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Old 12-01-2015, 04:30 PM   #11
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So to recap, outside of advice on doing something different than what I've outlined, can anyone offer advice on installing a through hull port and on permanently affixing a backup camera to fiberglass?
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:28 PM   #12
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Any hole I have created I have sealed with butyl and proflex, no leaks.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:35 PM   #13
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The cable gland I have on hand came with a rubber gasket to seal it to the outer trailer body so no need for anything there. You do need to order one for the correct size cable so the inner rubber will seal the cable correctly. Their is one on the roof of my trailer where ETI punched through for the solar cables, they goobered it up with caulk to make it water tight. Guess it was either the wrong size or they were just being cautious where the 2 cables go through the inner rubber. So it would seem you can use Proflex RV caulk if you feel the need.

I like the idea of gluing on a mounting block, which is what I did for my cell antenna. I made a block out of a few layers of 3/4" PVC board, then shaped it to the trailers surface and glued it with 3m's 5200. You do need to came up with a way of holding it in place while it dries, very very slowly. The heavy duty velcro idea might work too, that stuff sticks like cement. If it's an option on your trailer and you're mounting up high enough, you could look into running the cable through the rooftop refer vent. It's what I did to avoid another hole and why I have an unused cable gland sitting down in the basement. Don't know the layout of a 17B.
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:23 PM   #14
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Excellent, thanks!
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #15
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Tadi system installed by ETI before it became their standard. Lots of proflex all over the thru-hole; no problems so far! Cable entry is inside the rear overhead cabinet, so easy to check for leaks. Power/ground were picked off the vertical power runs behind the padded corners. Transmitter power/ground were picked off similar in a front corner (where I wanted the transmitter.) I picked the power off the running lights, so when I want the camera I just have those on. I have the "clip over the mirror" monitor that I can also use when backing the trailer up using my JD tractor.
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:38 PM   #16
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Next time you can, how about shooting a picture of the monitor display. I'd like to see what you get on the highway, and what you see backing into a site.
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Next time you can, how about shooting a picture of the monitor display. I'd like to see what you get on the highway, and what you see backing into a site.
Tadi uses the same camera on all their systems, and mounted high on the 21 I was surprised that their wide angle claim (170 degrees as I recall) was pretty accurate - I can see traffic overtaking me practically all the way up to the bumper of the trailer - well into the mirror zones I can see with the Taco mirrors. I don't really use it for backing into a camp site, though - primarily for backing into the storage area in the shop as the width is a bit tight. I put a big bullseye (think archery) on the back wall that lets me aim the rear end while I observe with the side mirrors how close I am to the drivers side wall of the shop.
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:02 PM   #18
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Be advised that such cameras cannot work on vehicles with spoilers and the cameras are too big to put at the license plate. We spent about $40 on shipping for nothing.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:09 PM   #19
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Tadi system installed by ETI before it became their standard. Lots of proflex all over the thru-hole; no problems so far! Cable entry is inside the rear overhead cabinet, so easy to check for leaks. Power/ground were picked off the vertical power runs behind the padded corners. Transmitter power/ground were picked off similar in a front corner (where I wanted the transmitter.) I picked the power off the running lights, so when I want the camera I just have those on. I have the "clip over the mirror" monitor that I can also use when backing the trailer up using my JD tractor.
This helps a whole lot. I am about to install my Tadi system. Two questions:
1. Where is the thru-hole located? It must be right by the camera. Just above? Somewhere else?
2. How is the camera mounted to the trailer? Are screws used? Any idea what size? I assume stainless steel.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:43 PM   #20
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I installed my backup camera over the weekend. I have a Tadi brothers camera and a wireless video transmitter that I got off ebay for $40. I too was uneasy about drilling a hole in the fiberglass and through the vinyl. I always try to make mods as unobtrusive as possible.

My solution was to make a video harness for the camera with a single cat6 port. Then I ran a 25' cat6 cable from the back of the trailer to the front, through the hole where the ground cable from the battery connects to the trailer frame. Then I made another cat6 video harness for the transmitter and wired the power leads to the vehicle running lights. The camera itself attaches to a swiveling magnetic phone mount that I adhered to the trailer with outdoor VHB tape. Very stable and the magnets are strong.

The video transmits to my iPhone, where it mounts to another magnetic phone mount on my visor.

No holes and everything works great! Less than $80 all in. The only thing I can complain about is that the camera video quality is very poor, and there are visible wires in the back, but its worth the compromise.
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