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Old 02-02-2020, 06:53 PM   #21
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Thanks for everyone's questions and interest in this thread! I plan to answer the questions that have been posed in the next couple of days.
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Old 02-02-2020, 09:24 PM   #22
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This is a wonderful thing you have done. Thank you, everybody wants a setup like this !
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:26 AM   #23
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So now, with the trailer connected, whenever I place the truck in reverse, the video is from the trailer rear view camera if the switch is in the down position. Iíll be glad to answer anyoneís questions. This was an interesting project for me and a lot of fun!
Wow. Quite a project congrats! I have a wireless camera that works fine but always wondered if there's a way to integrate it into the vehicle's display so I don't have to have another display on my window which is constantly falling off. Think this is possible?
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:27 PM   #24
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Questions from rmkrum with answers indented.
Iím going to install one of their three camera kits, with side cameras and one external mount camera. I didnít know they offered a flush-mount rear view camera.
When you say one of their three camera kits, are you talking about Rear View Safety, or another company's kit(s)?
Your timing is perfect, because I was tearing out my few remaining strands of hair trying to figure out how to get the high-mounted rear view camera cable fished into place from the roof and actually waterproof.

A couple questions:

1) In the supplied the camera cable, are all the wires to the connector plain old wires? Or are there some that are actually coaxial cables?
All of the connectors and harnesses fit together "hand in glove." Take a look at everything all connected together and working when I was verifying proper operation initially. The RVS equipment is in the Passenger's seat and the BrandMotion interface unit is near the glove box, above the yellow digital multi-meter and the flashlight.
2) Iím assuming all their cameras use the same compatible high quality aviation-type connector. Any knowledge or thoughts on this subject?
Yes, all of the connectors are high quality in my opinion.
3) Please, could you grab and post a close-up picture from the monitor showing the approximate field of view of the camera once you get it installed?
The installation was actually finished around September of 2019. I'm also including a picture of the monitor. This isn't fully representative of the video quality as the sun was shining at a bad angle on the rear view camera, but it's the only picture that I have at the moment.
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Thanks. Mine is a RearView Safety unit. Thatís why I woke up and started asking questions!

Thanks for the response!
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:48 PM   #26
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Great job, and thanks for the detailed documentation.


I also have a hard wired installation, but use a separate monitor attached to the rear view mirror. One thing you might want to change - I find that I rarely use my camera/monitor when reversing, but frequently use it to check for tailgaters or traffic about to pass me on the interstate.


Again, thanks for the excellent documentation.
I am probably going to add a push button (momentary switch) above the toggle switch that selects the trailer's or the truck's camera. This switch will trigger the selected rear camera video anytime I push the button by overriding the currently displayed video such as navigation. That way, if I want to see behind the trailer or the security of the trailer hitch, all I have to do is push the button and it's immediate.

A rear view camera is nearly useless by itself for backing a trailer up into a campsite or anything else. However, it is invaluable to see what is directly behind you, obstacles, where you should stop, etc. For instance, if I back my trailer into my driveway, I want to back it up enough to get the trailer as far back as possible without blocking my trash can. I also want to avoid hitting the garage. The camera can show me these things at a glance, and I don't have to get out multiple times.

However, for general backing up and situational awareness around the tow vehicle and trailer it's important to have good towing mirrors. It's equally important to have the mirrors properly adjusted and to spend the necessary time and practice until you are comfortable using them.
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:53 PM   #27
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Whatís the duty cycle of the camera, Iím looking for a constant rear view.
The duty cycle for these camera systems is 100%. They are used on many systems that are constantly on. The guts of these camera's are essentially identical to what is used on security/surveillance systems that are intended to be operated all the time. RVS and other companies use the same cameras on systems for buses, trucks and commercial equipment that are used continuously.
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I would be interested in learning about the wireless system you installed. I've read warnings that wireless backup camera systems don't work well on Airstream because of the aluminum shell.
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I would be interested in learning about the wireless system you installed. I've read warnings that wireless backup camera systems don't work well on Airstream because of the aluminum shell.
Don't know where you read this but I have a Voyager wireless on the back of my 27FB and a separate monitor in my Ram 2500. Works great.
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My rear view camera is a Garmin, and it integrates with the GPS so there's not another monitor. I installed the camera inside the rear window and the transmitter simply lays on the bed. I never lose signal even though the Airstream shell theoretically blocks the signal. Maybe it goes out the front window?
I do use it backing, mainly into my storage room, where I positioned a cone with a strip of SOLAS reflective tape. (For night landings) I back that cone right to the center of the bumper.
The camera is great for traffic also, once you factor in the delay. (about 15' at 60 mph.)
The camera is least valuable for backing into a campsite, since the resolution is not good enough to be sure that black thing is a shadow or boulder. It is useful to see how far back you can go once you have gotten out and checked the obstacles once or twice.
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