Audiovox Rear Observation System Package RVMPKG1 User manual

Vehicle Rear Observation System
With Integrated Parking Sensors
Installation/User Manual
2.5" LCD Color Display
2 Ultra Sonic Rear Obstacle Sensors
On-screen Display Function
Automatically Displays Image when Vehicle is in Reverse
Monitor Mounts on Dash or Windshield
Mounts on the vehicles license plate or directly to the
Heavy Duty Chrome plating for long life.
Waterproof and dust proof
Product Description
Packing List
Installation Instructions
CAMSBAR Installation
Monitor Installation
Operating the System
Testing the System
This product is intended to assist in safe driving and to allow the driver to
have a broader rear view while the vehicle is in reverse. You, as the driver,
are solely responsible for the safe operation of your vehicle and the safety
of your passengers according to your local traffic regulations. Do not use
any features of this system to the extent it distracts you from safe driving.
Your first priority while driving should always be the safe operation of
your vehicle. Audiovox Electronics Corporation cannot accept any
responsibility whatsoever for accidents resulting from failure to observe
these precautions or safety instructions.
1. This product utilizes high voltage. Any unauthorized modifications
or damage to the product may result in electrical shock. Handle all
components with care. Inspect regularly for damage to
components and cabling.
2. You are responsible for ensuring that the installation of this
product does not void or affect the vehicle manufacturer’s
warranty. Audiovox Electronics Corporation or its subsidiaries are
not liable in full or in part for improper installation resulting in
loss or damage to your property, or for voiding all or part of the
vehicle manufacturer’s warranty.
3. Do not apply excessive force to any of the components contained
within this kit. Excessive force used before, during or after
installation that results in a damaged or non-functional part will
void all warranties.
4. Please follow the procedures in this installation manual. Improper
installation or modification of this product will void all warranties.
Product Description
The Vehicle Rear Observation System with Integrated Parking Sensors
is designed to assist the driver by providing a clear and wide image of the area
behind the vehicle whenever the vehicle is shifted into reverse. The system
will also alert you to obstructions that could not normally be seen in your
blind zone. Never rely solely on this product to ensure the area is clear of
children and/or obstructions. Use your mirrors and look both ways. This
product is not intended to replace existing safety procedures, but rather to add
an additional safety tool for your vehicle.
CAUTION: Do not back up your vehicle while watching the monitor screen.
Always look in the direction the vehicle is traveling. Use the monitor and
sensors as an aid to ensure there are no children or obstructions. The image on
the monitor is not designed to show distance and may be misleading. The
actual distance is less than appears in the monitor. The range of the image is
limited. The warning tone is not designed to indicate a set distance and
may be misleading. The actual distance may be less than the last time it
was used due to weather conditions or obstruction by dirt. The range of
the sensor is limited. Be aware of blind spots since all models of vehicles
are shaped differently.
Packing List
The model CAMSBAR package consists of the following items:
2.5” LCD Monitor Part # 31052030
Chrome Camera / Sensor Bar − 1 qty Part # 31052380
2.5m Power / Video Supply Cable − 1 qty Part # 31052160
Hardware Bag Contains: Part # 31052010
a) Straight Bumper Brackets – 2 pieces
b) L Shaped Bumper Brackets – 2 pieces
c) 4mm x 16mn bolts – 2 qty
d) 6mm x 30mm bolts – 2 qty
e) 6mm Nuts – 2 qty
f) 4mm Nuts – 2 qty
g) 6mm Flat Washers – 2 qty
h) 4mm Lock Washers – 4 qty
i) Tap Connectors – 2 qty
j) Double Sided Mounting Tape – 1qty
5. Installation/Users Manual – 1 qty Part # 31052020
Installation Instructions
We have included all of the items needed for most standard installations.
However, since all vehicles are different, we recommend that you review your
vehicle completely before starting.
CAMSBAR Installation
Determine the best location on your vehicle. The CAMSBAR may be mounted
below the bumper for better coverage if your vehicle does not have a clear path
from the license plate or is obstructed by a rear spare tire. The CAMSBAR must
be placed where the sensors can clearly detect objects behind the vehicle. The best
height is between 18 Inches and 30 Inches above the ground. If mounted to high
off the ground you may not receive a warning and if too low you may experience
false alarms from the sensors picking up the ground. Each vehicle is different you
may want to try several locations to find the best for you and your vehicle. If
mounting below the bumper, use the supplied brackets.
Installing the CAMSBAR on the License Plate
Remove the rear license plate to determine the best way to run the power
wires to the reverse lights. It is important to use the Reverse lights and not the
license plate illumination lamp or other lamps. The system is designed to
come on when the vehicle is in reverse gear only. Improper installation can
cause the system to operate incorrectly or to run at undesired times.
NOTE: All vehicles are designed differently. We offer some general
installation advice here, but check and re-check your installation before you
begin. Some vehicles may have the license plate on the tailgate and the
Reverse lights may be located on the vehicle pillar. In this case, you will need
to study your vehicle closely to determine the best route for the power wire. In
some vehicles it may be necessary to extend the power wire to reach the
reverse lamps. Power wire can be purchased at an auto parts store or
hardware store, if needed. Most installations can be completed by running the
power cable behind the trunk or tailgate rubber gasket, tucking it under the
interior trim panel, and then either connecting it at the back of the reverse
lamp in the trunk or removing the reverse lamp assembly (the same procedure
required to replace the light bulb).
The signal / power cable can be routed as recommended, above or through an
existing wire grommet, to reach the interior of the vehicle. If an existing
grommet is not available for use, you can drill a hole behind the license plate
to access the vehicle. If drilling a hole, purchase and install a rubber grommet
(from an auto parts store) to protect the wire from the sharp hole edges. The
rubber grommet must be a minimum of 13/32” to allow the wire and fuse
holder to pass through. Be sure to check behind the intended drilling location
before drilling to ensure no wires or mechanisms interfere or could be
damaged during drilling. Check for interference with license plate lights and
the hatch release switch or mechanism. If not using an existing factory
grommet, drill a hole to match the rubber grommet size that you intend to use
(13/32” minimum) at the selected location near the vehicle’s rear license
plate. Route the camera cable connector through the grommet and insert the
grommet into the hole to prevent water from entering into the vehicle. Be
sure to leave enough wire to route behind the license plate.
Place the CAMSBAR over the license plate and line up the holes. Fasten the
CAMSBAR to the license plate using the provided bolts from behind the plate
and then fasten the license plate to the vehicle. Use either the lower or upper
mounting holes on the license plate, making sure to not block any information
on your plate that is required by your state laws to be visible.
Continue to run the power harness for the CAMSBAR to the vehicle’s reverse
lamp. Locate the reverse lamp in the tail light assembly. Generally, the
Positive wire on the reverse lamp will be a colored wire and the Negative
wire will be black.
Wiring the Power to the Vehicle’s Reverse Lamp
Locate the reverse lamp in the tail light assembly. You may be able to access
the wires for the lamp from within the trunk, behind a panel, or depending on
your vehicle you may have to remove the tail lamp. Follow the procedure that
is recommended by your vehicle manufacturer for replacement of a light bulb.
To verify the wiring:
a. Engage the emergency brake on the vehicle.
b. Turn the ignition switch but do not start the car.
c. Have another person engage the brake pedal and shift into reverse
(please make sure the emergency brake is engaged to ensure your
d. Check the wires with a 12 volt test lamp. (not included)
e. Once you have confirmed the positive and negative connection point,
place the vehicle in park, turn off the ignition and proceed.
Using the tap connector supplied, perform the following steps:
a. Place the un-stripped positive lead from the tail lamp in the run channel,
which runs completely through the connector.
b. Insert the un-stripped red power wire from the power completely into the
other channel in the connector.
c. Make the connection between the wires by crimping down the metal
connector with a pair of pliers, making sure the metal is flush with the
plastic insulator.
d. Close the top plastic hinged cover until latched.
Repeat the above steps for the black wire or attach the black wire to the
ground (negative).
Monitor Wiring
Using the supplied Monitor Signal Wire, Plug one end into the Power / signal
cable from the bar.
The monitor signal wire can be routed through the car to your chosen location
for the monitor by either removing the trim panels at the foot of the door sill
or by tucking the wire behind the trim panels at the roof of the vehicle.
Use caution to insure you do not pinch the wire or obstruct any safety devices
such as side airbags. If your vehicle has side air bags we recommend you run
the wire at the door sill plate location.
With the wire run to the Monitor location you have chosen, plug the signal
wire into the monitor cable.
Monitor Installation
The monitor, with flexible mounting foot and double sided tape, mounts on either
the vehicle windshield or dashboard.
1. Choose a monitor location in your vehicle that does not block your view for
safe driving.
2. Clean the monitor base and mounting area with a cleaner that does not leave a
3. Remove the protective film from one side of the double sided tape and from
the bottom of the monitor base. Next, remove the protective film from the
other side of the double sided tape and carefully position the monitor and
press into place.
NOTE: Once adhered, the pad cannot be easily moved. Be sure of the position
before mounting.
If needed, tighten the screw on the back of the mounting foot support arm to
ensure that the monitor stays in the set position. Be careful to not use too much
force and damage the unit.
Operating the System
The CAMSBAR Vehicle Rear Observation System with Integrated Parking
Sensors operates when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. The color monitor will
activate and show you the view from the camera in the rear of the vehicle. In
addition, the back up sensor system is designed to send out an ultra sonic signal
that detects obstructions behind your vehicle for an average of 6 feet. If an object
is located, the system will sound the buzzer. The buzzer will beep slowly,
denoting that the object is far away. As your vehicle approaches the object it will
beep faster. Once you are very close to the object, the buzzer will sound
continuously, warning you to stop.
NOTE: If you receive a warning realize that an item that is low to the ground may
not be seen by the sensors when it gets very close to the vehicle due to the
mounting location of the bar or the shape of the vehicle. Take all warnings
seriously! Remember this is a driver assistance device, continue to use all
common safety practices while driving, backing, and parking.
Testing the System
Because all objects are shaped differently, the warning system may not give the
same warning distance for all objects. As you learn how your system operates, you
will become more comfortable with the warning buzzer and monitor images.
When you think you are close to the object, STOP! Do not rely on this system as a
complete safety system. Always use your mirrors and look around.
To test the system:
Place an object behind the vehicle, such as a trash can or cardboard box.
Place the vehicle into reverse and slowly backup towards the object.
As you get close to the object, the buzzer will sound, beeping more rapidly as
you get closer to the obstacle.
If the system does not alert you or does not see the item at 1 foot behind the
vehicle, you may need to mount the sensor bar lower. If mounted on the license
plate, use the included brackets and mount it to the bumper or below the bumper.
Re-test the system after it is re-mounted.
Power Supply
Power Consumption
Current Draw
Operating Temperature Range
<400 mA
0 to 50
2 Amps
Though your system requires little care, you will still need to maintain its
condition and performance by following the guidelines below.
Keep your system away from excessive moisture, extreme heat or
Occasionally clean the surface of the CAMSBAR with a soft cloth
moistened with water or glass cleaner.
Remove snow or ice build up as this may cause the system to issue
a false alarm.
DO NOT Paint the CAMSBAR. Painting will interfere with
the operation of the sensors.
The CAMSBAR does not turn
on after the vehicle is started
and the vehicle is in reverse
Check the wiring and connections
Check the fuse in the power harness
Check the power connection at the
reverse lamp
Backup sensors keep sounding
Clean the Bar with a soft cloth.
The Monitor Stays on all the
time or runs when the vehicle
is not in reverse.
The system is not wired correctly. If the
system continues to operate while not in
reverse gear, re-check your wiring at the
reverse lamp.
The monitor is very dark or
the image changes slowly
In extreme cold or hot conditions, the LCD
screen may react slowly. This is normal and
will clear as the vehicle cools or warms to a
normal temperature.
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