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A bus hit our bike rack in Croatia and drove off. We had everything on camera! Police and insurance were happy ;-)
Do you have a rear facing camera? If so, I was wondering if you could see much out of the rear window with a bike rack and bikes.
 
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Do you have a rear facing camera? If so, I was wondering if you could see much out of the rear window with a bike rack and bikes.
It's a compromise. I mounted the rear camera on the closet wall. So it's asymmetrical, but I thought it would be the best place, not to have it in the way, and most of my driving are LH, so most cars will come this way around. This is what you actually can see.

I have thought about moving the camera to sit on the tailgate (The cable is long enough), so it can film even if the blinds are closed.

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Thanks @Kmann. I thought that the view would be much worse, which was pushing me towards a tow bar bike rack rather than the tailgate rack. It doesn't look too bad at all.
 
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Bought a Thinkware F770 this week and installed front camera on my T6 Ocean with no problems. Would not have attempted the hardwire install without all the contributions above so thanks to everyone especially Loz. I used the red scotchlok connectors which are ok for cables down to 24 gauge and are on ebay for a couple of quid.
I can see how to route the cable for the rear camera from the rear shelf unit, through the wardrobe and above LEDs to the B post, but I cant for the life off me work out how to route it on from there through the the A post. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Bought a Thinkware F770 this week and installed front camera on my T6 Ocean with no problems. Would not have attempted the hardwire install without all the contributions above so thanks to everyone especially Loz. I used the red scotchlok connectors which are ok for cables down to 24 gauge and are on ebay for a couple of quid.
I can see how to route the cable for the rear camera from the rear shelf unit, through the wardrobe and above LEDs to the B post, but I cant for the life off me work out how to route it on from there through the the A post. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I run mine tugged under the door rubber … and then between the screen and the roof …
 
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I run mine tugged under the door rubber … and then between the screen and the roof …
I have a BlackVue system and ran the cable from the rear camera along the same route as @Kmann to the front camera.

Alan
 
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Thanks @Loz for your helpful guidance on how to wire a dashcam into the control unit and to others for guidance on how to route a cable to the rear dashcam. I did it on the weekend and here’s what I learnt:

Scotchlock onto the wires as far away as possible from the connector because they are bulky and make it difficult to refit the control panel.

Don’t earth onto one of the 4 screws that you remove as they go into plastic. There are 2 others that you don’t have to remove that go into metal.

Test the dashcam before you refit the control panel.

Don’t over tighten the screws inside the sunglasses socket. The frame on our 6 month old Cali was cracked before I even took them out!

Getting the control unit back in is an abs pig. I found it easier to assemble it first rather than try to refit the part with the light switches after: it just wouldn’t go in.

Getting the rear cable around the left A pillar was difficult: I removed the sunvisor and roof handle then had to deform the roof lining but thankfully its shape recovered.

When removing the larger central light from the left coving trim you need to prise down the front end.

Getting past the B pillar is easy with the front door rubber removed at the top and a straightened coat hanger through from the front coving light. You don’t need to remove the B pillar trim.

You don’t need to remove the air vent in the coving. Insert the coathanger rearwards from the rear coving light so it goes under what’s inside.

We have a bike rack and by far the best view is in the centre of the window at the bottom. Initially I threaded the cable and plug through the tailgate gaiter with great difficulty and lots of Wd40. However I just couldn’t see where to go from there as the tailgate void doesn’t seem to open to anywhere around the window and I couldn’t remove the upper window trim to see. The instructions on how to remove the trim on another thread didn’t work and you seem to have to forcefully push the arms sideways to release the clips but the arms are trapped by the double glazing. I gave up for fear of breaking the trim or the glass. In the end I routed the cable out from the roof trim under the tailgate seal at the top centre. I cut a small notch in the trim. Then the cable ran across the tailgate opening to the rear blind catch and around the window in the gap between the window and the trim.

Hope that helps someone.
 
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Thanks @Loz for your helpful guidance on how to wire a dashcam into the control unit and to others for guidance on how to route a cable to the rear dashcam. I did it on the weekend and here’s what I learnt:

Scotchlock onto the wires as far away as possible from the connector because they are bulky and make it difficult to refit the control panel.

Don’t earth onto one of the 4 screws that you remove as they go into plastic. There are 2 others that you don’t have to remove that go into metal.

Test the dashcam before you refit the control panel.

Don’t over tighten the screws inside the sunglasses socket. The frame on our 6 month old Cali was cracked before I even took them out!

Getting the control unit back in is an abs pig. I found it easier to assemble it first rather than try to refit the part with the light switches after: it just wouldn’t go in.

Getting the rear cable around the left A pillar was difficult: I removed the sunvisor and roof handle then had to deform the roof lining but thankfully its shape recovered.

When removing the larger central light from the left coving trim you need to prise down the front end.

Getting past the B pillar is easy with the front door rubber removed at the top and a straightened coat hanger through from the front coving light. You don’t need to remove the B pillar trim.

You don’t need to remove the air vent in the coving. Insert the coathanger rearwards from the rear coving light so it goes under what’s inside.

We have a bike rack and by far the best view is in the centre of the window at the bottom. Initially I threaded the cable and plug through the tailgate gaiter with great difficulty and lots of Wd40. However I just couldn’t see where to go from there as the tailgate void doesn’t seem to open to anywhere around the window and I couldn’t remove the upper window trim to see. The instructions on how to remove the trim on another thread didn’t work and you seem to have to forcefully push the arms sideways to release the clips but the arms are trapped by the double glazing. I gave up for fear of breaking the trim or the glass. In the end I routed the cable out from the roof trim under the tailgate seal at the top centre. I cut a small notch in the trim. Then the cable ran across the tailgate opening to the rear blind catch and around the window in the gap between the window and the trim.

Hope that helps someone.
I just tugged the cable on top of the ceiling trim across the windscreen towards the A-pillar. When going past the A-pillar I simply tugged the cable under the plastic trim, without removing anything, from there it just sits under the rubber seal across the window. So no need to touch the trim. Again tugged under the B-pillar trim. Then layed over the plastic trim across the kitchen windows. In fact, only trim removed was the one between the two kitchen windows. It just pulls off gently. I was surprised how fast the install was over acrually. Only bummer – I had the re-run the cable, due to the plugs are differend, and when finished, the front end was at the rear :)
 
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I put my rear one on the same panel as the previous photo but on the vertical side rather than underneath. As I have a Beach underneath would have been a bit exposed (no rear locker). It needs to be offset to either the right or left to clear the top hook for the tailgate blind.
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I took the wiring down the nearside of the van running it in the panel that houses the led lights & air vents. (above the cooker & fridge on the SE)
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The wire could be routed reasonably easily in the cab headlining, just need to peal back the door rubbers a bit. That gets you to the B pilar and can then access the living area trim. B pilar trim comes off quite easily (but is a pig to put back and get the sliding seatbelt slot in line). Possibly you don't need to remove the trim I can't remember Im afraid. I did pop out the 3 LED lights & the heater vents so that I could fish around being the trim. The middle (large) light was also a fiddle to get back into place.
I completely removed the trim across the top of the tailgate area (it hadn't been fixed properly anyway after roof work), then had better access to get the cable the last part of the way. Used a variety of hooks, bent rods etc to help in routing the cable. The camera I had came with some sticky pads to hold the cable prevent rattles. Also used some small zip ties & wiring loom tape.
The SE/Ocean is obviously going to be a bit different with the wardrobe.
Good luck, its a fiddly job so take your time.
 
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Hi loz. You said....
I completely removed the trim across the top of the tailgate area (it hadn't been fixed properly anyway after roof work), then had better access to get the cable the last part of the way. How easy was this to do? Any tips?
 
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Hi loz. You said....
I completely removed the trim across the top of the tailgate area (it hadn't been fixed properly anyway after roof work), then had better access to get the cable the last part of the way. How easy was this to do? Any tips?
I didn’t say that, not me sorry.
 
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I put my rear one on the same panel as the previous photo but on the vertical side rather than underneath. As I have a Beach underneath would have been a bit exposed (no rear locker). It needs to be offset to either the right or left to clear the top hook for the tailgate blind.
View attachment 18033
View attachment 18035
I took the wiring down the nearside of the van running it in the panel that houses the led lights & air vents. (above the cooker & fridge on the SE)
View attachment 18034

The wire could be routed reasonably easily in the cab headlining, just need to peal back the door rubbers a bit. That gets you to the B pilar and can then access the living area trim. B pilar trim comes off quite easily (but is a pig to put back and get the sliding seatbelt slot in line). Possibly you don't need to remove the trim I can't remember Im afraid. I did pop out the 3 LED lights & the heater vents so that I could fish around being the trim. The middle (large) light was also a fiddle to get back into place.
I completely removed the trim across the top of the tailgate area (it hadn't been fixed properly anyway after roof work), then had better access to get the cable the last part of the way. Used a variety of hooks, bent rods etc to help in routing the cable. The camera I had came with some sticky pads to hold the cable prevent rattles. Also used some small zip ties & wiring loom tape.
The SE/Ocean is obviously going to be a bit different with the wardrobe.
Good luck, its a fiddly job so take your time.
 
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