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Old 05-12-2015, 08:09 AM   #1
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Backup camera visibility problem

I purchased a replacement backup camera and monitor from RVcams.com. They have a nice kit to replace the old voyager CRT B&W monitors. (mine crapped out). They will also bench test your old equipment for free. Since the new monitor is color, and will work with the old B&W camera, It will only display B&W. So I decided to purchase a new color camera as well. I installed everything last night and it looks great. However, when I tested it after dark, it seems the new camera is recessed further up into the rain cover and the IR lights, light up the inside of the rain cover instead of the area behind you and you can't see anything beyond that. The only solutions I can see are enlarging the opening in the cover or re-engineering the bracket to make the camera sit further down in the cover.
Has anyone dealt with this? The camera is a Voyager VCCS155. Backing into a camping spot at night the way it is now will be impossible.
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I purchased a replacement backup camera and monitor from RVcams.com. They have a nice kit to replace the old voyager CRT B&W monitors. (mine crapped out). They will also bench test your old equipment for free. Since the new monitor is color, and will work with the old B&W camera, It will only display B&W. So I decided to purchase a new color camera as well. I installed everything last night and it looks great. However, when I tested it after dark, it seems the new camera is recessed further up into the rain cover and the IR lights, light up the inside of the rain cover instead of the area behind you and you can't see anything beyond that. The only solutions I can see are enlarging the opening in the cover or re-engineering the bracket to make the camera sit further down in the cover.
Has anyone dealt with this? The camera is a Voyager VCCS155. Backing into a camping spot at night the way it is now will be impossible.
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A camera with lights behind glass or clear plastic never works well because the light reflects back into the lens of the camera.
Mount the camera outside of the housing.
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Upon Reflection ?

I removed the housing and painted the inside of the white plastic housing out to the edge with a flat black paint. This reduced the amount of glare significantly. Less reflection of the light back onto the lens
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I removed the housing and painted the inside of the white plastic housing out to the edge with a flat black paint. This reduced the amount of glare significantly. Less reflection of the light back onto the lens
Thank Boomy. That's pretty painless and worth a try.
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Has anyone else dealt with this? BTW it's a 2003 seabreeze 8341.
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backup camera

The backup camera in my '97 Tropical was junk, so I bought the Voyager WVOS713 wireless system.

The new camera would not fit where the original camera was, like in the photo you posted. I was forced to mount it outside.

The main dilemma was power to the camera. There is 12 volt power in the overhead cabinet where the original monitor was suspended, so I just clipped the "communication" wires going to the old camera, hooked them up to the + and - leads on new camera, then wired the front end to 12 volt. WALA! Camera only powers up when key on, so no battery drain.

Amazing system, was well worth the $$$.
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Has anyone else dealt with this? BTW it's a 2003 seabreeze 8341.
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My Safari has a similar housing in the rear cap and originally had a B/W backup system.
8 years ago I replaced the camera and the monitor with an earlier version of this $100 color backup system:
Peak Color Backup Camera 3 1/2in. Color Monitor, Water-Resistant, Model# PKCORB | Back Up Cameras, Sensors Alarms| Northern Tool + Equipment
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My camera does fit in the under the existing rain cover, it just sits further up inside. One of the reasons I bought this system is because it came with a harness to adapt to my existing wiring and a bracket to mount to the existing bracket in the dash. Made installation very easy. I like easy.
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We had a similar problem in that the camera pointed straight down with no view of the traffic behind us. Adjusted the brackets/camera upward..... and found the rain cover restricted the view. A dremel tool cut away some of the cover and now it works fine. (Too dumb to post a photo)......
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Thanks Scooter. I have thought about cutting away the cover slightly. I would be a lot more comfortable doing it if I could buy another cover, but I'm not sure where or if you can find one of those, so I am a little hesitant. I did make some progress last night by loosening the bracket a bit and slipping a wedge behind the top of the bracket to angle it down a little and that helped.
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