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Old 06-06-2017, 06:33 AM   #1
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Wiring a Rear View Camera on 25' Flying Cloud

I am posting because there is so little information on how to do this. I used RearView Safety because I have used their cameras in the past and I had a few of the parts. It is good quality, but their directions are lacking. This is 4-hour job if you have all the materials and tools. Step-by-step directions and 26 pictures are included in the attachment. I am happy to change the document or the technique on the group's recommendations. The truck gets wired this week, and I will post that part.
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I mounted my camera up above rear window and ran the wiring on the roof. About every 18", I used a sticky pad with VHB and a nylon tie. At the front of the trailer, I routed the wiring behind the rock guards to get underneath the trailer. I mounted the connector to a bracket on the a-frame. Worked very well.
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I mounted my camera up above rear window and ran the wiring on the roof. About every 18", I used a sticky pad with VHB and a nylon tie. At the front of the trailer, I routed the wiring behind the rock guards to get underneath the trailer. I mounted the connector to a bracket on the a-frame. Worked very well.
That's a good idea Bgibs. How did you mount the camera?
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Dear Greg,

I, too, have a hard-wired, rear view safety camera that I mounted on my 27FB, although on its inside, lookout out the rear window --- see photo #1. That meant I had to run its wiring through a hole up into the cabinet, and then through a second hole back down out of the cabinet over by the wall --- see photo #2. The wiring then went through a hole in the floor and up to the A-frame, where I mounted the socket, to connect the wiring to the truck --- see photo #3.
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nice job and great write up
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I mounted my camera on the license plate the same as you did, but...
I ran the wire right into the license plate bracket to power the camera from the license plate light.
No wires are visible.
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I mounted mine above the license plate. Ran the wire though the skin down behind the bed head padding, though the top of the bed pedestal into the cavity where the AC power comes in, forward, behind the roadside lower radius covers, over the water heater, under the lavatory cabinet into the refer compartment, down through the floor, forward to the front through the crossmember lightening holes to the front through the tongue frame. That camera has paid for itself many times over!
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Gotta hide those wires better than that. OUCH, power camera from tag light or something.
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Why didn't you just run the cable straight down from the camera, behind the license plate and then under the trailer? I don't see a storage compartment you had to avoid.
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Dear Greg,

I, too, have a hard-wired, rear view safety camera that I mounted on my 27FB, although on its inside, lookout out the rear window --- see photo #1. That meant I had to run its wiring through a hole up into the cabinet, and then through a second hole back down out of the cabinet over by the wall --- see photo #2. The wiring then went through a hole in the floor and up to the A-frame, where I mounted the socket, to connect the wiring to the truck --- see photo #3.
Thanks Rgentum. That's a nice setup. What camera did you use?
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I mounted my camera on the license plate the same as you did, but...
I ran the wire right into the license plate bracket to power the camera from the license plate light.
No wires are visible.
Thanks m.hony. I had read your comment about this some time ago and didn't get it. Now that I have done this and read your comment again, I've got it. That is exactly what I am going to do tomorrow morning. I'll add a couple of pictures. Thank you!
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I mounted mine above the license plate. Ran the wire though the skin down behind the bed head padding, though the top of the bed pedestal into the cavity where the AC power comes in, forward, behind the roadside lower radius covers, over the water heater, under the lavatory cabinet into the refer compartment, down through the floor, forward to the front through the crossmember lightening holes to the front through the tongue frame. That camera has paid for itself many times over!
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Thanks guskmg. That sounds pretty cool. Not sure I could do it, but I like it.
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Gotta hide those wires better than that. OUCH, power camera from tag light or something.
Yep, you're right. I'm on it tomorrow morning.
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Why didn't you just run the cable straight down from the camera, behind the license plate and then under the trailer? I don't see a storage compartment you had to avoid.
I'd have to come over the rear bumper to keep going straight, so I was going to come straight down and then turn left on top of the rail and then under. But I'm going to try m.hony's way tomorrow.
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I mounted mine above the license plate. Ran the wire though the skin down behind the bed head padding, though the top of the bed pedestal into the cavity where the AC power comes in, forward, behind the roadside lower radius covers, over the water heater, under the lavatory cabinet into the refer compartment, down through the floor, forward to the front through the crossmember lightening holes to the front through the tongue frame. That camera has paid for itself many times over!
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Please tell us how the camera paid for itself.

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I mounted my camera on the license plate the same as you did, but...
I ran the wire right into the license plate bracket to power the camera from the license plate light.
No wires are visible.
I expect that your camera sends its signal over the air. True?
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I expect that your camera sends its signal over the air. True?
Hi Oxen. No, it will all be hard wired, connecting to the truck with a quick connect cable. I will plug it in similar to the way we plug the trailer into the truck. I like the reliability of a wired system.
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I mounted my camera on the license plate the same as you did, but...
I ran the wire right into the license plate bracket to power the camera from the license plate light.
No wires are visible.
I can't see where you went with the cord m.hony. I would have to drill the hole bigger, which is OK, but there is no exit that I can find between the inner and outer skin or through the floor to get underneath the floor.

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Removed headboard and got into the wall to mount wireless transmitter just inside wall from license plate and camera.
Camera powered by tag light.
Run "lights on" all the time to power camera.
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This is the camera I used:

https://www.rearviewsafety.com/safet...uminators.html

This is the system I bought:

https://www.rearviewsafety.com/safet...uminators.html

Problem: The camera has an infrared sensor in it such that when it detects darkness, it turns on a number of LED lights parallel with the camera lens. I've mounted the camera INSIDE the trailer, looking out the back window. During darkness, the LED lights turn on, reflect off the back window, and obscure the image of the camera. I called Rear View Safety about that problem, asking how I could turn off the LED lights at night. "You can't," they said, "You'd have to get a different camera." So yesterday, I disassembled the camera, removing its front face from its body, & found a simple, tiny plug & socket that connects its electronics to its LED lights. I removed the plug & reassembled the camera. I don't have my truck connected to the trailer right now, but next time I do, I'll check the camera at night to see if it stills works & if its LED light no longer work. I hope to have found a solution.
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