radio since CDs are nearly obsolete and radio reception is terrible.

I have since realized how difficult it is to back a trailer in a MH, so I will be adding a 2nd camera on top, pointing down, so I can see when I get too sharp with the trailer.
 
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