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lcurrie 03-11-2012 09:55 AM

Semi-Wireless Rear View Camera Installation
 
Hi All,

Over the holidays, my dad and I installed a semi-wireless rear-view camera into the Bambi. I've seen a lot of posts in the forums asking about rear-view camera installation, so we video taped the installation so that I could share it.

This video shows the basics of how we installed it.

Real quickly, here are the pros and cons of the system:

Pros
  • Simple installation, took a couple of hours.
  • No holes drilled in the exterior shell
  • Camera is mounted inside so weather shouldn't be an issue as time goes by

Cons
  • Wireless transmitter is mounted on the screen so it gets hot
  • Included instructions are lacking and I couldn't find any additional online instructions
  • Both the original transmitter and screen that were shipped to me were faulty. This was frustrating because when I originally installed the system, I didn't know if the issues I was having were because I had installed something wrong. All that said, the company, www.rvcams.com, was good about getting me working items.

Here's the link to the install video:
How to Install a Semi-Wireless Rear View Camera on an Airstream - YouTube

Enjoy (and I hope I don't give anyone motion sickness with my moving camera),

Lynn

masseyfarm 03-11-2012 10:14 AM

Nice job Lynn. Hope you were wearing eye protection when using that tool in that position.

Watch for me in your new rear view camera. ;)

Dave

lcurrie 03-11-2012 10:34 AM

Eye protection was worn. One of my good friends is a wood worker and he's taught be well! Eyes and ears always protected well when using power tools and fingers are kept out of the way of sharp objects!

Mhenry2712 03-11-2012 10:39 AM

wow, great thanks going to hook one up on my new Bambi...

SilverRanger 03-11-2012 10:42 AM

Nice work!
 
I have a rear view cam that I have been meaning to hook up for quite a while. You video has inspired me to get busy. I also have an aversion to punching holes in the Bambi, so the fact that Velcro sticks to the mouse fur on the walls is a real bonus. I've used it for everything from remote controls to clocks, and it holds pretty good.

blmitch5 03-11-2012 10:48 AM

Great job! I was thinking about one of those and may have to pull the trigger now!

lcurrie 03-11-2012 02:03 PM

SilverRanger,

You'll probably need to screw the camera in, that's what I did. I screwed the bracket that holds the camera up into the window frame (that is on the inside of the Bambi). The velcro sticks, but it moves/bounces so your picture on the screen would constantly be moving.

Lynn

Mhenry2712 03-11-2012 02:06 PM

I was just checking out the web sight. Did you buy the basic kit or did you also need some of the other parts offered?

SilverRanger 03-11-2012 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lcurrie (Post 1118327)
SilverRanger,

You'll probably need to screw the camera in, that's what I did. I screwed the bracket that holds the camera up into the window frame (that is on the inside of the Bambi). The velcro sticks, but it moves/bounces so your picture on the screen would constantly be moving.

Lynn

Thanks, Lynn. From what I can see, we have the same trailer, so that's what I'll do. We love the Bambi. For two people, it's perfect for a quick getaway, or cross-country trip. As a matter of fact, it's hooked to the TV right now.

Mexray 03-11-2012 02:16 PM

Nice install...one suggestion -

Those 'white' zip ties you used are not UV protected and will rot away (become brittle and break) where they are exposed to any sunlight up front near the propane tanks...

Get some 'black' zip ties that are UV resistant which will last MUCH longer...

lcurrie 03-11-2012 05:01 PM

MHenry2712 - This is the kit I bought RVCams Backup Cameras and Rear View Systems: Voyager Semi-Wireless Color Backup Camera System
It came with everything except the zip ties.

Mexray - Thanks for the tip. I'll swap those out.

SilverRanger - What are you waiting for?? Hit the road!

KrazyKelleys 03-11-2012 05:19 PM

How long is the cable for the camera. Is there enough there to put the camera system on my Classic 34?

Thanks
David

lcurrie 03-11-2012 06:40 PM

Hi David,

It came with a 75' cable so it's plenty long enough.

Lynn

KrazyKelleys 03-12-2012 11:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lcurrie
Hi David,

It came with a 75' cable so it's plenty long enough.

Lynn

Thanks Lynn. Your video was great. Going to save me a lot of time during the install.

rodsterinfl 03-19-2012 08:50 PM

Love it! I am new to all of this RV stuff and picked up my AS Feb 20th. I went crazy buying accessories including a backup camera and it has been sitting on the dining room table for a week as I tried to figure out how to install it. I too have the fabric covered walls and can follow your lead on that part. Going under was the best idea. I purchased a different camera system though - a 4UCam but I would thing much would be the same. Where my unit differs most is in the transmitter part. I ordered an extended antenna so I assume that is what I would wire underneath to the front. I cannot wait to try it. Thanks for your inspiration.

lcurrie 03-20-2012 08:48 PM

You're welcome. I hope the video gives you some ideas. Once I figured out the path and collected all of the tools, it was pretty easy. The most difficult part was drilling the hole from the bottom, but even that wasn't THAT hard.

Lynn


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