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Scott Perkins

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On 2/22/2020 at 10:13 AM, Cool J said:

I have a 37'8" Fifth wheel and installed my camera cabling going underneath my RV. I removed the cable from the camera and was able to slide it into 1/2" non-metallic Liquidetight Flexible Conduit from HD to prevent any abrasions under the RV. I was able to fish the cable from the fifth wheel hitch between the bottom floor of the bedroom and the plastic exterior sheeting all the way to the front battery compartment. My RV had several screws that hold this material up and was able to remove them to drop this plastic sheeting down just enough to fish the cable through between the bottom metal floor joists which run parallel with the RV. I then ran the cable through the battery compartment into my propane compartment (drivers side) and followed the rubber propane line where it exits that compartment outside and under the RV. I then ty-wrapped to the conduit along the propane gas line from the front to just past the rear axles and then used 3/4" cable clamps and attached using the existing removable fasteners holding up the coroplast. I used the stick on cable ties to run the cable up to the camera which is mounted slightly higher than the camera on the trucks tailgate. Once this was done I had 3-4' of extra cable at the fifth wheel hitch. Run everything from front to rear with out securing to the RV; then start securing your cabling from the rear back to the front so all your excess cable ends up at the fifth wheel hitch.

 

The problem you will run into is how to connect the video connector to the bumper plug and still be able to make turns. Having the cable at the fifth wheel hitch allows you to make turns both directions all to way to jack knife position without having to unplug your video cable. I taped the video cable to the trailer plug cable to take up the excess cable laying in the bed. I was able to fish a velcro cable tie through the hinge on the Pro Tailgate drop down step to hold the video cable where it goes up and over the top of the tailgate and down to the bumper. I also insulated the cable from the velcro to the bumper using 3/8" copper pipe insulation to protect the paint along with 2-6" suction cups used for boat tarps to hold the video cable as it goes down the outside of the tailgate to the bumper.

 

This sounds like a lot, but wasn't all that difficult and was able to complete in 4 hrs.

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On 2/22/2020 at 10:13 AM, Cool J said:

I have a 37'8" Fifth wheel and installed my camera cabling going underneath my RV. I removed the cable from the camera and was able to slide it into 1/2" non-metallic Liquidetight Flexible Conduit from HD to prevent any abrasions under the RV. I was able to fish the cable from the fifth wheel hitch between the bottom floor of the bedroom and the plastic exterior sheeting all the way to the front battery compartment. My RV had several screws that hold this material up and was able to remove them to drop this plastic sheeting down just enough to fish the cable through between the bottom metal floor joists which run parallel with the RV. I then ran the cable through the battery compartment into my propane compartment (drivers side) and followed the rubber propane line where it exits that compartment outside and under the RV. I then ty-wrapped to the conduit along the propane gas line from the front to just past the rear axles and then used 3/4" cable clamps and attached using the existing removable fasteners holding up the coroplast. I used the stick on cable ties to run the cable up to the camera which is mounted slightly higher than the camera on the trucks tailgate. Once this was done I had 3-4' of extra cable at the fifth wheel hitch. Run everything from front to rear with out securing to the RV; then start securing your cabling from the rear back to the front so all your excess cable ends up at the fifth wheel hitch.

 

The problem you will run into is how to connect the video connector to the bumper plug and still be able to make turns. Having the cable at the fifth wheel hitch allows you to make turns both directions all to way to jack knife position without having to unplug your video cable. I taped the video cable to the trailer plug cable to take up the excess cable laying in the bed. I was able to fish a velcro cable tie through the hinge on the Pro Tailgate drop down step to hold the video cable where it goes up and over the top of the tailgate and down to the bumper. I also insulated the cable from the velcro to the bumper using 3/8" copper pipe insulation to protect the paint along with 2-6" suction cups used for boat tarps to hold the video cable as it goes down the outside of the tailgate to the bumper.

 

This sounds like a lot, but wasn't all that difficult and was able to complete in 4 hrs.

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On 2/22/2020 at 10:13 AM, Cool J said:

I have a 37'8" Fifth wheel and installed my camera cabling going underneath my RV. I removed the cable from the camera and was able to slide it into 1/2" non-metallic Liquidetight Flexible Conduit from HD to prevent any abrasions under the RV. I was able to fish the cable from the fifth wheel hitch between the bottom floor of the bedroom and the plastic exterior sheeting all the way to the front battery compartment. My RV had several screws that hold this material up and was able to remove them to drop this plastic sheeting down just enough to fish the cable through between the bottom metal floor joists which run parallel with the RV. I then ran the cable through the battery compartment into my propane compartment (drivers side) and followed the rubber propane line where it exits that compartment outside and under the RV. I then ty-wrapped to the conduit along the propane gas line from the front to just past the rear axles and then used 3/4" cable clamps and attached using the existing removable fasteners holding up the coroplast. I used the stick on cable ties to run the cable up to the camera which is mounted slightly higher than the camera on the trucks tailgate. Once this was done I had 3-4' of extra cable at the fifth wheel hitch. Run everything from front to rear with out securing to the RV; then start securing your cabling from the rear back to the front so all your excess cable ends up at the fifth wheel hitch.

 

The problem you will run into is how to connect the video connector to the bumper plug and still be able to make turns. Having the cable at the fifth wheel hitch allows you to make turns both directions all to way to jack knife position without having to unplug your video cable. I taped the video cable to the trailer plug cable to take up the excess cable laying in the bed. I was able to fish a velcro cable tie through the hinge on the Pro Tailgate drop down step to hold the video cable where it goes up and over the top of the tailgate and down to the bumper. I also insulated the cable from the velcro to the bumper using 3/8" copper pipe insulation to protect the paint along with 2-6" suction cups used for boat tarps to hold the video cable as it goes down the outside of the tailgate to the bumper.

 

This sounds like a lot, but wasn't all that difficult and was able to complete in 4 hrs.

Camera 1.jpg

Camera 4.jpg

Camera 7.jpg

Camera 8.jpg

Camera 9.jpg

Rear Camera 1.jpg

 

On 2/22/2020 at 10:13 AM, Cool J said:

I have a 37'8" Fifth wheel and installed my camera cabling going underneath my RV. I removed the cable from the camera and was able to slide it into 1/2" non-metallic Liquidetight Flexible Conduit from HD to prevent any abrasions under the RV. I was able to fish the cable from the fifth wheel hitch between the bottom floor of the bedroom and the plastic exterior sheeting all the way to the front battery compartment. My RV had several screws that hold this material up and was able to remove them to drop this plastic sheeting down just enough to fish the cable through between the bottom metal floor joists which run parallel with the RV. I then ran the cable through the battery compartment into my propane compartment (drivers side) and followed the rubber propane line where it exits that compartment outside and under the RV. I then ty-wrapped to the conduit along the propane gas line from the front to just past the rear axles and then used 3/4" cable clamps and attached using the existing removable fasteners holding up the coroplast. I used the stick on cable ties to run the cable up to the camera which is mounted slightly higher than the camera on the trucks tailgate. Once this was done I had 3-4' of extra cable at the fifth wheel hitch. Run everything from front to rear with out securing to the RV; then start securing your cabling from the rear back to the front so all your excess cable ends up at the fifth wheel hitch.

 

The problem you will run into is how to connect the video connector to the bumper plug and still be able to make turns. Having the cable at the fifth wheel hitch allows you to make turns both directions all to way to jack knife position without having to unplug your video cable. I taped the video cable to the trailer plug cable to take up the excess cable laying in the bed. I was able to fish a velcro cable tie through the hinge on the Pro Tailgate drop down step to hold the video cable where it goes up and over the top of the tailgate and down to the bumper. I also insulated the cable from the velcro to the bumper using 3/8" copper pipe insulation to protect the paint along with 2-6" suction cups used for boat tarps to hold the video cable as it goes down the outside of the tailgate to the bumper.

 

This sounds like a lot, but wasn't all that difficult and was able to complete in 4 hrs.

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Camera 7.jpg

Camera 8.jpg

Camera 9.jpg

Rear Camera 1.jpg

Nice setup you have and considering copying what you've done.  Just wondering: 1) Why not run inside underbelly?  Was that more difficult and time consuming?  2) GM recommends the low mounting position.  After using it would you say that that this position is the optional position or would a higher position give better visibility.  I'm not concerned about the invisible camera as my 40' 5th wheel is too long for that function.  The Furrion on it now is mounted up  high on the back cap and I'm thinking about mounting this one just above the back glass.  Thanks

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Chuck
 
Your pictures have the answer to a lot cheaper solution!
I googled the # that I could read on the exposed camera that you have in one of your pictures and it comes up as: 'Parking Reverse Rear View Backup Camera For 2019 Chevrolet Equinox'
A lot cheaper: https://www.ebay.com/itm/23390514-Parking-Reverse-Rear-View-Backup-Camera-For-2019-Chevrolet-Equinox-/254413806610
With a couple of the cables that you sourced from Pasternack and I  should be able to fab an enclosure/mount with a little bit of design and 3-D printing 
I'm gonna give it a shot
 
Thanks,
John



Have you had any luck with this camera?


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16 hours ago, kf9yr said:

 

 


Have you had any luck with this camera?


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The only thing I would think is the focal and angle of that camera and the elevation where it mounts on the Equinox tail end. The reverse camera for our trucks is set as to the width and focal view. But hey its a good start. 

Another thing is the camera plug that goes into the bed connector. Its not available as many people have found. You you still need to find a source of the bed camera connector. This would probably work really well for those that have canopies on the PU bed.

 

 

Chuck

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I was able to purchase the Equinox camera and a Fakra cable.

When I plug it in the truck recognizes there is a trailer camera plugged in but the video is just black.

I’ve tried both the interior camera port and the exterior camera port.

Not sure if this is a camera incompatibility but I will search if there could be a fuse problem.


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