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    Posted: 01 Jan 2020 at 6:57pm
Originally posted by David and Danette

  I think wiring to the reverse lights will work out OK and did test the seven pin connector for the 12 volts to trailer and it is not switched has power all the time.

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You should recheck that 7-pin connector. I don't know what TV you have but most all newer ones switch power to pin 4 with the key switch. With the ignition off and the trailer disconnected there should be no voltage on pin 4. If there is you can run down the TV battery while camping if you leave the TT plugged in. If you find the line is not switched it may be miswired, especially if the connector was an add on. It's worth a fix if it's wrong.
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David,
You should recheck that 7-pin connector. I don't know what TV you have but most all newer ones switch power to pin 4 with the key switch. With the ignition off and the trailer disconnected there should be no voltage on pin 4. If there is you can run down the TV battery while camping if you leave the TT plugged in. If you find the line is not switched it may be miswired, especially if the connector was an add on. It's worth a fix if it's wrong.

Depends on the tow vehicle. The aftermarket kits for vehicles like my Highlander that come with a flat 4 connector supply 12V continuously from the battery via a 30A breaker. That is not miswiring, you would need to add an additional 12V contactor with a coil connected to the ignition in order to switch that line. It's unnecessary, just disconnecting from the TV while camping solves any discharge risk problem. Most everyone does that anyway. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote David and Danette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jan 2020 at 8:18pm
  I mounted the new Furrion camera to the back top of the fiberglass cap on our truck. I have not wired it yet but I have a question. I thought of connecting to the reverse lights  and also connecting to the interior dome light of the cap and adding a separate switch for the camera. My question is if I turn the switch on for the camera and the reverse lights are turned on when backing up will twelve volts coming from both sources at the same time hurt the camera. As I had said before I am not smart when it comes to electricity. Thank you if you can answer my question.
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   There is not a power source from the ignition switch at the back of our truck. It has the factory tow package and the seven pin connection always has power for trailer when connected. The truck has a safety feature if the head lights are left on or interior dome light is left on after a short time power will be turned off to those lights so they will not drain the battery. But the factory seven pin connection is not included in that safety feature.
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David,
Two simultaneous sources of 12V will not harm the camera. The only problem is possibly draining the battery when you forget to turn off the added switch. The ideal solution would be to run a wire from the accessory side of the ignition switch. This point should be available somewhere under the hood. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote David and Danette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2020 at 2:06pm
  I finally got around to connecting the rear camera on the back of our truck cap and I have a problem. The camera works connected to the interior dome light of the cap. But when I connect it to the reverse lights the camera will briefly come on and go off again. I checked the polarity and far as I can see the wires are correct. The camera has a blue light showing that it has power but it has no signal to the monitor. But has a continuous signal to the monitor when connected to the dome light. All I can think of is the reverse lights are causing some kind of interference with the signal. I am calling Furrion tomorrow and hopefully will get a answer to why there is no signal when camera is getting power from the reverse lights. Puzzles me! Confused  I just thought of this maybe it is not getting the proper voltage or amperage from the reverse lights. Smile That was it, I removed the reverse light from the rear tail light now the camera works with a signal to the monitor. So my guess is with the reverse light burning it was taking the power away from the voltage or amperage needed for the camera to send a signal.
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  I found some nice switches with connectors on amazon.com they were advertised for use with LED light strips. They work great for my purpose now I have option of rear camera being on all the time or just when I am in reverse. As was mentioned by Charlie I will need to remember not to leave the camera on when truck is not being used so I don't drain the battery. The camera draws less than a half amp so if I did forget to turn it off it would take awhile for the battery to drain and being the truck is used almost every day.
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