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Old 04-20-2016, 07:07 PM   #21
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I just dropped my 3170 off at the dealer today to have my cameras,and a few other things looked at. I have already had my driver/passenger side cameras replaced once (under warranty) due to fogging up. The new cameras still fog and now my driver side camera is experiencing the exact issue the OP describes. I will post when I hear back from the dealer if they figure it out. Good luck with yours.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:57 PM   #22
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Sometimes it is best to abandon in place and rerun a new cable. If my camera stops working, that is what I will do.
I would pull the rear trim, drill a hole, have the connector behind the trim and find another route to the cab. Just me.
Would you do that if your RV was under warranty?

I think that's fine sometimes, but in this case I think there are more practical solutions.
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:55 AM   #23
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Any updates Creativepart and RSScully on the cameras?
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:43 AM   #24
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Dealer determined I needed the drivers camera replaced again. I was just within one year of the last time they were replaced, so I believe Velvac (the camera manufacturer) is covering under warranty.

That reminds me. I have to call the dealer to see if the camera is in yet.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:49 AM   #25
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I don't know how I missed reading this. I'll run out to the line and see where the wires are run.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:56 AM   #26
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Thanks Joshua, I really appreciate that.

I dropped my RV off and the dealer today for them to look at it - but it did not go well. I have made an appointment 3 weeks ago to have this looked at but when I arrived today they told me they had no record of my appointment.

It's a SUPER busy RV dealership and the chance of them getting to this before I have to pick up the RV in 10-days is almost none.

They were nice and said they'd work me in - but I'm not holding out a lot of hope for this.

I leave for a month long trip in about 2-weeks.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:58 AM   #27
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This is all described by standing on the outside facing the rear of your coach.

The wire runs from the camera along the rear wall and roof to the drivers side. Once it gets to the corner it goes down into an aluminum tube to the bottom of the coach. If you go to the Drivers side rear corner and feel underneath there will be foam where the an opening is covered. You can follow the wire from there.
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Is it one continuous cable that runs from the camera to the front of the coach or is there a shorter "pigtail" wire from the camera that plugs into a long extension that goes to the front of the coach??
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:46 PM   #29
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My RV dealer suprised me and pleased me today. When I took my RV in yesterday they couldn't find my appointment but said they would "work me in."

It can take a month to get an appointment with them and another 3-weeks to get a repair. But they called today, told me the had already worked on the issue and determined the camera was bad. Not only were they getting a new one from Forest River but if I'd pay for expedited shipping they'd have it in 2-days.

This is great we go on a month-long trip in 2-weeks.

Now let's see if it all comes together or not.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:11 AM   #30
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Awesome! Let us know what happens.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:30 PM   #31
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Wow! Talk about good service - both from the local FR dealership and from FR's Parts and Warranty dept. Kudos all the way around. Exceeded all my expectations.

As I said earlier, I took the RV in on Monday and they couldn't find my appointment. But they took me in and said they would "try" to get it back to me before May 12th. I'm going in a month long trip on May 18th. I fudged the starting day of my trip with them just in case they needed a couple of extra days.

You can imagine my surprise when they called last evening and told me to pick up the RV today and that it was all fixed. I could hardly believe it.

I paid $41 for expedited shipping (gladly) and the rear view camera is all fixed and working normally.

The dealer told me that FR installs the camera on the back cap before it's attached to the coach body. Then the cable is run across the roof and down a channel when the rear cap is installed. He said FR told him the way to replace the camera is to partially remove the rear cap!!! Did you get that? Remove the top of the rear cap. Then replace the camera and send the RV to Paint for touch up after the cap is reattached. That is NUTS!!

That exact camera is available with a 6" pigtail cable and locking connector. The manufacturer says most RV manufacturers run a 66' extension cable from the multiplexer in the dashboard though the coach and up to the camera location. Where that 6" cable is connected to the extension. That way when you need to replace the camera you simply remove the bad camera, pull out the cable and connection - disconnect the camera and replace it. All in all a 30 min job. (Are you reading this Joshua Cavitt?)

Why would Forest River be so clueless about this and make it such a big ordeal? You would think they'd have a vested interest in making it an easy repair. Especially since it can't cost more to purchase OEM.

Luckily for me, my dealer said he's got a guy that learned from past experience how to replace the camera from the inside the coach and not have to remove the rear cap.

So, I got great service from Ancira RV of Boerne, TX. And, Forest River's Parts Warranty dept did a great job of getting the part out and expressing it to my dealer.

A four-day turnaround for such a difficult job - that's just a dream come true.
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Wow! Talk about good service - both from the local FR dealership and from FR's Parts and Warranty dept. Kudos all the way around. Exceeded all my expectations.

As I said earlier, I took the RV in on Monday and they couldn't find my appointment. But they took me in and said they would "try" to get it back to me before May 12th. I'm going in a month long trip on May 18th. I fudged the starting day of my trip with them just in case they needed a couple of extra days.

You can imagine my surprise when they called last evening and told me to pick up the RV today and that it was all fixed. I could hardly believe it.

I paid $41 for expedited shipping (gladly) and the rear view camera is all fixed and working normally.

The dealer told me that FR installs the camera on the back cap before it's attached to the coach body. Then the cable is run across the roof and down a channel when the rear cap is installed. He said FR told him the way to replace the camera is to partially remove the rear cap!!! Did you get that? Remove the top of the rear cap. Then replace the camera and send the RV to Paint for touch up after the cap is reattached. That is NUTS!!

That exact camera is available with a 6" pigtail cable and locking connector. The manufacturer says most RV manufacturers run a 66' extension cable from the multiplexer in the dashboard though the coach and up to the camera location. Where that 6" cable is connected to the extension. That way when you need to replace the camera you simply remove the bad camera, pull out the cable and connection - disconnect the camera and replace it. All in all a 30 min job. (Are you reading this Joshua Cavitt?)

Why would Forest River be so clueless about this and make it such a big ordeal? You would think they'd have a vested interest in making it an easy repair. Especially since it can't cost more to purchase OEM.

Luckily for me, my dealer said he's got a guy that learned from past experience how to replace the camera from the inside the coach and not have to remove the rear cap.

So, I got great service from Ancira RV of Boerne, TX. And, Forest River's Parts Warranty dept did a great job of getting the part out and expressing it to my dealer.

A four-day turnaround for such a difficult job - that's just a dream come true.
WOW! Glad to hear your dealer and FR came thru for you on this. Did the dealer cut the cable and splice on a connector and use a 6" pigtail on a new camera?
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I think he opened up the cove in the bedroom and accessed it that way. They didn't say for sure - but said he worked from inside. And I saw some indication of that in the bedroom-some things moved.
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I think he opened up the cove in the bedroom and accessed it that way. They didn't say for sure - but said he worked from inside. And I saw some indication of that in the bedroom-some things moved.
Do you have the same crown molding piece in my previous photo? If so, is that what he removed?
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Yes I have that same cove on the back wall. But I don't know exactly what he did.
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Yes I have that same cove on the back wall. But I don't know exactly what he did.
Well. it's done, under warranty and early. You should be a happy camper and enjoy your long trip. Safe journey!
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When I took the RV in Monday I also mentioned that on my last three trips I had a problem with the city water filling the fresh water tank. And, the dealer asked while ordering the new camera and the the FR warranty guy Russ, authorized a new water pump. So that was also fixed during this 4-day repair process.

Forest River really came through on these issues.

My warranty expires on June 28th. So, I hope nothing else breaks too soon after that date.
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When I took the RV in Monday I also mentioned that on my last three trips I had a problem with the city water filling the fresh water tank. And, the dealer asked while ordering the new camera and the the FR warranty guy Russ, authorized a new water pump. So that was also fixed during this 4-day repair process.

Forest River really came through on these issues.

My warranty expires on June 28th. So, I hope nothing else breaks too soon after that date.
There have been a few other topics posted on the same city water filling the F/W tank. Did it come out the tank vent at the filler?
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There have been a few other topics posted on the same city water filling the F/W tank. Did it come out the tank vent at the filler?
OH yeah. It also comes out the hatch where the water pumps is. You walk outside and see a big puddle of water.
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