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Old 06-11-2017, 02:22 PM   #15
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Bambi with Voyager camera system

I went with the Voyager wireless system in the back of my 2006 16' CCD. It has incredible range. As a test, I powered it from a 12v extension cable and drove down the street unattached to the trailer. It had a good 1/2 block range. I didn't want to drill any holes, so here is what I did:

-Attached camera to the top of the license plate bracket using stainless steel L bracket.
-Attached the camera using a knurled bolt, so I can adjust the angle or even remove it. I point it staring backwards for driving as a rear view mirror, but can angle it down if I want to see the rear bumper.
-Got power from the license plate bulb outlet. I got a an adapter that replaces the bulb and brings two wires with 12v out. I then connected that to another socket for an LED lamp to illuminate the plate, with two more wires going for the camera power. So the license plate stays lit, and the camera turns on whenever the running lights are on.
-I cut a little notch in the license plate lamp housing, where I put in a small grommet, through which I ran the power cable for the camera. Then I fastened the housing back into place.
-The voyager has a quick connect between the camera and power which I keep behind the license plate. I can disconnect if I want to remove the camera.

I tested it in my driveway, and it appears to work well. Taking it on a short trip in a week. If the video monitor says there is no connection, it is a reminder to me to turn my lights on, which I usually do anyway. The rear looking video will then turn on in a few seconds.
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Old 06-12-2017, 02:36 PM   #16
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I just secured a workshop where I can park our Airstream indoors, but it's a bit of a finicky backing in scenario.

So, I finally bit the bullet on this, but instead of going the cheap, but labor intensive, route I went slightly more expensive but hopefully painless with the NuCam WR for CAN$250 on amazon. Range appears to be good, according to the reviews. My drone has a wifi range of 300+ meters, so I am hoping that 34' won't cause an issue for this camera, albeit that there's a trailer in the middle.
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Old 06-12-2017, 02:46 PM   #17
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NuCAM WR

Thanks for sharing this. I've never seen this particular camera.

Are you planning on keeping it inside the trailer pointing out the rear window or mounting it outside?

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Old 06-12-2017, 03:03 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing this. I've never seen this particular camera.

Are you planning on keeping it inside the trailer pointing out the rear window or mounting it outside?

-Adam
I'm not sure yet. I'll have to see what's the viewing angle is from the inside, which would be my preferred option, keeping it out of the weather. If that works, then it will be an inside install, if not then I'll see if the magnet is strong enough to mount it outside.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:54 PM   #19
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The camera arrived today. It seems very well built, it's heavy, and the magnet that is supplied for mounting is so strong that it takes significant effort to remove the camera from a metal surface.



I tested it in our office and got a usable 60' range at 10fps, with heavy duty walls and office-stuff in the way. Image quality is adjustable and crystal clear. Even our wifi router struggles without a repeater. Outside, with a clear line of sight, the range was about 200'.

Here's to hoping that a 34' trailer won't be too much of an issue. The camera is very wide angle, which is good news as I'll be able to install it inside the rear bedroom.

It is possible to both flip and mirror the image, meaning it can be installed upside down onto the ceiling.



Link to SD screenshot 640 x 360: http://imgur.com/E4ONTNX

Link to HD screenshot 1280 x 720: http://imgur.com/lu5Hadg
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:14 PM   #20
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Can the new AS camera work with new TV's?

Has anyone linked the new back up cameras which come on the new 2017 AS's to a TV back up system? My new F250 came with this "option" for trailer back up camera. Ford told me it should work; AS guys did not know how to do it, so I have the dash/windshield display unit. I would really like to just integrate into my vehicle display.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:53 PM   #21
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Put the camera to the test today. Two and a half hours on the highway, it performed flawlessly. I installed it by fixing a washer to the perpendicular bunk in the back bedroom where our kids sleep, with the camera looking out of the back window. The magnet in the base then connects to the washer and holds the camera with no movement, it's incredible strong, but still easily removed for recharging. I might wire it in permanently at some point, but for now this setup works well.

I then streamed to a an iPad resting on the lower console, just below my car's main screen. The connection was perfect, with full wifi bars showing in the iPad. The camera still had 60% battery left, so the stated 7 hour battery life is probably true. Throughout the drive, the camera maintained a 20fps frame rate.

Having the rear view at all times was fantastic. No more guessing if there's a vehicle behind me, the camera passes cars to the mirrors without interruption. It's a huge bonus, especially when merging in and out of traffic.

Strangely enough, i didn't find the camera all hat useful when backing up solo but that was perhaps because I had a clear view of where I wanted to go.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:49 AM   #22
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Another wireless rearview option.

Hello All, my family recently bought a 25' Flying Cloud FB and I have REALLY enjoyed these forums and the knowledge sharing going on. I did a bunch of research on rear-view cameras a couple months ago, and thought we would give the new QuickVu Wireless Camera a try. The Nu-Cam WR looks pretty good as well. The QuickVu have a more complex wireless transmission scheme good for 1200' so I thought that worst case I would be able to mount the camera somewhere near the edge of the trailer as others on here have tried wireless cameras with Airstreams with poor results or extremely complex installations. Also my father-in-law purchased a 2001 7.3L turbo diesel which does not have a rear-view camera to tow the Airstream so at minimum it would work for that.

I finally got around to hacking together a proof of concept magnetic mount and thought I should share this option with everyone. I tested the camera today and it worked great! Stuck right on the license plate on the truck, and stuck to the license plate on the trailer with a backing piece of metal.I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I used three rare earth magnets (8lbs pull each), zip tied to some treated plywood. (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01LXFNJYF/...709270_TE_item)

I also wrapped a piece of 1" metal stock in painters and packing tape (to prevent scratching) to use as a backing to hold onto the license plate. The QuickVu camera with display is about $400 CAD and Look Ma! no Wires! you could potentially use this camera in a number of scenarios. Let me know if this post was useful. Thanks!
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I'm going to test out a Rampage unit in the spring. I'll keep you posted.
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Put the camera to the test today. Two and a half hours on the highway, it performed flawlessly. I installed it by fixing a washer to the perpendicular bunk in the back bedroom where our kids sleep, with the camera looking out of the back window. The magnet in the base then connects to the washer and holds the camera with no movement, it's incredible strong, but still easily removed for recharging. I might wire it in permanently at some point, but for now this setup works well.
Could you share what the field of view is from the inside please? I am looking to do the same but, I would like to see close to the bumper as well.
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I installed it by fixing a washer to the perpendicular bunk in the back bedroom ...with the camera looking out of the back window. The magnet in the base then connects to the washer and holds the camera with no movement, it's incredible strong, but still easily removed for recharging.
I'm filling that idea away for future use! Thanks.

What monitor do you use? I-pad?
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I purchased a Rampage but haven't set it up yet.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:28 PM   #27
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Inexpensive WIFI rearview camera option

The GoVue Model RVS-020813 wireless wifi camera, matched with their GoView app on my Android tablet is working well for me as an inexpensive (about $120.00) rear view camera on our 1966 20' Globetrotter. I mounted it between the glass and screen in the back window, connected the positive wire to the license plate wiring inside the body and mounted the transmitter on the side of the window frame. Everything is protected from the weather and inobtrusive. My tablet is on a Bracketron vent mount, on the dash in our tow vehicle. I wish the screen was a bit brighter, but it works fine for rear traffic views and backing up. The software wouldn't work with my cell phone, for some reason. Because it is powered by the license plate light, the lights on the trailer must be on for it to work - not a bad idea anyway, even during the day time. I hope this is helpful. I could only figure out how to attach one photo to this post. Others available if desired.
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