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Old 01-29-2016, 08:21 AM   #71
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Let me enlighten everyone on the Furrion camera systems. There are TWO different ones. The standard Forest River one (the one that came with my 2016 Wildcat) is the one mentioned many times in this thread. It has a 12 in the model number and is referred to as a backup camera. It's a fair backup camera but a horrible moving observation cam system. Since FR wires them for full time hot, not just on for backing, you may think they would be a good pseudo rear view mirror to monitor rear traffic while towing. Not so! You need the Furrion model with 48 in the model number. It's their "Observation Camera". Fits the same FR mounts but uses a better cam and better monitor. It cost a $100 more but the resolution and performance is worth it. It's an easy 5 min swap to change a 12 for a 48. I did the switch and am very glad. Check out Furrion.com
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hbillsmith.......do you still like & recommend the Furrion 48 model? I'm reading all the posts on the cameras and seeing all the negative comments. If you're still happy with yours, I may give it a shot.....thanks in advance.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:53 AM   #72
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I have now traveled about 9,000 miles with the Wildcat and yes, I still like the Furrion camera. It has performed as expected. I too still see the negative comments and most if not all appear to be slams against the original Forest River factory shipped model 12. The 12 worked ok for just viewing the rear as I backed in but that's its limit and honestly, I really don't use the rear backin function (neither with the 12 or 48). Although it works as advertised, I am old fashion and having a spotter is more natural for me when I backup.

For me, it was being able to see who's following me so I could decide to pull over and let faster folks pass that was important. I really like the 48 as it does that for me. I will say, the lens angle is very wide so cars behind me appear further away than they are but you get used to that.

The wide angle also lets me keep an eye on the rear bicycle rack. I can see if the cover comes loose or if they are bouncing to much (in which case I pull over and re-tighten).
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:02 PM   #73
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don't bother with the camera. we have the 5th wheel surveyor that came with the camera and it is completely useless. it only points straight down shows the bumper and about one foot out from the bumper and will not adjust out to be usable
Not so. There are 3 clicks of adjustment. The lowest click points straight down. The highest click points out about 50 yards behind the trailer but because of the wide angle, you can still see anything mounted on the bumper.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:28 AM   #74
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I have now traveled about 9,000 miles with the Wildcat and yes, I still like the Furrion camera. It has performed as expected. I too still see the negative comments and most if not all appear to be slams against the original Forest River factory shipped model 12. The 12 worked ok for just viewing the rear as I backed in but that's its limit and honestly, I really don't use the rear backin function (neither with the 12 or 48). Although it works as advertised, I am old fashion and having a spotter is more natural for me when I backup.

For me, it was being able to see who's following me so I could decide to pull over and let faster folks pass that was important. I really like the 48 as it does that for me. I will say, the lens angle is very wide so cars behind me appear further away than they are but you get used to that.

The wide angle also lets me keep an eye on the rear bicycle rack. I can see if the cover comes loose or if they are bouncing to much (in which case I pull over and re-tighten).
Thank you hbillsmith for your help. I too, would use this camera for the same reasons you do and think this would be a great addition to our new Rockwood. I do have one more question....the brochure on the 12 that came in our paperwork packet said it was a "plug & play" 15 min. installation. Does the 48 install the same way....."plug & play" with nothing else needed to make it work such as changing wiring? Thank you again for your help!
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The 12 and 48 use the identical mounting bracket and wiring connectors. If you have a 12 already installed, then you simply remove the 4 screws that attach the camera body to the mount plate that's installed on the back of your trailer. Unplug the 12's two wires and plug in the 48's two wires in the same manner as the 12's were. Now use those same 4 screws to re-attach the camera.

For some, the trailer arrives new from the factory with only mount bracket installed and a dummy cover attached in place of where the camera will mount. When you remove the dummy cover (it uses the same 4 screws as does the camera) you'll see the two power wires loose behind the dummy cover. The camera's wire connectors only match one way so you just plug them in and now attach the camera in place of the dummy cover. Use the same screws if you like.

Some final thoughts. The camera angle is adjustable. It's stiff but does rotate up or down about 3 clicks as I recall. With your monitor powered up in your tow vehicle, it should already be paired to the camera. If not, the process to pair is in the manual. I'll give it a stab from memory to repeat here. At the bottom of the camera in the center is a black button. Press that button and quickly choose 'Pair' on the monitor. After a few minutes, the pairing completes and the monitor begins showing the camera's view. You will probably not need to do this pairing since the factory usually pairs the set before the ship it and it's a one-time needed action. But just in case ... ;-).
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Just bought the 48 off amazon. Will install in the next couple weeks. Have a trip scheduled for first of March. Will let you know my results soon. Hoping for the best. Figuring about 48' distance between monitor and camera.
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I have a wireless back up camera on my Excursion that I added, one of the license plate ones. I wonder if it will conflict with this camera? I have a great 6" monitor, it'd be great if I could have a way to use both on this monitor. Not at the same time, but toggling back and forth, etc.
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Furrion cameras

There are two distinct models from Furrion. One is backup and other is observation.
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I have a wireless back up camera on my Excursion that I added, one of the license plate ones. I wonder if it will conflict with this camera? I have a great 6" monitor, it'd be great if I could have a way to use both on this monitor. Not at the same time, but toggling back and forth, etc.
Furrion uses standard cmos vga cameras.
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