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Old 06-04-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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rear view camera hook up?

I am installing a rear view camera in place of my top center clearance light on my 5th wheel.
By using the wires fromn the clearance light how do I hook up my camera.
There are 2 wires on the camera red and black. One for 12 v and one for the ground.
There are 2 wires (black) to the clearance light.
Do I pigtail the 2 black clearance light to the hot camera wire and ground the camera wire to the frame or connect each of the camera wires tro each of the clearance light wires?
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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The first thing you need to do is get a volt meter and find out if they are negative ground or if they are pos & neg. Don't hook anything up till you know this or you could damage the camera.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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Problem solved re backup camera
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Thanks

Thanks for help.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:04 PM   #5
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So which way was it?
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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Seems to me that if you use the clearance light wires to power the camera that you'd need to have the lights on when you want to use the camera.
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That's correct.
I usually travel with my clearance lights on.
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Talking

I just got my new camera today I plan on hooking mine up to the reverse lights. The magellan GPS has a video in and when it senses power it will switch to the camera.
Now I just need to run 40-50 feet of wire
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