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Old 10-06-2009, 12:11 AM   #15
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Mark, Did you try unplugging the monitor and re-plugging it. I had a bad connection there last year.

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Old 10-06-2009, 02:14 PM   #16
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Mark,
I have an 2004 34'.
While under warrantee we changed the monitor 3 times and the camera 2 times. Still have night vision issues.
I notice in the daylight the monitor is clear. As soon as it gets dark, sometimes initiated by a bump in the road I will get fuzz and or lines. Otherwise a blurry view.
As soon as I drive under a strong light or as a car pulls up from the side I can see where there head lights shine but the outer areas are still fuzzy.

Bottom line, these cameras are cheep, but, they work most of the time.
Solution, Military night vision, only $30K

Frustration sometimes overrides humor. We all mean well, and after you get past the frustration, you will find this forum is better than a trip to the RV repair shop.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:23 PM   #17
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Have you tried pressing on the headlamp switch or moving the switch(knob) slightly left or right? Maybe the switch contacts are loose.

We drive at night-all night-on our trips to St. Louis. I have never had problem with ours.

JAWAG, but that is as technical as I can get.

You have been indoctrinated by the gang

Now, where is that darn rear view mirror?
OK, OK... I can take a little ribbing and am not TOTALLY humorless!

I've actually replaced my headlight switch assembly once since we bought the coach -- got it straight from Alpine. It didn't make any difference; both switches exhibited the same problem.

I can live with it (and have been); I just thought someone on the forum might have run across the same gremlin.

JAWAG? = Just A Wild [DONKEY] Guess?

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I suspect the interference from the headlights is because they are actually running off 90 - 110 volts. A voltage multiplier is used for the headlights to increase the voltage...you can't increase the voltage without chopping it and turning it into "AC".

I replaced my camera and monitor with a color night vision one and don't experience any of the problems that have been mentioned. Cost for both came to about $250. The night vision works great, whether dark or when someone comes from behind with headlights on.
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SteveS - What was the make and model of the backup camera you purchased to replace the original unit?
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Tom - I bought my camera off Ebay. Here is the link to the type camera I use:
CCD COLOR INFRARED WIDE ANGLE REAR VIEW BACKUP CAMERA:eBay Motors (item 270466893526 end time Nov-06-09 10:30:36 PST)
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:13 AM   #24
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Mark:

I had that problem with my last rig. The camera repair shop replaced parts on the circuit board and viola! It worked. They said the silicon melts after a few years (mine was about 7 years?). I'm having the same problem now on my Alpine. I'll take the camera to:

LTM Electronics
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Huntington Beach, CA 92648

www.LTM1.com

It cost me about $75 to replace 62 diodes, etc. Take them the camera, not the coach.
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Tom - I bought my camera off Ebay. Here is the link to the type camera ...
So then, how did you mount it, and more specifically, where did you mount it in relation to the spoiler?
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I also use the backup camera to check on the toad. I also use the mirrors but with that long a load, you cannot be too careful.
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Some Times I Feel Like Tap Dancingtap, tap, tap

Wow, have we gotten off course!
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