Wired camera installation on the rig is substantially complete. Not completely, complete… because there’s always something that I’m not entirely happy with, but it’s fully operational and replaces the ‘homemade’ wireless system I had been using.
A few minor details that I need to clean up, but that will take some ‘incubating’ before I come up with the cleanest solution. (Note: when it comes to home repairs, there’s a difference between “incubating” and “procrastinating” whether my wife understands this or not. One is the constant mental analysis of the issue in order to find the most cost effective, maintenance free solution, prior to actually engaging the job… while the other is just enjoying stagnancy)
This is the wired system I bought http://www.
rearviewsafety.com/products/ rvs-770613-rear-view-camera- system-backup-camera-trailer- rv-cam.html
along with the trailer connection kit http://www.rearviewsafety.
com/accessories/trailer-tow- quick-connect-disconnect-kit- rvs-213.html
In the suburban, I’ve been using the monitor, cable and multiplexor coupled to the old Boyo rear license plate camera, with good results.
The new RVS camera is low light capable, wide angle, with audio. Audio is a nice feature, as it’s sensitive enough to pick up normal conversation. I’m thinking this could be helpful in a situation where I need a spotter back there for negotiating a particularly overgrown site.
The cabling is run, and secured. Where it exits the exterior skin, I used rubber grommets, and filled with silicone-hybrid (permanently flexible) black sealant. Along the underbelly, I encased the cables in a hard plastic “innerduct” for extra protection, and secured with insulated metal loops. At the ‘A-frame’, I quik-tied it to the riveted LP gas line. I didn’t want to tap any more holes into the structural box frame, particularly on the bottom surface where all the tensile forces occur.
Trailer connection uses threaded, weather-tight connectors.
I also pinned up the stabilizer power feed cables, as they were hanging down waiting to catch on something.
There’s actually (3) separate audio/video feeds with this system- hence the (3) cables. (possible side cameras?)
Feeding it through the interior was actually fairly easy- from the microwave cabinet to the very rear, there was plenty of ‘plenum’ space.
I know you ‘old school’ guys might see it differently, but I find a rear trailer cam indispensable, not just for backing up, but also extremely helpful for lane changes and passing.