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Old 12-02-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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New rear view camera

Installed a new rear view camera which displays on an iPad Pro. Much easier and more natural to view since itís in the normal rear view mirror position. The camera is a Sharx WiFi setup with a display resolution of 1920p. You can see the difference (2nd pix) between a 1920 display on the iPad and the 420p of stock system. Iím going to change the stock camera angle to view the trailer hitch while hooking up.



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Old 12-02-2018, 07:03 PM   #2
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That is a nice setup. I do have a question, where did you pull the 12V from to power the iPad and the travel camera?
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:21 PM   #3
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:22 PM   #4
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That is a nice setup. I do have a question, where did you pull the 12V from to power the iPad and the travel camera?
For the dash cam, I wedged the power cord above the headliner then down behind the right A-Pillar. Itís then tapped into one of the 12 volt outlets on the lower dash.

For the iPad, I ran the cord up to the overhead bunk and across to the 12 volt receptacle used for the TV. Use a plug splitter but be sure it has 2.5 or greater amp output...a one amp is not sufficient to power the iPad.

https://www.amazon.com/BESTEK-2-Sock...estek+splitter



I also use one of those on the other side of the MH to plug into the 12v receptacle to power the inverter for the AppleTV and the Netgear Wi-Fi router for the camera system.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:02 PM   #5
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Forgot to mention. The Sharx doubles as a dashcam and records 6 hours at 1900p and a lot more at lower resolutions.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:02 PM   #6
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Clean setup. I am going to give my camera power a try. Did you need to lengthen the power lines? Thank you
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Clean setup. I am going to give my camera power a try. Did you need to lengthen the power lines? Thank you
Yes. I hooked up a six foot USB extension cable from the splitter to a standard Apple cable. I have a ďtopperĒ over the factory mattress so he cable runs between the topper and mattress. Very neat and clean setup.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:38 PM   #8
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Don't know about the camera set up, but I sure like your barn!
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:01 PM   #9
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Back-up Camera


When I purchased my 2015 5er I was told it was set up for a back-up camera. Right away I thought, why would they bother to set up for the camera but not include it in the price of the unit. But it's just another thing they can get you to buy after you make your original purchase.

When I back up, I get out and look at my spot. Do I have enough clearance over head and on the sides to open the slides after I'm backed in.

Then my co-pilot takes over as I steer. She stands where I can see her, you know the rule, "If you can't see me I can't see you." And yes, there have been times when I have towed without my co-pilot and have backed into spots using just the mirrors.

I just don't see a need for a Back-up camera. I would much rather have two high intensity flood lights that I could turn on when backing into a space after dark.
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When I purchased my 2015 5er I was told it was set up for a back-up camera. Right away I thought, why would they bother to set up for the camera but not include it in the price of the unit. But it's just another thing they can get you to buy after you make your original purchase.

When I back up, I get out and look at my spot. Do I have enough clearance over head and on the sides to open the slides after I'm backed in.

Then my co-pilot takes over as I steer. She stands where I can see her, you know the rule, "If you can't see me I can't see you." And yes, there have been times when I have towed without my co-pilot and have backed into spots using just the mirrors.

I just don't see a need for a Back-up camera. I would much rather have two high intensity flood lights that I could turn on when backing into a space after dark.
Due to the really wide angles of most RV cameras I donít think many, if any, use them as backup cameras. I never have.

The system I just put in is the same as all my previous rigs. It is an observation cam used while driving. It will show stuff which is too close to see in the side mirrors.
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