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jacgec 05-19-2018 07:55 PM

Ford Camera/TPMS package
Has anyone installed this package on their Riverstone?

I have a 2018 38FB and Iím trying to figure out how to route the first cable from the bed of the truck back through the cavity where the light/brake cable goes.

I found a couple of videos on YouTube but the Riverstone appears to be a little different.

Before I got too serious into it I figured Iíd see if someone else already conquered it and save some time.


GlenZ 05-20-2018 10:11 AM

I got the camera system when I bought my 2017 F350 but never attempted to install it yet.

jacgec 07-26-2018 10:30 AM

Here is an update for this thread. After looking over all the possibilities for cable routing and considering the cost of having to go to a tire shop to have the tires removed, sensors installed, remounted AND the cost of a custom adaptor to plug the cable in the bed of the truck instead of at the bumper, I just bought a TST tpms and called it a day. The fifth wheel already has a rear camera so no big deal there.

Ford doesnít tell you this but their kit is clearly made for bumper pulls not fifth wheels.

It could work but pricey and you may not be satisfied with the final appearance of cable routing. Wireless would have been much better in my opinion.

Happy camping!

Kaadk 07-26-2018 11:09 AM

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Iíve got it installed on mine (Surveyor 5th, not a Riverstone) and yep, itís designed more for bumper pulls. If anything, Iíd say itís designed more for open cargo trailers (or maybe boat trailers). Install fees, extra adapters, etc... Iím more than double the price of the kit into this.

That said, it is nice that it fully integrates into the dash:

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I donít have any photos on hand of how it was installed so Iíll have to grab some next time Iím out at the trailer storage lot.

jacgec 07-26-2018 11:20 AM

Thanks for this reply, love the integration. I was hoping to get some of the clutter off the dash too. I hooked up the camera just to test and it is really nice.

Getting the cable through the pin box to the front compartment is near impossible the way a Riverstone is built. Running it on the surface, even in conduit just didnít appeal.

I may still get bored one day and put it on.

Thatís the fun of tweaking these things!

Kaadk 07-26-2018 11:30 AM

Yeah, that's pretty much the way the dealer did mine, on the surface in conduit. I went to them to get it installed because I wanted it all tucked away, but they told me due to the structure of the frame, in order to run it the same way the 7-pin is run, they'd have had to remove the entire front cap and then the side of the trailer.

So, it's tucked away 'enough'. It's not ideal, but I can live with what they've done. Really wish I had taken some pictures so I can show you what they did.

jacgec 07-26-2018 11:51 AM

I would love to see those pics when you get a chance. I know it can be done, I just couldnít bring myself to do it. Also would like to see pics on how they got up to your camera.

Your dealer was right. Iím an electrician and I tried every method known to fish that cable back there and there was just no way.

Maybe someday

Kaadk 07-26-2018 11:56 AM

To the camera's a little easier to explain. They punched through the wall in the kids's bunks, ran it down into behind the outside kitchen then through into the underbelly. They then used some trim to cover it so it looks like it was always part of the bunk. I'll have to get some photos of that too.

Kaadk 08-06-2018 09:08 PM

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Well, itís been a while, but I was finally around the camper again and was able to get you some pictures of it installed:

Hereís the loom run for for getting the cable to the kingpin:

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And hereís the trim piece hiding the line in the kidís bunks:

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Hereís the repeater box in the front storage cubby:

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And finally the camera on the back of the unit:

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jacgec 08-07-2018 12:13 AM

Boy, they did a very neat job of it. It worked out great with the bunk area. No one would know it wasnít part of the original build.
Thanks a lot for the great pics. If I ever decide to do it, I would probably route things in a similar way. Hope you enjoy the rig for many years to come! Thanks again for the pics!

Kaadk 08-07-2018 09:35 AM

Not a problem. I'm just sorry they took so long to get. (Because that meant I haven't been camping. :crying: )

BlueStarMom 08-07-2018 07:27 PM

I installed echo cameras through GM in each mirror so when you put the directional on you can see the the whole side of the truck and camper.(via NAV screen ) Also, Installed a camera on the cab (roof)of the truck and this lines up the 5th wheel hitch with the trailer . However, the back up camera from FR isn't great ( too grainy )and was thinking of installing a more powerful camera on the trailer that could somehow be connected to the 8 inch NAV screen inside the truck but haven't looked into yet Jerry

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