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Old 08-13-2017, 02:18 PM   #1
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Monaco rear camera wire routing

The weldex b+w rear camera on my 2005 Monaco Knight 37PBD is starting to act up. Sometimes the screen goes to black, other time to blue. If I switch to one of the side cameras and then back to the rear cam, it will work for a minute or two. Monitor is a new weldex color lcd. Inputs to the monitor check out with no problems with another camera.
I'd like to find where the short cable that's attached to the rear camera attaches to the long extension up to the front.
Does anyone know where I would get access to that connection?
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The weldex b+w rear camera on my 2005 Monaco Knight 37PBD is starting to act up. Sometimes the screen goes to black, other time to blue. If I switch to one of the side cameras and then back to the rear cam, it will work for a minute or two. Monitor is a new weldex color lcd. Inputs to the monitor check out with no problems with another camera.
I'd like to find where the short cable that's attached to the rear camera attaches to the long extension up to the front.
Does anyone know where I would get access to that connection?
On mine I have to take the rear camera out and pull the wire out. The connection is maybe 5' from the camera. I have quite a bit of slack in there.
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Going thru the same exercise with my '06 Endeavor. Ditto what Bill said about the cable(s). There's a big empty space inside that back wall.

I'm also going to put a strain-relief loop on those cables when I re-install. Factory just left them hanging down, probably putting extra strain on the cable ends.


Oh, by the way... be sure to keep hold of the long cable-end when you disconnect it. Almost impossible to fish back up if it drops down.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:05 AM   #4
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Yesterday I borrowed a tall ladder and took the cover off the rear camera. The cable was routed through a 1" hole in the back cap. The hole was sealed with a black RTV type sealer. After picking out the sealer, I was able to pull the loose cable from the hole till the connector came out. I carefully secured the cable so as to not allow it to fall back into the abyss.

The connector (between the 3 foot cable attached to the camera and the long extension running to the front of the coach) was not sealed by heat shrink or tape. Upon taking it apart a lot of dust came out. I used electrical cleaner on the pins and the sockets, and carefully put a slight bend in the pins to allow them to seat more firmly into the sockets. Put it all back together, sealed up the connector with tape and tie wrapped the connector to the camera mount pushing the rest of the cable back thru the hole in the back cap.

After putting the camera cover back on and applying a little sealer around it's circumference, I took the coach out for a drive. For the first time, NO rolling video, no switching to blue or black and loss of the picture!

So the moral of the story is: The connector is free hanging in the back cap, nothing sealing it from dust, moisture, etc. After years of shaking around, the pins and sockets had gotten not only dirty and corroded, but loose.

By cleaning, sealing and securing the connector, I hope the problem is fixed for a long time.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:37 PM   #5
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Very nice resolution. I've just added to my to do list. Thanks.
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Yesterday I borrowed a tall ladder and took the cover off the rear camera. The cable was routed through a 1" hole in the back cap. The hole was sealed with a black RTV type sealer. After picking out the sealer, I was able to pull the loose cable from the hole till the connector came out. I carefully secured the cable so as to not allow it to fall back into the abyss.

The connector (between the 3 foot cable attached to the camera and the long extension running to the front of the coach) was not sealed by heat shrink or tape. Upon taking it apart a lot of dust came out. I used electrical cleaner on the pins and the sockets, and carefully put a slight bend in the pins to allow them to seat more firmly into the sockets. Put it all back together, sealed up the connector with tape and tie wrapped the connector to the camera mount pushing the rest of the cable back thru the hole in the back cap.

After putting the camera cover back on and applying a little sealer around it's circumference, I took the coach out for a drive. For the first time, NO rolling video, no switching to blue or black and loss of the picture!

So the moral of the story is: The connector is free hanging in the back cap, nothing sealing it from dust, moisture, etc. After years of shaking around, the pins and sockets had gotten not only dirty and corroded, but loose.

By cleaning, sealing and securing the connector, I hope the problem is fixed for a long time.
thanks for the follow up. The camera set up has given a lot of people grief.
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