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Old 07-02-2015, 08:10 PM   #561
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Back up camera replacement

I've been wanting to change the backup camera for a while for several reasons, mainly, because of the picture quality and the way the camera is wired.

I opted for inexpensive (i.e., cheap) model made by Esky:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00

For 21 bucks, if it works, more than a month or two, I break even, even if I have to replace it every season.

The camera only has two connections for video and power, unlike the proprietary cable that goes with the Pioneer unit. The camera comes with a 19 foot cord, which is not long enough, so I ordered a 32 foot cord:

Amazon.com: HitCar RCA DC Power Audio Video AV Extension Cable for CCTV Security, Car Tuck Bus Trailer Reverse Parking Camera (10 Meters): Electronics

This cord has a single RCA video jack on one end and a female RCA on the other, and a 2.1mm male/female cable and plugs.

The trick was how to route the cable from the back to the mirror/monitor. First, I removed the overhead streetside overhead locker. I did not have to remove it all the way and had a helper hold it out of the way while I ran some fish tape from the back of the curbside control panel (which I had removed). It's not that hard to remove. Basically, there are a couple of screws on top and on the sides, and that's it (I did remove the doors first). Then I fished the cable from the control panel side to the streetside, then up to the front. I have the dual wardrobe model, so I was able to fish the cable up without too much trouble. I then removed the side panel, and removed the wiring to the old camera. I then hooked up the power cable and video to the mirror to the new cable. I then fished the other end through the roof opening, and mounted the camera on the back after removing the old camera. The new cable has the video and power plugs mounted outside (wrapped in tape) so if I need to replace the camera, it's just unplug the old and plug in the new.

I haven't tested it on the road yet, but so far, the image is superior to the Pioneer, and it actually comes on every time it's powered up, so far.
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:27 AM   #562
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I've been wanting to change the backup camera for a while for several reasons, mainly, because of the picture quality and the way the camera is wired.

I opted for inexpensive (i.e., cheap) model made by Esky:
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I can't recall whether there's already a link somewhere on this thread to our backup and side camera install thread, but here it is just in case anyone wants additional info and pics on this topic:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ai-130387.html
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:50 AM   #563
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Description of running board hardware retrofit for our T1N-based Interstate. We could not do a simple replacement because the original hardware didn't seem to be available in stainless steel. I don't know whether a similar hardware issue affects the ground effects installed on later Interstate models.

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: RE-SECURING THE RUNNING BOARDS ON A 2007 AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:57 PM   #564
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It looks like a hex head, self-tapping screw. Similar to this.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:32 PM   #565
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Did you try Fastenall or Ababa Bolt? I know it is too late now but maybe for the next one.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #566
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Thanks for the references. I mostly just rely on the Big Orange Box or some of the local marine shops for fasteners. A couple times on other projects I've sought out mil-spec vendors, but only because I'm familiar with them from work.
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A couple times on other projects I've sought out mil-spec vendors, but only because I'm familiar with them from work.
My favorite mil-spec from my years working for the Army Corps of Engineers was MIL-TDD-41 "Make It Like The Danged Drawings For(4) Once(1)."
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Thanks for the references. I mostly just rely on the Big Orange Box or some of the local marine shops for fasteners. A couple times on other projects I've sought out mil-spec vendors, but only because I'm familiar with them from work.
FWIW, I liked the hubster's idea of including the fender washers, and I would have been partial to that even if the identical hardware had been locally available in stainless. Before discovering the loose screws, I noticed that the running boards were a bit spongy in places. I initially thought it was just a characteristic of the design, but upon discovering the screws, I realized how much force was actually being borne by them rather than the structural supports. For that reason, I figure it can't hurt to include a device that helps distribute the load across a wider area of fiberglass.
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I'm going to remove the dark plastic sliders behind front TV and replace with an amber/orange translucent plastic and put lights up back in there.
Should give it a more Airstream look.

I will use same color plastic to replace plastic window on bathroom door.

Should look cool.
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I haven't gone back through all 41 pages of this thread, but, does anyone else on this forum have the twin bed design? If so, what are you using for bedding? Are you modifying standard sized sheets/blankets?
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I do t have the twin but I wish I did

I like the ability to walk in and out from the back.

If I did have a twin, I'd build a folding platform to make it one queen then but foam mattress on top.

That way you have the best of both worlds.
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I haven't gone back through all 41 pages of this thread, but, does anyone else on this forum have the twin bed design? If so, what are you using for bedding? Are you modifying standard sized sheets/blankets?
We started with modified sheets but for simplicity we're currently using sleeping bags until we find something better.
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Glamper1: you don't have to build a platform. The design includes a slideout shelf and bolsters that allow you to create one large bed instead of using the twin beds. We don't because my husband prefers to roll out of bed instead of pulling himself down the bed to get out.
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