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Old 09-29-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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self-cleaning rear camera

When driving down the road, especially when its raining or on dirt/gravel type roads, the backup camera gets so dirty it is just about useless.

Does anyone have a good way to clean the camera while underway? Up to this point I have been pulling over and using a wet windshield sponge/squeegee to reach way up there and clean the lens. There has got to be a better way.

Any good ideas out there?
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Try coating the lens with RainEx. It makes water bead up and roll off. The camera is to show if there are large objects back there, not to read license plates.
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Well.....I'm not all that interested in license plates, but that cute blond driving that convertible back there sure deserves a clean lens and a good image on my monitor!
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We looked at a Monaco Dynasty that had an air jet next to the rear view camera to clean the lens, but nothing for the side view camera's.
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Thanks BFlinn181 and MrD for your input. The jet of air and a shot of windshield washer fluid (I use RainX Fluid) is what I am thinking of installing. Kind of like what Nissan Altima has done with their rear camera. Only theirs is a computer controlled system automatically detecting dust and/or water dispensing the appropriate air or water to clear it. Their system is totally independent of a drivers action.
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Thanks BFlinn181 and MrD for your input. The jet of air and a shot of windshield washer fluid (I use RainX Fluid) is what I am thinking of installing. Kind of like what Nissan Altima has done with their rear camera. Only theirs is a computer controlled system automatically detecting dust and/or water dispensing the appropriate air or water to clear it. Their system is totally independent of a drivers action.
I have that problem also. Is there an air jet kit of some sort that can be easily installed, or would it be OEM?
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:20 AM   #7
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I was thinking of using these.

http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-47137-W.../dp/B000COCTXA

One for the water and one for the air. The camera on my coach is recessed into the rear fiberglass cap. I thought of mounting these on the sloped surfaced.
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Here is a cool camera housing with a built-in "windshield wiper" arm.


http://www.svat.com

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Good news, the camera stays clean all the time; maybe because it's at an angle?

Bad news, I never get followed by cute girls...



P.S. our camera sits under an overhang off the roof (which may vortex air downward and limit dust upsweep). Where is yours?
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Now wait one second....

are you saying that cute blonde is following you with the top down in the rain ?!?!

I like the option of that svat with heat and wiper !!! SVAT Electronics - Weatherproof Outdoor Camera Housing with a Wiper | CVP201H
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Now wait one second....

are you saying that cute blonde is following you with the top down in the rain ?!?!

I like the option of that svat with heat and wiper !!! SVAT Electronics - Weatherproof Outdoor Camera Housing with a Wiper | CVP201H
Great solution. Only need a 19" deep pocket in rear of RV to house camera and 220 v AC, 24 v DC to power it, common in RVs. By the way, the camera has been discontinued.
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