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Old 12-01-2015, 12:27 PM   #1
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How Make A Waterproof Port/Install Backup Camera

Howdy. I want to install a backup camera but am uber paranoid about the hole that it will require in the shell. How does one do this? I'm thinking a single port cable gland, but then do I gasket it, what kind of caulk/sealant is best, etc. Also, what's the recommended mounting method for the camera itself? If I screw it on, then those are just more holes, or are there surface mounting tapes that are really up to permanent exterior mounting? I'm thinking I might be able to bolt it onto the frame of my solar panel, which is mounted very close to the rear of the trailer, but not sure if the trailer will block the view or not. More info if it helps: I picked up a Yada digital wireless backup camera at Costco for $99. It seems to have more than enough wireless range to go from back of trailer to the front of TV, as I took the camera/receiver about 75 feet into the house and it worked fine through several walls. The camera has auto IR lights for night vision as well, which precludes mounting the camera inside the rear trailer window, as they reflect off the window and blow out the picture, so it's gotta be mounted outside. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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What about attaching something to the spare tire mount, so the camera is just above the spare?
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I took my Yada wireless camera ( from Costco ) to a well-established shop that installs stereos and such and they advised me that it would be a waste of money to put it in. ( it is wireless, but still requires the transmitter to be wired as well as power ).
They had never done an install that the customer was happy with the reception.
Fortunately Costco has a generous return policy.
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I considered a spare tire mount, but need it up higher because we carry bikes on the back that cover the whole lower half of the trailer. Probably needs to be up above the rear window.

My transmitter is integrated into the camera itself, so all it needs is power, thus the need to run a cord into the trailer. I plan to wire it to a switch inside the trailer so I can turn it on and off there, and have it on continuously while towing, or even turn it on while camping if we relocate the suction mount receiver to the trailer while parked.
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I considered a spare tire mount, but need it up higher because we carry bikes on the back that cover the whole lower half of the trailer. Probably needs to be up above the rear window.

My transmitter is integrated into the camera itself, so all it needs is power, thus the need to run a cord into the trailer. I plan to wire it to a switch inside the trailer so I can turn it on and off there, and have it on continuously while towing, or even turn it on while camping if we relocate the suction mount receiver to the trailer while parked.
I recall some members here having good luck using Velcro to attach the camera under the rear cabinet inside the trailer looking out the back window. Worth a shot.

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I recall some members here having good luck using Velcro to attach the camera under the rear cabinet inside the trailer looking out the back window. Worth a shot.

Scott and Lori
I considered that but the auto IR illumination feature blinds the camera when placed behind glass, so it must be mounted on trailer exterior.
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Keep in mind that a back-up camera is no substitute for proper towing mirrors. The common requirement is that you be able to see to 200' back in the adjacent lanes.
And, for backing the trailer, there is no substitute for getting out and looking for obstructions. BC Provincial campgrounds ( for instance ) love to place large boulders on the site to protect picnic tables and fire pits. It's also a good idea to look up for low hanging branches.
My next vehicle will have a back-up camera for parallel parking and I do have a Swift-Hitch wireless camera for hooking up, so I'm not against them, except to note that the original equipment cameras are set up so they will only function when the vehicle is in reverse. That is to keep you from looking at the monitor when you are supposed to be looking at the road ahead.
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I have been considering installing a back up camera also. I'm interested in a Tadi Brothers wireless magnetic mount camera powered with batteries. Then I can "stick it " to my tow vehicle to back up and align with hitch. For the back of trailer, I'm thinking of putting up a magnetic stainless steel plate that will be attached with 5200.


First use for backing onto hitch, rear of trailer for backing into campsites. I don't really care about what's behind me while driving. Thought that is what mirrors are for.


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Old 12-01-2015, 01:47 PM   #9
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I travel alone and hitch up by my self -my car has a back up camera- helpful for parking and hitching up. I really don't think i need a camera on the back of my trailer. When I park it I jump out and look what's behind me. While driving i don't care what the car behind me is doing they have to manage themselves. I can't do anything about the stupid things they might do. I am thinking about getting better mirrors might make changing lanes safer.
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Then I can "stick it " to my tow vehicle to back up and align with hitch. For the back of trailer, I'm thinking of putting up a magnetic stainless steel plate that will be attached with 5200.Tom
I've got the magnetic base Swift Hitch and couldn't find any metal on the back of my RAV4 that was where I needed to place the camera. I ended up using contact cement to glue a metal disc to my spare tire cover.
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