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    wiring a rear view camera - help please

    Hi I am a newbie and would appreciate some of your experience/knowledge.
    I am in the process of placing a rear view camera externally on my vehicle and need to get the wires from the rear to the front, as the camera only comes with a very short section and I need about 24ft to get to the screen I was wondering which would be the best suited wire, I will need to solder the rca connections on after I have passed the wire from outside to inside the car. While searching the forum I have had no luck in finding what others have used.
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    24 feet??? what are you driving, a bus?

    I use a standard backup camera wit RCA video output. the camera itself has a short RCA cable (~5ft). I used a simple female-female adapter and connected a 10ft (male-male) RCA cable from the camera's RCA cable to the LCD monitor in my dash. picture quality is fine.

    If you want to solder your own wires on I suppose that would work, but you will probably have EMI issues. since RCA cables/adapters are cheap and available everywhere, why not just use that instead?

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    Thanks for your reply,

    In the end I went with a 10m cable and just made the holes in the car bigger to pass ther rca's through. Camera is on trhe roof rack on the 4wd so has a bit of a silly journey to make its way inside the rear and then to the front, wanted to keep as neat as I could that why I was after about 24 ft. Next thing is how to set up a relay so that I can power the camera independantly of the reversing light trigger. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by apriti00 View Post
    Thanks for your reply,

    In the end I went with a 10m cable and just made the holes in the car bigger to pass ther rca's through. Camera is on trhe roof rack on the 4wd so has a bit of a silly journey to make its way inside the rear and then to the front, wanted to keep as neat as I could that why I was after about 24 ft. Next thing is how to set up a relay so that I can power the camera independantly of the reversing light trigger. Any ideas?
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    independant of the reverse light, so what do you want it to connect to? Do you want it manual, or automatic with some function, or some PC function?
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    Would like the option of being able to switch it on manually when required i.e. as the Xenarc has picture in picture or split screen capability I would like to use this function when the rear of the car is packed to the rafters so that I am not limited to the side mirrors only.

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    and why is a standard toggle switch and relay not adequate?
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    Thats probably what I want, what I am looking for is details of how to wire up the relay and switch so that when I operate the switch it doesn't send power down to the reversing lights and cause problems.
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    Oh you want it to be a reverse camera with a manual override as well? Easiest way is like this:

    Code:
      ╔══╗
      ║ x║ - Reverse Light Wire +12v switched
    █ ║  ║
    █═╣ x║ - To Camera Power
    █ ║  ║
      ║ x║ - Constant +12v supply
      ╚══╝
    If the switch is flipped up, it will come on when the reverse lights go on. If the switch is flipped down, the camera will always be on.
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    That is absolutely briliant, just what I wanted,I wish I had a better understanding of electronics.
    Thanks

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