Backing up the trailer can be one of the most intimidating parts of owning an RV. For some, it can be THE reason why they don’t buy a camper. Luckily there are a variety of options for backup cameras to make the process easier.
Recently Haloview sent us their Haloview MC7109 MAX 7 system to try out. We were excited to give the system a try and I was excited to see if a backup camera helped me (Katie) back up the big trailer more easily.
Let’s get down to business…how did the install go and what do we think of the system?
Step One || Remove Side Markers from your RV
We started from the front of the trailer and worked our way back, which means we installed our side markers first.
First we remove the factory side markers, which was an easy task. We popped the light off, unscrewed the bracket, and detached the wiring from the back with a quick pull.
Our side markers attached into a panel with nothing on the backside, making it extremely easy to access.
Step Two || Attach Haloview Side Markers
Tt’s easiest to attach the side markers to the camper before wiring. We used the screws from the factory markers for a secure fit.
Line up the pre-drilled holes on the Haloview markers and the holes in the camper, then screwing it into place. The side markers are marked R and L so it was easy to see which side you needed to install the side marker on.
Step Three || Wire the Side Marker Cameras
The cameras connect to the monitor wirelessly, but need to be wired into the camper for power and signal function.
Haloview has your wires marked. Attach the negative wire to your green ground wire. Strip back the end of the wire on the Haloview and used the included crimp terminals to connect the wires. If we had to do it over again, we would use a wire nut to make this even easier. Then, tape everything off with electrical tape.
Step Four || Attach Side Marker Antennas
The antennas screw in to the side markers directly, simply make sure they are securely tightened. You don’t want them falling off while you’re going down the road!
One thing to check is that they are installed so they can fold down out of the way of any bays or doors that are around the side markers. They easily folded down out of the way of our storage doors.
Step Five || Prepare The Back Up Camera
Our camper comes prewired for a Furrion Back Up Camera, so we needed to attach the bracket from Haloview to install on a Furrion system.
We also attached the appropriate wire adapter from Haloview to plug the camera into the Furrion wiring. Again, the Haloview connects to the monitor wirelessly, but needs to be wired for power. The wiring adaptors were clearly marked and very easy to connect!
Step Six || Bolt on the Back Up Camera
The next thing you’ll do is bolt the camera on to the back of your trailer. If you have the Furrion system installed, you’ll need to remove the Furrion mounting bracket and then bolt the Haloview Camera on using the original screws.
A tip here is to be sure your wires are on top of the camera so you can easily run the antenna wire on the roof of the trailer to the front of your unit.
Step Seven || Pre-Run Antenna Cable
There is PLENTY of cable to get the camera antenna to the front of your rig, but we suggest running the wire and placing the antenna before you secure anything in place.
We checked for good placement of the antenna where we were getting a good connection to the monitor. We also checked that we were placing the cable where it wouldn’t be in the way if we had any additional installations to our roof in the future.
Step Eight || Secure Cable
After we knew the cable was where we wanted it, we attached it to the roof with the included cable straps. They are adjustable, so we were able to use the tie downs to secure the cable in place along the roof and the excess cable by the antenna.
We cleaned the roof with rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth before we use the adhesive backing to attach the tie downs to the RV roof. We also saved a few tie downs incase we need to re-secure the cable in the future!
Step Nine || Secure Antenna
We again attached the antenna using the adhesive backing on the Haloview antenna. We’re just not big fans of drilling holes into our camper roof if we don’t have to!
Clean the roof throughly with rubbing alcohol and press down to secure the antenna in place. Be sure the antenna can extend down and nothing is in the way before you stick it down!
We also suggest checking to be sure it’s secure periodically!
Step Ten || Check Power & Connection
Due yourself a favor, before you get off the roof be sure to check that your antenna and camera have power. The last thing you want is to get all of your supplies (and yourself) down off the roof and then find it’s not working!
We found our headlights had to be on for our system to get power. Not sure if that’s a Ford thing or a Haloview thing, but save a few minutes of trouble shooting and try to turn on your lights if you’re not getting power.
Step Eleven || Connect the Monitor
Connecting the cameras to the monitor is as easy as turning the system on. It did take a few seconds for the connection to establish, but be patient and it will kick on.
We haven’t yet experienced a time when we had to manually connect the cameras…but we do see the option on the monitor. So, if you’ve had to connect manually, let us know how to do that in the comments!
Step Twelve || Make Adjustments
We had to make a few minor adjustments to the cameras so we were able to see what we wanted to. The side markers were also upside down on the monitor, so we flipped those.
The settings are very user-friendly and we found the settings we needed easily. We were also surprised to discover the camera has sound, so you can hear someone talking to you outside the vehicle!
Step Thirteen || Back That Thing Up
Test out your system!
We placed our monitor on the dash of our F-350 and it sits nicely in the little cut out in the dash so it stays secure.
The screen has a nice clear picture, is large enough to see what you need to, and provides different viewing options so you can stay on one view, rotate through all of the cameras, or view all of the cameras at once.
Talk about easy!
The installation took us a little over an hour, however if we had not been filming the process we think it would have taken between 30-45 minutes. That’s fast enough you can install it before a trip and be ready to go! It was incredible how easy the process was. There weren’t any hiccups at all!
So far we highly recommend the Haloview system! They have lots of options and different set ups, so you’re sure to find one that works for your rig. Check out their website here: Haloview or check out our suggested items below! If you purchase a Haloview system, be sure to order through one of our links! We are Haloview Associates, which allows us to get a little kick-back which helps us continue to make videos!