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Old 09-27-2016, 06:31 PM   #1
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Backup Camera / TV question

I am new to motorhomes, moving on up from the travel trailer. The motorhome I am looking at uses the TV as the backup monitor and its missing for whatever reason.

How is this supposed to work? Is it a special type of monitor that powers on when in reverse or is this all manual? Should I be getting an AC\DC tv or be running the inverter as I drive down the road incase I need the camera?

To jump up and turn on the inverter, power up the TV and then change the input seems like a lot of monkey motion just to look behind me.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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Personally I would not mess with trying to repair this system. Instead I would check it out, then buy a new wireless rear-view camera system.
I have an aftermarket Voyager wireless BU camera system in our MH. Instead of wiring the camera power to a backup light, I wired mine to be powered when the ignition key is on. This way I may monitor what I'm towing, the hitch, and still see when I am clear to change lanes.
To do this you have 2 options. Wire the power to the camera to a clearance light, then drive with clearance lights on.
I used the old camera coax to run power from the ignition switch to the camera, I wired 12V positive to the center wire, then used the braided shield wire for ground.
This solved the problems of locating a key-on hot wire in the rear of the MH, and how to run wires if a hot wire was not found.
If you prefer a wired BU camera system, it will be about half the price of a wireless system-just below the wireless system in that Amazon link.
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I considered getting a second monitor just for the camera. I just wasn't sure how the original system was designed to work. The placement of the TV format seem ideal for a backup camera anyways
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I considered getting a second monitor just for the camera. I just wasn't sure how the original system was designed to work. The placement of the TV format seem ideal for a backup camera anyways
Doesn't seem like I can edit on the phone. Many to say doesn't seem ideal.
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