How to Mount a Back-Up RV Camera

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  • 2-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 125-350
What You'll Need
Camera kit (wired/wireless)
Shrinkable tubing
Candle / lighter

RV camera installation behind your RV will prevent accidents from taking place while you are making reverse maneuvers. It is difficult to move your RV in reverse because you only have a limited visibility on the things behind you. Chances are you will not even see things while making reverse maneuvers. This is why it is important to mount a backup system RV camera behind your RV. Doing installations may be an easy thing. All you need to do is follow the guidelines below, and make preparations for the appropriate tools in performing the procedure.

Step 1 – Consider Your Connection Options

There are two considerations on the type of installation that you can alternatively choose on your RV camera back-up system. There is a wired installation and a wireless camera installation. If you opt for a wired RV camera, you need to drill a hole at the back wall of your RV.

Step 2 – When You Opt for the Wired Connection

Insert the cable in the hole and seal it with Eternabond tape. The cable connection will run through inside the chassis rail just below your RV. It will connect with the monitor display located in the front instrument panel. You may connect a power cable along the way to power up your system.

Step 3 – Necessary Preparations and Camera Placement

At the back of your RV, make sure that you have a bracket which is appropriately installed to mount your camera. Make the necessary adjustments on the camera to have a good output visibility of the rear on your RV camera.

Step 4 – Considering the Wireless System

If your installation is the wireless type, you will have more convenience in making the installation. Most RV cameras of the wireless type are designed to be installed on the license plate.

Step 5 – The Necessary Preparations

Drill a hole for your power cable connection. But before linking to the power cable, insert a shrinkable tubing to neatly cover the splices or joint later on. The shrinkable tubing will wrap the joint when it is heated. You need to slide it in the location of the joint before heating it with a lighter or candle.

Step 6 – Installing the Camera

Appropriately install your camera at the license plate hole. Press it through a hole just above the plate. Place the power cable over from the back of the bumper. Then link the power harness. Bear in mind that you have to be consistent in identifying the negative and positive wire connections.

Step 7 – Testing the System

Before securing all connections and making any permanent placements, test the camera with your monitor screen using the power adapter on the cigarette lighter. Start the vehicle and see how it works. Make adjustments until you achieve perfection. Secure all cables with cable ties and check for any loose connections. Lastly, place your monitor screen appropriately in the dashboard instrument panel.