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Has anyone replaced the RCA style connectors on their backup cameras with a waterproof connector? I want to mount my camera in the center cap of the spare tire, but obviously that means I'll need to be able to disconnect it in the event I need to use the spare in anger or for my tire rotations if I choose to go 5-tire. I'm hoping I can just snip off the RCA connectors and install something waterproof.

Is there anything fancy about the wiring like shielding or something that would make it difficult?

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Have you tried using a dielectric waterproofing grease on your existing connectors?
 

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Here's an idea. Run the connection to the tailgate behind the small vent in the back and disconnect it from there. Just remove the vent and unplug it when you need to.
Not my pic but to the right of the molle panel.
 

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Have you tried using a dielectric waterproofing grease on your existing connectors?
I don't think it matters how much dielectric you smear on an RCA connector, it won't stand a chance to NJ winter saltings.

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Here's an idea. Run the connection to the tailgate behind the small vent in the back and disconnect it from there. Just remove the vent and unplug it when you need to.
Not my pic but to the right of the molle panel.
I like that idea. If the wires are long enough I'll shoot for that, but I fear they might be too short.

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I like that idea. If the wires are long enough I'll shoot for that, but I fear they might be too short.

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Could always put a small 1'-2' extender cable to reach that location. Use some electrical tape and some heat shrink on the connection, that should seal it up good.
 

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I don't think it matters how much dielectric you smear on an RCA connector, it won't stand a chance to NJ winter saltings. ac
I use it on mine. And then uses shrink tube. It will hold up fine if done correctly. I live in Toronto Ontario, the capital of the world for road salt and mine are fine. :)
 

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i use it on mine. And then uses shrink tube. It will hold up fine if done correctly. I live in toronto ontario, the capital of the world for road salt and mine are fine. :)
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I use it on mine. And then uses shrink tube. It will hold up fine if done correctly. I live in Toronto Ontario, the capital of the world for road salt and mine are fine. :)
I was thinking that exact setup, but then got to wondering if I should get fancier. K I S S sounds like a good approach here.

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I went a slightly different route and attached a camera to a bracket. The entire bracket slides through the opening in the wheel so I never have to disconnect any electrical connections to remove the spare tire.

This is the bracket;
https://teraflex.com/shop_items/52e6cc27f977f01691804fef

Here is the camera;
Amazon.com : Esky EC170-06 HD Color CCD Waterproof Car Rear View Backup Camera, 0.86X0.65X0.50-inch : Vehicle Video Products : Electronics

I used the bracket to install the 3rd brake light drilled a couple of holes for the camera to mount;





The small bracket attached to the camera can be bent so it is very convenient to fine-tune the angle to align the camera lines.

This won't work for every wheel but it does fine on my Mammoth Boulder wheel and the previous Rubicon wheel.
 

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I would work another angle and try to figure out how you can release the camera from the backside of the center cap. That way the wiring could be wrapped in silicone tape or something.
 
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