Reversing camera on camper

Submitted: Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 12:39
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I'm keen to fit a camera to the rear of my camper. I want it to assist when reversing the camper, but mainly for extra vision on the road behind the camper. I already have a reversing camera fitted on the car.

Can anyone recommend a setup they have that works well?
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Reply By: Honky - Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 13:36

Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 13:36
I had a vehicle that had an after market rear view camera and it had the option of camera I and camera 2. When I had it wired I requested an additional plug at the rear for the purpose of putting a camera on the camper. Sold the vehicle before I got around to it but it would be quite easy.

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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 14:51

Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 14:51
Polaris do one which I had installed and was quite good Wiring comes with connections for two cameras and can be wired to be on all the time.

I made up a wiring circuit myself and could switch between cameras and whether on all the time or just with reverse
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Reply By: DmaxQld - Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 16:03

Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 16:03
Most monitors, including those built into the dash, have dual camera inputs with one camera feed being the primary feed. So you could wire the camera on the back of the camper into the secondary feed and it would show what is happening at all times except when reverse is engaged, then the primary feed from the back of your vehicle would be shown. This is how I have my $17 ebay monitor wired to me two $10 ebay cameras. Works a treat.
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 19:14

Friday, Oct 03, 2014 at 19:14
I just bought all the wiring and camera from Safety Dave at the Sandown show today to fit a camera to my camper the Ute has a camera shouldn't be to difficult to fit
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Follow Up By: DmaxQld - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 07:44

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 07:44
Hope you didn't pay more than $50 for the lot (monitor, both cameras and all cables) otherwise you have been ripped off
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 07:52

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 07:52
Well Dmax Mate I got ripped then ,
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 07:57

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 07:57
Hey Dmax , why don't you post a link to where you got your gear , what it is ect so the OP doesn't get ripped off like I just did , that would probably be more helpful than just your previous comment
just a thought .
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 08:17

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 08:17
Gotta agree with Jackolux. Help is better than these smart a*se comments from the 'know-all' brigade. Either help out or get out, I say.
OBJ
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 08:28

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 08:28
I will post some info when I get around to fitting all my over priced but hopefully quality bits when I get around to it next week .
Jacko
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Follow Up By: Jos - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 10:41

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 10:41
Thanks DmaxQld. I have a monitor inbuilt into the dash. This shows my car reverse camera when the car is in reverse - obviously. However, it is also my GPS, so I like this on most of the time and don't want to dedicate the monitor to another camera.

I was expecting to pay a few hundred dollars, so I'd love more details on the cheap setup you mention.
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Follow Up By: DmaxQld - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 17:52

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 17:52
Not rocket science guys. Go to ebay and type "reverse camera" into the search function

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Rear-View-Monitors-Cams-Kits-/149976/i.html
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Follow Up By: DmaxQld - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 17:53

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 17:53
And BTW, great contribution to the discussion OBJ.
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Follow Up By: DmaxQld - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 17:56

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 17:56
And Jackolux, other than plugging your mate "Safety Dave", you contributed zilch to the discussion also.
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 19:12

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 19:12
Well sorry to have upset you Dmax , I have no association Safety Dave the show at Sandown is the first time I have purchased anything from him .

The reversing camera fitted to my Ute is a " Option Audio " kit purchased from my local TJM store a couple of years ago , just looking at the ebay links from Dmax , I would say the cables and connectors on the my Option Audio gear is much better , 4pin screw fitting , very secure and water proof ( been underwater many times )

I priced the trailer upgrade kit from TJM and then went to SD at the show , he was able to supply a kit with the same fittings as the TJM upgrade at a much better price
Like someone has said my reverse camera has a very wide view so its not much good as a rear view camera .I have tried it .

SD supplied a camera for the trailer with a 92 degree view that should be good for a rear view as well as reverse , at least that's what I have been lead to believe from ppl on other forums . I did do some research before I decided what to buy .

I have seen kits in the shops with the same connectors as the Ebay jobs always the cheaper gear .

I might be wrong but they just don't look anywhere as good as what I have got , I do a lot of 4x4ing , river crossings ect , it has to be 100% waterproof
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Follow Up By: DmaxQld - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 19:43

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 19:43
All good Jackolux. I am sure the OP will appreciate your detailed response.

And for what it is worth, I also do a lot of four wheel driving and the items I posted links to have survived a number of dunkings and many, many kilometers of rough, corrugated roads over about 18 months.

Perhaps a 92 degree camera may be better, I can't comment. My little 170 camera works fine for me. I can only speak from my personal experience.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 09:55

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 09:55
The vast majority of these cameras are wide angle cameras for reversing. This is fine when you're reversing, but useless when you're driving on the highway. You won't see a vehicle behind until they are right on your tail.
You will need to get a camera with a narrower angle so I can see vehicles in the distance behind me. When you find one, let me know, but I haven't looked hard to find one yet.
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Follow Up By: DmaxQld - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 18:07

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 18:07
From my experience, the 170 degree camera works a treat. All you need is the immediate 10 or so metres behind the van/camper. Your rear view mirrows take care of anything further back. At least for me it works well. But hey when you get yours installed, you can give some actual feedback instead of just speculating.
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 22:39

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 22:39
Phil as I posted above I have just got a 92 degree Camera from Safety Dave , I might try it quickly on the back of the Ute just to see what the difference is before I run all the wiring to the trailer, it will only take a few minutes to swap cameras .

http://safetydave.com.au/

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 22:40

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 22:40
I have run a camera on the back of the TVan - I'm not speculating. What makes you think I was?
Glad you can see 10 metres behind on the highway, but I want to see a bit further.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 23:01

Saturday, Oct 04, 2014 at 23:01
Jackolux, a 92 degree camera should be better than the 120+ degree ones I've used in the past. Good thinking to try it first.

DmaxQld, On having another read of my post, I can see you may not have realised I use a camera on the Tvan, so I apologise.
The OP's question was "I want it to assist when reversing the camper, but mainly for extra vision on the road behind the camper" - I try to keep my reply relevant.
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 00:07

Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 00:07
Phil its a 2006 Tvan I want to run the camera on,

I have a bit of a idea where I will mount it but I would be interested to know where you had yours and where you run the wiring ,

Any photos . In assume from the way I read you post you have removed the camera .

Regards Jacko
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 06:59

Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 06:59
Jacko,
I still have the wide angle camera on the Tvan. I just wouldn't mind using a narrow angle camera instead. Here are the photos. Camera mounted on chassis and is protected against stones by the water tank. Wiring into hole in LHS chassis rail. It comes out a second hole and then threaded thru the drawbar to the front. I still used the original power/video connections at the vehicle, although another simpler option is to power the camera from the park lights and whenever you want to use the camera, turn the lights on. The 200series comes with its own reversing camera so I run a small separate screen just for the Tvan. On the 79series, I had the second camera at the back of the vehicle and swapped connections whenever I hooked up the Tvan.




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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 09:37

Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 09:37
Thanks for the pic's Phil . My camera is a rectangle shape the same as the ones you see on the back of Caravans , you have prob seem plenty of em .

I want to try and mount it up high on the deck , it will be underneath facing the ground when the deck is down , so will have to see what I can de about protecting it .

I have 3 leads one from the camera to the drawbar a curly stretchy lead to connect from that one to another from the rear of the Ute to the monitor in the Cab the Option Audio monitor has a spare input for a 2nd camera .

But you have given me a idea , if I cant be stuffed running the cable to monitor I could just unplug the reverse camera and connect the Tvan camera to the lead already there , it would be very quick to do that ,
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 11:52

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 11:52
The 2 different cameras on the back of the Ute , not real good photos just Iphone pics of the screen , the door is exactly 3metres from the camera . Photo 2 is 92deg don't know what the wide angle is . I hope that might be of some interest



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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 at 10:58

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 at 10:58
Attached a camera to the Tvan yesterday , the 90deg view seems very good as a rear view , haven't run the wiring properly yet just rough to take it for a test drive

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