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Old 07-19-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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We Did It!!!

We new RV owners just installed a wireless backup camera ourselves! We went with the Rear View Safety model RVS-7706123WQ. It has a great signal standing still and has a good picture, but we haven't tried it yet while moving.

Major problem: There was absolutely no resource whatsoever that walked us through the installation process; not from the company, and not from the web. We found one youtube video that gave us a very good idea of what to do, but without the details. The people from Rear View have been great to work with, and their shipping was immediate, but they do not offer camera installation how-to's.

In the end, we had to research how to tap into wires, what size butt connector to use, how to read a multimeter, what the best caulk is for screw holes in fiberglass, how to drill fiberglass...and so on. For us, it was a husband/wife project that ended with a huge sense of accomplishment! Although there was a lot of pre-work involved, the actual installation process was pretty easy. Hopefully we will feel safer, knowing that we can see what's going on behind us at all times. In the picture, ignore the few pieces of electrical tape stuck to the ladder that we put there temporarily while we were working...LOL.

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Nice job! first time I have seen a ladder that you need a ladder to get to...

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Congrats!! That feeling of pride and accomplishment is great. You did a nice looking job. Ready for the next challenge??
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Nice job! first time I have seen a ladder that you need a ladder to get to...

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Haha!!! The rest of the ladder is in the back under the left lift-up door. It attaches quickly and easily!
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we had to research how to tap into wires, what size butt connector to use, how to read a multimeter, what the best caulk is for screw holes in fiberglass, how to drill fiberglass...and so on.
Congrats on a job well done! Did you replace a B&W with color, and were existing cables able to be re-used on the new system?

I'm curious because of reference to tapping into wires and different size connectors. We're looking at the same system that you installed, BTW.
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Congrats on a job well done! Did you replace a B&W with color, and were existing cables able to be re-used on the new system?

I'm curious because of reference to tapping into wires and different size connectors. We're looking at the same system that you installed, BTW.
Thank you! Our '06 Winnie Outlook already had an area carved out for the camera, and there may have even been preexisting camera wires...but we didn't want to even try and find those. Instead, we spliced the "wireless" camera wires into the top middle clearance light. We can have the camera on all the time as long as we drive with the clearance lights on, which is no problem at all. Otherwise, backup cameras are often spliced into the backup lights and can only be used...you guessed it...when you back up!
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