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Old 03-25-2017, 12:46 AM   #1
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Rear camera installation questions



OK, fine helpful folks... I finally decided on a rear camera. Have it in hand (Yay!) I plan on installing it tomorrow. Plan is to connect the power to the high middle marker light. Communication connection to monitor is wireless.

Big question...how to mount it to the corrugated siding of my brand new baby? I don't plan on putting any holes all the way through the wall (wiring will all stay exterior).

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Old 03-25-2017, 12:48 AM   #2
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The camera system I have is this one from Tadibrothers.

https://www.tadibrothers.com/product...-backup-camera


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Old 03-25-2017, 03:10 AM   #3
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Pam, since I don't know how deep your wall is, I would go with a thin piece of metal, and make it long enough to run from one bump to the other bump, that way the screws won't go thru the inside wall, and the camera can be screwed to the metal plate...Also the wire won't have far to go,
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OK, fine helpful folks... I finally decided on a rear camera. Have it in hand (Yay!) I plan on installing it tomorrow. Plan is to connect the power to the high middle marker light. Communication connection to monitor is wireless.

Big question...how to mount it to the corrugated siding of my brand new baby? I don't plan on putting any holes all the way through the wall (wiring will all stay exterior).

Thanks for your experienced help!!

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Best idea I have seen so far is that someone made a bracket and mounted it to the spare tire bracket. It stuck up a foot or so above the tire. He didn't want to drill any holes in his unit either. You could get power from a tail light or possibly the harness underneath.

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I need to clarify, I don't mind screw holes (necessary evil) just not 1 inch holes that penetrate to the interior. I considered the spare tire, but the I worry about the vibration/wobble (and how to route the wires).

But can I just use self tapping screw? Drywall anchors? I suppose that depends on how the bracket fits on/in the corrugation.

What sort of sealant should I look for to make sure it stays water tight?

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So the corrugation isn't as deep as I remember (sure would be nice to be able to store this thing at home!)

If mounted right near the top should catch a support, self tapping screws *should* hold just fine.


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Got a picture of the underside of the bracket?

I would use a stainless steel round head wood screws, probably a #6x1" no more than 1-1/4" long.

Put sealant on the back side of the bracket so the screw pulls some into the hole, then seal along the top and sides of the bracket with caulking.

There is a solid header about where the lights are mounted, don't recall if it is a single or double. If you gently push on the siding you should be able to feel where the wood framing is.

Pre-drill the holes with a small pilot bit, then put your bracket up with the sealant on it, and put the wood screws in.

Feed the power wire in the underside of the light base, with a slight drop loop, that way any water that gets on the wire won't run inside of anything.

For sealant use something like the Geocel Proflex RV.

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I didnít think about coming in from the bottom, and that's why I asked! You make an excellent point, Aaron, about water drip!

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Sooooo close!!!

Had other chores today, so I didn't get started on the installation until after 5:30. Got it wired up and working. (On what planet should a red wire be connected to the green wires?!?) Got it mounted to the trailer, got the marker light put back together. Last thing left is to mount a junction box so I can hide the excess wires but I ran out of daylight. It's supposed rain tomorrow... so at least everything is weatherproofed!


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How is this camera working for you? Which brand did you go with? I would like to add a camera to my new trailer when it arrives and I'm fortunate that my trailer comes with a bracket and power wire but apparently some cameras have horrible range
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