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Old 03-24-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Recent backup camera installations

There's a thread on wireless backup cameras in this forum but it mostly discusses products that are now obsolete. I'd like to encourage people who have installed backup cameras -- either on the rear of the tow vehicle to help with hitching, or on the rear of the trailer to aid in backing -- to post up what they have and how it works.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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High on my wish list

I for one, am very interested in finding a camera to install on the rear of our trailer that would act as a "rear view mirror" while going down the road. It must have excellent day and night time reception, be it wireless or not.


Please advise.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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Thumbs down Backup camera wiring

In my 2007 27' Classic, the owner's manual mentions installed wiring for a backup camera. Has anyone found this wiring???? My wife bought me a backup camera system for Christmas and I want to install it on my AS.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:41 PM   #4
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I recall reading on the forum somewhere that the pre-wire was only a 12v electrical line and did not include any sort of standard video cables back to the front of the coach. Some outfit convinced airstream that they could develop a system that would send the video signal back through the electrical wiring, but that idea did not get anywhere.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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In my 2007 27' Classic, the owner's manual mentions installed wiring for a backup camera. Has anyone found this wiring???? My wife bought me a backup camera system for Christmas and I want to install it on my AS.
It's still owner's manual for the '08 Classic. When I asked about the wiring, I was told that Airstream had been working with a 3rd party to offer a rear camera solution but nothing ever came of it. To date, I have not been able to determine if any wiring was ever installed in mine during build.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:04 PM   #6
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I already have a factory backup camera on my Ford F150, so I purchased a wired rear view for the back of my 23' AS.

It is fabulous! Great day vision with infrared for night. It came with a 7" color display and even has audio. Sweet system. The control has room for 1 more camera as the disp[lay can handle 2 camera's.

I went wired as the salesman and others said the wireless has interference, but others seem pleased with their wireless. I mounted my rear camera just above the license plate.

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Old 12-26-2011, 04:13 PM   #7
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I for one, am very interested in finding a camera to install on the rear of our trailer that would act as a "rear view mirror" while going down the road. It must have excellent day and night time reception, be it wireless or not.

Please advise.
Search for thread "updates on wireless back-up cameras". There was a good discussion there and one member reported good results with his installation.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:51 AM   #8
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Thanks Sphere Guy! Can you elaborate even more on the unit? What brand and model?
Did you install or did someone else? Would you need two cameras? If you attach two cameras where will the second camera go? Since this is current your information is greatly appreciated!!
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Here is my install thread for a wireless system referred to by Silver Goose above:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...ras-83497.html

I'm pretty pleased with it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #10
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Jammer,

I installed a custom wireless setup. Used an a/v transmitter/receiver combo I bought off eBay. Here's one with the same specs:
AV Wireless Audio Video Transmitter Receiver 2500mW YY4 | eBay

Here's the license plate camera:
Amazon.com: Boyo VTL420C Universal Rear View Camera: Electronics



Pros:
Benefits of wide angle rear vision, goes without saying.
No extra set of connection wiring at hitch (or running the length of trailer)

Cons:
Chrome finish on Boyo degraded after 1 year.
Tooling around our interstates with a 2500W video transmitter is probably in violation of FCC reg's
I'm sure the transmitter is pumping out some serious EMF (I've got it on a power switch, but I'd hate to accidently leave it on, since it's directly below the head of the rear bed).
Had to build a custom box with a larger cooling fan for the transmitter since it would get very hot, and it's located in a tight space.
My trailering skills have suffered, as I've become very dependent on having a rear camera while underway. Makes passing a breeze...

I've been using this setup for about two years now. It's been very reliable, only occasionally loosing signal. I piped the trailer receiver, and tow vehicles rear camera into a passive video switcher, so I can switch easily between the two.

For what it cost, it's OK, but I'm planning on replacing it with a wired setup, as soon as I can decide on components. I'm not crazy about polluting the air waves, or drawing that amp while underway.. every little draw adds up, since the hydraulic actuator can pull upwards of 16A, and the furnace fan (winter trailering) is somewhere around 8A.
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I already have a factory backup camera on my Ford F150, so I purchased a wired rear view for the back of my 23' AS.

It is fabulous! Great day vision with infrared for night. It came with a 7" color display and even has audio. Sweet system. The control has room for 1 more camera as the disp[lay can handle 2 camera's.

I went wired as the salesman and others said the wireless has interference, but others seem pleased with their wireless. I mounted my rear camera just above the license plate.

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Thanks for this post. Plese add more information regarding make and model.
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I already have a factory backup camera on my Ford F150, so I purchased a wired rear view for the back of my 23' AS.

It is fabulous! Great day vision with infrared for night. It came with a 7" color display and even has audio. Sweet system. The control has room for 1 more camera as the disp[lay can handle 2 camera's.

I went wired as the salesman and others said the wireless has interference, but others seem pleased with their wireless. I mounted my rear camera just above the license plate.

SG
Rear View Safety (Google) makes one that sounds like your unit. Could that be the one? Looks like a super unit with all the accessories needed. While pricey it looks and reads like a well built system.
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