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Another Step-by-Step Dash Cam Install

Wanted an inexpensive discrete camera with decent day & night video quality, loop recording, and a motion detection feature.

Primarily for the motorhome to record travel videos and to provide insurance evidence in the event a driver swerves in front of the rolling 55,000 pounds of mass and then slams on the brakes and gets crushed like a bug. Also to be used in the car and truck.

Read several 2017 dash cam comparison reviews to get educated on the current state. Chose the Rexing V1 because of its small size and features and the 3,600+ reviews on Amazon with 83% at 4 or 5 stars. There is a GPS option for this camera at $30. It comes with a ~12 foot power cord, but I’m using that in the motorhome and truck. Purchased the hardwire kit for the car.

There are a lot of dash cams on the market and many different ways to install them. This step-by-step is just the way I did it.

This KL has the tech group’s large black mirror trim cover. Using less sticky two-sided tape on the camera mount for testing different camera locations, initially tried positioning it to the left of the mirror trim cover just below the humidity sensor, but the wide angle lens picked up the windshield shading to the right and the trim cover blocked part of the view. The bottom of the mirror trim cover provides the best centered eye-level view and least driver distraction. After some actual use, given the options provided in the camera’s software, found there is virtually no need to press buttons on the camera or view the screen while driving; which obviously would be a distraction anyway. The screen saver feature provides a timeout that turns off the screen which I set to 15 seconds. When threading the power wire, it’s a good idea to wrap it around the rearview mirror arm once or twice to provide slack for operating the camera buttons when the camera is removed from its mount. The Rexing V1 firmly attaches to its mount but is easy to remove too. Its storage temperature -5°F to 160°F. Operating temperature: 10°F to 140°F.

Wanted the option to run the camera off an always-on source or an ignition source. Always ON is good for the motion detection feature, e.g. parking in a public place. The ignition source is good for regular use where the camera turns on and starts recording when the ignition it turned to ACC or RUN, and then gracefully shuts down using its small rechargeable battery when the ignition is turned off. Thanks to the @Wisconsin Mike find of an easy access to the harness containing the 12V outlet wires and pictures from @particleman , decided to use a SPDT switch to allow choice of IGN, OFF, or BAT. (I had a DPDT switch on hand so I used that.) The pink/yellow wire at pin 1 is IGN powered and the red wire next to it at pin 2 is BAT powered. A body ground point is also available near the harness. The step-by-step installation is shown in pictures with captions here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_...19VYmgwRHpseVk.

Remove negative cable from battery and wait for 30 minutes before removing panels. Avoid airbags when routing wire around the A-pillar trim and under the dash. When reconnecting the battery cable there will be a check engine light that will go away after a few ignition cycles.

Used 2-amp fuses from the purchased inline fuse holder kit. The camera draws less than an amp. The ground wire to pin 7 is for the switch’s LED lights (which I did not use). Omit that wire to leave LEDs off.

Item List
$99.99 – Dash Cam - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$9.99 – Hard Wire Kit - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$40.99 – 128GB microSD card - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$9.99 – DPDT Switch - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$6.80 – Enclosure - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$8.79 – Fuse Holders and Fuses - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$9.16 – POSI-TAPs - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Total $185.71

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I installed the exact same kit. Added the rear camera option. How are you liking it so far?


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I installed the exact same kit. Added the rear camera option. How are you liking it so far?
Video and audio quality are good. It's small and no one has noticed it from inside or outside until I point it out. At night the HID headlights wash out license plate numbers regardless how close the vehicle is. Depending on the angle of the sun through the windshield, the reflection of the dash stitching is picked up in the video. Doubt either of these are the fault of the camera. Software provides a lot of flexibility. Using the "stable" version of the firmware, everything works very well, including the graceful shutdown and power-off using the camera's battery after the ignition is turned off.

I downloaded and flashed the "expert" firmware, which is what I'm running now. I ran with the motion detection and parking monitor features turned on and at their highest sensitivity for a while. Works good while parked. Eliminates a lot of boring video. Still have to use it more to decide if I want to run in this mode all the time. Not sure yet if the recorder fires up fast enough after motion is detected. For example, sitting at a red light with no motion going on and recorder pauses, then a car blows through the red light, will it be fast enough to catch the car before it's out of the camera's view? And I haven't tried using it a night to see if the motion detection algorithm will keep the camera recording while traveling down a dark road. It would be good if there was a hot button to turn the motion and park features on and off. Unfortunately it requires going into the menus to do this.

IMO, the camera does what the company says it will do. The seller has received high marks for customer service and response. If the camera lasts for at least a year, it'll be worth the $100.

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What is the switch for?
Not essential. Could have wired the camera directly to either the IGN or BAT power source. But I wanted to have the option to switch between IGN, Always ON, or OFF using a double throw switch. The same could be accomplished using the cigar lighter plug provided with the camera and plugging it into either the console stack outlet or the console box outlet or pulling the plug out.

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Not essential. Could have wired the camera directly to either the IGN or BAT power source. But I wanted to have the option to switch between IGN, Always ON, or OFF using a double throw switch. The same could be accomplished using the cigar lighter plug provided with the camera and plugging it into either the console stack outlet or the console box outlet or pulling the plug out.
Thanks, that now makes sense.

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The rear cam requires you to hook it up prior to mounting it to get the angle right. Only had to run a single wire to plug in directly to the main unit. It provides the same quality of pic as the main unit. I got it as a bundle from amazon. Pretty happy with both front and rear cameras.


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Pretty happy with both front and rear cameras.
So you got the Rexing V1P dual channel version with the 2nd camera. The Rexing V1 I got has a port for a rear camera but that port is NOT functional; i.e. cannot purchase and plug in a rear camera later.

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[quote=Array;2486202]So you got the Rexing V1P dual channel version with the 2nd camera. The Rexing V1 I got has a port for a rear camera but that port is NOT functional; i.e. cannot purchase and plug in a rear

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EX8ATKK..._TvZZyb9KDQDJ9 I didn't even compare models but yes I have the dual channel.



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