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Old 07-07-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Side cameras are junk

I tried to find the original thread i was watching but could not.

Basically i tested out my left/right cameras before heading out on a 350 mile trip last week and returned yesterday. Pretty much consistent that both cameras "fog" up after driving about 10-15 min. They are JUNK. I hate looking at the badly positioned video anyway so it doesn't make me want to take in it for warranty work. The backup camera always has looked fine and i glance down at it once in awhile to make sure the jeep is still there.

Has anyone seen a solution to this yet short of pulling it all out and putting in something better? The thread i had been reading the OP had stated he had them replaced 2 times and still had the problem. The manufacturer denied there was a problem.

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:15 AM   #2
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We've traveled several time from OH to FL and never had a problem with humidity getting in between the lens and the cover. This has been in freezing and very hot temperatures. I bet there is a batch of cameras out there with a problem sealing the lens from the camera...or on the back end. We never used them...only the rear one.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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Not sure what you mean by "side cameras," but if you are looking for cameras, I use these. You might beat their price, but you won't beat their quality.

EnduraCam

USA built. They even tried to blow them up...and they still work.

Can We Break It?

They are IR and work just as good in total darkness. I love them.

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Not sure what you mean by "side cameras," but if you are looking for cameras, I use these. You might beat their price, but you won't beat their quality.

EnduraCam

USA built. They even tried to blow them up...and they still work.

Can We Break It?

They are IR and work just as good in total darkness. I love them.
The newer Class As have three cameras. A rear one to help backing up or keeping an eye on your Toad and two side cameras mounded on each side below the side mirrors. When you use your turn signals the side you are using turns on so that you can see that side. Some folk have been having issues with the lens internally fogging up.
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That is correct alparmer.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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I see. Sorry to derail.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:27 PM   #7
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My problem with the side cameras started after a wax job from Camping World. After they did the buff out, both side cameras were scratched beyond any use. Does anyone know if there are plastic covers over the opening? Maybe I can get those changed (if they are replaceable) and the cameras themselves may be ok?
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My problem with the side cameras started after a wax job from Camping World. After they did the buff out, both side cameras were scratched beyond any use. Does anyone know if there are plastic covers over the opening? Maybe I can get those changed (if they are replaceable) and the cameras themselves may be ok?
It doesn't look like you can replace the lenses. However, you can buff out the scratches either with a Dremel or by hand. You can start out with a heavier compound and finish off with a light one. I restore old bikes and have had to use the same method on some plastics and wind deflectors.

Personally, I would take it back to CW and get them to replace the cameras for you.
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You can also apply some rainX to the lens covers to reduce the fogging.
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If the lenses or "plastic covers" are scratched, I'd try this. It works great on the headlamps on my truck. I don't see why it wouldn't work on anything else. It is something cheap to try that couldn't hurt.

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