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Old 08-04-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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Rear camera power question

Since Escape trailers don't have backup lights, anyone know how they wire 12V to a rear view camera? I figured tapping into the tail lights would be the best method to use it as a rear view camera, not just as a backup, and still have no power to it when camped so as not to drain the battery. The system I am having installed has a slip-over mirror (with video input) that covers the truck mirror completely.

ETI is closed for BC day today and the trailer is starting the 3rd week of the build - hoping to get this resolved before they open tomorrow.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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They'll do whatever you ask. Why not have them power it off the running lights - then you can have it on whenever you want?
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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Since Escape trailers don't have backup lights, anyone know how they wire 12V to a rear view camera? I figured tapping into the tail lights would be the best method to use it as a rear view camera, not just as a backup, and still have no power to it when camped so as not to drain the battery. The system I am having installed has a slip-over mirror (with video input) that covers the truck mirror completely.

ETI is closed for BC day today and the trailer is starting the 3rd week of the build - hoping to get this resolved before they open tomorrow.
I have my camera wired to the "running lights." The camera is on when I have the tow vehicle parking lights on. That way, I can turn them on when driving down the road OR backing up. When the tow vehicle is not connected, they are off. I unplug the monitor if I don't want to see the camera at all.

I had ETI leave 6 feet of ground and running light connection out the front and I did the rest.
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Any thought of going battery powered wireless?
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Any thought of going battery powered wireless?
My camera is wireless between the trailer and tow. More details on our web page.
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Any thought of going battery powered wireless?
I imagine a battery powered camera would only last a few hours at best, particularly when transmitting wireless. My system communicates wirelessly to the truck.
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Trailers I've had in the past had the running lights and tail lights on the same circuit. Are they wired different in an Escape?
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Trailers I've had in the past had the running lights and tail lights on the same circuit. Are they wired different in an Escape?
No, it's the same circuit in almost any car and in the common 7-pin RV-style towing connector.

The centre pin of that connector is an auxiliary, meaning that it has no standard use and can be assigned for anything you want, as long as the tug and trailer are compatible. A common use is for backup lights; in this case, it could be wired to the backup lights on the tug and a wire run in the Escape for the camera... and for backup lights too if you want. If you do this and tow another trailer, you may need a disconnect switch on this circuit in case the trailer does something different and undesirable with it.

In old Bolers, there was a wire attached to this pin (using the standard colour coding of yellow) and run to the back of the trailer near the tail lamps in case anyone wanted to use it for either backup lights or a dedicated stop (brake) lamp. Is this done in an Escape, or is there just nothing connected to that pin?

Most manufacturers use common 7-conductor cable for the connection to the tug, so even if one pin is not used for anything that wire is still there to be used.

For an earlier discussion in more depth, see Backup lights.
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my camera was installed during build, works great! One of my favorite things so far!
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FishBioGirl, can you tell me what type/details of the camera you got? Thanks.
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