Reversing camera

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  1. leeboy

    leeboy Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,
    does anyone have any tips regarding the hiding of cables when fitting a reversing camera? My motorhome will be a Chausson best of 10 when I get it and there are cabinets where the cables would come through.
    As an alternative, are the cameras which are incorporated in the number plate fitting any good?
    your responses will be gratefully received.
    Thanks,Lee.
     
  2. Phill D

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    i have one of these fitted in the rear skirt, 120' angled vission, night sighted, full colour single hole outside the van body.

    power supplied from reversing light ( close by ) and you could run the video cable under floor up into engine bay and into rear of the dash.
    mine had the cables pre installed so it was easy for me. but i am happy with the camera view, some prefer to have a view from above.
     

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    white self adhesive conduit up the rear corner externally from above the rear light cluster up to the trim at the top and run across under the trim strip to the centre.

    no holes drilled into the bodywork except the camera fixing screws:thumb:
     
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    If it were my van, I'd do what we did when we had a Chausson Flash 04 (2010).

    Mounted a small camera underneath the high level brake light (HLBL) and ran the cables through to the front of the MH:

    • Remove the HLBL casing and within the area that the casing covers drill a hole through the rear wall into the inner upper cupboard (check carefully where it will come out inside!)
    • Attached the camera to the underneath of the casing using non-rusting screws and then lift the casing up to it's original position.
    • Fed the cables behind the casing via the cut-out at the bottom of it (it is the water drain away slot) and through the hole in the rear wall so they go into the cupboard.
    • Refit the HLBL casing temporarily
    • Locate the cables in the cupboard and feed them along the rear bottom of it to the off side corner (ie into the external 'locker') - you may have to drill more holes within the cupboard/locker to do so, or find suitable orifices to pass them through!).
    • Take the cable down through the locker and through the floor (drill a hole or use a suitable vent if there is one), then along under the MH and up into the cab (we brought ours up where the handbrake is located).
    • Attach the AV cable to the rear view monitor and attach the power leads (the one for the camera and the monitor) to whatever you are using to power them (we had a cigarette lighter end on our power cables and just plugged it in when we wanted to use it (all the time!), we used the power socket located in the storage area immediately in front of the steering wheel which meant we could use it as a rear view monitor when travelling, not just when reversing).
    • Turn on the monitor and check that everything works, if not go back and check all of you connections (don't worry if the camera angle isn't right at this point as you can adjust it later).
    • Once it all works as it should you can then secure all the cables in place - hide them where necessary (we hid the ones in the cab by putting them behind the inside of the driver's door rubber then up through some of the cab plastic coverings along the top of the windscreen to the rear view mirror mounted monitor; the power cables were fed along under the steering wheel housing, under the drop down centre laptop locker and up out of the other side near the cigarette lighter points).
    • Now take off the HLBL casing and use sealant to block up the gap round the cables where they go through the hole in the MH and then re-attach the casing; fill any other holes to the outside too (bottom of locker?) to prevent any water ingress.
    • Adjust the camera angle until you are happy with it.
     

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    I ran the video and permanent power cable underneath my boxer chassis with cable ties following the existing cabling and up through the battery box then behind the facia to the screen. The idea of drilling through the van body and running cabling all through the habitation did not appeal to me.

    I positioned the cameras on the GRP bumper one as a permanent rear view mirror one as a ground camera. Many of the cheap ebay camera screens offer a switchable view.

    It is surprising how many (especially Johnny foreigner) tit heads tailgate right up you and are therefore are often invisible even with WA mirrors, the permanent camera solves this problem.
     
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    I would mount a wide angle camera at low level. If you are only going to use it for reversing then headlight glare shouldn't be an issue.

    I clipped my cables to structural members under the MH using tie-wraps.

    I would try and rise up in the cab before the engine bulkhead. I found it impossible to get through any existing holes in the bulkhead.

    Some parts of the plastic coverings of the cab steps should be removable to pass the cables horizontally to the dashboard area and the up the door frame.

    If you have cab blinds you'll find them useful for routing cable to an interior mirror mounted screen.
     
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    Hi
    I fitted a wired Camera to my last van a Chausson Welcome 76, I mounted under the top brake light took the cable through the top cupboards to the screen which I mounted on the defunct interior mirror, bit of a tussle in places but I managed it ok, remember the length of cable with the plug in on is 10 metre so not a lot of spare cable for fancy routes, I took the power supply from the cab interior light with a toggle switch to kill the Camera when not in use. Pete

    Ps There are some wireless ones about but I don't know how good they are.
     
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    Thankyou

    Thanks all for your really useful feedback, I'll now proceed with confidence:BigGrin:
    Lee.
     
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