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Old 06-26-2016, 02:07 PM   #1
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backup cam, wiring behind aluminum siding?

So I am researching a backup camera for my aluminum clad Jayflight. I was thinking about running the video cable down behind the aluminum siding, between the siding and the plywood, then running the cable along the frame to the front of the camper.

Has anyone ever done this? I would get an electricians wire snake to pull the wire through. Before I go cutting holes in my siding or taking off my center rear clearance light to try, I want to see if others think its even feasible.

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Old 06-26-2016, 03:15 PM   #2
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Probably feasible, why not go wireless?
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:32 PM   #3
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Wireless is way more expensive (I have several screens that can be used as a monitor for wired) and is generally unreliable, especially at highway speeds or campgrounds with a lot of electronic interference.

Wired should work in all circumstances that I want... I just need to figure out a way to wire it that will be satisfactory for management (the wife).
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Old 06-26-2016, 05:55 PM   #4
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I went with a Furrion High speed one,..Link here https://www.amazon.com/Furrion-FOS48...ywords=furrion. I love it! Easy to install and not that expensive I didn't think.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for that link, that is definitely an option! For that price its not terrible. I would still like to explore the plausibility of hardwiring behind the siding though. A $40 camera and $20 worth of wiring is a much easier cost to swallow when you have to get permission from management/wife...
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:41 PM   #6
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Just tell her that the hours in install time and potentially getting an electrician to fish wire for you or renting/buying a wire fish will cost more in the end than a wireless one And then you won't have to worry about corroded ends and potential wire shorts while bouncing down the road at 65mph...it's all in the sell my friend

That extra time can be spent with her, cooking her dinner or maybe watching a movie together ;}
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:57 PM   #7
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Ha, unfortunately either method I go, I am the installer. I have access to a snake line, so that isn't an additional cost. If I can run the wire behind the aluminum, it should be a straight forward and rather quick install on a Saturday morning while she watches the kids on the deck and I am in the yard working, so it would be quality time either way!

I appreciate the suggestion though... management is too smart to fall for that trick though!
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Spoon, I don't know what the back corners look like on your TT, but if you have the aluminum track with the black (maybe white) vinyl insert that covers all the screws. Then you can run the wire inside that. My wire was fairly thick and there is enough room for it.
Then I ran it inside split loom and zip tied it under the rig to the front.

It's hard to see the vinyl in this picture but this is the wire coming out and going into the split loom.


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you also have to have a disconnect for it at the tongue of the trailer to the truck too which is what sort of threw me into believing wireless is easier
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klassic, I actually considered that, but didn't think there would be enough room for the wires. Do you have any pics of how you transitioned from the horizontal trim piece to the vertical trim piece? It looks like my trailer those are 2 separate tracks and the wire would have to come out of the horizontal and back into the vertical... if that makes sense.

Paintinfool, I agree the install is easier... but convincing the wife that I need to spend $300 for this camera is WAY more difficult... especially since I've never had one before and we have managed just fine over the years!
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