We've traveled our first few months in our new Momentum 410TH without a rearview camera, and it was high time to fix that! We had a Furrion camera on our 2017 397TH, but that camera was sold with the RV. While we had a great experience with the Furrion, we wanted to try something from our friends, Eric And Tami from TechnoRV, and settled on the 5″ VisionWorks Kit.
Many RVs come with preinstalled mounting kits for furrion, and ours is no different. With a free Furrion mount adapter from TechnoRV, the wiring, and mounting are very easy. But there's a catch!
Our last RV had that pre-wired DC connected directly to the RV's DC power. This means the camera would always be powered, including when the RV is parked or stored. Installing a separate on/off switch or disconnecting the whole DC system might be the only way to shut it off. So, when we installed that camera, I went through great pains to pull wiring from the marker lights to connect the camera to the truck lighting system instead.
Connecting to the truck 12V system is preferred because the camera will only be powered when the truck is connected, and the truck headlights are on. This is a great reminder to turn on our headlights when towing, which everyone should do. In fact, the following states generally require headlights to be turned on when towing a trailer, regardless of the time of day: Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. However, it is important to note that laws can change, and it's always recommended to consult the specific regulations of the state you are in or plan to travel through when towing a trailer.
Luckily, our new RV preinstalled mount was already wired to the marker lights, making the installation very simple.
The truck side is even simpler since the monitor has a standard vehicle DC plug and a suction cup mount.
However, since we don't like wires everywhere and our truck has the Ford Upfitter switch system, I wired into that. I already had the DC connector for the camera ready to go from our last camera, which made it easy.
If you'd like to know more about how that was wired, you can see our F450 video from last year.
While we were at the Tampa RV Show last January, we ran into some representatives from VisionWorks and they gave us two accessories just in case we needed them.
The first accessory is a DC power pigtail for the truck 7-Way, for newer trucks that have an issue with clean DC power. Luckily, even though our truck is 2022, we did not need to use this.
The other accessory is an antenna extension to get the rear camera's antenna closer to the truck. Turned out we DID need that to get a good signal.
I forgot how comforting it is to be able to see behind the RV, and this camera and monitor system delivers a very clean HD (1080P) picture! We can see for a very long distance behind us, all the way to almost touching the RV!
- 2022 Ford F450 Platinum!: youtu.be/_em_PwVL9Hg…
- New RV Storage Solutions! (and More Small Projects): youtu.be/Hl9vUJgKzgE…
- VisionWorks Cameras (TechnoRV – Use code LANES5 for 5% Off): changinglanesrv.com…
- 7-Way Power Management Adapter (VW7PMA): changinglanesrv.com…
- Booster Antenna (extension) (VWODA14): changinglanesrv.com…
- Vantrue N2S 4K Dash Cam: gear.changinglanesrv.com…
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