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Old 06-07-2021, 07:39 PM   #1
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Monaco Diplomat back camera wire routing

I have a Monaco Diplomat 2001 vintage and am replacing the camera. I have taken the old camera out and routed the wire through the cab just to get home.
Does anyone know where the wire goes past the hole in the bulkhead on the back? There is an access hole inside but the camera is way lower than the hole. The wire to the camera was super tight but I was able to leave enough to splice to potentially.
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It is working great so far and the price is great if it lasts 4 years I will be ecstatic.
Anyway if anyone has knowledge on how that little wire is routed I would love to know. Otherwise I will probably do what I have done in the past just like many of the posts and route it along the chassis.
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Old 06-08-2021, 10:39 AM   #2
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I am sorry to say I don't know how the wire is routed, I couldn't trace it in my coach. What I did was route the new wire through the trough on the passenger side of the coach above the ceiling.* I cut an access hole into the plastic liner of the front cabinet above the door and removed the electrical box holding all the breakers in the rearmost cabinet** and ran a fish tape from rear to front and then pulled the wire through. It ain't easy to do that fish, but being obstinate, I finally got it done. I also installed a pull-rope (twine) for any future additions. Is it worth it - probably not, running the wire under the chassis is probably easier. FWIW. Don

*It is not really a trough, but rather openings in the aluminum frame of the coach where they routed lots and lots of wires from front to rear.

**Likely your coach will be different as to what is in that cabinet as mine is 34' and quite compacted compared to the the larger coaches.
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Why not use the existing wire and splice into it? You only need 3 wires for the new camera, Ground/+12V/Signal. The existing wiring will have 4 wires.

The trickiest part is if yours is like mine in which case the color coding on the wires at the dash was different than the wires at the camera. I had to go wire by wire with the multimeter to figure it out -- but once that was done it was a piece of cake.

The blue wire at the dash is the signal wire which will turn the camera on when you select reverse. You can skip that and hook it directly to 12V if you'd prefer it to be on whenever the key is. I use the power button on the monitor instead of the reverse trigger (I like to click it on to check the status of our hitch from time to time.)
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I would and tried to splice it in but a darn rat chewed through the wire in 3 places. I'll just route the cable under and around. Not a big deal.
Thanks for your input all.
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