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Old 02-05-2019, 08:57 AM   #1
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Looking at 3 camera systems to install on our 31foot Rockwood Signature. Have researched both wired and wireless. Dealers want 2700.00 to hardwire, so I'll do it. No problem with that only getting up and down hurts a tad. Saw a lot lately about the wireless systems. Have read mixed reviews on performance and quality of images plus interference issues. Looking for some real world feedback from Forum members. Your inputs are always useful and generally spot on. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:26 AM   #2
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I install security cameras on the side for a little extra cash, but more as a little hobby. I rarely recommend anything wireless. Only thing wireless I recommend is for cameras you want to move around, say to watch your pet. Are you trying to use the cameras to deter theft of the trailer?
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:41 AM   #3
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Fusion in motion Observation systems work just fine on my 40 ft Full profile Fifth Wheel, wired is not required.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:43 AM   #4
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If you can go wired, that's what I'd suggest. There will be no communication issues with a wired system like there can be with a wireless system.

However, if you want the convenience of doing it wirelessly, it can be done. We have a wireless camera on the back of our 5er (~30' from the monitor) and it works pretty well. One thing I did was get an extension antenna cable and a high gain antenna and moved the antenna to the top of the RV above the aluminum wall and above all the appliances. I was lucky that the fridge vent cover was right there and that was a convenient place to mount the antenna. By doing that, it stopped all the drop-outs except once in a great while.

Since you have a fiberglass sided unit, you may not have to do that. Keep in mind that if it has to shoot through any metal appliances, that will severely affect the signal.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:49 AM   #5
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what year is your rockwood? cant believe it is not pre wired with the furion housing already on the back. I thought that was pretty much a standard now.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:05 AM   #6
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No security concerns. Just for driving and parking. My wife has a vision issuw with wires, limbs,tree stumps, and short steel post.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:07 AM   #7
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2014. Not prewired that I know of.
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The "prewired" ones run off the power for the running lights. There are kits made to replace the center light with a camera mount. I believe my Furrion came with the mount, but mine had it from the factory.

I have the Vision 2 wireless observation model with a 4" screen on my travel trailer that was delivered today. I pressed power on the monitor after plugging it into a 12v charge port, and within a second or two of turning my running lights on I had a crisp, clear picture. I know I don't have the distance to cover that you do, but driving today in rainy weather I had no issues with the picture. With it mounted just below my rear-view mirror with the supplied suction cup mount I had 5 bars on the little reception indicator (like a cell phone) the entire trip home. When backing into a tight space it has a set of graduated markers on the display that can be removed if you so desire. Between those and my mirrors I had a good view.

Our dealer threw ours in "free of charge" (heh) as an RV show special. I was planning on buying one anyway because I might not have my wife available to spot me because the kids and dog will want to get out after a long drive, and I want them far away while I'm backing up. One trip from the dealer to the storage lot affirmed that I made the right decision for me.
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I've got the furrion full motion setup. It's been excellent.
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I installed the Pyle backup camera/monitor kit from Walmart.com which has good reviews. It now costs $57 plus I needed extra wire which costs a few bucks. I've had this setup for 3 years with zero problems. Has a great clear picture with good color. I wired it to be on continuous instead of just in reverse. I started out with an expensive wireless kit but got a lot of static interference from various sources. I live near an AF base and low flying planes would cause a white out. So I took the 3 hours required to run 40' wires to the front protected by wire loom. But I should have run more than the two wires for some future gadget. If you run wire wrap all connections with silicone mastic tape so everything is waterproof.
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