Can I Rewire My Motorhome's Backup Camera System?
by Pat Conti
(Alanson Mi, )
Troubleshooting an RV Backup Camera System
I have a 2005 Four Winds 31p Class C and have a problem with the rear camera not working. I took it apart once and dried it out, resealed it... Now not working again wondering where the wires go from the rear camera to the front and can I run them myself? Good Sam Extended Service Plan is mechanical breakdown insurance for your RV, 5th Wheel, Trailer, and Tow Vehicle! FREE Quote
Thanks for your help.
ANSWER: Hi Pat, I am afraid that I cannot tell you exactly how the wiring for your Backup Camera System runs in your RV. In fact based on the description you have provided, I am not sure that the wiring is the issue. You stated that you took the camera unit apart and dried it out and resealed it. It worked after you did that, but it has stopped working again. The problem could very well be the camera unit itself.
I am going to assume that when you had the camera unit apart that you cleaned all the connections on the camera. If moisture has gotten in contact with the connections it could have caused corrosion. I am also going to assume that you checked all the connections on the monitor that the Backup Camera is connected to. Sometimes a loose connection on the monitor can cause a problem with the monitor receiving the video signals from the Backup Camera.
You might also want to check for any blown fuses in the camera system. In my experience problems with Backup Camera Systems
on RVs are normally due to three main
problems. They are listed below:
1. Loose or corroded connection on the camera or the monitor.
2. A blown fuse somewhere in the Backup Camera System's electrical circuit.
3. A bad camera unit or a bad monitor.
It is very rare to have to replace the actual wiring between the camera and monitor. If there is a problem with the Backup Camera Wiring, it usually becomes apparent when the RV is new.
If it does end up being the wiring; your best source for getting the wiring diagrams would be by contacting Four Winds International who manufactured your motorhome. Their contact information is below:
Four Winds International
701 County Road 15
Elkhart, Indiana 46515-1486
If it turns out that your Backup Camera System needs to be replaced, you may want to do like a lot of RVer's are doing and switch over to a Wireless Backup Camera System
. They are a lot easier to install than a wired system and are reported to be a lot more reliable. There are a couple of places I suggest you look to get these wireless systems.Wireless Backup Camera Systems From eBayWireless Backup Camera Systems From Amazon
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