Product Guides > Camera Systems

Mon, Feb 11th 2013

You can't usually see what's following you when driving a motorhome, nor with a smaller camper when it's fully loaded. So, Conrad Anderson have worked with Waeco to produce rearview camera systems with twin-lenses, especially for motor caravanners. With this system you'll not only be able to use the distance lens lo see what's following your motor caravan, you'll also be able to look down at an angle to see when reversing the motor caravan onto a pitch or parking space.

Fitting rear view camera

Waeco video system with twin colour camera modules in a single housing. This provides close-up camera views for reversing or long distance views for the open road. The shutter, closed here, covers the reversing lens when you drive normally, to stop it being obscured by mud and spray.

Pictured here is an optional Conrad Anderson rear view camera system which has a single lens rear camera and two small cameras that are mounted on the motor caravan sides to provide the driver with extra side views of the van when he or she is manoeuvring.

Fitting rear view camera Inside the vehicle, the Waeco control box is tucked away. Operated by a dash-mounted switch, it allows you to select between cameras from the driver's seat. Alternatively, the reversing camera or lens can be operated automatically when you select reverse gear.

Fitting rear view camera The new Waeco monitor has now been switched to the vehicle's reversing camera. You can see that the ground which is immediately behind the motor caravan is clearly visible on the screen to the driver. Now he or she can reverse comfortably and in total control.

Fitting rear view camera The rear view camera system also features a handy dashmounted switch and remote control that can be used by the driver to select between rear and side views, or wide and long distance views. Plus there are options to alter the brightness and appearance of the images.

CONRAD ANDERSON'S TIPS FOR FITTING
REVERSING CAMERA SYSTEMS. STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
fitting instructions illustrated

1. Mounting the camera
Mount the camera on the rear of your vehicle as high as possible to give as good a view as possible of the road behind and the rear bumper area.

2. Fitting the monitor
Fit the monitor on the dashboard so as not to obscure any portion of the swept area of the windscreen and to give the driver a good view of the screen - we try to fit reversing monitor s on the dash next to the A-post (between the steering wheel andt the drivers door). Care must be taken to secure the support bracket securely as the heavy monitor will work free under constant vibration, this can often be fixed using the supplied sticky pad however some dishboard coverings won't allow the sticky pad option to work well enough and screws may be required.

3. Testing the system
It is wise to test the unit before all the cables are hidden away under the vehicle and sealed up. Connect by plugging in the camera and monitor. The monitor has a power lead which will require a switched live which can be taken directly from the ignition switch or from the back of the fuse board whichever is the most accessable. All of teh Waeco reversiong camera systems have an inline fuse to prevent any expensive damage to your equipment. The only other connections are to earth and to the reverse light switch which will give you the facility to have a standby mode.

Notes.

Cable routing is probabally the most time consuming part of the job and takes the most planning as it can ruin an otherwise good installation. With an in-car camera, the most usual way is to route the cable along the door cills to the rear of the vehicle. With van and motorhome installations, the most straightforward way is normally to take the cable underneath the vehicle attaching it to the chassis. Then coming up through rear floor area following a pillar or cupboard wall up to the camera entry point at the rear. Sealing is normally done using Sikaflex. The cable should be encased in split conduit at the outside portions of the cable run and on entry points to avoid any damage from sharp bodywork.

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