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Old 09-17-2020, 06:34 PM   #1
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The Alpine owner's favorite replacement backup camera

I know there are a lot of threads about "how we" "why we" and "when we" replaced the backup camera, but I thought it might be handy to have our own little rating log.

No elaborate stories. Just: what you bought, how you like it, what you paid, would you recommend it.

Just positive reviews---We can put camera dissapointments in another thread.
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I'd like to know that too. I'm about to pull the trigger on a system that would give me side view cameras too. It's running the wiring front to back that has me paused.
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:34 PM   #3
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The Alpine owner's favorite replacement backup camera

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I'd like to know that too. I'm about to pull the trigger on a system that would give me side view cameras too. It's running the wiring front to back that has me paused.


You should be able to use the existing cable for the rear camera as long as your new system will use power over the coax.
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I just replaced the rear view camera on my 2003 coach this past weekend. I used the existing 4 wire cable running front to back. I cut off the old 4 pin s-video connectors and spliced in the new 5 pin cable ends. My new system has 5 pins but only uses 4 pins. I used a 9" display and rear camera from Rear View Safety. I had to fabricate a bracket to mount the monitor and control electronics in the dash. It mounts to the existing holes from where the old crt monitor attached. For mounting the camera, I bought a license plate bracket from RVS, made 2 bends in it and mounted it to the existing camera bracket.
Next step is to install side view cameras.
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I just replaced the rear view camera on my 2003 coach this past weekend. I used the existing 4 wire cable running front to back. I cut off the old 4 pin s-video connectors and spliced in the new 5 pin cable ends. My new system has 5 pins but only uses 4 pins. I used a 9" display and rear camera from Rear View Safety. I had to fabricate a bracket to mount the monitor and control electronics in the dash. It mounts to the existing holes from where the old crt monitor attached. For mounting the camera, I bought a license plate bracket from RVS, made 2 bends in it and mounted it to the existing camera bracket.
Next step is to install side view cameras.
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Thank you for those pics and details. That is exactly what i had planned so will be watching your progress. Please keep us updated.
This is the camera system i planned to buy.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-Monitor-D...a/223454480303

Will have an extra camera, plan to use it as a dash cam since this unit is a recorder
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We have a Voyager WiSight, mounted exactly as Alpine03's.
Only reason I "picked" that model is because it was included with the Moho, uninstalled, new in the box.
It works ok, but there's better ones I'm sure.
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Thank you for those pics and details. That is exactly what i had planned so will be watching your progress. Please keep us updated.
This is the camera system i planned to buy.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-Monitor-D...a/223454480303

Will have an extra camera, plan to use it as a dash cam since this unit is a recorder
That looks like a nice system. I would check into the resolution of the cameras. Sometimes low resolution cameras are not that clear. Good luck. I have a drawing of the monitor bracket if you need it.
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We have a Voyager WiSight, mounted exactly as Alpine03's.
Only reason I "picked" that model is because it was included with the Moho, uninstalled, new in the box.
It works ok, but there's better ones I'm sure.

What don't you like about your cam system ?
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That looks like a nice system. I would check into the resolution of the cameras. Sometimes low resolution cameras are not that clear. Good luck. I have a drawing of the monitor bracket if you need it.

Sure, lets have a look at it. I know i'll have to get creative in this dept.
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What don't you like about your cam system ?
The resolution is pretty decent, but the screen can't seem to make up its mind. In auto mode it constantly switches between day and night mode. About every five key cycles in asks to "pair" with the device (camera) That takes some time.
Also the audio is basically worthless, sounds like an old transistor radio in a coffee can...slightly off frequency.
It could all be a camera issue, not sure.
All in all, it makes a pretty decent rear view mirror going down the road. I do like the wide angle camera. It shows vehicles approaching the blind spot very well.
I'd give it a <7 on a scale of 1-10, one being the worst.
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.....I'd give it a <7 on a scale of 1-10, one being the worst.
Thanks for the info. I’ve tried wireless in the past, albeit a cheap system, but that showed me its limitations. Plus, I have installed 4, wired systems in company vehicles I manage and am happy with their performance.

Starting to get excited about the upgrade.... although I know the install is going to suck
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I went with this system and it has been installed for almost 2 years and has worked without a glitch!.

https://www.amazon.com/CAMONS-Digita...34&sr=8-1&th=1


I added 2 side cameras and an additional rearview camera so I have a downward looking camera as well as a rearward looking camera which is the primary while driving.

The side and close up rearview camera are automatically engaged with turn signal or going into reverse.

I think the entire system was under $400 with all the cameras and a 9" screen, I am very pleased with this system.
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Have wanted to change our backup camera but limited because OEM is Voyager with 300 dpi resolution with proprietary connection. Definitely prefer wired over wireless installation. Newer cameras have FAR better resolution but require a power source. Is the power source from the OEM Voyager cable strong enough to support other cameras? If so, this would just involve cutting off the connector and tapping into the existing wiring. Greatly appreciate any advice or insight.
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Bob, i have my new system starring at me here on my desk. I hope to make the time to start installing soon. When i do, i'll try to do a little write-up/video of the upgrade.
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