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Old 07-06-2016, 07:52 PM   #1
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Voyager back up camera

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Were thinking of installing a backup camera, looks like most people like the voyager. With that unit how many holes will have to be drilled into the new AS to mount the camera?
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Two screw holes for the mount and one for the cable (grommet is provided in the kit).

Most people connect the camera power supply to the running light 12V supply. This can be a chore to locate and connect to so be sure you are up to this before attempting DIY.
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I had the Voyager installed by an Airstream dealer. I believe there is only one hole near the center rear running light. It is powered by tying into that running light's power. Regarding use, I am really glad I had it installed. For me, it does not replace having someone guiding while backing up due to the fish eye distortion but I can at least hear their instructions and motions. The real value is rolling down the road and knowing if someone is behind you. Some drivers have a nasty habit of tailgating and whipping around at the most inopportune moment -- like when you decide to change lanes. Some people complain about the slight delay in the image (1/2 to 1 sec. behind real time). I have not found it to be a big issue as I am only glancing at the monitor occasionally.
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If you're doing it DYI like Ohiobrits did....and as I did....it is three holes. If you use the "wire it to the center clearance light" solution -- which is the easiest, just remember that you do have to turn on your clearance lights to power up the camera. Frankly, I think keeping them light provides a bit of a plus to daytime visibility. The hardest part of the install was getting the clearance light loose from the base -- there are two spring clips in there as well as some VHB tape. You'll have new respect for VHB tape after you loosen it!
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Thanks for the reply guys!
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HOLES!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????

I don't make no stinking holes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3M VHB tape for the bracket, then surround the edges and cover the base completely with SikaFlex 221 in grey.

Still no holes!

Remove the center running light (it pries up and is held on with 2 internal metal clips and a piece of pesky double sided tape) and remove the 2 mounting screws underneath.

You can make a small hole in the rear sidewall of the light housing and splice into the running light wire.

HINT*** attach the connector and zip tie it to the bracket, then wire the extended cord into the light housing. This will allow for removal/replacement of the camera if you have any problems with it. Just snap on a new one and pop the connectors together.......

No holes.......NO LEAKS!!!!!!
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Great ideal. I'm a auto tech so I have that 3m tape. Install a little silicon in the hole in the light and boom no holes nice!
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Great ideal. I'm a auto tech so I have that 3m tape. Install a little silicon in the hole in the light and boom no holes nice!
I wouldn't use any type of silicone around an aluminum Airstream!!!! You won't like the results! Polyurethane sealants ONLY!!!
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That's what I ment to say. I'll use a Dremel to make a little hole in the crome around the light. Thanks for the great input.
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Do you have a model number on the 3m vhb tape you like to use?
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Anyone got a good source for the 7" wireless Voyager system? Jensen, RVCams, and Amazon seem to be the ones that come up on a Google search. Any other sources worth considering? Pat
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I just reviewed the new Voyager camera system on my youtube channel:



The display is a 5" and can support up to 5 cameras (4 wireless and one wired). I am not sure when the release date is but it is probably soon since I got one to review already.
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Here's a wireless backup camera I'm thinking about buying: https://pearlauto.com/rearvision
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My dealer installed a www.rearviewsafety.com brand camera. So far, so good. I believe it was the 7" 2CAM package. I also bought another wireless camera that I clamp to the tailgate when hitching up.
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do you have a model number on the 3m vhb tape you like to use?
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How are you hiding all the wire on the voyager back up camera with out hiding it under the skin with a hole. Do you have a picture you can post?thanks
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How are you hiding all the wire on the voyager back up camera with out hiding it under the skin with a hole. Do you have a picture you can post?thanks
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I don't hide the wires as all............. just neatly compact them and zip tie them to the frame of the camera. I used to wrap the wires with loom and cut off the connector plug, but soon realized that if you have a camera defect which requires replacement, you would have to disassemble the entire installation to replace the camera.

With the snap-in waterproof plug that's provided by Voyager, camera replacement is a plug and play affair with no wiring required. The potential for an easy replacement of the camera far outweighs the visual of seeing a tiny wire bundle and is an arrangement that most of my clients prefer.

Hiding the wires requires a hole drilled in the skin under the camera mount plate, fishing in into the interior and splicing it into the running lights IF you can find the appropriate wiring. You need to remove the center interior cabinet light and work thru a 3" hole in the aluminum. Definitely NOT for the faint of heart as there isn't much slack in those wires!!!
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I see this 3M#4950 tape is available in different widths. What width do you find most practical to have in your tool box.
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I see this 3M#4950 tape is available in different widths. What width do you find most practical to have in your tool box.
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The large rolls that I use don't quite fit my tool box, unless you consider my entire eSprinter van the 'toolbox'........ which it really is!

Anyway...........1" seems to do very nicely!
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