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Old 07-25-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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Back up camera wiring

Working on a 2015 wildcat 327ck. Unit is presided for back up camera but it is not hot. Not with lights or reverse. We cannot find where it should be getting it's power from. Any ideas?
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:56 PM   #2
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Well, it has to be 12V so I guess I would start at the fuse panel. Any missing fuses?
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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No missing fuses. The hot wire is yellow and there is no yellow wire in fuse panel. We really thought it might be tied to running lights but, that's not the case. It's not connected thru the reverse wire coming from truck. That dead ends at junction box behind hitch. Really wish to connect to that wire.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:04 PM   #4
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I think you have to have the system hooked to the trailer lights to work. I may be wrong but do not believe the trailer has back up lights but if it did then you could go from there. Someone mentioned that at the junction box you mentioned there was a wire there connected to nothing thee. That may be it. Later RJD
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:12 PM   #5
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Yeah it definitely doesn't have reverse lights. It is prewired but where is the other end of wire. Now I feel easiest solution is to rewire from known hot wire. I will call FR in the morning see if they can help.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:17 PM   #6
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Did you check the Marker lights at top rear of trailer wire maybe in the middle light. Later RJD
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:25 PM   #7
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I did check to see if wire becomes hot when markers are hot. But didn't look to see if camera wire is just tucked in behind the light. Just seemed like a needle in a hay stack. Under which light would I find it or if I could find it. So didn't go that route just yet.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:54 AM   #8
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Ours only works with the pick up running lights on. Reverse didn't do anything. Know it's simple but the furrion manual didn't say anything and we thought it was powered into the backup lights.
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Brake lights???
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:53 PM   #10
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Mine was wired to the running lights in the top of the rear wall. If its not there right now you can run your own jumper from there to the camera. Shoud only be about a 1 to 2 foot run. Then your camera will run when the tv lights are on.
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Back Up Camera/ Observation camera.

My flagstaff had the Furion brkt on it and it was wired to the Marker light. with lights on worked perfect. I did find out that I needed to order a Observation camera instead of Back-up Camera unit if I wanted it to work for passing vehicles and seeing clearance. The Backup camera's do not have enough range while driving. Don't make the same mistake I did by ordering the wrong camera for what you are looking to accomplish.
Hope this helps? The Observation Monitor and camera have extended range antenna's built into them.
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:02 PM   #12
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Ours is the wi fi kind and it will only work when the running lights are on!!
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I have a 2015 Wildcat 282RKX with a factory-installed camera. I think my wiring is typical of all recent prewired Wildcat 5th wheels, even those that didn’t come with a factory-installed camera.

My camera stays on as long as the battery supplies power to the 12 VDC distribution panel. In other words, the only way to turn my camera off is with the battery disconnect. This wiring oddity has been commented on many times before in this forum because many thought the power should come from the running lights, however, that is not the case. I confirmed this with Wildcat Chris before he left for another job.

I’ve tried removing all of the 12 VDC fuses in my power distribution panel but my camera stayed on. I believe the camera must have its own inline fuse connected somewhere between the battery disconnect switch and the 12 VDC power distribution panel.

I haven’t researched my wiring any further than mentioned above so I don’t know how my camera is getting its power.

If your trailer is wired like mine, perhaps your fuse is blown or missing. In any event, I recommend you look for a tie-in between the battery disconnect and the 12 VDC power distribution panel. Perhaps you’ll find your yellow wire there.

Please share what you find as other may be interested in how the camera power is wired into their Wildcats.
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:56 PM   #14
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I have a 2015 Wildcat 282RKX with a factory-installed camera. I think my wiring is typical of all recent prewired Wildcat 5th wheels, even those that didnít come with a factory-installed camera.

My camera stays on as long as the battery supplies power to the 12 VDC distribution panel. In other words, the only way to turn my camera off is with the battery disconnect. This wiring oddity has been commented on many times before in this forum because many thought the power should come from the running lights, however, that is not the case. I confirmed this with Wildcat Chris before he left for another job.

Iíve tried removing all of the 12 VDC fuses in my power distribution panel but my camera stayed on. I believe the camera must have its own inline fuse connected somewhere between the battery disconnect switch and the 12 VDC power distribution panel.

I havenít researched my wiring any further than mentioned above so I donít know how my camera is getting its power.

If your trailer is wired like mine, perhaps your fuse is blown or missing. In any event, I recommend you look for a tie-in between the battery disconnect and the 12 VDC power distribution panel. Perhaps youíll find your yellow wire there.

Please share what you find as other may be interested in how the camera power is wired into their Wildcats.
After speaking with FR indeed the camera is connected to the battery disconnect switch. It is fused via an inline fuse which is located behind the disconnect. The 5 amp fuse was blown. Not clear as to why but blown. All is good now.
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:30 AM   #16
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I installed a rear view camera on my camper and ran the wiring back to the towing vehicle. This is a great way to see what is behind your camper while you are traveling.
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Try the middle light on back top of trailer. Later RJD
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