Installing a backup camera on your Jayco RV can help ensure the occurrence of accidents while conducting reverse maneuvers decreases. There are numerous reasons as to why you need a backup camera.
For one, it can be very difficult to reverse due to the limited visibility the design of an RV brings. Chances are certain small objects would be hard to see when you are reversing.
This article aims to break down how to install a backup camera system for your Jayco RV and the correct procedure involves. Let us begin.
How to install a backup camera system on your Jayco RV
Regardless of the camera you select, the process involved is usually the same.
First off, you have to decide on the type of back up camera that suits your needs. There are numerous backup camera types available for selection depending on your rearview camera needs. You can select between hard-wired models which are more reliable or Wi-Fi models which link to a screen.
There is even a wide range of high-quality original equipment manufacturer backup camera systems which can offer a great experience. If you are also interested, it is possible to purchase some of the more complex integrated DVR and safety equipment as part of your backup camera setup.
While these integrated complicated options will cost you a bit more money in the long run, they offer a great benefit particularly when it is time to register for insurance. Additionally, you can be sure that you and your party are safe on your RV travels.
The next step would be to purchase the backup camera system of your choice, follow the instruction and prepare your work area. For OEM backup camera systems or systems like it, you must get the appropriate model.
If you are not sure it is always best to call your RV’s manufacturer so you can buy the most accurate backup camera system for you already wired RV.
Typically, there are 2 major backup camera name brands that are used by Jayco RVs, travel trailer and fifth-wheels. The most popular brand is Furrion with Voyager being the second most used brand. If your RV is already pre-wired it will be best to get a backup camera system that matches your RV.
If your Jayco RV model is not pre-wired there are somethings you will have to do. Depending on how you want the camera feed to be viewed, you might have to install your chosen monitor somewhere on the dash or pick a new location for it in the cab.
It might also be necessary to take off your rearview mirror to install the new one that has a display in it. It will also be necessary for you to remove the control panels so that you can gain access to the RV’s head unit.
This enables you to wire your backup camera system or install the Wi-Fi interface. Once that is done, you will have to run cables such as the video feed, trigger wire, or power, however, the number and type of cables you run are dependent on the monitor and configuration your select.
As soon as this is done, you can concentrate on mounting and installing your chosen backup camera system. When doing this, you should consider how you intend on powering the camera.
This could be done by connecting it to the reverse light power which is the most popular system, however, it does not offer much in terms of weather resistance. You could also choose to power it using a connection right in the cab.
Detailed steps to prepping your Jayco RV’s back up camera
There are 2 considerations one must think about when prepping your RV backup camera system. As stated earlier, you have two choices when it comes to the installation of your RV backup camera system.
You have the wireless installation and the wired camera installation. If you decide to select the wired installation, you will be required to drill a hole into the back wall of the Jayco RV. This is only necessary if your RV is not pre-wired for a backup camera system.
Choosing the wired backup camera connection
Once the hole has been drilled, you will need to insert your cable into the hole. Ensure that it sealed in by using a rubber RV roof repair tape. Doing this ensures that the cable link runs right through the chassis rail that is below the RV.
The end of the cable can be connected to the instrument display if the instrument display is connected in the front panel. It might be necessary to also connect a cable to provide power to your backup camera system.
At this point, you will have to head to the back of your Jayco RV to ensure that there is an appropriately installed bracket ready to help mount the camera. If necessary, you should make adjustments to the camera to ensure that you have great video visibility from the camera.
If you decide to go with the wireless backup camera system
Choosing the wireless backup camera system means that you would not be required to make as many changes to your RV’s wall. This is because a wireless backup camera system offers convenience. the majority of RV cameras have been designed in a manner that lets them be installed right on the license plate.
You will have to drill a hole so that you can connect your power cable. Before linking the power cable with the dashboard, however, you should insert tubing to help cover any areas of the cable that was spliced.
This ensures that it is waterproof and is not an electrical hazard. For added safety use shrinkable tubing which can wrap the joint snuggly when heated.
Once the above is done, you should install the camera near the license plate. Push the camera through the hole that is located just above the license plate. The power cable should then go just behind the bumper, enabling it to be linked to the power harness.
One thing to remember is that the connections have to be connected to their kind. This means that the positive and negative wires have to be connected to their likes on the other side.
This is an important step you take before making the camera’s placement permanent and securing the cable’s connection. To test your camera and the monitor system, use the power cable on the cigarette lighter.
Turn the RV on and see how the system reacts. It is at this point that you make any adjustments till you reach a standard you are fine with the results. Once this is done, ensure all the cables are secured using cable ties.
Also, look out for any loose-fitting connections. The last test should be to ensure that the monitor is placed correctly within the dashboard.