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Old 09-18-2020, 12:56 PM   #1
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Rear Camera troubleshooting

My 2008 Winn Adventurer rear camera went blank. Side cameras still work, rear exterior mike works. How can I get to the rear camera to check the camera/line out? What looks like an access panel just above the camera - can that be removed?
Is it easier to open up the dash to check the monitor input?
Some have suggested buying a wireless rear camera with monitor rather that pay a tech to troubleshoot. HELP!
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Old 09-18-2020, 01:37 PM   #2
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I had trouble with my 2007 Winn Tour rear camera. I took off the access panel and saw there was a ton of loose coax wire. Coax rubbed against the back of the RV and wore through the outer jacket insulation. Put some tape on the worn area, zip tied the coax to reduce the slack and it's been fine ever since.

Much easier first step to try before you mess with the dash.
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Old 09-18-2020, 01:47 PM   #3
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While it is possible for a camera to go bad, it is uncommon. I would first speak with the customer service tech at the manufacturer to find out their tips on troubleshooting. You are probably not the first customer to have this situation.

It may just be a wire has come loose in it's connector either at the rear, or on the harness going into the monitor. I would check at the monitor connector first. Wiggle the connector itself and push in on each wire to see if anything happens.
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I had trouble with my 2007 Winn Tour rear camera. I took off the access panel and saw there was a ton of loose coax wire. Coax rubbed against the back of the RV and wore through the outer jacket insulation. Put some tape on the worn area, zip tied the coax to reduce the slack and it's been fine ever since.

Much easier first step to try before you mess with the dash.
How do you get the panel above the back camera off?
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My rear camera stopped working, behind the dash they used electrical tape to keep the camera connected and it wore out and the connection fell out.
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How do you get the panel above the back camera off?
Sorry if I wasn't clear. On my model the camera was embedded in the rear panel. Right above the camera is an access panel that's held on by two screws so you can get access to the wires from there.

If I make it to my barn today, I'll post some pics.
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We had one of our side cameras to dark. First thing to check are the easy to get to connections in the dash. Turns out our cable had some broken connections. Bought a new cable, plugged it into the wiring harness, and I have my camera back. Of course sometimes cameras really do go bad, but troubleshoot cables and connectors first the easy ones and then the harder to get to ones.
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Thanks for the help from everybody. I opened up the top access panel and removed the camera, although I sheared off two frozen mounting screws. The minipin connector from the camera has an o-ring that clearly failed and leaked, and completely corroded the 12v lead pin. The rear camera is made of aluminum and the connector entry was too corroded to open. I checked online for a replacement camera for the discontinued VBCS-150 b/w and found an E-Bay source for NEW (unused) units stockpiled by a seller. It was a VBCS-150B, with a photo posted. Hoping the -B meant Black, it cost me $100 with a complete package and mounting kit. It came in 2 days and worked perfectly.

I could see now that Winn had a kludge adapter bracket that was clearly not properly designed, jamming the camera in the opening so that it could not be tilted upward enough to see back down the highway behind the RV. I got a 2x4inch galv plate from Lowes and bent it to a forty-five degree angle, attached it to the Winn bracket and attached the camera tilt mount on the angle. I had to cut down a hex wrench to be able to tighten the adjustment hexheads. Now I can adjust it to see the horizon behind me like a normal mirror. Also the access hatch for some reason has 1/2 inch openings all around it, allowing rainwater to enter the rear cap and soak the camera cable and connector - probably how the minipin got corroded in the first place - so I secured the connector away from the opening.
If anyone wants to fix the viewing angle adjustment, this worked like a charm.
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