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Old 06-20-2013, 06:45 PM   #71
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After 18 months with my Voyager wireless and around 9,000 miles I can tell you it continues to perform according to spec. Not a single issue.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:10 PM   #72
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cool....this will be a great mod.....what is total cost?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #73
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Bab -- I read your post(s) in the "New DIGITAL wireless backup camera" thread several times and wanted to ask a few questions related to your install. Some of these may seem elementary, but I want to make sure that I have everything needed before beginning:

Your Comment: I installed the Voyager yesterday and had zero issues. The only awkward moment was getting the clearance light loose from the roof. (There are two friction clamps in the front and rear, but the sticky tape is REALLY difficult to gently pry loose.)

Question: Did you reuse or replace the sealant tape ?

Your Comment: Once I removed the lamp, it was easy to fish a wire from the hole I'd drilled. (About 4 inches below the clearance light.)

Question: The Voyager camera I received is the WVCMS10B. The instructions indicate that a 3/4" grommet hole should be drilled for the wiring assembly. Similar to all concerns related to drilling any hole in the skin, is this the process you followed ?

Your Comment: Didn't like having a black camera, so I carefully masked the lens area and sprayed it with Aluminum paint so it wouldn't look so ugly. After I mounted the camera, I fabricated a piece of A/S aluminum to cover the base of the mount (over the four screws that I'd drilled into the trailer -- and used a lot of sealant, I might add).

Question: This sounds like a great idea, but where would I get a small piece of aluminum to cover the base. Is there a particular specification or source that you could pass on to us ? Did you use Dicor sealant ?

Your Comment: Turned on the clearance lights, plugged in the display and presto! a terrific view behind SilverLeaf....then I did a bit of camera adjusting. VERY wide angle lens.

Question: One of points raised by RVCams (where I bought the system) was that the CMS10B camera has only a 117 degree view -- which seems fine to me. It appears that the camera adjustments would be limited to the pre-drilled points on the mount and the camera. Did you have to adjust the camera to different points ?

Lastly, are there any other pointers or info that I should consider before heading outside to install the system ??

Thanks in advance,

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Old 06-21-2013, 10:47 AM   #74
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cool....this will be a great mod.....what is total cost?
PharmGeek:

I noticed that the local Camping World had the systems on display, but the price seemed a bit high. So I did what everyone does -- a quick Google search, and I found the best price (as of earlier this week) at RVCams.com for about $560 w/ shipping. They're in Baton Rouge, LA, so I suspect that shipping would be less to your location.

They, as well as others, have a selection of camera systems. Without any prior experience with an exterior camera, and wanting "wireless", I made my decision based on feedback from others on the Forum. We'll see how it works out, I'm confident that the increased rear visibility will make it a worthwhile investment.

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Old 06-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #75
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yes, it will be something for me to consider....once I have an AS...and once I get a bit more experience and determine my wants/needs.

Great info here..thanks.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:19 PM   #76
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......avoid this one, factory replaced the first one, second one also junk.



$99.00 WallyWorld replacement, better choice. Actually I very seldom use the B/U camera anymore.


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Old 06-22-2013, 07:47 AM   #77
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I did an install but mounted the camera inside in the frame of my back window so I wouldn't have to punch a hole in my skin. During the day I can't tell that it's behind a piece of glass, at night there is a bit of a glare but not so much to make it unusable.

I've got a video of my full install here in the forums. I'll track it down and post a link if anyone wants to see it (posting from phone so can't just open another window to find and include).

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I did an install but mounted the camera inside in the frame of my back window so I wouldn't have to punch a hole in my skin. During the day I can't tell that it's behind a piece of glass, at night there is a bit of a glare but not so much to make it unusable.

I've got a video of my full install here in the forums. I'll track it down and post a link if anyone wants to see it (posting from phone so can't just open another window to find and include).

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Great idea. Never thought of putting it in the window! We are thinking of getting voyager wireless system. I just cant say that I feel good about running a cable the full length of our rig. My DW found this backup rv camera article the other day. We labored over whether to get the voyager wireless or just have the wired camera from rearview saftey installed (overall abou the same cost) professionally.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:55 AM   #79
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Here's the link to my install where I mounted the camera in the rear window:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...ion-88552.html

If I were to do it again, I'd do it pretty much the same except I'd skip the wireless system and just go with the wired. I'd actually buy a system that integrates the screen into a rearview mirror (and add a backup camera for the TV to it). This would eliminate some jumpiness I get in my monitor screen and make it so I don't have to use my cig lighter and mount a separate monitor. The con of this is that I wouldn't be able to switch the monitor from TV to TV.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:03 AM   #80
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The new GoPro Hero camera GoPro Official Website: The World's Most Versatile Camera (not designed for this application, it's an outdoor video camera that's beloved by divers, snowboarders etc) has built in WIFI with a range of approx 600ft.

An accompanying Android/iOS app displays what the camera sees on your phone's screen.
While there is a 2 second delay while recording, that delay is almost unnoticeable when just using the camera for monitoring.

The Hero cam comes with all kinds of accessories, including a suction mount guaranteed to hold up to 200mph windspeed.

I am going to try this solution (we've got a couple of these camera at work) and will report back on feasibility.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #81
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Cris....here are answers to your questions. If you still have a few, pls PM me.
Sticky tape. Is the 3M heavy duty stuff. I have a roll and cut a new piece when I reinstalled the lens. It's two sided tape, and there is a clip inside the housing that also holds the lens in place....but the sticky tape does most of the work.
Wiring. No WAY was I cutting a 3/4" hole in my trailer for two small wires! I drilled about a 3/8" hole (bought a rubber grommet at HD for it), I'd already detached the housing for the clearance lamp so I knew I could easily pull wires since the camera is so close to the lamp. Used some Vulkem to seal.
Aluminum. I live very close to the A/S dealer where I bought my trailer (Out-of-Doors Mart in Colfax, NC). They gave me a number of pieces of scrap aluminum that I keep for "just in case I need it" work.
Camera Adjustment. Once I had the camera mounted on the trailer it was simple to adjust the "up and down" movement (you'll use the Allen wrench on this). It is a wide angle lens, so all you're really doing is figuring out how far up you want to tilt it.

I also have a "Swift Hitch" for hitching my trailer. (I am a tech geek.) I don't always use it, depends on where I'm parked. I solo travel, so having this is very helpful.

BTW, the Voyager works well on the IR at night. I have the sound turned ALL THE WAY OFF. It is very sensitive and distracting when you're on the road, but if you have a navigator when you're backing into a space they could whisper and you'd still hear them!

Good luck, this is a great piece of equipment and I've made great use of it in the last 18 months.

REMEMBER: you MUST have your clearance lights on for the Voyager to work. No power to the clearance light =s non operative camera!
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #82
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yes, it will be something for me to consider....once I have an AS...and once I get a bit more experience and determine my wants/needs.

Great info here..thanks.
It is more important to have a back up camera on the tow vehicle for hitching up right on the first try. If you buy a new tow vehicle you can have one factory installed. On the Express van (and probably other GM models) it is only a $200 option. We have decided to get it on all fleet vehicles from now on.
A back up camera on the trailer would be handy for backing into a campsite getting it right the first time. We have a neighbor with a camera on the back of his SOB.
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The new GoPro Hero camera ... has built in WIFI with a range of approx 600ft. ... An accompanying Android/iOS app displays what the camera sees on your phone's screen. ...
Won't you need a WIFI router to enable connectivity between the camera and an Android/iOS device, or is an Ad Hoc network supported?
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The new GoPro Hero camera GoPro Official Website: The World's Most Versatile Camera (not designed for this application, it's an outdoor video camera that's beloved by divers, snowboarders etc) has built in WIFI with a range of approx 600ft. An accompanying Android/iOS app displays what the camera sees on your phone's screen. While there is a 2 second delay while recording, that delay is almost unnoticeable when just using the camera for monitoring. The Hero cam comes with all kinds of accessories, including a suction mount guaranteed to hold up to 200mph windspeed. I am going to try this solution (we've got a couple of these camera at work) and will report back on feasibility.
Interested in this option - any luck? Looking for a backup camera from the back of the AS since my TV has rear backup integrated. Something wireless and easy install is preferred. I appreciate your help.
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