Originally Posted by JosephA
Hi We have a 22 Dutchstar 4081. We are think of adding a Buddy screen for the Camera display and and Navigation on a Ram mount by the passenger seat.
Any idea how to run the cable from the passenger seat area to the head unit in the dash. Anyone running the buddy screen have good or bad feedback on this set up.
@josephA Was on the coach yesterday and did a little digging in the dash. I know my Xite infotainment system is a bit different in my VTDP than yours but should be fairly close.
I pulled the head unit out to take a look at it and there is an HDMI port on the back of the unit. I tested this with a quick hard wire from that port to a TV. It will display what is on the head unit screen with the EXCEPTION of the camera. It will even display the NavnGo directions. Apparently it only displays what originates from the Xite system and NOT external data such as the camera. The camera originates from the n360 system which is also under the dash.
The #5 input wire is the camera video input to the Xite unit. It is a simple RCA type plug which is easily accessible behind the Xite unit.
So, if you wish to cast both the camera AND NavnGo GPS directions, you have to deal with 2 separate signals.
My plan to do this is to NOT try to run hard wires, but rather wirelessly transmit the signals to the driver overhead TV. I've done this before in a similar fashion on a large boat and it worked out well.
1) Since Newmar is kind of behind other manufactures when it comes to routing TV inputs to the different TV, I've already installed a 4x4 HDMI matrix box in the entertainment cabinet over Telivator. The cabinet just below the sound bar where the blue ray player used to be. this matrix box allows me to have multiple inputs and easily select which one I want to display on the front TVs.
2) Camera: I'm going to put a RCA "Y" splitter on the camera wire and then plug an RCA transmitter in the second RCA plug. There are several out there used for wireless back up cameras that will do the job. Then in the entertainment cabinet will put the RCA receiver along with an RCA to HDMI converter cable and plug that into my HDMI matrix.
3) NavnGo GPS: I will plug an HDMI transmitter directly in the back of the Xite head unit and the HDMI receiver in the HDMI matrix in the entertainment cabinet.
This will allow the viewing of both camera and directions on the overhead TV while allowing to switch between the 2 with a touch of a button.