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Posted: 03/14/19 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Asking for advise here. I have a Jayco TT with Fiberglass sides. I want to add a rear view camera to the back of it. I would prefer to go hardwired over wireless for the reliability. I have no problem running the wires the length on the unit underneath. My concern is how would I get them from the camera down underneath the unit? I'm not going to tear out an interior wall just to fish this cable down. I can get surface applied wire raceway that is made for exterior that wouldn't look too bad back there but I would prefer the wire be hidden completely. Anyone know an easy way to run this wire from the camera to the bottom of the unit?

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Posted: 03/14/19 10:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My best "advice" would be to go with wireless. We have used one for over 3.5 years with no reliability issues at all. The installation is far simpler and there's one less thing to mess with when hitching or unhitching.

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Second Chance What type of Wireless unit did you use?


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Fire19 wrote:

Second Chance What type of Wireless unit did you use?


It's a Furrion (still use it). Our Grand Design fifth wheel came with the mount and power connection for Furrion already in place. If that's not already there, it's very easy to get power from the top center clearance light on the RV when installing it yourself.

That said, a rear camera is not the end-all for backing up - my wife still stands back there with a two-way radio when backing into tight spots. I find the camera very useful, though, for double-checking clearance when pulling back over after passing a semi and situations like that.

Rob

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We use this one on our 32.5' TT...

Yuwei Rear Observation Camera

Works great and it's about half the price of the Furrion model

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I am not an expert but do have 2 experiences with BU cameras.

1- I installed a Camecho on our previous TT. Installed it wireless.
pros- less than 100$
better screen image than my current Furion 7" vs 4"
cons- poor reception wireless . I think if It was installed wired it would be fine, although more trouble to install. I ended up installing the wireless transmitter in the front of the TT and it worked great

2- Current GD TT came ready for a Furrion
pros- Easy peasy to install
Wireless works great
cons- Screen is only 4" and hard to see. I think they have a 7" screen version, if so I would definitely buy it
price is way too high, paying for convenience

If my Furrion had a 7" screen I would be really happy with it. I don't really use it much for backing up mainly for observing while driving.
I would not go to the trouble of installing a camera wired. Just too much trouble for me although it should work fine

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Once you have a rear camera you won't want to be without it. Our situation is slightly different with a Class A. It originally displayed on the radio screen (about 5") but it was low on the dash and not easy to see. Bought a 7" monitor from eBay, mounted it to the side on the dash, and changed the wiring for it to always display. Ours is currently wired but have had wireless units in the past with no problems. Would be much easier to install.

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an easy path to the undercarriage is to route the wire across the roof to the fridge vent then fish down and drill a hole up from underneath. Caulk it and you're done...


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I hardwired mine. Went through the hitch and under, tucking the wire under the duraplast bottom then up the back. I have a center mounted ladder so connected mine under one of the steps.


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Second Chance wrote:

Fire19 wrote:

Second Chance What type of Wireless unit did you use?


It's a Furrion (still use it). Our Grand Design fifth wheel came with the mount and power connection for Furrion already in place. If that's not already there, it's very easy to get power from the top center clearance light on the RV when installing it yourself.

That said, a rear camera is not the end-all for backing up - my wife still stands back there with a two-way radio when backing into tight spots. I find the camera very useful, though, for double-checking clearance when pulling back over after passing a semi and situations like that.

Rob



this is our experience also.

first TT was 33ft, current is 37ft

i removed the furrion from previous TT and installed on current. works great rarely drops signal. wish screen was larger. use wife to spot backing in spots also

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