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Old 02-27-2017, 10:54 AM   #1
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Questions about backup camera mounting (2017 Ford F-150 system)

Hello Airstream experts! My wife and I are in the process of ordering a 2017 Ford F-150 Lariat to replace our current tow vehicle. One of the nice features of the new F-150 is the camera that can mount to your trailer that integrates into the system so you can see what's behind you when parking the trailer. It's nice that it integrates and you don't have to deal with a second screen.

But i have a couple of questions about the installation that I'm hoping you experts can help me with:

1. Have any of you mounted a camera yourself? How did you do that? or did you pay someone to do that and if so, who? Airstream dealer? I'm nervous about drilling any holes in my Airstream myself for camera mounting brackets.

2. The camera isn't wireless. It comes with a really long cord. Have any of you found a good way to route that cord through, over or under your Airstream to be able to plug it into the back of the tow vehicle? If so, how did you do that? Is there a logical place to route those sorts of things? I would like to avoid having a big cord flapping around or being visible if it's possible to hide it somehow.

Thanks in advance for any advice or comments!

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Old 02-27-2017, 11:08 AM   #2
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I mounted the camera on the inside of the trailer, under the storage cabinet at the top of the rear of the trailer. See attached photo. The camera is the black rectangle directly under the seam between the two storage doors. I drilled a hole on the underside of the storage cabinet and routed the cable through it, along the inside of the storage cabinet, and then through another hole on the underside of the cabinet at the inside edge of the trailer. The cable goes down from there alongside the inside of the window and through the floor & then up to the trailer hitch.
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Thanks for your response! One more question, after you routed through the floor to go through the length of the trailer, how did you route the cable out of the inside of the Airstream to get to the hitch?
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Under the right side of the trailer, mostly following and attached to pre-existing lines etc. There's a gap getting around the two axles. Buy a creeper for $25 at Harbor Freight and look for lines, holes, etc. under the trailer to attach the cable to with cable ties; and if nothing there, drill a 1/4" hole to put the cable tie into.
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1/4" conduit under the trailer

I am thinking or installing a rear camera as well, but, am considering running a 1/4" pvc conduit under the trailer, up over the axles to the rear, secured with plastic clamps screwed to the belly pan. It is available at any big box hardware store and pretty inexpensive. I would recommend pulling the the wire during installation.
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