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Reversing Rear View Camera

Post by Jif on Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:03 pm

Hi, in my new member post a member was interested in my choice of reversing/rear view camera set up. It has taken me a while to get around to this and I'm not sure if he's already bought one, but this may also be of interest to others so here goes.

The camera setup I purchased was this one from Ebay. I had read in various forums when searching for a solution that this was a decent one,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorhome-Twin-Camera-Rear-View-Reversing-System-Dash-Monitor-white-camera/271497196850?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

I liked the fact that it had two cameras set at different angles, one for reversing, the other for rear view, also it had built in infra red leds for night vision. I chose the bigger screen, (another otherwise identical kit has a smaller screen that is about the size of a rear view mirror).

I mounted the camera on a plastic chopping board which I had shaped beforehand and used very strong sealant to glue this to the top of the van, (very Heath Robinson but it works!). I wanted to avoid drilling holes into the vehicle chassis as much as possible and have the camera unit protruding slightly from the back.

The kit comes with a cable set which went from back to front with cable to spare, the camera and monitor each have a short length of cable with connectors which fit into the long connecting length. On the camera side I cut off the connectors and soldered the connections to reduce the physical bulk, then encased that in a piece of heatshrink putting sealant into the heatshrink before shrinking it to keep it waterproof.

Here's a couple of pictures,





I brought the cable into the van via the aerial fitting box, which now has a satellite connector fitted, but I'm thinking of re-routing this through the roof now I'm a bit more familiar with the chassis construction.

Finding a place to mount the monitor had me scratching my head, I eventually bought a second hand T4 rear view mirror from Ebay, chopped the sides off it and fixed the monitor onto it. I used this to replace the existing rear view mirror. Routing the cable was fairly easy though I had to drill a few holes through the cupboards and fit in some trunking to keep it neat.

Here are some photos showing the monitor with a view from each camera,







So that's it really, it works well for me and I hope this is some help to others, even if it's - "I'm definitely not doing it like that!"
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Post by davtherav on Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:19 pm

Hi Jif
Thanks for this , you've done a good job, I'm very impressed. I haven't made a start on doing mine but I will eventually.
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Post by art on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:19 am

How well does it work in the dark?
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Post by Jif on Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:55 pm

art wrote:How well does it work in the dark?

Pretty good from memory, the infrared leds seem to do the job. It's been a while since I used it in the dark, I'll take a picture tonight and post it up.
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Post by Vanguard755 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:15 pm

Hello, I thought of buying one of these but since the wife put a financial block on me spending I had to go the cheap route. Ive still got the AS factory one fitted but have fitted one of these,eBay item number:142340253679 just above it,£31.95 off well known auction site.
I have fitted the screen so it flips down in the middle of the cab roof just behind the curtain rail( AS Broadway EKTBLP). I fitted it after an incident on the M5 motorway on our last trip out, the infra red lights are brilliant they light our garden up!!.
So, now I have a reversing camera and one I can switch on when I want to see all the traffic behind me. Also fitted some LED reversing lights so I can see in the dark when reversing(eBay item number:192286029128, again off the same site)), bought 4 and put 2 on the front as DRL`s, super bright.

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