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Old 03-01-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Nobo- backup camera install?

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Just picked up a 19.7 a couple weeks ago, drove from SoCal to Phoenix to pickup and went straight to a campground w/ the fam. Great rig, we love it so far. Anyone add a wireless backup cam? If so, which did pick?

I called Forest River and the led's on the exterior top rear are 12v, so it would power a cam. Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:10 AM   #2
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I was just going to post this question! We have a 16.5 and I was also eyeing those LED lights on the back/roof for wiring. Would you just remove one of the lights and install a cam in its place? Wireless vs wired? Also interested in makes and models others have installed.

Sorry I don't have more answers, just more questions!
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:22 AM   #3
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I bought a NOBO 19.7 last week. I pick it up this Sat in Roanoke before I head back to northern Virginia. Purchased the Furrion Vision S 7 (FOS07TASF). I hope I made a decent purchase (e.g., compatible/functional). Will post pics post dealer install. My son wanted one last pic before we left the dealer. Not nearly as scenic as yours but were getting there.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:54 AM   #4
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I bought a NOBO 19.7 last week. I pick it up this Sat in Roanoke before I head back to northern Virginia. Purchased the Furrion Vision S 7 (FOS07TASF). I hope I made a decent purchase (e.g., compatible/functional). Will post pics post dealer install. My son wanted one last pic before we left the dealer. Not nearly as scenic as yours but were getting there.
I don't have any answers but enjoy your rig. Looks like you stopped at Lake Pleasant? If so we love that area. Safe travels.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:34 PM   #5
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Nope, don't do that.

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I was just going to post this question! We have a 16.5 and I was also eyeing those LED lights on the back/roof for wiring. Would you just remove one of the lights and install a cam in its place? Wireless vs wired? Also interested in makes and models others have installed.

Sorry I don't have more answers, just more questions!
Nope, don't do that. Federal safety standards require you to have five red marker/clearance lights in the rear: one at each upper corner and three in the center, with gaps less than a foot between.

These standards (FMVSS 108) also cover the amber lights on the sides and front.

You can certainly remove the center light, slide a camera bracket beneath it, and refasten the camera. Easy to tap the camera into the feed for the light.

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Old 03-03-2019, 03:50 PM   #6
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I recommend you install the cam below the running lights, not above. Ours is above and can’t use it while driving because the red lights block out what we try to see.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:35 PM   #7
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First, there are two types of camera systems-both serve a different purposes.
1. Backup camera: This is generally connected to the TV and is used for lining up the hitch to the trailer. It also serves a purpose when backing up. This system is wired to the backup lights circuit.

2. Rear View Camera: Your TV mirrors have very limited views. When traveling, you can not see what is directly behind the trailer. It is also very difficult to make lane changes. Vehicles approaching from the rear will very often come into the blind spot before changing lanes. Very dangerous if you can't see them and decide to change lanes as-well. When backing into a parking spot, the rear view camera helps to see the blind spots and your spotter. If you can't see the spotter, they can not give directions.

The rear view camera changes all of that. The camera is on all of the time the TV ignition switch is on and the trailer running lights are on. You can now see behind the trailer at all times-forward, neutral, reverse. We tip the camera down to see as close to the rear bumper as possible.

We have used better camera systems with the widest viewing angle possible.
Those have been 170-175 degrees of rear view vision. That is nearly straight out side to side. A good camera will not give appreciable distortion. When passing, when we can see the front bumper of the vehicle we have passed, we know we can change lanes. We can also see a vehicle approaching and can anticipate if they are going to pass and into which lane.

We used an RVS hard wired system on out cargo trailer and it was a heaven sent. RVS (Rear View Safety) also makes a wireless system.

As you anticipate a wireless system, it will still need a power source. That would be via one of the rear group of three rear center running lights. All running lights MUST be serviceable, so you can tap a wire, but not remove a light. LED lights take very little power. A camera takes 3-5 amps, so again, no appreciable power draw.

Others here will provide information on good "wireless" systems.
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I bought a NOBO 19.7 last week. I pick it up this Sat in Roanoke before I head back to northern Virginia. Purchased the Furrion Vision S 7 (FOS07TASF). I hope I made a decent purchase (e.g., compatible/functional). Will post pics post dealer install. My son wanted one last pic before we left the dealer. Not nearly as scenic as yours but were getting there.
The Furrion Vision S 7 (FOS07TASF) is a rear "observations" camera and is the right choice. The camera will be wired to the center light of the cluster (below the light). The monitor wiring has two options: 1. to the TV ignition so that the monitor goes on/off with the ignition (cigarette lighter power source would suffice). 2. to the lighting circuit so that camera and monitor will only work when the running lights are on. Do not let anyone convince you to wire to the backup lights.
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off topic here, but i was just at the Toronto RV show and say these rigs - colour me impressed! they looked great! congrats and enjoy!
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Furring camera

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The Furrion Vision S 7 (FOS07TASF) is a rear "observations" camera and is the right choice. The camera will be wired to the center light of the cluster (below the light). The monitor wiring has two options: 1. to the TV ignition so that the monitor goes on/off with the ignition (cigarette lighter power source would suffice). 2. to the lighting circuit so that camera and monitor will only work when the running lights are on. Do not let anyone convince you to wire to the backup lights.
I have one new in box. Never used if anyone interested. Pm me thanks
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