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Old 08-20-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Back Up Camera not working

We bought our 2008 Fleetwood Excursion in January with the back up camera not working. Drove it over 6,000 miles without it, but since we're planning on getting a toad, we want to get it working again. The prior owner replaced the camera, thinking it was the problem, but apparently not. The side view cameras are working fine. In reverse the screen shows something about picture may be in reverse?

Before we spend the money on having it serviced, are there any easy fixes we might attempt ourselves? It's a Pioneer AVIC-D3, if that means anything to anyone. Thanks!!
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If the monitor works with the side cameras I doubt your trouble is with the monitor. Our monitor had problems since the coach was new. The previous owner replaced the monitor with a color unit and it still only worked intermittently. He then replaced the rear camera and still no go. When we got the coach we replaced the coax from the monitor to the camera and that was the problem.
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Find the switching device for the cameras. It is usually behind the dash. Switch the cable from one of the side view cameras with the rear camera. If the side view camera works out of the rear camera input the problem is not the switching device. If it's a new camera, that's probably not the problem. That leaves the cable. Try to trace cable from camera to monitor. Any couplings should be taken apart and cleaned. Use dielectric grease before putting connectors back together. You could run a temporary cable from camera to monitor to determine if cable is bad. Most of the time it is a bad cable or connection. The reverse message is probably like you see on a side view mirror, objects look closer etc. and will show if camera is working or not. Good luck.
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Find the switching device for the cameras. It is usually behind the dash. Switch the cable from one of the side view cameras with the rear camera. If the side view camera works out of the rear camera input the problem is not the switching device. If it's a new camera, that's probably not the problem. That leaves the cable. Try to trace cable from camera to monitor. Any couplings should be taken apart and cleaned. Use dielectric grease before putting connectors back together. You could run a temporary cable from camera to monitor to determine if cable is bad. Most of the time it is a bad cable or connection. The reverse message is probably like you see on a side view mirror, objects look closer etc. and will show if camera is working or not. Good luck.
How accessible are these cables typically? Where do they typically run?
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Take the camera off the back of motorhome. Start there. Mine had a coupler close to camera that was dirty. Some can be very hard to access. If that is the case run another cable. If that fixes it, I would run it under the coach and get it up to behind dash as best possible.
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Ours was too hard to replace where the old cable was. So, we ran the new cable under the coach and up threw the back closet up to the camera. (we also replaced the connections on the old cable and it still didn't work) Somehow these coax cables can get kinked or whatever and finding where the problem exits is impossible to find.
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How accessible are these cables typically? Where do they typically run?
super inaccessible. If you determine it is the cable you will need to run another under the coach. In mine I was able to used the wire-run used by the other systems in the coach to accomplish this and keep the wire safe. took some time to do right, but all works now.
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Anyone have any idea what a technician would charge to rerun a cable? I'm thinking maybe a wireless is the way to go if this isn't an obvious "cable came unplugged at either end" deal.
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Our Voyager wireless unit works very well. If I could have a do-over I would have spent the extra money and bought the 3 camera model though.
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Probably not more then 2Hours. Just ensure you don't end up with a wire draped along the bottom of your coach exposed and only held in place with a few wire ties. My coach had a protected area the cable could be run in, but it took more effort to do it that way. Result was worth the effort tho.

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One of our side cameras quit working. Found out it had come unplugged from the monitor in the dash.
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Having a issue with mine. I removed he monitor and plugged it into the back camera and it worked. So believing it was the cable I order a 50ft s video cable.
I just found it was the wrong cable by contacting Tim at http://www.rvcams.com/. Might want to send him an email.

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Having a issue with mine. I removed he monitor and plugged it into the back camera and it worked. So believing it was the cable I order a 50ft s video cable.
I just found it was the wrong cable by contacting Tim at http://www.rvcams.com/. Might want to send him an email.

Yes contact.rvcams.com and talk with Tim. Super nice guy and knows RV monitors and camera systems.
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