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Old 10-12-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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Cool Convert backup camera to dashcam

Can a FR RV's factory installed backup camera system be converted so it can save video like a dashcam? Who would know how to do that? (I don't know why they would not come standard/optional with dashcams both front and back)

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Old 10-12-2015, 06:09 PM   #2
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I think the problem would be the lack of memory for data storage.
The reason there is not one front and rear is cost.

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Old 10-12-2015, 06:33 PM   #3
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A dash cam at $100 is a lot cheaper than trying to reinvent the wheel so to speak.
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Old 10-12-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
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I just bought a dashcam for $90 which I have to stick to my windshield with a suction cup, and plug into the 12V receptacle from a wire hanging down. Would be nice to have the front camera installed just like the rear view camera is and internally wired. And there is no 12V receptacle in the back. With a $200,000 motorhome, another $200 for that luxury should not be a problem since you will have to spend that much anyway--or just make it an option. Back to my question, I am stuck with the system I have for the front, but it would be really nice to have the rear camera store video and displayed on the built-in monitor. I just wonder who could do that.
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Old 10-12-2015, 07:47 PM   #5
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Sounds like a business opportunity retrofitting MH with recording rear cams and dash cams...

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Old 10-12-2015, 10:00 PM   #6
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I installed a dash cam on my truck. I ordered an optional mirror mount with it. It is hard wired by running the wires under the windshield moulding to under the dash. Found a fuse that is controlled by the ignition - ignition on, dash cam on - ignition off, dash cam off.

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Old 10-12-2015, 10:21 PM   #7
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I bought one on Ebay for around $20 plus you need a memory card which runs anywhere from $8 to $15 depending the storage capacity. It has all the features I need, time stamp, loops and a save feature with a small led monitor. Certainly I could get a better one at a higher cost but I'm cheap. Except for law officers and their cars dash cams aren't a big item in the US as they are in Russia. If you watch any of the videos they are mostly from Russia. In Russia auto insurance can be very expensive and by using a dash can and being able to prove who is a fault in an accident they can get cheaper insurance. People over there drive crazy. Be careful where you put it on you windshield, some police may want to cite you for obstructed vision if it is down in the normal field of sight. Some don't like a GPS mounted or the window either. One mounted in the a corner will probably satisfy them.
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:50 AM   #8
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Posts: 778 may have something that would work. You might give them a call and ask. I have a windshield mount dash cam that also has a rear camera for the back. I have a 32 gig card in it that holds a lot of data but I don't think that's what your looking for.
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:41 PM   #9
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Jerry I think what you are looking for is a rear facing video camera that records onto a hard drive. Most of these security type systems record constantly and dump the oldest video and records over that again. Try searching ebay for security systems and look for anything 12 Volt DC...Good luck. and you know, there might just be a 13 year old kid down the block just waiting for a project like this....
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Specifically, I am wanting to use the factory rear view camera, displayed on the factory monitor, just adding to be able to plug in a flash drive next to the monitor that will save the video.

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