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Title: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: Gerry H on January 22, 2013, 07:43:32 AM
Hello: Can anyone give me a lead on where to purchase a fiberglass shroud/cover for a backup camera and rear flood lamp? Thanks Gerry H


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: scanzel on January 22, 2013, 09:27:33 AM
R&M Fiberglass might have them.


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: bobofthenorth on January 22, 2013, 10:37:26 AM
Hello: Can anyone give me a lead on where to purchase a fiberglass shroud/cover for a backup camera and rear flood lamp? Thanks Gerry H

Whatever you end up doing make sure you can (easily) access the camera lens for cleaning.  I think our caps are R & M but the lens on the housing was really difficult to remove, involving prying it out of a rubber gasket.  On the few occasions I did remove it I was always worried that I would break the glass and consequently it didn't get cleaned nearly as often as it should have.  The seal wasn't great either so the inside of the lens got dusty very quickly and the camera lens got dirty as well.  All in all not a very good setup.

Last summer when I repainted I installed a 6" threaded sewer fitting as an accessible lens cover.  I put glass inside the male fitting and moulded the female fitting into the rear cap.  There's a nylon gasket on the fitting.  We haven't used the bus a lot since the paint job but so far the arrangement has worked really well as far as keeping dust out and it looks professional (which is unusual for my repairs).


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: gus on January 22, 2013, 03:24:36 PM
Bob is right, I often have to clean off the camera lens while traveling. It just takes a tiny bit of any kind of road dirt to fuzz it up since the lens is so small. I keep a small rag attached to a long pole just for that purpose.


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: wg4t50 on January 22, 2013, 03:29:57 PM
Thanks for the reminder, I noticed on my trip to Arcadia then on to Texas and back to Va, that with the sun on the rear, the camera just washed out and visability was about zero, as soon and got into shade, a perfect picture again.  So clearly, I need to come up with something. Need some sort of hood to keep the sun off the lens.
Again thanks for the reminder
Dave M


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: Mex-Busnut on January 22, 2013, 07:03:28 PM
I also need some kind of hood. How about some pictures from those who have built their own? Thanks in advance!


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: Skykingrob on January 22, 2013, 07:37:18 PM
Gerry and Steve
I have one from R & M that i bought and decided not to use. It looks just like the one their website. When I got mine it was nearly $300 including shipping. Mine has been sitting for several years in my bus barn with no plans to use it. Make me an offer, like $50 plus shipping and I will send it your way.

Rob
91 Prevost
Missouri


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: superiormotors on January 22, 2013, 08:11:51 PM
Rob I'll give $75 plus shipping for it


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: Gerry H on January 23, 2013, 10:47:40 AM
Rob: Thank you for your more than generous offer, but I am looking for places to purchase (styles) where I can make a choice of what I want to use on my coach, that is if I can ever figure it all out. I am finishing up the rear closet area in my coach and need to get a backup camera and wiring installed before I seal it up. Not sure of camera pod style yet, but was leaning towards picture below, with a little less space in between camera and light. I have looked at RM pod and don't think it's for me, so sell it to the highest bidder and thank you again. Gerry H

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Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: expressbus on January 23, 2013, 10:55:14 AM
Mex-Busnut: Looking at your end cap, I had a thought that it would be neat to take the center clearance light torpedo and modify it to be the camera housing IF you could find a clear lens for it. Maybe even make a clear and flat lens from Lexan.


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: Mex-Busnut on January 23, 2013, 01:05:42 PM
Mex-Busnut: Looking at your end cap, I had a thought that it would be neat to take the center clearance light torpedo and modify it to be the camera housing IF you could find a clear lens for it. Maybe even make a clear and flat lens from Lexan.

Aren't the 5 clearance lights required to avoid a ticket?


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: expressbus on January 23, 2013, 01:22:26 PM
Mex-Busnut: I don't know the answer to that. If true then one could buy another torpedo clearance marker light and add that to the existing torpedos. It might be unbalanced from an Engineer's perspective but could be functional and sealed from the elements. Then the cover would get cleaned every time the bus got washed or you felt the need to clean only that torpedo.

Just thinking outside the box fishing for an answer to the question. Oh and I am an Engineer and the wife tells me all the time things don't have to be balanced!


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: Skykingrob on January 23, 2013, 07:06:25 PM
Superiormotors
I sent you a PM through the board. What is says is to get me an address that I can send the part to.

Rob


Title: Re: Backup Camera Shroud
Post by: PP on January 24, 2013, 04:26:59 PM
My BU camera is accessible through the rear closet in the bedroom so I can pull it inside and clean when necessary. Makes it really easy to aim it too as I can feed the video through the TV in the bedroom. My original thought was to use it as a security camera at night, but the wife just sends me outside if she hears anything.
Will :)