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Old 02-25-2016, 07:06 PM   #15
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I'm looking at a wireless camera so the only hard wire is connecting the camera to power.
Exactly, which is why I have been investigating the wireless camera options. But if my AS was pre-wired for a backup camera, I think I would rather go that route. I'm sure you'll be happy with the Voyager - it gets good reviews, and it will be nice to have on your trip out west. We won't be able to take a trip like that until summer 2017, but I hope to have a backup camera by that time.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:09 PM   #16
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I installed wireless front (looking downwards for parking) and rear cameras on our Silverado and a rear camera on the '83 27' Airstream. I bought from Tadi Brothers on line for about $600. I added two switches to change from truck rear to trailer rear. I got the clip-on mirror/monitor. All is keyed except the trailer, which has it's own off/on switch. The other switch turns the truck rear camera off or on when towing or not. Seeing behind the trailer is nice both parking and going down the road.
Installation for all took me less than three hours.

The camera on the rear of the truck is handy when hooking up, but the real reason I wanted it is rear visibility. With the Snug Top, there are three pieces of darkened glass when looking in the rear view mirror. Was not good for us.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:17 PM   #17
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Exactly, which is why I have been investigating the wireless camera options. But if my AS was pre-wired for a backup camera, I think I would rather go that route. I'm sure you'll be happy with the Voyager - it gets good reviews, and it will be nice to have on your trip out west. We won't be able to take a trip like that until summer 2017, but I hope to have a backup camera by that time.
I'll report back on this in September, regarding the pre hard wire by AS, my unit was built in June so I doubt it has that but I will inquire at JC.
This is our 3rd coast to coast trip & looking forward to doing it in the AS.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:06 PM   #18
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Mine was built in August 2015. Wonder what the implementation date was?
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:10 PM   #19
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Mine was built in August 2015. Wonder what the implementation date was?
You can call JC & inquire, they will know by your Vin # .
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:21 PM   #20
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Called them twice, left messages each time, and thats been about 3 weeks ago, no response yet.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:30 PM   #21
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Called them twice, left messages each time, and thats been about 3 weeks ago, no response yet.
E-mailis a better source for a response. Go on their website & it's either customer service or contact us for a reasonable time response.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:22 AM   #22
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I don't think AS price is out of line. When I worked and was responsible for running a company and had zero accounting background or skills our accountants tried to keep things as simple as possible for me. They always told me it takes 17% margin to keep the doors open, anything above that is profit. Never knew if they were right or not, but we manufactured a product, sold it and stayed in business so I can only guess they were right.
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:07 AM   #23
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After you've paid over $65k for your trailer why sweat $200 extra on getting the camera installed correctly. Its worth the piece of mind.

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Old 02-26-2016, 12:08 PM   #24
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We are taking possession of our '16 Flying Cloud in March, so it would be interesting to know if it is pre-wired for back up or not. I am a bit confused though. If the Voyager is a wireless system, then what pre-wiring is required. I assume it is just for power?
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:52 PM   #25
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Maybe the comparison is what it would cost to repair damage done by backing into a solid object. As more of an experiment than a plan I assembled a rear view camera which is on all the time during towing using components I bought on eBay. It's a wireless system and isn't perfect due to occasional rf interference but I can clearly see in my blind spots during lane changes. I use for backing up but usually have a spotter outside to help me back the trailer into a spot. Bottom line is this - if the technology is available it should be used and for me, back up and rear view cameras should be standard equipment on every new AS. I would just bet that there is some significant statistical level for insurance claims that involve lane changing and back up incidents for damage claims.
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I had mine installed last June at JC cuz I did not want just anyone putting a large hole in the skin. They did a great job, but I've had continuous problems with maintaining a wireless signal. Works about 50% of time. May have to replace this year.
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What is the model of your camera? Thanks.
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:27 PM   #28
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I had mine installed last June at JC cuz I did not want just anyone putting a large hole in the skin. They did a great job, but I've had continuous problems with maintaining a wireless signal. Works about 50% of time. May have to replace this year.
That's interesting as I was under the impression JC had that problem solved. The problem is the aluminum skin causing signal interference. I presume if you replace it you're going with a hard wire camera? Will you have JC do it?
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