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Old 02-19-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Replacing the TV

We want to replace the old CRT in out 1998 MDSS with a flat screen, one problem is that the CRT is also the screen for the backup camera.
Has anyone done this, and was it possible to hook the backup camera into a flat screen?

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Old 02-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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Haven't done that but it should not be an issue as most backup monitors use the simple composite video type of signal. You can verify that by looking at the current cable that feeds the monitor. The connector should be a yellow RCA connector. It is possible the coach manufacturer did not follow color codes but most do. When you purchase a new LCD or LCD/LED TV make sure it has a composite video input. You will need to manually switch the TV to the video input to composite to see the backup camera input, normally says "composite video" on the input menu.

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Old 02-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Look at this old thread Intermittent Backup Camera
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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Rear view monitor

In December, 2010 I posted some photos of the monitor that I put into my 1999 coach. I found that I had to put in a separate monitor because the angle that you look at the flat screen TV while using it as the rear view monitor doesn't work very well, at least not as well as the old tube type. Also, the angle looking up is not very comfortable.

The title of the post is "rear view monitor." You can search for it. If you have any questions about the installation, email me.


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Old 02-21-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
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The camera connection to your TV is through the coax cable.
It's a little box spliced into the coax right behind the TV.
At least mine is, Its a 2000.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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If it's an Yellow RCA jack as mentioned, just pick one of the video inputs available to you on the new set, you might have to tune the TV to that video input for it to work, it wont switch automatically.
If it's a coax connector, then you might only have one input on the back of the new LCD and it's reserved for cable/satalite input.

I would read the quoted posts mentioned and put in a small dash mounted unit for the camera to dispaly as needed, then the problem is solved.

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