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Old 06-13-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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I upgraded the rear view camera today.

I installed a new rear view camera and monitor today. This was a fairly straight forward job with just a little hiccup.

When I removed the old camera (I have never done this before) I discovered that the camera mount and surrounding pieces didn't really form a good seal against moisture from rain or washing. Now that the new camera is in place, I really have a larger gap that I think should be closed up.

Is it normal to have this unsealed?
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Post some details,about the camera and monitor you installed.
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Some pics would be good also
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:21 PM   #4
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I would seal. You can use a rubber seal, cut from a rubber swatch to the outline of the camera base, or you can use a good quality UV stabilized silicone (Sikaflex 295 or equal) if the gap is not bigger than 1/4", IMHO.

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Post some details,about the camera and monitor you installed.
I have been thinking about upgrading for years. The old monitor has a black and white screen and is very bulky hanging underneath the living room TV. It took up a lot of drivers view. This monitor reminded me of the old small portable B/W TV's. The new monitor has the same 7" screen size but is MUCH lighter and takes up a lot less space.

The new camera is a little smaller than the old and fits in the same pocket that the old camera was in. This took a little time (30 min) because the mounting screw holes for the new camera are different than the old. I had to drill new holes in the old bracket. This camera is suppose to have a better view in day or night. Setting in the driveway, it seems to have a much better view.

I used the existing cable that ran front to back. Both ends (camera and monitor) plugged right in. The power wires and ground to the monitor had to be matched to the new monitor's harness.

Prior to installation, I called the folks at RVCams.com. I told them what I had and set me up with the proper equipment. Camera and monitor cost $393.
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Is it normal to have this unsealed?
I would think it should be sealed.

If the hole is bigger than the camera, an easy solution might be to get an aluminum plate from a home center. The aluminum won't rust and is easy to work. Use a hacksaw to cut the plate to the size needed to cover the hole, then use sandpaper to smooth the cut edges. Finally, drill the necessary holes to mount the camera to the plate. Sealing between the camera and the plate, and between the plate and the RV should then be easy.

You can paint the aluminum for appearance, but it's not necessary to prevent corrosion.

Many ways to handle it, but that is one I would try.
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