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SoonerWing03

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Posted: 07/10/18 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am thinking about securing an observation camera to the back of my TT using VHB tape as I dont want to drill any holes in the fiberglass. Is this a crazy idea? Any other suggestions?

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I've been using 3M double sided tapes since the '60's and that stuff really sticks!

I don't think you'll have any problem using it for a light weight observation camera. If the camera has much weight to it though, you'll have to revisit this question.

BTW, there's really no problem drilling holes in fiberglass since you'll be doing it on a nearly vertical wall in the back. Just put a short strip of stick on gutter over it to route water away and you're good. Oh, and silicone or Eternabond tape around it too maybe. Depends on the camera and where it's mounted.


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Posted: 07/10/18 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How are you powering the camera? Aren't you drilling a hole to run the wire to a marker light? Personally, I wouldn't worry about a couple of small holes, just seal them with a little calk.

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It’s a wired system.

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I ran my wires underneath the trailer and mounted the camera on the tire rack (initially after relocating it in the middle). But now the camera is mounted on jerry can carrier.

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I mounted our camera on the bumper. Sits about 12" above the bumper. I used some scrap steel from my garage and mig welded a U-shaped piece that just sits on the bumper tube and is secured with some zip ties. Works well and has a good field of view. No way was I going to drill through our rear fiberglass cap. Not a great photo but all I can do while out camping at the moment.

I ran wires from the camera to the transmitter in the cabinet aboe the bedroom at front, concealed via the ceiling space and down inside a cabinet. Power from the 7-way connector was run under the frame and tie wrapped to the propane line.

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Why don’t you try the Outdoor wireless IP camera with night vision. I’m not sure about its cost. I’m going to buy it from Canadian security professionals in my locality (Toronto) and let you know about its cost and functionality. I have heard that it can be connected with our smartphones and all the notifications are sent to the phones.

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The only experience I have had with a rear camera is my 2010 Ford Truck Rear Camera that is mounted on the bottom of the FORD EMBLEM on the rear tailgate. This is perfect for Backing up to my trailer and can see the trailer BALL go under my truck hitch on first try. Having the foot markers is also a big plus for me...
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This is DAYTIME only use setup however as at night when anything with lights is approaching me from behind the CAMERA SCREEN on my truck dash flares up big time. Even small rain drops on the camera lens makes it impossible to use. I have even had a small spider/bug go crawling across the lens and makes it impossible to use.

Mounting an observation camera on the rear on the trailer in my opinion would have to be mounted up high as you can get it and pointed down at a rather sharp angle... Much like in this photo... Otherwise it will only be a daytime use camera setup...

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This high position is great as you can tap into an always 'ON' 12VDC line associated with the Trailer DOT Safety Marker lights when the trailer is plugged into the 7-way truck connection... If you need the camera 12VDC Power to be tied into the trailer 12VDC Battery setup you can run some wiring to this high position very easy...

If daytime only observations are only needed then mounting the camera in the lower positions listed in the above post threads trailer positions would be ok...

Just my observations...

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I would not trust any tape if it was going to freeze in winter and heat in summer. Use screws. I have a rear window and my camera rides inside with suction cups on the window.


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Posted: 07/11/18 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3M VHB will be fine, if not overkill. The trick is making sure you get the genuine product and not some nock off.

They use VHB to hold body panels onto cars, and windows in skyscrapers. It can handle a little camera stuck to a wall. Clean both surfaces with isopropanol first, and make sure to apply at least 30 seconds of pressure during the initial bonding.


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