Originally Posted by Shultz01
Can you tell us the process for switching the sideview cameras off and on?
I found in certain situations the activation of the sideview cameras was very distracting, especially when navigating in areas where several turns were required in succession. The Nav screen would blank out when I needed it the most! But there are times I want them to work, hence the switch.
To disable the activation wasn't too tough. Behind the center dash panel, (and on my rig) more to the right side, is the Voyager "Multi Camera Controller" module where the three camera feeds all come together. Out of that module (in addition to the camera coax leads) are several regular wires; +12-volt power, ground, and the three "trigger" wires. The three triggers are reverse, left turn, right turn. Obviously the left and right turn wires are the ones I dealt with. I am attaching a wiring diagram of the camera module below that may help.
The Freightliner OPT switch I used (part #A06-30769-014) is a double-pole switch which is critical since you have to keep the two circuits separate. I cut the two turn signal trigger wires, extended them to the new switch mounted in the dash panel, then out of the switch back to the switching module. I also wired the new switch's illumination circuit by extending illumination power and ground from another dash switch. That way the "OPT" lights up at night too!
Since I am basically a nutcase (per the DW!), I even went so far as to source the stock Freightliner wiring plug and connectors so it looks 100% stock, plugging right into the new switch just as if the factory did it. Used the same procedure to wire my Air/Electric horn selector switch. But never fear, the switch can be wired with traditional spade lugs and would work just as well.
Just to throw gasoline on the fire, I also discovered while doing this turn signal job that our rearview camera includes a microphone. Jayco just never hooked it up. It took another switching module I installed to make it work, but now when I shift into reverse the camera and
the microphone come on. So I can watch the wife's hand signals and hear her talk me into a tight campsite. Overkill? You betcha!
If I can offer any more help please let me know!