I've got my weekend project set to go. I picked up a wireless camera and monitor that I'm planning on installing this weekend.
I put 12v plugs on both devices and made sure they work prior to attempting anything. I found that the monitor still received signal from the camera at over 100 feet away, so that seems promising. Going to use some 3/4" pan-head screws to attach the camera to the camper, filling in the holes with silicone to seal it all up. Still on the fence about how I'm going to run the wires to the clearance light to get power for it and then seal that hole as well.
Also still trying to determine how to put the monitor in the truck. Not going to use it except for backing up (as far as I know right now), so I don't want to make holes to permanently mount it to the dash. I'm thinking I might get one of those items that are beanbags to sit on top of the dash and only throw the monitor up there when I need it?
Installation went fairly smooth. Ended up drilling a hole in the RV to run the wires through, sealed it up with plumbers putty and silicone. Will need to keep an eye on it to make sure nothing leaks, ever. Still on the fence about what to do with the monitor, it blocks my view if I try to put it on top of the dashboard. Was thinking of something like this where I could throw the monitor up when needed:
Have you tested the camera yet? On my old trailer I had to mount the camera on the roof of the TT to get decent reception in the TV, wondering if you found that to be true also. I plan to add a rearview camera to my Sportsmen and was thinking of going with a wired unit to avoid reception issues.
At home it worked like a dream. I got to the campground this past weekend and it was there was a lot of static. Not sure if the strong wifi system at the campground had anything to do with it. Got back home and it was perfectly clear again. Will check it out again when we go out over Memorial Day weekend to a different campground.
Nervous about the hole I made. I'm thinking about tearing the putty out and putting in a fiberglass patch around the cable.
Well, took the RV out to the campground last night. Camera still static-y. There must be something at home that is boosting the signal inadvertently. Need to think about this one some... maybe there's a way for me to boost the signal by getting different antennas?
I'm guessing you mounted it by the license plate, right? Not sure why it's clear at home and not away from home but I found it pretty much requires mounting the camera high to avoid the TT from interfering with the signal. I just ordered one today after my experimental hard-wired to my built-in navigation didn't work as I hoped. I'll mount the camera where I have the current one mounted which gets the power from the middle running light on the top of the rear.
I'll post up after I get it installed and let you know how it works.
I mounted my wireless setup today. I put the camera on the edge of the roof wired to the center marker light so the lights have to be on for it to work. My wife likes that since she thinks we should always have the tv lights on when towing. Standing still the image on the screen is great, I'll see how it works when we head out next week on a two week trip from CO to the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell.
Was out over the weekend. When driving the picture was pretty good, got a static bar every now and then. The picture was also pretty good at the campgrounds this time. I'm still thinking I might need to replace the antennas to get a better picture.
I took a 2 week trip and tested mine and found a poor signal at the campground too. I wonder if the wifi signal there conflicts with that of the camera. I have two different monitors/screens and one has an antenna as does the camera, that one worked much better on the road than the one w/o an antenna.
Not sure what to make of it but thought I'd share.