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Does My RV Have A Backup Camera & How Do I Use It?

How To Find The Backup Camera On An RV?

If you’re wondering whether or not your RV, travel trailer, van, or 5th-wheel has a backup camera you can look for it on the back of your rig. Backup cameras are normally installed on the back near the top and in the center. The camera is normally powered using the center running light which means it will be either below or above that light.

An RV Backup Camera is normally located above or below the center running light on the back.

In the picture above I have pointed out where the backup camera is normally located on an RV. It doesn’t matter if you have a Class C, A, van, 5th-wheel, or travel trailer the location is almost always going to be the same.

Sometimes an RV will come pre-wired for a backup camera. In this case you will see a bracket that will look something like what is in the picture below.

Furrion backup camera pre-wire mount on the back of an RV.

This is a pre-wired mount on the back of a toy hauler that is for a Furrion Vision S Backup Camera (click to view on Amazon). There are a few different brands of backup cameras that can come pre-wired for an RV. Another common RV backup camera is called Voyager by Jensen (click to view on Amazon).  Voyager RV backup cameras aren’t as common but it may be what your RV is pre-wired for.

The reason I know this one is for a Furrion is because the cover plate tells me what brand the pre-wire mount is for.

The RV backup camera pre-wire mount should tell you what brand of camera it's compatible with.

So, if you see a camera behind your RV, then your RV has a backup camera. If you see a pre-wire mount like the one in the picture above but no camera then your RV is preped for a backup camera but you will need to purchase the correct one for it.

You can see what RV backup camera your RV most likely is pre-wired for in this article here (click to view).

If your RV does not have a backup camera or a pre-wired mount you can check out this article (click to view) about the best RV backup cameras including information on how to install them.

How Do I Turn On My RV Backup Camera?

If you have a backup camera on your RV you should also have a small monitor that goes with it. Some RV’s (mostly Class C or A) will have the backup camera connected to the dash monitor. You will need to have the battery to your vehicle turned on or the engine running to power the lights which in turn will power the backup camera. Sometimes you will need to turn on the running lights to your RV to power the backup camera. This is most common with travel trailers and 5th-wheels.

Once the backup camera and the monitor is on you should be able to see behind your RV. If the backup camera is connected to the dash monitor in your Class C or A you may need to find the function that will turn the monitor to the backup camera view or it will automatically display it when your RV is put into reverse.

Some Class C or A RVs have a backup camera monitor inside the review mirror. In this case the mirror will show the backup camera view when you put your RV into reverse.

Articles Related To RV Backup Cameras

Have any more questions about your RV Backup Camera? Check out some of the articles I linked to above or leave a comment below.

2 thoughts on “Does My RV Have A Backup Camera & How Do I Use It?”

  1. I have a Shasta 18 ft travel trailer , and it has a back up camera mount on it . I would like to know what type of back up camera fits this rv.

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    • Most Shasta travel trailers use the Furrion Vision S backup camera (click to view on Amazon). To make sure your specific travel trailer is pre-wired for a Furrion backup camera check the cover plate on the bracket, it should tell you what specific camera it’s for. If there’s no bracket you can tell by the style of cover it has. If it matches the one in the pictures in this article it’s more than likely a Furrion mount.

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