About the Crux RVCVW-73B
Back that Beetle up
Back that Beetle up
If you're looking for a back-up camera for the factory touchscreen navigation system in your Volkswagen Beetle, the Crux RVCVW-73B package gives you a whole new view as soon as you put your VW in reverse. This camera fits in the factory light location over your license plate and includes its own incandescent light. Crux includes the necessary harnesses and a 15-foot extension cable that connects to the proprietary input on the back of your Volkswagen radio. Once installed, you'll see a 170-degree wide view of what's behind you on your radio's video display.
Crux also includes an OBD coder module for activating this rear-view system. Simply plug it into your Beetle's OBD port.
Installing this camera yourself? Here's what you should know.
What does it do? Unless otherwise noted, a backup camera is only intended for use backing up your vehicle. (If you require a front-view or constant rear-view camera, check for that capability.)
What tools and supplies will I need? A panel tool, a wire cutter/stripper, a soldering iron, and a rosin-core solder with heat shrink tubing are recommended, along with whatever tools are needed to remove the radio from the dash.
How much wiring is required? Wiring instructions vary from camera to camera. Some cameras have power wiring that can only be connected near the radio. Others let you power the camera at compatible reverse lights. In all cases, the camera must be wired for power and ground, the camera's video output must be connected to the radio/monitor, and the radio/monitor must be connected to a reverse trigger in your vehicle. Some radio replacement interfaces supply a reverse trigger wire for the radio -- using that wire to power your camera will damage the interface.
Will the included video cable be long enough? You'll need to route the camera's video cable from its mounting location outside your vehicle into your vehicle's cabin and all the way to the screen in the dash. This often requires drilling a small hole in your vehicle or filing some metal and or plastic. You'll also need to estimate the length of cable needed to run from the camera to the dash, which will not be a straight shot. Each camera's cable length is listed.
- waterproof rear-view camera with incandescent light for select Volkswagen Beetles
- compatible with MFD3/RNS-315 navigation systems
- 15' video extension cable included
- resolution: 420 TV lines
- 170° wide viewing angle
- parking lines
- illumination: 0.2 Lux minimum for night driving
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # RVCVW-73B
What's in the box:
- Rearview integration module
- OBD coder module
- Backup camera (attached 2' cable)
- 2' Interface harness
- 20' Camera cable
- 10" OBD harness
- Power down circuit
- Installation Instructions
- Wiring Instructions
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Sightline Series rearview Camera System: The Sightline series RVCVW-73B rearview camera system by Crux has been specifically designed for select Volkswagen vehicles that are equipped with a factory MFD3/RNS-315 factory navigation radio. Now you can use your vehicle's factory radio to see what's behind you when backing up. The RVCVW-73 comes with an interface module and the necessary harnesses and cables to connect the rearview camera to your VW vehicle's factory system.
Note: This rearview camera kit is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rearview camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rearview camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.
Vehicle Compatibility: The Sightline series RVCVW-73B rearview camera system is compatible with 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetles that feature a factory MFD3/RNS-315 navigation radio (as of 1/23/18).
Rearview Camera: The included rearview camera features a 656x492 image sensor with a minimum illumination of 0.2 lux and a 170° wide-angle lens. The camera mounts in the factory light location over your license plate. You'll need to remove the light bulb out of the old light assembly and insert into the new camera housing. The rearview camera features a waterproof housing to protect it against the elements.
Park Assist Lines: The rearview camera provides parking assist lines on the screen of your vehicle's in-dash factory radio. These parking lines are there to assist you when backing up into a parking space. There are two vertical lines which help you judge the left and right edges of the parking space and your vehicle. There are also 3 color-coded horizontal lines that are used to distinguish how close you are getting to the end of the parking spot - Yellow (Clear), Purple (Getting Close), Red (Very Close).
Note: By default the parking assist lines are "On". To turn the parking assist lines "Off", connect the two small, thin white wires within the cable that is attached to the camera.
Automatic Rearview Switching: In order for the vehicle's system to recognize the installed rearview interface module and backup camera and engage them when the vehicle is in reverse, your vehicle's system must be coded using the supplied OBD module and harness. The OBD module and harness can be removed once coding processing is done. Now the factory radio's monitor will automatically switch over to the rearview camera so you can see what's behind you immediately.
Power Down Circuit: The included power down circuit is designed to extend the life of the camera. The power down circuit includes a +12V Constant Power wire (yellow), +12V Accessory Wire (red), Reverse wire (green), and Ground wire (black). See Installation Instructions on how to hardwire these connections.
Wiring Connections: The rearview camera features an attached 2' power/signal cable and a 20' extension cable that plug into each other. The extension cable is routed through the vehicle and plugs into the included 2' interface harness which then plugs into the interface module and factory radio connector behind the radio. The power down circuit installs between the vehicle's reverse light and the rearview camera.
Tech Tip: If asked for a "Code" on the radio display after you have connected the interface and powered On the car, do not enter a code; simply wait 10 seconds then turn Off the vehicle. Normal operation should resume after.