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Old 10-17-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Installing rear view camera

I have a 2012 Jayco Jay Flight Swift 145RB and a rear view camera that weights 1 pound. I'm wanting to install it about midway on the rear of the camper, high enough to see above the tire, but I'm concerned about drilling holes because of wires or vents. I'm inclined to drill through and put an aluminum plate on the inside, rather than try to just attach it to the skin. Any suggestions? Since it'll be constant on while driving, I'm going to attach it directly to the battery. That way I don't have to have any running lights on. Thanks for any information.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:17 PM   #2
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You do not give any details on what camera. You have. I installed a Voyager wireless phone on the rear wall of my pinnacle where the center red marker light is. The light has a center hole for the wires and you power the camera from the lights. When I sell the unit I can remove the camera and reinstall the light.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:56 PM   #3
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I'll have to think about that. I didn't want to have to keep my running lights on all the time, but that's a possibility. Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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Bill why not keep your running lights on all the time? It adds another margin of safety to your trip. I mounted mine near the top of the trailer close to the center.. Pics etc in the mod's section.
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:52 PM   #5
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Thanks to both. The idea is really growing on me. That gives me control when I want the camera on, and will keep me from draining the battery if I forget. I'm less likely to leave the running lights on when I'm parked. I also noted that I have a solid surface to attach the camera. The system I purchased is a "Wireless Quad camera System" from Rear View Safety, and seems to be reasonable compared to some prices I've seen, and the items appear solid. I don't have them connected or working, yet, so can't speak to their effectiveness, but they're warranted to be good for 70', much more than I need with my Swift. Again, thanks.
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Thanks to both. The idea is really growing on me. That gives me control when I want the camera on, and will keep me from draining the battery if I forget. I'm less likely to leave the running lights on when I'm parked. I also noted that I have a solid surface to attach the camera. The system I purchased is a "Wireless Quad camera System" from Rear View Safety, and seems to be reasonable compared to some prices I've seen, and the items appear solid. I don't have them connected or working, yet, so can't speak to their effectiveness, but they're warranted to be good for 70', much more than I need with my Swift. Again, thanks.
Just a followup, I wonder if you ever got this installed and how is it working out? I am looking for a rear view wireless for my wife's car to give a rear view while driving.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:30 AM   #7
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Just a followup, I wonder if you ever got this installed and how is it working out? I am looking for a rear view wireless for my wife's car to give a rear view while driving.
I installed the necessary wiring to be able to quickly hook up the camera to the camper when the weather breaks, but haven't had a chance to try it, yet. I'm really looking forward to this, for safety on the road. I adopted someone else's suggestion, and installed the camera by replacing the middle upper running light on the back of the camper. I actually installed a weatherproof box on the camper, and installed the camera to the cover, so all I have to do is plug in the device and attach the four corner screws. I have a second cover on there at the moment to keep out the weather, although the camper is covered for the winter.


As a part of the package that I got, I got a second camera that I had installed on my van (that pulls the camper), and I've been using it for about a month. It is a bit of a help; it is also a distraction. Instead of having to focus on three mirrors and my windows when I'm backing out of a parking space, I'm also having to glance at my monitor. It does give me a better handle on how close I'm coming to cars behind me, and it would be lifesaving if there were a small child behind me, but there is the added distraction. I've only been out at night a few times with the van, but I did notice once that it really lit up the area behind me, and I could see things very clearly. I'm having to wipe the lens occasionally in this type of weather to continue to see clearly.


I think my cameras have a 90 degree field of vision; I've seen some that have a larger field of vision. They might be better for seeing further to the sides when I'm backing out. I've had the system in use to below 0 degrees; it's supposed to be safe to about 30 below. I decided not to leave it on the camper overwinter, though. I am looking forward to being able to back the van to the camper to hitch up. That should help a lot, and backing the camper into it's parking space at home is tricky, and the camera should help, greatly.


To be on the safe side with the website, I won't post the name of the company where I bought the system, but if you search for quad back-up camera, you'll probably find it. To me, the convincing claim was that it would be active at 70'. It was more expensive than other systems, but seems to be quite sturdy.
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I should be able to figure this out, but someone here probably has the answer. The camper wiring for the middle rear running light is white and black. The wiring for the camera is red and black. The red wire goes to the light's positive, and the black to the chassis ground. I've always thought of black as positive and white as negative (ground), but both campers I've had have a white wire going to the positive side of the battery. Maybe my confusion is that I've done 120 v wiring, but not much 12 v. Thanks.
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the black should be 12v hot and the white is neg.
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Do the running light covers simply pop off, or is there some other method for replacing the bulb or attaching camera power wiring?
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