RV Mod: Adding Rear View “Mirror” to Tiffin Allegro

RV Mod: Adding Rear View “Mirror” to Tiffin Allegro


OVERVIEW:

During our first few trips with the RV, it became a bit of a bother, as a driver, not having the ability to look behind you and see what your passengers are doing or up to if you needed to get someone’s attention.  When my co-pilot is tending to our young boys – it is hard to tell whether a loud voice or loud yell will get someone’s attention (especially if someone is way back in the bedroom).

My solution was to take advantage of the Video input of the existing backup/side camera system in the coach and add a small video monitor that can be switched at a moments notice to act like a Rear View “Mirror”.  All in this mod cost less than $30 and took about 10min max if you set up the camera in the location I did.

 


 

PARTS LIST:

  1. 1080P Mini Bullet Survellaince Camera – $20
  2. 12V 500ma Power Supply – $7
  3. 3 or 6ft RCA Video Cable (Yellow)

TOOLS REQUIRED:

  • Velcro or double-sided tape (to fasten the camera)

STEPS INVOLVED:

  • Pop open the removable lid atop your Dash (for those of you with older vehicles without a quick-access panel, you can access the back of you rear-view camera from under the dash or by removing the radio)
  • Locate your AV-IN Video connector by tracing the wires out of your Rearview display.
  • Plug the camera Video connector (yellow) to the Display AV-IN connector
  • Plug the 12VDC power adapter (red) to the power connector on the camera (red)
  • Plug into any available power outlet
  • Velcro or sticky tape camera in desired location

THE LOW DOWN:

This is just for pure convenience but is a cheap and easy mod that takes advantage of your OEM equipment.  To use view the camera, simply press the AV button on the backup/sideview camera display.  That’s it.

The picture quality is about on par with the backup and side view cameras. So daylight/bright scenes are good but dark/nightime is barely usable.  If you wanted to get fancy, you could likely flush mount the camera right against your dash and hardwire the power supply, but that was more work than I wanted to do.  Tiffin on the other hand could install this as OEM as it would be minimal cost to incorporate during build.

 


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RV Mod: TST 510 TPMS

RV Mod: TST 510 TPMS


OVERVIEW:

Safety. Safety. Safety.

That’s the word in a nutshell for this mod. Extremely simple to do and can be completed within 15 minutes

If you don’t know why a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is so important, here are our top reasons for installing one:

  • Maintain even tire wear
  • Direct alerts for fast leaks or blowouts
  • Monitor tire temperature
  • Monitor TOW vehicle tires

There are lots of different TPMS systems out there with several specifically targetting RVers.

I chose the TST 510-RV TPMS with 6 Sensors model which retails for $316 on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SETUP:

  1. On a piece of paper, write all your sensor ID codes (printed on top of each sensor) to the tire location you will install each one.
  2. Go to each of your tires and use the included wrench to install them on your valve stems (if you don’t have steel valve stems standard, you should consider that mod prior to installing the TPMS)
  3. Determine a location for your display unit and power it up via the 12v connection. Optionally, you can hardwired to an available 12v line under your dash. The lithium battery is rechargeable and lasts several days on its own, so hardwiring is not a necessity.
  4. Go on to individually set each tire location on the Display unit with the specific sensor ID you wrote down earlier.
  5. TEST DRIVE.

 


THE LOW DOWN:

The added sense of security when traveling down the road in your motorhome is immeasurable. The ability to monitor your tire pressure and ensure all 6, 10 or 14 tires of your coach + toad are operating efficiently that helps to minimize catastrophic tire damage is a win-win no matter how you count it.

The systems are not on the cheap side of cost, but this is a must-have safety upgrade.

 


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DISCLAIMER: WARNING The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. Rogerover.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site.  Always follow proper safety precautions and procedures and seek professional assistance as necessary before attempting any DIY project!


 

Mateo’s 4th Birthday Party – To the Batcave!

Mateo’s 4th Birthday Party – To the Batcave!

Mateo had a great time celebrating his Batman/Super-hero themed party. Mom outdid herself finding all manner of Batman-related decorations. Family came on down for have fun in the backyard playing sports, jumping in the bouncy house, hitting the Pinata, and eating BBQ.

The two Justin’s even got in on the super-hero gig and dressed up like the dynamic duo which Mateo had a blast running around with. All in all it was great fun and we were blessed to have so many come down and enjoy the festivities with our son. I can’t wait to see what the theme will be next year.