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Old 06-19-2018, 01:50 PM   #11
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Default Camera Power Source

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If you can get to the camera wiring (I had to peel off the Dicor and found a rubber stopper under it that made it kind of easy) then find the wire that is switching on and off with the backup lights. Reroute (re-connect) this wire to the running light that is closest and the camera will come on with the running lights and you can run with the parking lights on during the day. I just replaced my entire system.



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Old 06-22-2018, 10:29 PM   #12
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Default Radio Manual

Here is a Gulf Stream radio manual for the one installed in a 2017 BT Cruiser. There was no notation of the manufacturer or model number.
It does accurately describe the radio installed.

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Old 06-24-2018, 06:00 PM   #13
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1) The radio ID MFR/ Model (probably) pops up on the screen during startup? 2) I have mine setup continuous; DOWNSIDE IS NO RADIO OR OTHER FUNCTIONS WHILE DRIVING w/ rear camera (which, while maybe not best, suits me for now), and until/ unless I decide to get a separate MONITOR. THERE ARE TWO WIRES from radio for VIDEO FUNCTIONS; one is connected to parking brake for GROUND to allow VIDEO INPUT displays (VCR/ DVR, etc) WHEN Parked; the (other) is a POWER wire from the BACKUP LIGHTS that turns ON CAMERA and auto switches Display to CAMERA automatically when you go into Reverse. (I have no other video inputs), so 1) camera plugged into VIDEO Input, and 2) Parking Brake WIRE is Grounded TO ACTIVATE Video Input without setting Parking Brake
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re: radio removal, might be easier to check youtube? Ford models have one way to release, some others may have similar? Usually involves snapping out a small piece of radio trim to gain some access?
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:11 PM   #15
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My 2007 BT Cruiser has a monitor on the back of the drivers side sun visor and 4 buttons to turn the camera on or off etc. It also comes on when I put it in reverse and turns on a beep, beep etc.
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:58 PM   #16
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Default 2017/2018 BT Cruiser Radio Specs

For anyone interested in the supplied radio, attached are photos of the top with manufacturer sticker, FC FDA, model S-8960. The wiring specs agree with the previously attached radio manual uploaded.

I could not find anything for "FC FDA" but it is interesting I found a KaiChuang Kc-101 radio that has the exact same face plate as the one installed in the BT Cruiser. The KaiChuang radio appears to be affiliated with BOSION Navigation.

The 20 wires from the plug/harness as well as the 10 separate RCA plugs behind the radio all had individual labels attached. One RCA plug was used for the back camera. I was able to attach cables to AV Out1, RR Out, and RL Out for connecting to a full size TV for future use.

To access the radio, I had to pry out the Ford black dashboard sub panel. I pulled it forward just 4-5 inches before hitting the steering wheel and the limit of all the attached wires. I was able to reach through the hole for the radio and unscrew the 4 screws that hold the radio to the metal frame underlying the dash. Then pulled the radio forward 3 inches to unscrew the 4 side screws that held the black plastic surround that was the adapter and bezel for mounting the radio to the Ford dash. Finally the radio would slide through the hole in the dash.

I am in no hurry to do that again!
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:41 PM   #17
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Default Quick Change for Camera Control

Here is what I did to setup control of the backup camera by turning on the parking lights. In the end the back of the radio did not need to be accessed at all. I had to go through the exercise in order to trace the wiring. The actual change was just moving one power tap wire from the backup light to the parking light.

My 2017/2018 BT Cruiser supplied radio had two wires for rear camera operation. One yellow RCA plug out the back of the radio for receiving the video signal from the camera and one brown camera trigger wire in the 20 pin connector plug, in position B3. Both of these wires were run underneath the length of the coach to the passenger side rear brake light / backup light assembly. (the brown radio trigger wire was in turn spliced to a red wire to run the length of the coach).

The rear camera has two wires running to it, a red wire for powering the camera and a black cable for the video signal out.

The passenger side rear brake light / backup light assembly had a yellow wire tap from the backup light going to both the red power wire to the camera and the red trigger wire to the radio.

The only modification needed was to cut the yellow tap wire from the backup light. Then add an extension wire to tap to the green parking light wire that is going into the brake light and tie to the cut yellow wire that feeds both the camera power and the radio trigger wires.

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Second picture shows the existing yellow wire going to both the red power wire to the camera and the red trigger wire to the radio.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:46 AM   #18
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Looks like you could do the same thing but use a switch and 12 volt power source to turn the camera on and off whenever you wanted using your new switch. That way the camera is totally independent of the light circuit. The rear camera on my 1999 is on any time the ignition is on.
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. It really helped going forward with this.

Restorium; yes, now that I know where the wires run, it would be easy to tap into the camera trigger wire where it runs down the lower side panel to the left of the cab, just forward of the driver's door. (the parking brake release handle comes out of this panel in the E-350). From that tap a line would go to a new power switch. The tap would feed the radio trigger wire as well as the camera power wire since that wire still runs the length of the coach back to the camera. The existing tap to the brake light assembly would have to be cut of course.

For now I am going to see how I like it working from the parking light switch.

thanks again!
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