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Old 06-06-2018, 04:40 AM   #1
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Question:
Is there any way to modify the operation of the camera and or dashboard radio display to enable the camera while driving down the road? This would be a good safety enhancement helpful when towing a car or trailer and to monitor when it is clear to cut over when passing.

Background:
We have just purchased a 2017 BT Cruiser 5245. The radio does not appear to have any vendor identification in order to get a manual or technical info. It includes the rear camera display that only works when the gear shift is in reverse. Since the radio controls speakers mounted to the outside and bedroom areas it has to have been installed or modified by Gulf Stream.

I am looking for a setup option to manually display the camera when needed.
Does anyone know how to remove or access behind the radio?
Is it possible to install a manual switch in place of the wiring for reverse gear to manually control when the camera is displayed?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or recommendations!
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:24 AM   #2
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CaryL,


On my 2007 diesel pusher model T40C, the camera can be active all the time the ignition is on if you push the camera button on the dash radio/display panel. I do this all the time when I am driving my rig...


No idea how the new units are different, maybe others on this forum can shed some light on your unit's specifics.



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Old 06-09-2018, 02:36 PM   #3
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Hi Chuck,

Many thanks for your input. I appreciate your assistance and glad to be in touch. Also very glad to hear I am not completely crazy and that this is a reasonable need.

Unfortunately, I don't see any button or controls on the dash for camera. I may just be overlooking the obvious. However, the rear camera is consistently displayed on the radio every time the gear shift goes into reverse.

I contacted Ford Support (It is built on a Ford E350 chassis) and they said they did not supply the radio. I left a message with Gulf Stream and am awaiting a reply to see if they can tell me who made the radio and where to get a manual.

In the off chance that others in the group might be familiar with this radio, I am attaching a picture of the mystery radio.

happy trails,
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:32 PM   #4
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Hi Cary,


I have the same radio. There is no way to turn on the camera manually.
Also, this radio is bulk purchased by Gulf stream. Not much info about it in the web world.


Sorry I couldn't help you more than that.
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Old 06-10-2018, 05:39 AM   #5
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Hi lipmsp,

Many thanks for the info. It is good to know that a possible contact point could be Gulf Stream. I will let you know if I come across any documentation.

By trial and error I found a setup screen in the radio that is for blue tooth. I tried to pair my iPhone to it but could not get them to recognize one another.

Have you been able to use blue tooth or make any setting adjustments to the radio?

FYI - mine came with a cable with a wide Apple connector for an old iPhone 4 or earlier. I found an adapter for it that will allow the newer iPhones to connect. So far I have only found the radio will play music with the cable.

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Old 06-10-2018, 07:36 AM   #6
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Hi Cary,


I must tell you that i replaced my radio and speakers with a Kenwood. unbelievable difference and much more useful and clear camera


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Old 06-11-2018, 02:36 PM   #7
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Hi Mark, Good to know. With the Kenwood are you able to turn on the camera whenever needed?

Right now I am in discovery mode with the BT Cruiser and want to learn how to use what's included before resorting to replacing components.

FYI, for others who still have the Gulf Stream radio, the Gulf Stream website lists "Drive Home Theater System Owner's Manual ( 2018 ) Model EEDV06" on the Owners Resource page. The manual is also available from "Way Interglobal Network".

The 12 page document has a picture that does not look like the radio at all. However I was able to pair my iPhone 6 via Bluetooth to the radio using their directions. I couple of pointers was to hold the phone less than 2" from the radio (I just placed it against it), the phone located a device simply labeled "BLUETOOTH". I then entered pass code 0000 (4 zeroes) and it connected. I was able to punch in a phone # on the radio and the iPhone placed the call. Response came through the radio speakers and I could speak using the radio's microphone. The phone # was retained in the radio listing.

Small victories I guess.

Another note, it appears the TV, microwave, speakers, and radio came from: "Way Interglobal Network, LLC", https://www.wayinterglobal.com/
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:16 PM   #8
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CaryL,
I also have a 2017 5230. Same issue with the indash radio. I am not even able to get to the screen on mine to change the clock from military time to standard. I have asked my dealer to contact Gulfstream for suggestions on operating the unit as well. I will continue to monitor this thread to see IF G.S. gives you any info on the unit. Thinking of changing unit also as Mark did, but not sure how to go about it. Suggestions Mark?
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:39 PM   #9
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Hi Cary,

We went the same route, tried to find info on the radio with no luck so we ended up replacing it. We had it set so we are able to use the rear view mirror with the backup camera instead of the radio display. Also, we can see directly behind us at all times.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:34 AM   #10
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Hello Oxxer and Beachnut
Thank you so much for your responses!

I have not received the promised manual yet for the radio. I was hoping to provide some incite to everyone but nothing yet.

I too only have military time. Its amusing that there is an icon labeled "Date" which only sets the time in military not the date.

I like to do things myself and would like to know how easy it is to take the radio out. Anyone have any pointers?

We will be traveling in the Elkhart area next week so if possible I will swing by the Gulf Stream headquarters to see what information I might be able to get.

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