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Old 07-30-2016, 10:32 PM   #1
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Panasonic B/W rear vision replacement

I have been putting up with my rear vision camera/monitor system's issues for s few years. The image does not come on for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour after turning on the system. When it is warm outside, the image comes on quicker and slower when it is colder.

I have a wireless (image) system ready to go in but would like to use the existing "proprietary" cable from the monitor to the camera to provide power switching to the camera rather than fishing power from inside the cap or elsewhere.

My question is, as follows: AT the monitor Panasonic has what looks like a male RCA plug although it is not a direct fit with a female RCA connector as there is no overlapping shield flange on the Panasonic male plug. Based on that I take it that the Panasonic proprietary cable from the monitor to the camera must actually split somewhere between the two terminations to pick up a 12v power and ground input. AT the camera there is a polarized connector that appears to have one side provide power and the other return the video image to the monitor. The images in the Panasonic manual do not show any branching of the proprietary cable from the camera to the monitor in either their diagram nor the picture of the cable. I fail to see how a RCA type connector could carry power, ground, AND the video image.

Before I go cutting the ends off this proprietary cable to reterminate them into the new monitor and camera inputs, I would like to hear from someone who has taken this specific approach, that is, reuse the Panasonic cable for power to the rear, first, and if they used it for image return rather than going wireless, what issues did they encounter? How did they adapt the ends? Adapting connectors (numbers? source?)or cut, splice, and solder?

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I have swapped then us int the original cable but it was a 4 wire multi cable. When you say RCA you mean this?
https://www.google.com/search?q=RCA+...3IQKktgAh8M%3A

PS I agree with you about avoiding the wireless if possible.
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I too have a Panasonic monitor and camera that I'd like to replace for a better system. I am curious as to the information you receive. I've read a little about them but not sure I totally understand the wiring etc. I don't want to go wireless which makes this changeover challenging. I think I'll have to remove part of my rear end cap (???) to remove and replace the camera which adds to the challenge.
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As for the wireless, I tested it external to the RV. The monitor was in the normal position and the camera transmitter was behind the coach. It worked perfectly. It is marketed for semis.
It is an easy choice as, if it proves less than reliable, running a cable is no more complicated once installed.

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The link did not work. Could you send link directly to my email at rluxt@yahoo.com.
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I see that picture of RCA plugs with shielded cable but the issue is whaat is the multi-cable Panasonic provides. It most likely would be a three primary conductor cable with at least one primary cable shielded. Because they are running the video signal in the same "bundle" as the power lines, shielding would be important for the video signal to prevent interference.

I actually was looking for a reply where someone had cut into the Panasonic cable and KNEW what the individual wires were, shielded vs non-shielded, etc. Also, if tehy traced the source of teh DC power and ground as there is no output from the monitor of power/ground but their is power/ground to the camera. Nothing is shown on the Fleetwood 12v diagrams nor on Panasonic illustrations of the proprietary cable. So, my query stands if there is anyoen out there who reused the Panasonic cable in part or totally?
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I see that picture of RCA plugs with shielded cable but the issue is whaat is the multi-cable Panasonic provides. It most likely would be a three primary conductor cable with at least one primary cable shielded. Because they are running the video signal in the same "bundle" as the power lines, shielding would be important for the video signal to prevent interference.

I actually was looking for a reply where someone had cut into the Panasonic cable and KNEW what the individual wires were, shielded vs non-shielded, etc. Also, if tehy traced the source of teh DC power and ground as there is no output from the monitor of power/ground but their is power/ground to the camera. Nothing is shown on the Fleetwood 12v diagrams nor on Panasonic illustrations of the proprietary cable. So, my query stands if there is anyoen out there who reused the Panasonic cable in part or totally?
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Hope that you get someone who has but if you do not then try googling the model number and wire colors or connection. That is how I got that information when I reused the original wire when I replaced my system earlier this year. you could also try to call or email Panasonic.
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Kahoona,
I have tried looking everywhere I could think of. I really expected to find something like this-

Email Page On Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable

WIth a three wire arrangement internally, two power wires and a shielded video signal but you said you had a four wire cable. I am surprised at that but I guess I will jsut have to bite the bullet and cut the cord, so to speak, and go on my own.

I really want to see how relaible the video signal is in use in wireless mode. And, if I do not like it, I can first report on the reliability then go the backup plan.
Thanks for your help. Your naming of teh cable helped me do the search for the linked item.

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Kahoona,
I have tried looking everywhere I could think of. I really expected to find something like this-

Email Page On Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable

WIth a three wire arrangement internally, two power wires and a shielded video signal but you said you had a four wire cable. I am surprised at that but I guess I will jsut have to bite the bullet and cut the cord, so to speak, and go on my own.

I really want to see how relaible the video signal is in use in wireless mode. And, if I do not like it, I can first report on the reliability then go the backup plan.
Thanks for your help. Your naming of teh cable helped me do the search for the linked item.

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