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Old 02-25-2016, 06:18 PM   #21
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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? Just above the camera body, maybe an inch.

2. How is the camera mounted to the trailer? Are screws used? Any idea what size? I assume stainless steel.
I can feel a wooden mounting block for the camera under the insulation that lines up with the outside mounting bracket for the camera. There are screws through the bracket and shell into that block.

Yup, rig needs to be washed...............
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:19 PM   #22
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How Make A Waterproof Port/Install Backup Camera

How is the video quality on your camera?
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:44 PM   #23
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I asked ETI about how they mounted a camera, and got their usual great customer service. Here are the photos they sent, complete with notes written on masking tape. They gave me permission to share the photos.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:54 PM   #24
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Nice! However, I just worked on a brand new 21 and the way they left the TADI transmitter just floating around the rear cabinet is kinda goofy. Fortunately the connectors are RCA stereo type so you could use speaker wires to add a section that would let you mount the transmitter to the inside of the cabinet somewhere instead of getting mixed up with other stuff.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:36 PM   #25
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... the way they left the TADI transmitter just floating around the rear cabinet is kinda goofy. Fortunately the connectors are RCA stereo type so you could use speaker wires to add a section...
Although it might work, I don't think you want to use speaker wires. Although the connectors are "RCA" or "phono" type, this is a composite video signal so the cable likely needs to be coaxial to work properly, not just a twisted wire pair as used for audio (both low-power signals and occasionally speaker connections). Look at a typical cable set to connect both video and audio between two devices: the left and right audio signals (white and red connectors) are on thin two-conductor cables while the video (yellow connectors) is on thicker round coaxial cable.

It's still easy - just buy video cable with RCA plugs (usually yellow), not speaker cables with RCA plugs (usually white and red).

Quick example from Amazon: RiteAV RCA Audio Video Cable (6 feet)
The video (yellow) cable is noticeably bigger, because it is RG59U coaxial cable, while the audio (white and yellow) cables are smaller and not coax.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:07 PM   #26
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Although it might work, I don't think you want to use speaker wires. Although the connectors are "RCA" or "phono" type, this is a composite video signal so the cable likely needs to be coaxial to work properly, not just a twisted wire pair as used for audio (both low-power signals and occasionally speaker connections). Look at a typical cable set to connect both video and audio between two devices: the left and right audio signals (white and red connectors) are on thin two-conductor cables while the video (yellow connectors) is on thicker round coaxial cable.

It's still easy - just buy video cable with RCA plugs (usually yellow), not speaker cables with RCA plugs (usually white and red). Quick example from Amazon: RiteAV RCA Audio Video Cable (6 feet)
The video (yellow) cable is noticeably bigger, because it is RG59U coaxial cable, while the audio (white and yellow) cables are smaller and not coax.
That's probably the best approach if it's a longer run, but on short ones (like a foot) think the speaker wire would be fine. Another interesting cable fact with the TADI system is that the cable from the receiver to the video monitor is actually a PS/2 mouse cable routing both power and video. I picked up a 16 footer so I could run the output from the receiver in the back of my truck through the vehicle up to the drivers side visor, so when I use the clip-over-the-mirror monitor it's only one cable to plug in without wires running everywhere.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:10 PM   #27
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I installed the Tadi Brothers backup camera that I got for Christmas and had a chance to try it out when we took the trailer for bearing and brake work. I was disappointed and wanted to see what others' experience has been. I got the display that clips over the backup mirror. The glare through the Jeep's rear window was enough that I could barely see the backup screen even with it set for maximum brightness and contrast. Have others had similar experiences? Is the screen view weak or is there a problem with my screen? Or is there something short of blacking out the rear window I should do?
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I have a different set-up but my monitor is located about seat level and I don't get any glare from the rear window. Can you lower yours and see if it fixes the glare problem?

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I have the same clip-on TADI setup; I found the problem wasn't glare but that big white box following me washed out the image. If you cock the mirror over at an angle toward the passenger side so the white trailer isn't reflected in the mirror it works great. Doesn't take much of an angle.
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