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Old 05-26-2017, 08:56 AM   #1
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Back Up camera

We've had our new 19 for a little over a month now and getting everything set up. We've been unsuccessful syncing the Escape installed back up camera to the the monitor. Screen prompts on the monitor seem very simple but no luck. Tried multiple times with camper pigtail connected and unconnected with the tow vehicle running and tried the troubling shooting tips in the manual. Any ideas?
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:25 AM   #2
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We've had our new 19 for a little over a month now and getting everything set up. We've been unsuccessful syncing the Escape installed back up camera to the the monitor. Screen prompts on the monitor seem very simple but no luck. Tried multiple times with camper pigtail connected and unconnected with the tow vehicle running and tried the troubling shooting tips in the manual. Any ideas?
Got one on our 21. We have to turn our head lights on for it to sync up. its just the way it is on ours. Head lights off, blank screen. Head lights on, back camera on. Try it and let me know if it works for you. Maybe I got one of a kind.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:36 AM   #3
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Got one on our 21. We have to turn our head lights on for it to sync up. its just the way it is.
Usually Escape ties the power input to the trailer marker lights, not the headlights.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:48 AM   #4
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Usually Escape ties the power input to the trailer marker lights, not the headlights.
That explains it! the marker lights are only on, when the headlights are on. Duh! Thanks for the explanation. I can't believe I didn't think of that.
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:17 AM   #5
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Usually Escape ties the power input to the trailer marker lights, not the headlights.
I had them use the middle conductor of the 7-pin connector to power my camera. They ran a wire and a ground to the middle of the cabinet over the dinette. The middle pin is typically used for back up lights, and Escapes do not have backup lights so that conductor is typically not used. I ran a wire through the cab of the TV and put a toggle switch on it so I could turn the camera and monitor on and off at will. I then cut and capped the feed wire to the TV's 7-pin socket, and connected my wire to the other side. Works great. I can turn it on in heavy traffic or when backing into a camp site.
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:25 PM   #6
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That explains it! the marker lights are only on, when the headlights are on. Duh! Thanks for the explanation. I can't believe I didn't think of that.
Dennis told us to use parking lights to get camera to work when he installed ours on orientation day. The camera is wired into the marker lights up top/rear. We frequently lose our connection pulling a 21 with a Chevy Silverado with fiberglass camper shell. Seems the faster we go the more it disconnects. Works great at CGs as a backup with microphone.
I can hear my wife telling me now, "No, your other left".
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:31 AM   #7
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We frequently lose our connection pulling a 21 with a Chevy Silverado with fiberglass camper shell. Seems the faster we go the more it disconnects..
Sounds like you're outrunning your signal; it's shifting into the infrared. I'm impressed.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:06 PM   #8
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Sounds like you're outrunning your signal; it's shifting into the infrared. I'm impressed.
My solution was to buy a new truck.

Is there a way to pair the RVS camera installed by ETI on our 21 to a new Chevy truck's monitor so I don't have to have 2 monitors in the cab? I have asked for help at RVS but they do not understand my question and are trying to sell me the 2nd camera. I do not need the second camera.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:59 PM   #9
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My solution was to buy a new truck.

Is there a way to pair the RVS camera installed by ETI on our 21 to a new Chevy truck's monitor so I don't have to have 2 monitors in the cab? I have asked for help at RVS but they do not understand my question and are trying to sell me the 2nd camera. I do not need the second camera.
Rob, I don't think so, unless you wanted to experiment with wiring your own harness.

What you're referring to is a "plug and play" RV backup camera. You unplug your tow vehicle's existing camera from the display, and plug this one in. The one from Escape is designed for a separate monitor, not your built in monitor.

Of course, even with one designed to use your existing plug on the vehicle display, if you wanted to place the camera on the back of the trailer, you'd need to rig some sort of wiring disconnect from the tow to the trailer, so you can detach when you're not towing. Or perhaps there are wireless options which are also plug-and-play.

Here's a site with some interesting info on "plug and play" backup cameras.

https://camera-source.com/blog/aweso...-backup-camera

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While I can't help with a Chevy, this is a system I'm seriously considering for my Tacoma. Unfortunately, they don't list any vehicles other than Toyotas, but maybe there is someone out there that does. While it is basically plug & play, getting to the connectors behind the entertainment center is not a trivial matter!

They have a 4 channel switcher that would let you go between a front camera, the built in rear view camera and a trailer camera. The front hood of the Tacoma is high enough that seeing what is over the crest of a hill on a trail can be difficult. A grill mounted front camera would be helpful.
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