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Old 11-18-2014, 07:01 PM   #1
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Adding side mount cameras to my 2005 Horizon

I am doing some touch up painting to my coach and thought that while I was at it I could add a couple of side mount cameras to the rig. Now I have read previous posts on this topic and really don't want to open a discussion of the pros and cons of them.
I have a 2 din radio installed (Pioneer AVH 4000) that has a video input so it is possible that they could feed into it if one could figure out how to split the screen. Alternatively is it possible to wire it into the back up monitor through the turn signal so that the turn signal would turn on the respective camera? If anyone has done this before I would appreciate knowing how you did it.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:13 PM   #2
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I saw a setup once where separate monitors (must have been about 7 inch-ers) were installed on top of the dash for the left and right cameras. No switching was required.

The only way I know to split the screen would be to use software and DVR type device between the camera and the in-dash monitor. OTOH, if you split the screen, would you still need the image to change when the turn signal is activated?

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Here's John Canfield's description of how he did it on his 2005 Horizon: Installation of a Sony side view camera
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I was just reading about this today. This guy wired his new side cameras so they come on when he turns on the clearance lights. His monitor has 2 inputs, which meant he had to manually select video 2 and turn on clearance lights for the side cameras to work. I never read how he selected port or starboard cameras. Perhaps he wired-in a selector switch too. That would be too much hassle IMO.
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I have given this side camera thing some thought.

Monitors are about $30 each.

I would wire one to each camera and have the two mounted near my dash and always on.

That way I could see all three camera displays at any time.

But I still would have a blind spot directly below and ahead of the camera. Which is the only blind spot I have now. So did not seem as useful to me.

I did not do the project.
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I have given this side camera thing some thought.

Monitors are about $30 each.

I would wire one to each camera and have the two mounted near my dash and always on.

That way I could see all three camera displays at any time.

But I still would have a blind spot directly below and ahead of the camera. Which is the only blind spot I have now. So did not seem as useful to me.

I did not do the project.
I did this exact project. I had the side view cameras first with one monitor and selected via the video switch on the monitor. It became more trouble than it was worth as when I need to look at a side view I did not have time to change the selector.

I added a monitor for each camera, with the side view monitors mounted on each side of the dash, pretty much in line with the outside mirrors. It really helps more than I expected as I can see the movement in the side view monitors without taking my eyes off the road. The full time side cameras really help in heavy city traffic, and in heavy rain. By buying the components off ebay, you can install a side camera/monitor for about $80 to $100 per side.

I've seen one rv post with an alternative mount where all three monitors were mounted to the bottom of the overhead tv cabinet, and this seemed to work well also.

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