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Old 07-21-2020, 08:50 PM   #21
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Another option may be to install it inside so it peaks through the rear window. My camera is different and there is little degradation cause by the window. Downside is when the back window is covered by rain. Jim
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That looks like a great solution! Airstream is sticking the rear mounted units on the new trailers and they are okay but the field of vision is really hard to deal with and it is pointed down to the bumper so not too much of a view behind you.

How is the field of vision with your camera? Is it DC powered? I see a LED and toggle switch on your light fixture but not too sure what power is there.
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Old 07-22-2020, 06:48 AM   #22
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The field of vision is about 160 degrees and adjustable vertically. The camera is powered by the DC available at the overhead light. I put a switch and LED in the base of the light so I can run it independently from the light. I turn it on when leaving and off when returning. The camera is a little more secure and not subject to the environment which is a consideration for me since I keep the Airstream in public exterior storage.
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Old 07-22-2020, 10:24 AM   #23
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160 is pretty wide. That should show you everything in the area. I was thinking about sticking my GoPro in the back window and it has a 150 degree FOV. What makes your camera nice is it looking outward in more of a natural direction rather than straight down.

With the Voyager you don't get as wide a view. Currently, I could back into something that was say over 6 feet tall and not see it on the camera. Something like a large tree branch, building overhang or clearance sign.

I could always try tilting it upwards to see what sort of results I get, but I think Airstream installs these with some purpose to the angle they set up.

Also, you have taken care of the water ingress issue with your installation incase that hasn't been mentioned
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Old 07-25-2020, 11:27 AM   #24
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Another option may be to install it inside so it peaks through the rear window. My camera is different and there is little degradation cause by the window. Downside is when the back window is covered by rain. Jim
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I also installed min inside the rear window. I'd do it again. Mine is the Garmin BC-30 and my complaint is the resolution is poor. The transmitter just lays on the bed, I believe it's bluetooth, and I never lose or freeze images.
The angle is wide, so I can see the rear bumper as well as straight behind me. The downside to a wide angle is things far away are tiny, then zoom up into the field of view. I get power from a USB port, via a converter to 12v.
I did have to cut the screen, since the wide angle has everything in focus.


It's ideal for backing in good light, gas stations, etc. (I have startled people by backing up to a car behind me.) It's okay for traffic, but it could be better for backing into a campsite, a dark spot could be a shadow or a bush or a rock.
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Mollysdad, I think you and Jim are onto a good thing here.

I think the only prerequisite is that your trailer has a back window!

I like the Garmin stuff but will try the GoPro since I already have it and try to snap some comparative shots of the FOV between the Voyager and the GoPro.
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I like the Garmin stuff but will try the GoPro since I already have it and try to snap some comparative shots of the FOV between the Voyager and the GoPro.
The big plus of the Garmin is it uses the GPS screen with a "camera" icon. Since I already had the Garmin RV 770, I didn't add another screen.
I've begged Garmin to make a similar camera with 720 resolution. So far the BC-40 is powered by AA batteries and mounts on the license plate frame, and the "new" BC-35 is Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth; but the same resolution.
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I took a moment today to grab some images of the voyager screen and the GoPro looking through the back window of the trailer.

The GoPro was just propped up on the window frame with really no adjustment other than what I could see without further mounting of the camera.

There is a storage shed and a green pressure washer in the picture.

Other conditions are:

GoPro is a screen capture from my iphone. Gopro was set to automatic color and superwide image. I could have recorded what I was looking at as a photo or video.

Voyager screen is just a photo of the screen using my iphone. No adjustments were made.

First impressions are that the GoPro image is far superior and much wider. I was able to connect to the camera from inside my truck but it was a bit slow to establish a connection. Once connected it was smooth.

Voyager connection was almost instant.

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My factory or dealer mounted Voyager camera was still working but the antenna had separated from the housing (though still electrically attached). Also, the exterior was corroded. I emailed the good folks at Voyager and they were kind enough to send me an out of warranty (free) new camera.
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Old 08-02-2020, 03:38 PM   #29
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My factory or dealer mounted Voyager camera was still working but the antenna had separated from the housing (though still electrically attached). Also, the exterior was corroded. I emailed the good folks at Voyager and they were kind enough to send me an out of warranty (free) new camera.
That's great that they stood behind their product.
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I just had JC replace my camera for the same issue. They sealed it up as the tech knew of the ongoing issue with this (Steve). He had the forethought of not wanting to have to replace it again.....so he sealed the shell, screws and the glass....So hopefully that is that.
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Factory wiring

Does anyone know how the Voyagers are wired in from the factory? I am hopeful that just removing the camera and grommet will get me to enough slack wire to just crimp a replacement camera in. It seems everywhere else there is factory wiring there is a couple feet of extra wire laying about. Certainly the access would not be from the inside.
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Does anyone know how the Voyagers are wired in from the factory? I am hopeful that just removing the camera and grommet will get me to enough slack wire to just crimp a replacement camera in. It seems everywhere else there is factory wiring there is a couple feet of extra wire laying about. Certainly the access would not be from the inside.
When they replaced mine, it was from the outside. There has to be slack there or else it wouldn't have been possible from the rear with the locker in place.

So I'd save have at it.
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There is slack in the wire. Just be careful as you pull it out to get to the two butt connectors. Mine was hanging up and the very small 30 gauge wire from the camera pulled out of the connector. Tried my best to fish the wire out of the hole with no luck. So removed the top center running lights and ran a fish wire wire up and tapped in there. Before the camera was installed at the factory it was very common to drill the power hole and tap into the center running light.
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There is slack in the wire. Just be careful as you pull it out to get to the two butt connectors. Mine was hanging up and the very small 30 gauge wire from the camera pulled out of the connector. Tried my best to fish the wire out of the hole with no luck. So removed the top center running lights and ran a fish wire wire up and tapped in there. Before the camera was installed at the factory it was very common to drill the power hole and tap into the center running light.


Thanks. I was looking for confirmation that the factory wiring was not direct all the way back to the center light. With any luck I can get it to pull out smoothly.
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After taking the replacement Voyager camera for a week long trip, I can say that the clarity is SO MUCH BETTER now. I'm not sure if there was something wrong with my 2018 model camera, but this new one is WAY better/clearer. Only the camera was changed- still using the old monitor.
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Voyager has offered to replace ours at no charge, but I have to send the old one back to them. Problem is I can't get the cable to the existing camera to come out far enough to unplug it. It is hanging up on something and I think giving it a hard pull will just make a bad situation worse. I haven't had time to fool with it lately, but now I like to get it resolve. Our nearest AS dealer is about a 2 hour drive away so trying to avoid the trip. How is this thing wired?
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