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Camera Cable Replacement


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In 2014, I installed a 4 camera system on our 5th wheel and 1 camera on the truck.  The connector cable was similar to the pic below but is was a 3 camera system on the RV.  I have replaced 2 of the coil cables and spliced in a 6-way round plug and receptacle.  The last cable got chewed recently by squirrels or birds and I need a replacement that is more durable than what's shown below.

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Camnex Heavy Duty Trailer Cable Coil Quick Connect Disconnect Kit with 2 AV Input for Backup Camera System

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Jim, assume these are the umbilical cables between the fifth and truck. 

We use a the standard 7 pin RV connector/cable for our three cameras. Has worked well for five years with no discernable signal degradation.  Has advantage of being relatively cheap and common part.  I spray the connector and receptacle every year or so with Boeshield T9 to fight corrosion.

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22 hours ago, Jim & Wilma said:

Jim, assume these are the umbilical cables between the fifth and truck. 

We use a the standard 7 pin RV connector/cable for our three cameras. Has worked well for five years with no discernable signal degradation.  Has advantage of being relatively cheap and common part.  I spray the connector and receptacle every year or so with Boeshield T9 to fight corrosion.

I hadn't thought about using a standard 7-way type connector. How did you wire from the individual camera cables to the 7pin?  

 

19 hours ago, Chad Heiser said:

My voyager system uses commercial 7 pin round connecters and a commercial coil cable between them.  It is very durable and has been in use on the truck for nearly 9 years with no degradation (but not full time use).

Thanks Chad, 

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Jim, I used one of these cable assemblies for the fifth wheel side and a companion receptacle on the truck side.
Each of our cameras have the following 4 wires:

  1. Power (+12 vdc)
  2. Ground
  3. Video
  4. Audio

I tied all the camera Power wires to a single terminal and likewise with the Ground wires to another terminal. That leaves 5 of the 7 terminals for video and audio.  In our case we have three videos and I didn’t tie in any of the audios, so we’re left with two unused terminals. On both the truck and fifth wheel I used terminal strips in weather proof enclosures to combine and breakout the wires. 

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23 hours ago, Jim & Wilma said:

Jim, I used one of these cable assemblies for the fifth wheel side and a companion receptacle on the truck side.
Each of our cameras have the following 4 wires:

  1. Power (+12 vdc)
  2. Ground
  3. Video
  4. Audio

I tied all the camera Power wires to a single terminal and likewise with the Ground wires to another terminal. That leaves 5 of the 7 terminals for video and audio.  In our case we have three videos and I didn’t tie in any of the audios, so we’re left with two unused terminals. On both the truck and fifth wheel I used terminal strips in weather proof enclosures to combine and breakout the wires. 

Thank you!  As soon as I read about using a 7-way cable, I figured a terminal strip would work.  Putting on in the enclosure would be nice.

 

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