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Flush-mount multi-view rear view camera with distance guide lines

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A camera that looks like it came with your car

Accele's RVC1150T rear-view camera can help you back in or out of parking spaces, day or night. This tiny, metal-cased camera mounts "OEM-style" — once you drill a mounting hole and snap it into position, it'll look like it came with your car from the factory. The sensitive 0.2 lux camera picks up clear images, even in low-light conditions. Accele includes the hole saw drill bit, along with a 16-foot RCA video cable that connects to your video screen up front.

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Plenty of viewing options

You can mount the RVC1150T in a license plate recess and get a wide-angle view of what's behind your vehicle. You can configure the RVC1150T to show guide lines in the rear-view display, so you can better judge distances while backing into a parking space. Or, you can mount this versatile camera high on a roof line or tailgate handle pointing straight down, to see what's directly behind your vehicle's rear bumper and wheels, so you won't run over anything. You pick the viewing mode for your application by re-configuring a wire in the camera harness.

Highlights:

  • rear-view flush-mount camera
  • water-resistant, black cast-metal case
  • can be configured as rearward or downward facing
  • distance guide lines can be displayed in rearward facing mode
  • 23.5 mm hole saw drill bit included
  • 0.2 lux CCD-based camera sees clearly, even in low-light conditions
  • 165-degree wide viewing angle
  • 22' power/video cable included
  • dimensions: 1-3/8" x 1-3/8" x 1-3/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Rearview camera (w/ integrated flush-mount bracket and attached 6' cable)
  • 22' Power/video cable
  • 23.5mm Hole saw
  • Programming Instructions

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Features

Multi-Purpose Camera: The Accele RVC1150T can be configured as a rear-view, downward-view, or side-view camera. It provides you with a clear wide-angle view of either the rear, tow-hitch, or side of your vehicle. This multi-purpose camera features a IP67 waterproof housing.

Note: Image is always reversed.

Composite Video Connector: The Accele RVC1150T multi-purpose camera features a standard composite video output (RCA plug) which makes it compatible with virtually any mobile video monitor featuring a rear view camera input.

Wide Viewing Angle/Low Lux: The RVC1150T's multi-purpose camera offers a 165° vertical and horizontal viewing angle providing an excellent field of vision behind you in your vehicle. The multi-purpose camera provides minimum illumination of 0.2 lux.

Mounting Options: The RVC1150T's integrated mounting bracket allows you to flush-mount this multi-purpose camera to your vehicle. The camera should be mounted to the underside of your vehicle's rear bumper or other horizontal surface for a rear view. The camera will need to be mounted with the lens facing downward on the rear of your vehicle to keep an eye your tow-hitch. The camera can also be mounted to the right or left front-fender of your vehicle for a side view. A 23.5mm hole saw is included to drill out a hole for the integrated mounting bracket.

Connections: The multi-purpose camera features an attached 6' power/video cable terminated by a proprietary connector. This cable plugs into the included 22' power/video cable which features a composite video connector and power/ground wires on the other end. The composite video connector plugs into your in-dash head unit's composite video-camera input. The power/ground wires need be connected to your vehicle's 12-volt electrical system.

 
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4 out of 5

RCV 1150T

Written By Ron, Canton MI on Monday, September 22, 2014
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Easy to install. Field of view is a little narrow.
Pros:
Ease of installation.
Cons:
Narrow field of view
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3 out of 5

Not for me

Written By John B., Indiana on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Install was nice. Easy hookup. Turned it on and video was awesome, but it was backwards. This I found to be very awkward to use. I hooked it up to a Kenwood receiver, and there is no fix that I could find to flip the image. I hated to send it back but it wasn't right for my install.
Pros:
Easy install, excellent image, low profile very clean look.
Cons:
No way to flip the image left to right
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5 out of 5

Accele RVC1150T

Written By DL, Salt Lake City, UT on Friday, September 05, 2014
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Great camera. Easy to install, looks like a factory camera and the picture quality is great.
Pros:
Looks OEM Great Picture Quality Metal Housing
Cons:
The instructions to adjust the views were lacking. Have to cut wires in order to get the camera picture flipped and add the back-up distance lines.
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4 out of 5

Nice factory looking camera

Written By Timmy S, Waynesboro, VA on Monday, August 18, 2014
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Great camera for the price installed this on my 2010 Nissan Titan and paired it with the Kenwood DNX891HD head unit could not be happier. The reason for the 4-stars is because the instructions are terrible and the picture is not very good when it's dark outside. For those that are wondering how to cut the loops in your wiring here is your answer cut the green wire to add parking lines and cut the white wire to make the image you see on your screen do a 180. All in All very nice camera for the price
Pros:
Nice strong metal construction. Flush mount look for a more factory style camera. works great in the daylight.
Cons:
Terrible instructions. Grainy dark image at night.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

2012 Colorado Upgrade

Written By Anonymous, Chaska, MN on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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Great camera with OEM look. Works great.
Pros:
Fits in keyhole, everything needed is included.
Cons:
Weak instructions, poor night vision.
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5 out of 5

This camera is awesome.

Written By Taurean P, PA on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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Best reverse camera I ever bought. Its clear and easy to install
Pros:
easy and fast installation, clear at night when i really need it.
Cons:
haven't had any problems yet so no cons for me.
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4 out of 5

Great add on

Written By Driller, Westmont, IL on Monday, July 28, 2014
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This is an excellent camera for my 2006 Toyota Highlander. The included hole saw made the creation of the opening for the unit easy. The unit looks like it is original equipment. It is hooked up to a Jensen VX 7020. Image is sharp in daylight and reasonable at night. Parking lines very helpful. Does what I want.
Pros:
Fit and finish.
Cons:
Instructions poor. Thanks to other reviewers for posting which loop to cut to get the parking lines.
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4 out of 5

Works great, looks Factory!

Written By Gadget Man, Baton Rouge, LA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Installed in the tailgate latch of a 2007 F-150 Crew Cab. The installation looks factory and the camera works great. I knocked off 1 star for the only two complaints I have. 1) the instructions may as well be nonexistent, they are Horrible. 2) the picture is very grainy under low light conditions (aka dusk/night time). If you are wondering about camera placement, check out the question I just answered for someone in the Customer Q&A section. All in all, I'm very satisfied with looks, quality, and functionality. I even installed a switch in my dash for turning the camera on at any time (downside is it also turns on my reverse lights). This works good if you want to check on a trailer you are towing or that a** hole tailgating you :-)
Pros:
Looks Factory Wide viewing angle Metal Casing
Cons:
Horrible Instructions Grainy Night Time Picture
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5 out of 5

Great rear view camera

Written By james, Annapolis, MD on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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Great image with good looking backup lines.
Pros:
Looks as if it were factory installed and comes with the required hardware and drill bit.
Cons:
If you place it too low on the vehicle you don't have a good view up at vehicles behind you higher than about the mount height.
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5 out of 5

Worth every penny

Written By richajam, LV NV on Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Best investment for my 2011 Ford FX4 SCEW
Pros:
easy to install. feels much safer backing out of parking areas.
Cons:
noje
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good camera

Written By Garrett P., Long Island NY on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Great picture and very simple install
Pros:
Picture quality
Cons:
Price
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Accele RVC1150T

Written By Frank M, Los Angeles ca on Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Easy install good product
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

BACKUP CAMERA...

Written By Creekman, Texas on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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Very nice unit, 160 degree view, small, the fit and finish is excellent, looks factory. And even comes with its own drill for installation. If I had a comment, the backup camera comes with a 6' cable, plus a 22' cable. I cut down the 6' cable to 1' so when I pulled the bumper valance there was enough to disconnect the cable, but not 6' of loose cable floating around behind the bumper/valance , then ran the 22' cable to the instrument panel which can be cut to length.
Pros:
Factory small, good view...
Cons:
The 6' attached cable covers the bases for most application, but I like tidy and shorten the cable...
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

grate product

Written By favoritmouse, hastings,MN on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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grate product easy to install worked grate took me about 1/2 HR to install it came with the drill bit and every thing cool ha
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

OEM Look

Written By Jimh70458, slidell! LA on Monday, January 06, 2014
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I was looking for a rear view camera for my Nissan Frontier that didn't look like an afterthought. Drilling into a vehicle to mount something can make you a little nervous. However, with a little forethought and planning things usually work out well. Overall I am extremely happy with the camera and the view it provides. I would buy this product again.
Pros:
Nice OEM look. Great daylight camera.Grid lines for backing up. Simple instructions. Supplied cables were plenty long for mounting on the tailgate and reaching the back of the aftermarket radio and GPS.
Cons:
A little grainy in very dark conditions, but does an adequate job. At a higher price point than some other products, but there aren't many options for low lux cameras that look factory.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Accele RVC1150T

Written By fragout!, APO on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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I installed this camera on a Ford Focus ST. The picture quality is pretty good and has plenty of cable length. I actually had about 1 1/2 foot extra cable that I had to stash. The camera battery is made out of metal and seems durable. However, there are a couple of issues that needs to be addressed. First is the instructions. The instructions are not clear at all. I had to experiment with the camera to figure it out. If you hold the camera by the cable were the camera is hanging, lens is pointed down and no wires (loops)cut, the picture is right side up (normal picture). If you hold the camera the same way and cut the blue wire, the picture is the same except it adds parking lines to aid in parking. This is ultimately what I wanted and the instructions were not clear on this. I don't know what will happen if you cut the white wire. The second issue is that the camera plugs into the cable harness by a small white plastic plug attached to the ends of the camera cable and harness cable. I accidently pulled this plug off by routing it through the car. Use caution when doing this or you will end up having to cut and splice the wires together. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the camera. I hope this helps somewhat because the instructions are not clear. Best of luck!
Pros:
Great picture, plenty of cable length, easy to install
Cons:
Instructions need updating; plastic connector plug pulls off easily
12 out of 13 people found this helpful
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3 questions already asked

I for the life of me cannot get this camera to work. Have tried multiple power and ground points. Head unit switches to camera signal when put in reverse via the purple wire included with harness but not signal from the camera. Wondering if I got a lemon. Any suggestions? [ Scott  Aug 09, 2014 ]
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  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 09, 2014 ]
Any F-150 Owners care to share were they mounted this Camera. If it was in the Tailgate handle does it show the bumper and trailer hitch, or does it need to be shimmed to show the bumper? [ Chris  Jul 17, 2014 ]
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  • Good question Chris. I have a 2007 F-150 Crew Cab and I did mount it in the Tailgate latch. It does NOT show the bumper or trailer hitch; however I came up with a simple solution. If mounted in the lower left hand corner of the tailgate latch (the only spot you can mount on the latch), it will show the ground approximately 8 inches behind your bumper. I find it looked best as well as looking professional and factory made at that location. I came up with two solutions to the problem. 1) Shim it like you discussed; however I just didn't like the way it looked having been shimmed out so far. OR 2) Take a few zip ties/wire/string/etc. and make a loop, then hook one end on the post that the latch catches on, and the other to the tailgate catch. This allows the tailgate to open a few inches and look right at the bumper and hitch. I don't tow trailers every day, so this was the best option for me. If you do tow trailers on a daily basis and don't want to get out of the truck to open the tailgate a few inches, then shimming would be the way to go. Also, the way mine worked out, the edges of the camera viewing area are in line with the sides of my truck. I just know that when I am backing up, the bottom of the camera screen is approx. 8 inches away from my bumper. It works great for me on my 7 inch pioneer screen. I hope this helps, let me know if I can help you any more. [ Aaron   Jul 23, 2014 ]
  • I returned this item. Sorry I could not help. [ MICHAEL   Jul 18, 2014 ]
  • I have an F-150 and a Suburban. I mounted the camera in my suburban at about the same level as the Ford logo on my truck (they park side by side) Tailgate contour is similar between the two at that point. I can see the bumper and hitch when backing. I also clipped the wires to turn on the grid which makes lining up the hitch a breeze. Its a round about answer but I don't think you will need shims I didn't use any on the Suburban. [ Dorothy   Jul 18, 2014 ]
  • I have a 2008 dodge ram and i put it right below the tail gate handle cas on mine there s no way to out it right at the handle like on the newer trucks that already come with the camera from factory, With this camara u can change the angles so u should see the bumper and the hitch, i like it [ agustin   Jul 18, 2014 ]
Are there cables to connect to the reverse trigger of the monitor and the backup up lights so that its only powered when backing and automatically triggers the monitor? [ Radlaw  May 19, 2014 ]
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  • You will need to buy additional wire for the trigger and to connect into your reverse light... I found speaker wire was easier since the wire is already connected and u have to run two wires... One that connects to the reverse light then it runs up to ur headunit trigger... Then a wire running from the ACC of the headunit back to the camera for power... The RCA plug is attached to the camera and u run those up to ur headunit with ur trigger and power cable [ BRIAN E   May 23, 2014 ]
  • I haven't installed my camera yet, but there is a power, ground, and signal lead. You would need to only have power to the camera while you were backing up, Simply find the reverse lamp wire and use that for power to the camera so it's not always on. HOwever, I'm going by memory so I'm not 100% sure. [ Philip   May 22, 2014 ]
  • Yes. I have installed this on my wife's 2011 Toyota Venza and this is the best camera out there. I would strongly recommend it. Thanks - Sean [ Venture   May 21, 2014 ]
  • The camera plugged into the back of my unit with the provided cable. Automatically displays when the vehicle s placed in reverse (powered off of back up lights circuit). [ JAMES   May 20, 2014 ]
  • When I installed mine I powered the camera off of the wire to the backup light that way the camera is only "live" when the vehicle is in reverse. The radio wiring harness will be wired into the vehicle in such a way as to tell the radio that the vehicle is in reverse and it will open the view up to the camera. One other helpful hint with this camera is that if your image is upside down you may need to clip one of the camera feed wires, also if you want a grid on the display you will have to cut a second wire. Crutchfield support can tell you which ones or a web search will tell you. [ Dorothy   May 20, 2014 ]
  • No. The camera has 3 cables. Positive power, negative power, and video feed. In my situation, the head unit controls the camera operation. My radio had a wire to attach to the backup lights. When the car is put into reverse, the radio switches to the camera aux video feed. I spliced the camera power into my radio power cable so that the camera power is only on when the radio is on. In short, the radio controls what is seen on it, power is controlled by the power source that you choose to splice into. [ Phillip   May 20, 2014 ]
  • There is a positive and negative for the camera, You can use the 12v power of the the reverse light to signal the camera to come on, I did this. There's 2 other little wires on the camera (blue and white) and the camera comes with instructions on which one to cut if you want to invert the camera and to add the back up lines. Hope this helps [ kristopher   May 20, 2014 ]
  • Yes the camera will only come on when the reverse is triggered, after that it turns off [ RICARDO   May 20, 2014 ]
  • Should be a red wire on camera cable both ends. You can hook the wire on the camera end to your reverse signal then just plug the connector into your radio. Depending on your radio you might need a seperate harness to wire in so radio can see reverse signal. [ RYAN   May 20, 2014 ]
  • There is a short cable that hooks to your backup light and ground and a long cable that hooks to the video input. With my monitor this works very well and the rear view displays as soon as I put it in reverse and goes away when I shift out. The camera words very well. You can have it display with backup guides line or with out. The instructions for changing guide line preference is a little confusing but I worked it out. I am pleased with my unit which has given me no problems so far. [ Roderick   May 20, 2014 ]
  • It connects to the revers light to get power. [ KEVIN   May 19, 2014 ]
  • The camera has an integral power and video cable for 3 feet. then it is broken into two cables. One is for power and one for video. I would see no reason that you could not splice the power cable to the rear back up lights power lead. The monitor (in the dash) is triggered by the reverse switch in the cars wiring bundle. I am not sure if this is the same high current line that actually lights the reverse lamps. These might be two different systems. one to tell the monitor that the car is in reverse (low current trigger signal) and one to power the camera (high current 12Vdc source). [ ROBERT   May 19, 2014 ]
  • Yes. [ JAMES   May 19, 2014 ]
  • Yes [ KYLE   May 19, 2014 ]
  • Yes [ KYLE   May 19, 2014 ]

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