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Old 07-29-2016, 02:34 PM   #1
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I'm trying to install my wireless backup camera to my Winnebago RV . The directions say to wire it to the power coming from the back up lights , so when you put your vehicle in reverse to back up the camera activates . Problem is my RV has no backup lights . The taillights have only one number 1157 bUlb, which handle brake lights, turn signals and taillights. There is no wire or power wire coming to the taillights for a back up bulb, thus I cannot wire my backup camera directly to this power source. I'm thinking of wiring it to a constant power source and have some sort of quick connect or disconnect so it is not drawing juice 100% of the time. Can't get through to customer service at tadi brothers , which seems to be a common problem with their customer service. Any quick suggestions would be appreciated
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If you wire it to the bulb power, would it only be on if your lights are on, and thus not all of the time? Then you can turn on your lights to use it, off when not using. Of course, the wifi part would then be on all the time, but they're made to handle that.
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Personally, I went ahead and hardwired mine (not that hard) and got a much better, consistent signal and picture.
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I'm trying to install my wireless backup camera to my Winnebago RV . The directions say to wire it to the power coming from the back up lights , so when you put your vehicle in reverse to back up the camera activates . Problem is my RV has no backup lights . The taillights have only one number 1157 bUlb, which handle brake lights, turn signals and taillights. There is no wire or power wire coming to the taillights for a back up bulb, thus I cannot wire my backup camera directly to this power source. I'm thinking of wiring it to a constant power source and have some sort of quick connect or disconnect so it is not drawing juice 100% of the time. Can't get through to customer service at tadi brothers , which seems to be a common problem with their customer service. Any quick suggestions would be appreciated
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I get the 12VDC power for my wireless backup camera from an always hot house battery wire back in the bedroom...I turn it off with an on/off switch I added into the camera plus wire.
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I wired my Garmin BC-30 backup camera to the tail lights...


turn off the display of you do not like it on while driving.
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I wired my Garmin BC-30 backup camera to the tail lights...
turn off the display of you do not like it on while driving.
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Don't you have to turn the tail lights on any time you want to see behind you?
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Don't you have to turn the tail lights on any time you want to see behind you?

YES, but pulling a trailer my running lights are always ON... I like them on when pulling a trailer. used to have a CDL. habit ..

with 500 watt stereos, cell phones, poke'man go, Texting ... and drivers doing other things while driving...
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Mine was wired by the factory to a fused wire from the run terminal of the ignition switch. Worked well for me. I could see when I was far enough past someone in a lane beside me to change lanes.
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I'm trying to install my wireless backup camera to my Winnebago RV . The directions say to wire it to the power coming from the back up lights , so when you put your vehicle in reverse to back up the camera activates . Problem is my RV has no backup lights ...
If you're going to mount the camera up high like on most motorhomes, you can tap into the clearance lights for power. These are usually powered only when your parking lights or headlights are on, so you will have to turn on the lights if you want to see what's behind you. Another option is to try to fish a wire up the inside of the rear cap. That may be doable because most rear caps are mostly hollow. If you run a new wire, don't forget to put a fuse on the hot side.

The camera on the motorhome we used to have was on all the time the ignition was turned on. I liked it that way because I could keep an eye on the toad, and I could see if I was clear when passing someone. When I installed a camera on the back of the 5th wheel we have now, I wired it so it would also be on all the time.
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If you're going to mount the camera up high like on most motorhomes, you can tap into the clearance lights for power. These are usually powered only when your parking lights or headlights are on, so you will have to turn on the lights if you want to see what's behind you. Another option is to try to fish a wire up the inside of the rear cap. That may be doable because most rear caps are mostly hollow. If you run a new wire, don't forget to put a fuse on the hot side.
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For RVers who have spent the time and $$ to convert their running lights to LEDs, driving with the parking lights or headlights on to see what's behind you, (when the lights aren't otherwise needed), is counterproductive.
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My old Itasca already had a bank of switches added to the dash panel so I used one of them to turn on the transmitter and display. I do like being able to see what is behind me even driving forward. I have had autos to close behind me for me to see then they zip out on the ride, especially if the road narrows and they don't want to be stuck behind me.
Technically not legal to have it on when driving forward but I just consider it another mirror to view a blind spot. The Tadi display is not large so it does not distract me.
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don't know if your coach is a dp or front gas. if former, there must be at least one wire controlled by the ignition key in your engine bay, ie, when engine is on the wire has power, when engine is shut off, the wire power is off. connect your camera to that key-controlled wire.

i did this it works well for me.
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Can I ask a silly question here in the UK it is law we have to have reversing lights i.e. works of the reverse gear when we go into reverse lights come on don't you need them in the USA
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For RVers who have spent the time and $$ to convert their running lights to LEDs, driving with the parking lights or headlights on to see what's behind you, (when the lights aren't otherwise needed), is counterproductive.
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How is it counterproductive???
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