Voyager Wireless Backup Camera Delivers a Clear View

The Voyager wireless backup camera system makes backup up a breeze, follow this guide to see our step-by-step installation!

Photo Credit: Jenn Gehr

Voyager wireless digital backup camera system adds an element of safety without the fuss of extensive wiring.

Bill and Jenn Gehr
May 30, 2012
Filed under Products, Top Stories

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Navigating the space around you while towing a trailer is often a major challenge. Backing into a campsite, for example, is difficult enough, let alone if you’re by yourself. Even with an assistant to help guide you, hand signals can end up looking like you’re trying to swat off a buzzing bee! It would sure be nice to have a set of eyes back there.

Backup cameras are a good solution but they are not commonly found in trailers, and trying to wire one up can be difficult. There are a few wireless aftermarket units available, but the analog technology typically used in these devices has not been effective enough to provide the driver with a clear view — and is susceptible to interference and noise problems. Recognizing this problem, ASA Electronics created a modern, easy to use and install wireless digital observation system called the Voyager. 

The WVOS511 Voyager wireless backup camera system (MSRP $850) consists of two major parts: a 5.6-inch LCD color monitor with audio and a wireless camera that is mounted onto the rear of your RV using a swivel bracket. The audio feature is a clever bonus that enables the driver to hear the assistant’s directions, enhancing the process. There is a volume control on the front of the monitor in addition to the brightness control. The wireless signal transmits through and around objects, and works on vehicles 60-plus feet in length. The Voyager employs proprietary WiSight technology so the camera is locked to the monitor, and interference is virtually a thing of the past.

Installation of the Voyager takes only a fraction of the time it would take to set up a fully wired system, especially in a trailer, where the separation of the tow vehicle complicates the procedure. The camera should be mounted high in the rear of the trailer and centered above the clearance light(s), which will be the source of 12-volt DC power. If space is limited above the clearance light(s), the Voyager can be mounted below; just be sure the camera does not obstruct the light(s).

Before drilling, temporarily install the bracket on the camera and hold it up at the desired location for mounting. Be sure that the antenna can be positioned vertically without obstructions. Then mark and mount the bracket using the supplied screws; weatherproof sealant must be applied to prevent water damage. Remove the nearest clearance light and select a location to drill a 3/4-inch hole in order to run the cable to the light fixture. Insert the cable with the grommet and route it to the clearance light. It may be necessary to enlarge the clearance light hole behind the light to be able to splice together the Voyager cable. Prior to tightening the screws, you will need to install the monitor inside the tow vehicle. 

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In the cab of the truck, plug the power cable to the back of the monitor and secure with the supplied cable tie. Once the provided bracket is attached to the rear of the monitor (using the supplied screws), find a suitable location on your windshield for mounting, using the suction cup with snap lever. Make sure the location does not block your vision. Plug the power cord of the Voyager monitor into any 12-volt DC outlet and move the antenna to a vertical position. 

Press the power button on the monitor and turn on your vehicle’s parking lights. The camera image should appear in approximately 10 seconds. If the monitor is not receiving a signal from the camera, an image will not appear on the screen and you will need to pair your camera with the monitor. This step requires two people following the pairing process described in the installation manual. Adjust the viewing angle of the camera and tighten the screws on the camera bracket. Be sure that the antenna always remains in a vertical position. 

The Voyager system provides an excellent view of multiple angles and builds confidence when changing lanes and backing into close quarters. Infrared, low-light enhancement capabilities support images that are clear day or night. Overall, on the road, the monitor gives the driver better visibility of potential blind spots, especially while executing lane changes at night and in traffic.

In camp, the combination of sight and sound proved indispensable while backing into narrow campsites. During our test, the camera views clearly informed the driver of tree limbs to avoid, and the helper was able to use verbal instructions to prevent the trailer from smacking into a drainage pipe that was protruding out of the ground near the rear wheels. That incident alone proved the value of this backup camera system. It’s nice to have eyes in the back of your head.

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5 Responses to “Voyager Wireless Backup Camera Delivers a Clear View”

  1. kila on May 31st, 2012 1:41 pm

    Very good write-up. And well-timed (I must say), I ordered mine and will be installing it on my 2012 Lance 992 in a day or so. Thank you.

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  2. David Pusey on June 11th, 2012 5:45 am

    This is a good article and the back up system is needed to keep the temper between a married couple down. lol But I have a DPusher and the system is the same manufacturer, but the monitor went to a black screen. (monitor is bad) I would like to replace it with a wireless system. Does anyone know where and who can help me with this??

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  3. Murray Fisher on August 9th, 2012 5:39 am

    These cameras should really be mandatory on all large vehicles. You mention avoiding an accident with a drainage pipe, but the real value is in preventing accidents with children…

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  4. Rick Chalk on October 19th, 2012 2:23 pm

    Problems. Standing still the camera and audio picture quality is excellent. HOWEVER when the vehicle is moving the quality of the picture seriously diminishes. Vehicles in your view freeze, then dart ahead, and the jerky stop and start of your view is very disappointing for a camera at a high price point. Good luck.

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  5. CVharlie Hulien on May 24th, 2013 5:41 pm

    I have a Rand McNally GPS 7720 that has a video input. I would like to install a wireless back up camera on my 38′ fifth wheel. Can you please tell me what wireless rear camera systems are available for my GPS? I called Rand McNally but they had no idea.

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