When we decided to install a rear view camera to monitor our motorcycle swivel wheel, I began searching the internet to find out what systems existed and what users thought about their respective choices. It was clear that the wireless systems (that I had initially favoured) were problematic. They were prone to frequency breakup or outright failure due to interference or simply because they were inferior in quality. I chose the hard wired way. Although a longer and more difficult installation, the result is awesome.
|The camera: 12 volt deluxe weatherproof high resolution CCD Colour camera - with wide angle reverse image lens, night vision, metal bracket & hail/sun shade.|
|Removed the tool box from the truck to access the rubber grommets.|
|Son in law, Trevor, removed the rear inside panels - removed the rubber grommet and we fed the wires from the cab to the power receptacle near the hitch in the truck box.|
|Once this was accomplished, we cleaned up the outside wiring and re-installed the truck tool box.|
|You can see the video and 12v power cable|
|A plastic tie holds the cable in place near the fiver power connection|
|With the rubber grommets back in place, the cables are run though the quarter panel wire troughs at the base of the driver doors....and toward the under dash.|
|Trevor is completing the under dash wiring.|
|We temporarily connect the in-cab TV to adjust the fiver rear view camera. Super wide angle view. Quite good!|
|Satisfied with the angle, the camera is locked into position and we began the longer process of running the wiring to the front of the 5th wheel hitch pin.|
|Yes, I was there and I did do some of the work. Someone has to take photos, right?|
|The cables are very well hidden.|
|The cables were routed to the front of the fiver and using plastic strap ties, they were attached to the 12 volt connect cable that connects the fiver to the truck power.|
|We positioned the truck to the front of the fiver, plugged everything in and voila!!!|
|We had a good image....in fact, a better than expected image. Incredible quality - and in colour too.|
I should explain that the MP4-700ZA in cab 16:9 LCD monitor is a super slim colour display that mounts to the sun shading board (truck visor). I never intended to mount my monitor on the visor. I checked that out and found it inconvenient and impractical. I chose to build a floor mount that can be easily removed and taken away from the truck when not in use.
|This is what I came up with. The right side is configured to mount the remote control using Velcro strips attached to the monitor itself.|
|Here is a close up view.|
|Backed the truck back into its rightful place.|
|Once more photo.....|
This LCD camera/monitor is a high resolution system with image stability built in. It was specifically installed to monitor the motorcycle swivel wheel that will be mounted to the 5th wheel receiver. We are quite impressed....so far. This system should add to our comfort level while cruising down the Interstates and freeways of Canada and the USA.
|5th wheel receiver.|
|The camera will monitor this little set up when connected to the 5th wheel. It will also come in handy when backing into RV spots.....!|
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