Saturday, June 22, 2019

Seeing what's behind me

Ok, a B&W CRT rear view system in a 2005 motorhome?!?!?!?  You have got to be kidding me.


Yeppers, it's true.  And it seemed that the more that I used it, the "flakier" it got on me.  It was finally to a point that it wasn't working well at all.  I went online to see what was available.  There are LOTS of cheap color flat panel systems available on Amazon, but the reviews are a bit sketchy.  There are TONS of wireless systems out there, but the distance on these motorhomes from the front to the back leads to inconsistent video.  I opted (with the urging of my wife about safety) to go with a reputable DIRECT REPLACEMENT made by the same manufacturer (Weldex).  With a kit from RV CAMS, it was an easy swap out.

Now the really hard part....getting the dash apart and the old screen out.  Actually, it was super easy.  I removed 6 screws under the crown of the dash (right above all of the gauges and screens) and the top part of the dash came right off.  It was apparent that someone else had done this previously as all of the holders for the screws along the front of this cowling were broken.  That's ok.  I'll velcro along the front if needed.  Having it screwed in "inside" underneath the dash cowling was a stupid way to attach it.


There are four large knurled screws holding the old unit in.  Just remove them, unhook the wiring, and then put the new screen back in its place.  RV Cams seems to be the only people who make this custom bracket to fit everything right back into place.  Nicely done!!



When's it's all back in place, it looks great!  I ordered a new color Weldex camera as well from Ryder.  The camera was $50 cheaper from them, and it looks to be a newer model.  It all went together perfectly.

6 comments:

  1. Hi Jeff!

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It looks like you have the same model of RV as we have (Fleetwood, Expedition - 2005.) You have inspired me to do the same upgrade as soon as we return from our current adventure! Thank you! I'm sure we could commiserate on other repairs/challenges with this coach. But don't get me wrong, we love ours! I hope you love yours too.

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    1. I like fixing things, so owning a motorhome is a great fit for me. We have a 2005 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel 34H. I am sure that Fleetwood got a long term deal with Weldex on this rear view camera system and just stuck with them. Good luck on the swap out on your rig. I'd love to hear about your repairs as well.

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  2. Jeff, I own a 2003 Fleetwood Bounder 39Z and have been looking to do the same with my coach. Questions though, and I'm on the RV Cams site right now, Did you go full blown color with your new set up, and did you have to change the cable from the rear to the front? If so, how much of a task was the changing of the cable? I am looking to go from the B/W system to a color system, so could yo give us the model numbers of the pieces you purchased since I am sure that yours and mine are an exact match.

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    1. Copied from my FB group post: This was a "somewhat" expensive purchase, but considered a safety item in our books. We wanted something that was a DIRECT replacement that is reliable. The camera was $156 after shipping costs to me and was purchased at Ryder Fleet Products (WDC WDRV7057CHD). The kit from RV Cams (WDRV-3007M-kit) seems to be one that they put together themselves. Something unique to this kit is the bracket that goes on the back of the monitor that will slip right into the opening in the dash to connect to the existing mounting inside. No plywood rigging needed! These is no cable included in this kit as you are re-using your existing cable. The existing cable will support color video. The buttons are LARGE and easy to find on the monitor. They have a soft press touch to them. It comes on automatically when in reverse, and I can easily turn it on while driving to watch the toad.

      The only other items I purchased on Amazon to make sure I get reliability was a spray can of electrical contact cleaner and a dielectric grease. I sprayed out the connectors first to make sure they were clean, and them let them dry. I then put the dielectric grease on the female side on the pin sockets and around the outside of the insert. This is to make sure I get good connections that will keep moisture out.

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  4. Great read, Jeff. I probably missed the model # (part number, etc.) for the exact replacement Weldex monitor. Thanks!
    George

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