cottersay

Our new 2019 Retro has a "backup camera ready" black plastic mount on its top rear, but I have no idea what camera it is made for, nor of the wiring scheme it has from the mount into the trailer.  Does anyone have any idea about this?  (I have attempted a very few times to write Riverside RV itself about these types of questions, but all I ever receive back is silence.  Customer service within RV manufacturers is as bad as I have read about, I guess.😖)

 

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Ralph L Staub
I am not certain about your mount, but can tell you a few things.

First is wiring. Aside from a 12V power lead, there is none. Backup cameras use wireless technology to broadcast the image to a receiver/screen in the cab. When power is not specifically supplied for a camera by the RV manufacturer, most folks just tap into a nearby running light. It means your lights have to be on for it to work, but that’s not a bad thing. The screen just mounts on the dash and plugs in to a cigarette lighter 12V outlet, same as a GPS or Phone mount.

Secondly, I would imagine the mount is a somewhat universal flat surface. Most cameras are designed to mount directly to the trailer. There aren’t many different manufacturers. That would require some research into your specific mount however. Riverside is usually pretty good about supplying paperwork for the products they use. If the mount had a manual when they bought it, it may be in with your other manuals.

Lastly, I have had extraordinary performance with the system I’m using, pictured here from Furrion. 2 years, and (knock on wood) I’ve managed not to hit anything. :-) Signal is very strong. The camera will typically pick up when I drive down the freeway behind my house...

Best of luck and happy travelling! 604DC70E-0A1C-4559-BEE1-A5226B51E75E.png 
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cottersay
Thank you, Ralph.  That is what I thought.  I was hoping that the Retro had a video cable running through for my non-wireless BU camera, but I really doubted it!  I guess I'll be getting a new BU cam, but wireless this time. 
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2ty
You didn't mention your trailer model.  I have a 189R and didn't want to use the running lights to power my BU camera. I was able to route a wire from the fuse box to the camera via an on/off switch.  Removing the towel closet is a simple matter and that exposes the void between the rear skin and the shower.  From there, it is an easy job to route a wire under the shower,and frig to the fuse box.  I drilled a hole in the rear skin at a point that would enter the void and ran the power out through a seal to the camera. Because the camera was on the rear skin and not the top of the trailer, it had a bad radio path to the truck so I had to remote the camera antenna to the trailer roof with a short piece of coaxial cable.
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cottersay
Thanks, 2ty! That sounds like a plan too.  (The Retro model is in the title, "2019 Retro 285FK")
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