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Old 06-26-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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Where to drill for rear camera?

I want to mount a wireless observation camera just under the center marker light on my 2018 Jayflight SLX 195BR. Is there a support behind the sheet metal that I can mount the bracket to? In addition to screws I plan on adding a bead of adhesive silicone sealant.

I am going to tap into the 12v DC at the center marker light (I always leave the daytime running lights on when driving).

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:14 AM   #2
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Contact Jayco for the structural support details on the back wall and they will send them to you. That's what I did when I replaced my skinny almost none existent medicine cabinet. Wanted to make sure when I attached it to the back wall I hit the proper metal supports. You can also ask for electrical drawing(s) to make sure you don't hit any wires and might get a better idea where to pull power from.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:33 PM   #3
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I wouldn’t drill, just remove that light and put the camera in it’s place. You don’t need that light anyway. You’ll find the hole is just the right size for the grommet. Save yourself drilling a hole and you can always put the light back when the camera doesn’t work right. I wish I had done that, but thought of it too late, after I drilled the hole just underneath the light. I wound up switching positions on it anyway, camera on top, light underneath. Still gets lousy reception.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:52 AM   #4
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You donít need that light anyway.
I know others have also replaced that center marker light with their rear cameras and I am not here to debate this one way or the other.

However, to say that one doesn't "need" that light is only correct if you are willing to risk getting ticketed for it.

"Technically" you do need that light. DOT regulations specify the number of marker lights that are required on a trailer and so removing it would place you in violation of DOT regulations.

Will an officer bother with such a thing? Can't say but it's there for a reason it is there in the first place. I just wanted to make sure that removing that light may have consequences.

Carry on.
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:48 AM   #5
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Contact Jayco for the structural support details on the back wall and they will send them to you. That's what I did when I replaced my skinny almost none existent medicine cabinet. Wanted to make sure when I attached it to the back wall I hit the proper metal supports. You can also ask for electrical drawing(s) to make sure you don't hit any wires and might get a better idea where to pull power from.
Thanks for the idea. I contacted Jayco for the information.
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:54 AM   #6
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I wouldnít drill, just remove that light and put the camera in itís place. You donít need that light anyway. Youíll find the hole is just the right size for the grommet. Save yourself drilling a hole and you can always put the light back when the camera doesnít work right. I wish I had done that, but thought of it too late, after I drilled the hole just underneath the light. I wound up switching positions on it anyway, camera on top, light underneath. Still gets lousy reception.
Thanks for the advice.

I tested the wireless digital camera to about 100 feet before I lost reception. The monitor will be about 30-some feet from the camera once installed so I don't think I will have any issues.
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I know others have also replaced that center marker light with their rear cameras and I am not here to debate this one way or the other.

However, to say that one doesn't "need" that light is only correct if you are willing to risk getting ticketed for it.

"Technically" you do need that light. DOT regulations specify the number of marker lights that are required on a trailer and so removing it would place you in violation of DOT regulations.

Will an officer bother with such a thing? Can't say but it's there for a reason it is there in the first place. I just wanted to make sure that removing that light may have consequences.

Carry on.
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I know others have also replaced that center marker light with their rear cameras and I am not here to debate this one way or the other.

However, to say that one doesn't "need" that light is only correct if you are willing to risk getting ticketed for it.

"Technically" you do need that light. DOT regulations specify the number of marker lights that are required on a trailer and so removing it would place you in violation of DOT regulations.

Will an officer bother with such a thing? Can't say but it's there for a reason it is there in the first place. I just wanted to make sure that removing that light may have consequences.

Carry on.
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Thanks for the advice.

I tested the wireless digital camera to about 100 feet before I lost reception. The monitor will be about 30-some feet from the camera once installed so I don't think I will have any issues.
Mine works out to about 100' until I put the trailer and the truck in between. Check that out too.

What brand did you get? I got a Haloview MC7101.
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I just did a rear camera set up and used the centre marker light as you plan on doing. I was able to remove the marker then installing the camera using the existing marker light screws and the marker light was reattached over the bracket for the camera. I notched the bottom of the marker light so I could feed the camera wire underneath the marker light then resealed the mark light back on the trailer. I connected the wiring to the marker light inside the trailer. The camera I use is a garmin that displays the image on my garmin navigation. Let me know if you need some pictures.
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