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Old 09-12-2018, 04:12 PM   #1
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Powering a Furrion Camera

Have a 24 Foot 2017 Wildwood 201BHXL X-Lite; last week we took a 1550 mile trip from Galveston, TX to Big Bend National Park with several other stops to and back.
My Furrion FOS48TAPK-BL Wireless High Observation System would not stay connected more than 10-15 seconds or so than quit. This was our fifth trip trying to get it to work but still not joy. I have tried a longer 14 inch antenna on the monitor and also a sixteen foot cabled antenna; I hung on the back window of our 2017 Ford F150 Super Crew still no joy.
Contacted Furrion yesterday. They suggested I try a Trailer Connector Adapter w/ Lamp-Out Sensor Bypass from etrailer.com

https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Tow-Ready/20142.html

The Gal at Furrion said I may not be getting enough power to the camera; it is connected to the center maker light on the rear top of the RV like most have suggested. It has gotten to the point that I would rather throw the thing away than throw anymore time or money at it.

Has anyone used the Lamp-Out Sensor, seems this would bypass the Ford trailer checking system? Anyone have ideas how to get more voltage to camera?

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Old 09-12-2018, 05:08 PM   #2
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Have someone follow you (or does it do it standing still) and watch the blue light. If the connection is shittie, it may be cutting out. If the blue light is turning on/off, that'd tell you....
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:22 PM   #3
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I have the same issue on my dealer installed model. Looking forward to seeing if you find the fix.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for your response,

Seems find when sitting still, blue light on monitor blinks, not sure of the light on camera. I'll have to have some one follow me to check that light.

When we started our trip it work for the first 2-3 miles going about 45 mph than on and off for the rest of our 10 day trip. It did work going though what I call freeway canyons where the freeways are cut through a hill. That's why I tried different antennas thinking it was a signal issue.

I was thinking of pulling the camera and mounting bracket than pulling out the wiring to make sure I have a good solid connection?
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:50 PM   #5
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Before spending too much money, you might see if the ferrite chokes help. My installation manual actually showed a choke in the diagram but didn't explain what they are. I have a shorter TT, and have 1 choke on the rear camera power line and 3 on the receiver power line in the cab. My camera cuts out when the large power lines cross the road, but most of the time it works fine. The chokes were cheap, about $5 for 4 of them.
Good Luck. i can't help with the increasing power to the camera question.
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:02 PM   #6
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I did put one ferrite choke on the cameras power wire, but none on the monitor; Iíll get a few and try that.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:06 PM   #7
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If it works not moving, but cuts in and out while moving, that screams connection issue to me. Heck, could be the 7 way plug.

"More power" to it makes no sense. If there is 12v there, there's plenty of power.

Could be an internal defect too. Cracked solder joint inside it. Buy one from Walmart and prove it is/isn't the unit. Easy returns.

The power cord runs the screen and camera. If you have both in the cab and it works fine, that proves it's your power source or a connection (between units) issue. I think you've proven out the connection (between units) isn't it though.

Just a matter of running through some troubleshooting. Time consuming as it might be.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:18 PM   #8
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Worked OK on our first trip, but on our second trip not at all. When I got home open the monitor’s cigarette adapter and found the loose wire, striped, cleaned than re-soldered it also shrink wrapped the connection. Is the blue light on the monitor suppose to blink?

Wish I could get Furrion to exchange or at least check it, they just keep pointing the finger at other things.
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I haven't had any issues with mine, and I'm longer than you are. I did read a post that recommended having the antennas on both the camera and monitor oriented the same way. According to that post, the signal coming off the antenna can be pictured as a common donut. Strongest 90 degrees to the antenna. You get best reception also from a donut shape. So if both "donuts are oriented as close as possible the same way, you get best reception. Good luck.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:32 PM   #10
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I talked with furrionís support several times and was told the best way is the have both antennaís pointing straight up in the vertical position did that. I changed them every time we stopped on our last trip nothing helped.
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