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Old 10-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #561
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Norm: Couple of questions on your rear camera:
1. What brand is it(where did you find it)?
2. Is it always on, or just when backing? Most of the rear cameras I have seen are not for constant use.
(I did not go all through this thread-just back a few pages. So if I missed the info, I apologize)
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1. Bought it on AMazon. Here's the link.

Amazon.com: TaoTronics® 2.4G Wireless Car Rear View Back-Up Camera System with 4.3" Color TFT LCD Monitor (Waterproof IP67 / Color CMOS / 135 Degree Viewing Angle / 7 IR LED Night Vision / Distant Scale Lines): Car Electronics

I've posted about this at various threads in the site. I should try to put a copy of everything under Preparing.......

2. Our camera is on continuously while driving. You can just unplug the power to it or install a switch when you want it off. We do have an on/off switch for the display in the tow vehicle and tit's wireless receiver.

It suggests wiring the camera so it's powered only when backing up. I ignored that advice. I can personally see no reason why it shouldn't work all the time. It draws little power except when the sun goes down and the night vision LEDs are powered. We never drive at night so we don't worry about the night time mode though we have powered it at night and it does work.

We've run our for days when we installed it at home and now for 3 days on the road.

If you follow me on the site you'll get to know I don't follow rules that don't make sense to me. Paula and Dave have been using a camera for longer than me.

Always glad to answer questions..
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:08 PM   #562
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Information.

Today I noticed that the tire pressure of one of the Honda's rear tires was increasing slowly compared to the other rear tire on our Tyredog gauge. I checked the tire temperature and found that tire's temperature was 132 while it's rear companion's temperature was 76.

I returned to the pressure view and after a few minutes went back to temperature view with the temperature now at 120...it continued to drop until the temperature and pressure reached normal. I quessed that something got caught between the pad and rotor though I don't know. In the next 100 miles of driving there has been no similar event.

It interested me that this was an event that without the gauge would have happened without my knowledge. How often does something like this happen that leads to a failure?
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #563
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so, your tire pressure set up also gives you tire temperature? interesting...
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:47 PM   #564
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Jim,

I just assumed all tire pressure systems report tire pressure and tire temperature.

Interestingly the tire temperatures of the Honda's rear tires are always higher than the temperature of the trailer's tires.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #565
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Spot Light Update

The little Spot Light I added from Amazon for $19 is absolutely brilliant. I intend to add a second towards the rear of the trailer.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:33 PM   #566
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I'm curious if this would actually need to be hardwired at all. It runs on 12V, so wouldn't it be possible to simply wire 12V plugs onto the ends, and run it off the outlets in the TV and trailer?
If so that would be great for us, and it's not very expensive either!
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:09 PM   #567
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The camera plugs into the wireless transmitter and can be wired to the nearest 12 volt source. We wired ours to a nearby light.

The display plugs into the receiver. We wired that end to 12 volts at our brake controller.

Neither end draws much power. The camera draws the most and only at night. Even then it's not much, about 3 or 4 watts.

Hope I answered your question
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:33 PM   #568
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Little Things.
We've put a dot of red finger nail polish on the top of each cord. It let's us now cord orientation.

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This is one of our outlets with built in USB ports for charging. I can report they work well charging phones, nooks, tablet and auxiliary speaker. All those little charger blocks gone.
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Aren't those USB outlets bigger than the existing outlets? Did you have to install a bigger electrical box also?
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Two of the USB/AC outlets are in the end of the dinette base. They are ones I installed and was able to use a standard electrical box, though not one of the compact boxes.

I also installed a USB/AC in the end of the stove side cabinet in a former 'Scamp installed outlet'. In that case I did have to replace the outlet box and expand the hole for it. This is the most crowded box because Scamp uses it for a 'tie' point. We use this outlet at night to power Ginny's cell phone. It services as our over night clock. It slides into a couple of hooks on one of our shelves and must be continuously powered or it gets 'too' smart and shuts off to protect it's battery.

For those who know my outlet history, all AC outlets are now in blue plastic boxes....
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Aren't those USB outlets bigger than the existing outlets? Did you have to install a bigger electrical box also?
I noticed the ones in Home Depot to look like they needed a large box but a friend gave me one that is a different brand than those and its the same size as my regular outlet & fits the same box. A bit different in that it has the electrical on the top and 2 usb's on the bottom.
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Carol, There are a number of configurations. I was not willing to give up an AC outlet ....plus there was no box to start.

Too bad it doesn't come with a 12 volt outlet also.
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Good point if your using the outlet for a lot of other electrical items giving up a plug might not work. For me the outlet the USB ports took over pretty well always had a USB adaptor plugged into it for phones and camera charging so loosing it wasnt an issue. Simple meant I no longer had to worry about loosing the adaptor or having it sticking out of the side and getting knocked out of the plug way to often as a result.
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I read someplace the the total rated output of the usb is for both outlets, in that if you plug in one it is fine but plugging in another load reduces the first.
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