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Old 08-09-2018, 08:04 AM   #1
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Keystone Rear Camera Wiring

I purchased one of the Furrion rear view oberservation cameras, as my Laredo was pre wired and had the mounting bracket there. We installed it, very easy plug and play, and not til several weeks later noticed the camera on all the time, while connected to shore power and would not shut off until shore power disconnected and the battery disconnect turned off. I later found that if I pulled the fuse marked accessories, it would turn off. I took it in for some other issues under warranty and mentioned it to the dealer. They said it sounds as if it was wired wrong from factory and should have been wired to the marker lights or in other words the lights when hooked to the truck via the pig tail.

Anyone else experienced this?
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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My Cougar was not pre-wired for a rear view camera but I purchased and installed the Furrion wireless camera. I tapped into the marker lights for power which works great for me. My truck has daytime running lights and I always drive with my parking lights on which lights up all of the marker lights and powers the camera. Having the rear view camera on while driving is a great aid to see when I am clear of any vehicle I am passing and it is safe to get back in line.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:37 AM   #3
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Same here - our Furrion observation camera that my husband installed is on all the time. He just hasn't had time to really check it out - I've been watching this forum to see if anyone else has issues - not sure if it really hurts to have it on - other than draining the batter when the camper isn't plugged in??
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:00 AM   #4
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Furrion's installation manual indicates that Keystone pre-wired is connected to the power module, not the lights as all other manufacturers do. Only way to turn the camera off is with the battery disconnect or pull the fuse as previously mentioned. I don't think it hurts anything to have the camera on except maybe another very small drain on the batteries if not hooked to shore power.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:04 AM   #5
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Mine was wired the same way. I have a running light under the camera so I wired the camera to it. Now it is only on when the running lights are on.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:36 PM   #6
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My cougar came with the wiring in place to my rear lights, so when I hooked up my camera it worked like a charm. It was a good item to add on I really like it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:29 PM   #7
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Being on all the time may not be all that bad....

I normally have my headlights on the AUTO-on setting, and then when towing need to remember to turn headlights on. First time my camera went off when towing, took me 15 minutes trying to figure out why the camera wasn't working.

Love the camera by the way.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:38 PM   #8
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Any recommendations on good wireless rear cameras? A few of you mentioned furrion. are they good? If so anybody recommend a specific model? There are so many models available with very mixed reviews. Any help appreciated
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:00 AM   #9
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Depending on the length of TV and TT wireless can have issues. I read quite a few reviews on wireless cams for trailers over 20 feet and they were really mixed depending on make of camera and length of trailer. I bought a wired and have no problems at all.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:53 AM   #10
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craftguy, my new Laredo was wired the same way. I couldn't stand it anymore so I re-wired it to the running light above it. I always have my headlights on when I'm towing so it's no big deal. My last Keystone camper was wired to the running lights when I bought it new but I don't know if the factory wired it or the dealer. I was also surprised that the factory had about 6ft of cable in the new Laredo rolled up and squished under the camera mounting.
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