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Old 11-26-2017, 05:10 PM   #1
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Smile Would like advice on solar chargers and back camera

Hello again, you all were so helpful, I have a couple of other requests... We are going to get a camera for the back of the fifth wheel, but have no idea what brand or type to get..any suggestions? Also, wired or wireless??? I see the prices are all over the place from $100 to over $500!
Also, this fifth wheel has a number of items which are always on and are running the battery down quickly. What type of solar setup would be good for keeping the batteries charged? At this time we are not boondocking, so do not need the solar for appliances, just don't want the little blinking lights all over the place (like on the cd player) to drain the battery if we are someplace for a few days without electricity. At some later date we might add more solar equipment, but for now, we are just concerned with the battery drain. Thank you in advance!!!
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:58 PM   #2
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Not sure what model you have, but the factory prep is made either for the Voyager or Furrion cameras, depending on the year. Current models use Furrion exclusively, I think. If you choose Furrion, make sure you get the Vision 2 which acts as an Observation System, allowing it to also be a rear view camera under way, pulling power from the marker lights when on.

You should at least have a battery disconnect switch somewhere under the coach, or a master disconnect for multiple batteries, in one of the cargo holds or near the battery trays, which should kill all battery drain when off. If not, they are easy to install.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:05 PM   #3
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Hello again, you all were so helpful, I have a couple of other requests... We are going to get a camera for the back of the fifth wheel, but have no idea what brand or type to get..any suggestions? Also, wired or wireless??? I see the prices are all over the place from $100 to over $500!
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I got the Furrion FOS48TAPK-BL Wireless High-Speed RV Observation System with Mounting Bracket ~$350 on Amazon.

I choose this camera because I wanted to have a camera that would also work while traveling to watch what's behind us and also keep track of the bikes that are on a hitch mounted bike rack.

The camera has worked flawlessly and I connected it to the center marker light so I can turn it on and off from the truck by turning on the truck's lights. The camera has excellent range. Our FW is 40ft long and I haven't had any problems with the wireless connection.

There's various YouTube videos on this camera:
Here's an installation YouTube video. This video provides a good explanation between a backup camera and an observation camera.


And here's a performance review of the Furrion FOS48TAPK-BL Observation Camera:


Hope this helps.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:17 PM   #4
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For the solar you can either install a setup you can expand later or just do a simple system and if you want more power in the future swap it out. If it's just the parasitic loads and some lights killing the batteries then I would think a 100w kit would suffice to keep the batteries topped up providing the panel will have enough sun exposure. If you park in the bush nothing will help.
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:41 PM   #5
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Thank you, I am looking at the 100 watt chargers.
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:42 PM   #6
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Thank you, we also have a Jayco Premier 2015, so this looks like the camera we should get--appreciate the U-tube videos--my husband really likes those!
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:16 AM   #7
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I put on a unit from Rear View Safety. It includes a pig tail to run from the trailer to the bed of the truck. Very highly rated and used mainly in commercial applciations. Under $250.

They make several models with all kinds of options to look at.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:28 PM   #8
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Here is a nice kit that will easily meet your needs. It is by Renogy! Good price also.

Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit

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I am planning on going with the wireless camera from Garmin. It can be viewed on my GPS, so no need for a second display to put in my truck.
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We bought the Tadibrothers 4 camera wireless system. I can back the big girl all by my self now.....
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