Installing a TadiBrothers Wireless RV Backup Camera System

I was recently approached by a company called TadiBrothers and asked if I could review their wireless RV backup camera. A rearview camera has been on my wishlist for a while so after researching the product online a bit I happily accepted the offer. Judging by the specs and opinions of most owners it looks like a great setup.

After opening up the box, I was happy with the physical quality of the included items. The camera had a metal body and a good bit of weight to it. I was also impressed with the look and feel of the companion 7-inch display. The kit included an assortment of mounting brackets and electrical wiring providing several options for my installation. (See video below for a full rundown)

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Installing the RV Backup Camera on my Fifth Wheel

The first task was to locate a suitable location for the rear camera. I decided to mount it high up on the back of the trailer right at the end of the roof. This would give a bird’s eye view when backing the RV into a campground site. But even more important for me is a good rear view of the traffic behind me when towing.

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The wireless camera needs 12 volt DC power to operate. I figured a great place to find it was behind the fifth wheels switch panel. The panel is located close to the camera location, and I would be able to hide the wiring inside a set of storage cabinets. All I had to do was drill the holes to run the wire.

I first drilled a small pilot hole using a long 1/8ths inch drill bit passing through an attic section of the roof. Once I was sure the drilled path was workable I opened it up with larger bits. I then taped the wiring to the long drill bit and used it to feed it down. I used a round plastic junction box on the roof to cover the hole and serve dual duty for my cellular booster antenna wire.

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Rather than making a hard hookup to the 12-volt power source I installed myself a 12 volt lighter socket style connection. This gave me the ability to quickly disconnect the power to the camera when off grid camping.

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Installing the RV Backup Camera 7″ Display

The TadiBrothers camera screen was super easy to install on the dash of our pickup. I used the adjustable suction cup mount instead of using screws to attach it permanently. I wanted it to be easily removable for times we aren’t towing the trailer and if in an area where I felt thief may be an issue.

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Next, I was able to find a pathway in the dashboard to hide a thin set of wires to a 12-volt power source. The source I chose was the backlighting for my transmission temperature gauge. Therefore, the wireless backup camera display comes on when I flick on the truck lights. Since I always tow with my lights on it’s not a problem and this way I will never forget to turn the camera power off.

Video: Unboxing and Installing My Wireless RV Backup Camera

First Impressions and Review to Come

So far I haven’t had a chance to use the system too much but have some extensive travel planned in a few weeks so a full Love Your RV! review is one the way. I can say though the picture looks great and the installation was easy. Everything works as advertised. I haven’t seen any wireless transmission glitches; the video has been solid.

I did one test and drove the truck away from the rig to see when the picture disappeared. It was a good hundred yards until loss of transmission, through trees even! I’m looking forward to using it when towing on the highways as my rearview mirror. Stay tuned.

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