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Hopkins VueSMART RV and Trailer Backup Camera Installation - 2014 Palomino Solaire Travel Trailer

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How to Install the Hopkins VueSMART RV and Trailer Backup Camera on a 2014 Palomino Solaire Travel

Hi there trailer owners. Today on your 2014 Palomino Solaire, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Hopkins Wireless Camera System. And this is what our camera system looks like when it's installed. It mounts up extremely easily, because it goes right behind one of your tail lights right in the center at the top, the bracket comes included with it and it's got spacing for the holes that match up with your standard hole spacing on your lights, so it's simply remove the light and it fits right behind it. It gives you a nice clean look and an extremely easy way to get a camera installed because it's powered right off the same light circuit. So we're getting ready to back it into a spot, but I wanted to do a quick test just to see how far away I can go from the trailer with my phone here, if we can still connect.

Our trailer is the one way down there, the Solaire that we installed it on, I'd say we're a good at least 50 feet away or better, probably quite a bit more than that.And you can see here on our camera, we can see right back in. We're going to go back into spot 36 over there and I'd say we're probably even closer to 100 feet away, so that's pretty impressive that we can go this far away and still get good connectivity on our camera. This will really ensure no matter how long your rig is, your trailer you're hauling behind your truck you could definitely hook up and connect to it with this thing and we're getting a fantastic picture quality with it as well. So now I'm going to go ahead and put it back into spot 36. We've got the recording feature of our camera going now, so you could see what it would be like if you we're backing it up with a truck and we're going to go ahead and put it in that spot now.

On the right, we've got some additional features that our camera can perform.We can turn on and off grid lines to help us backing into our spot, we can also take a snapshot picture if maybe there's something behind us that you see that's pretty cool and you want to capture that moment. You can hit the fixture down there and it's going to ask you if you want to allow this app to take pictures and record video, we're going to go ahead and allow it. It took a picture there, just above the picture we can hit this and it's going to record video and you've got your number on there showing how long the video is that you're recording. Just above our record button here we've got the brightness for the lights. We've got a offsetting, which is recommended during the day when you're driving around because a light back here at the top could be distracting for some other drivers, this way you can turn that off so you don't affect the people around you.It has a low light setting as well as a high light setting.

So we've gone ahead and turned the lights out so we can see what it looks like at night. We do get a little bit of light from our light here, but for the most part, it's pretty drowned out if we have the light off. We put it on our low light setting here we can see pretty decently I'm coming in pretty clear here in the center and then if we turn on our highlight setting, it really pops right there in the center. It does look like our LEDs are pretty direct in that circle, so it's not going to be super wide, but definitely going to give you visibility at night. The camera kit comes with your bracket, your camera, your antenna, as well as some screws so you get everything that you'll need to get it installed.

The wiring is pre-stripped on the back side. Why don't you follow along with me and we'll show you how we got this one installed so you can have the competence to install yours at home.We'll begin our installation here at the back of our trailer and we're going to take the center light here at the top, and we're going to remove the cover. To take the cover off, you can do that by simply taking your screwdriver, placing it between the light assembly and the red cover there, just giving it a little twist and it will pop right off of there. Behind that, you're going to have two screws that hold your light in, one on each side, you can either use a Phillips screwdriver or a number two square bit. We're going to be using the square bit because it just seems to grip a little better. Next step, we need to take the light off and it's typically held on there by some sealant going around it, so you may need a bladed tool. I like to use a plastic one to ensure that I don't scratch the paint and we're just going to work our way around breaking that seal.Don't want to pry outward because you will likely crack the assembly until you broke that seal, at least the majority of the seal. After you broke the seal all the way around, you can twist it to break off anything less that's loose, I recommend grabbing it by the wire and just tug those out because you're going to need to tap into these, so we're going to need enough room so you can get out as much slack as possible. There's typically going to be some sealant in there, so that's going to hold the wires in, so as you're pulling it, you're probably going to feel it stretch like that. And then once it gets real taught, you don't want to break the wires, so don't pull too hard, but if you feel a little stretching, you're likely just breaking it from that sealant there, breaking it loose from that. I went ahead and hooked up our tester because you want to make sure that you do have proper working circuits back here as well.If you don't have your power and ground back here, if your light doesn't light up, there's a good chance your camera's not going to work but our light's lighting up, so we're good. We do need to determine which one is the power wire and which one is the ground wire though, so we're just going to pull that bolt out of there, it just pulls right out. And then I find it easiest to test this with a volt meter because with our volt meter, if we've got the leads hooked up correctly, we should get a positive value and if we have our meter hooked up backwards, then we're going to get a negative value. So we're just going to put that up there. We're going to touch one side with one prong, one side with the other prong and we've got 10.5 volts.A little low on our voltage, that's likely just because of the battery we're using on our tester, but it's a positive number, which means that on the left here, we've got our ground inaudible 00:06:04 the black lead on the right we've got our power because that was all red lead. If we swap our leads here, you'll see that the number we're going to get is now a negative 10.5 and it shows up negative because our leads are backwards. So we know now that the left one is our ground and the right one is our power. So now that we've got this pulled out, we're going to need to clean this up. We're also going to need to get our bracket in place and the wires need to pass through this so that our light can mount on the outside. Now, one of the things you're going to notice here is that our bracket is designed to go in this direction here with our camera hanging down. We're not going to be able to do that due to the door here, so we're going to be placing ours upside down.So now we're going to go ahead and cut our wires, snip that one there and I'm going to just take that and push it off towards this side because we know that that's our positive wire and we're going to go ahead and snip this side here and we're going to push that one off to this side and we can see the wires are different lengths. Our positive wire we know is the longer of the two, it's good to keep note of that. Now you'll just want to clean up that area. I'm going to be using my plastic scraper here to get off the remaining sealant that's on there and then we're going to use a little bit of rubbing alcohol to clean it all up. We're now going to take some butyl tape and we're going to be placing it on the back side of our bracket here so that way it seals up to our trailer. You can get butyl tape here at We're just going to hold out the length that we need.And one of the things that's nice about the butyl tape is that you can leave excess on the outside and use that plastic scraper you had to trim it off once you're done, so we're just going to do that. Leave a little bit of excess like that and we can trim that off once we get it on there. So now we're just going to finish coating the whole backside here. We are going to have to poke through in the middle there just a little bit to get our wires to pass through, but we want this to be all sealed up we don't want any moisture or water getting into our trailer. All right, there we go. I'm going to go ahead and pull the back off all these and make sure we got it all together here. Any spots that we may have missed, we're going to hit until we've got it all the way sealed. So now that we're fully coated, we're going to take our wires, pass them through that butyl tape there in the center just like that.And then we're going to take our camera wire now. So we're just going to slide it through the opening here right near the camera mount portion and then once we get it through there, we're going to bring these wires back through where we just slid the other wires through. And if a wire falls back in just grab that wire and bring it back out. So now we're going to strip all of our wires here. You'll also need your light assembly here, you're going to strip the wires on that as well. You may also want to strip back your camera wires a little bit more. They do come pre-stripped but I like to have a little bit more meat there because we are going to be connecting these right with our taillight wire, so we're going have to twist those together. It's supposed to just ensure that we don't have any bad connections. All right, we're going to take our positive wires and hook those up first. We know the positive was the one on the right.So we're going to twist our red wire from our camera, with the one that we tested to be positive, slide the included heat shrink butt connector over your wires, and then crimp it down. We can then do the same thing with the black wire from our camera and connect that to the ground wire. We'll then take our light assembly here that we had removed and we're just going to connect to our positive wire to the positive and our negative to the negative. Remember that our right was our positive and our left was our negative. We can then take our heat gun and shrink down our butt connectors. We can now reinsert our bolt and before we go any further, I always like to check to make sure everything's working properly before we get everything assembled, just to find out if we got to take it back apart. So I'm going to go plug our tester back in and make sure our light lights up.Looks like everything's powered up back here so we can now reinstall the light, it's going to mount here, so we are going to put some more butyl tape around the edges here to make sure it seals up to our bracket. And it's going to go through our light, through the bracket here back into those factory holes. These are the screws that we originally took out of it and these are the ones that come with our light. We're going to be using the new ones, because they're quite a bit longer since now we have to pass it as bracket as well. So we're going to go ahead and get some of these wires shoved back in this hole, get them started here because before our assembly is going to properly fit, those wires do need to go back in that hole. We're going to go ahead and slide our screw through, we need to make sure it goes through our bracket and then that needs to go into that factory hole that our light originally came out of.Before we screw it in we're going to get our other holes lined up as well. We also need to double check our wires and make sure everything is pushed in and it's all going to line up flush. Our new screws, we do just use a Phillips, they don't accept that square bit, so make sure you got the appropriate fit and then just screw it right back in. We can then take the screws that we had removed from here and use those in the screw holes here at up top, because these are much shorter, so we can just run those right into there. We can go ahead and put our cover back in place on our light and it just snaps right back on. Before we put the camera in place on the bracket, we're going to trim off this excess butyl tape and you can do that by just running your plastic scraper around the edges.So we got it all cleaned up around there, the little ears there's one on each side that will snap right into the holes, so just poke that in and just give it a little tug out on this side and it'll snap right in there. We've got the Hopkins logo at the top. We can unscrew our antennae off to the side. Now, one of the things you might notice is the wire hanging off to the left. It is important that you do leave a little loop there, so this way when moisture and rain collects on there, it's not going to follow the wire down inside your camper it's going to want to fall down the loop and then just drip off down here right into our tray. I've gone ahead and downloaded the app now from the app store, you can find it by searching Hopkins Towing Solutions. Once you've got it downloaded and opened up, we're going to hit enter. It may ask you for your registration information for your warranty, go ahead and put that information in and then continue and then it should ask you to connect to wifi.So we're going to go ahead and hit okay. You want to make sure you've got your camera powered up before selecting okay so that way it's putting out it's wifi signal and we see here Hopkins Towing Solutions Four, that's going to be our camera. So we're going to go ahead and click it and then we got to put in the camera's password, which can be found in the manual that comes included with it. I've gone ahead and typed in the password, we're going to hit connect. It's going to go ahead and do its thing there. It's going to check the quality of our connection. It's telling us that internet is not available because this isn't connected to the internet, we're just connecting the two together. So we're going to go ahead and tell it to keep the wifi connection. We're then going to go back to our app, hit enter and now we can see ourselves on the camera. We've got a nice quality picture there, everything's looking good. Say hello, camera man. And that completes our installation of Hopkins Wireless Camera System on our 2014 Palomino Solaire.

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