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Install Backup Camera on a Caravan

A reversing backup camera is a pretty useful accessory which can help you to avoid a lot of unnecessary hassles. The most important benefit of this gadget is assistance in backing the vehicle without bumping into obstacles. If you imagine the difficulty in parking a caravan (with the towing vehicle) while carefully manoeuvring it on to the spot, a rear view camera can work wonders and reduce the frustration that is often associated with this activity.

Just follow these steps and you should be able to install the reversing backup camera on the caravan without much trouble.

  • First of all, you need to drill a hole in the body (back side) to connect the camera to the lead. A 20 mil. step saw should work fine for this. Make sure you check the pathway that would be used for making the necessary connections.
  • Now you need to fit the bracket that is supplied with the reversing camera. This would require the use of screws to secure the bracket in place. Once the screws are in place, it would be a good idea to seal it completely by using a silicon sealant around the screws.
  • When the camera has been mounted, just adjust the angle as per your preference and tighten the side screws with the help of the Allen key that come with the unit.
  • With the above step taken care of, you need to tape or attach the lead for carrying the signal from the back of the caravan to the towing vehicle (near the driver). The lead (after being taped off completely) needs to be passed along the length of the chassis (under the van), and then zip tie the portions of the lead as you move along.
  • Now that the lead has been laid out, it is important for you to check the surroundings and find out how the cable can be laid out without being exposed excessively. In order to achieve this, you would have to make optimal usage of cupboards and other similar structures behind which the lead can be concealed. Just remember that the hole needs to be drilled in the floor.
  • When you pass the cable through the floor, seal it for a tight fit with the use of a good quality silicon sealant. Make sure that you have pulled all the required length of the lead before applying the sealant.
  • With the lead extended to the rear, establish the final rear connection.

That should take care of the installation of the reversing backup camera. It did not take a lot of time to do, right. Once the connections have been established, test it for efficiency and back up the vehicle a couple of times to verify whether the camera’s angle is comfortable for your viewing. While manoeuvring the vehicle, you need to be a little careful, especially while backing up, because the camera is connected to the rear end of the caravan and not the towing vehicle, so it would be a good idea to practice it before going on a trip.

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