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My new favorite tool: I’ve solved so many RV issues with this gadget!

By Nanci Dixon
My new favorite tool was just delivered. It is a Digital Inspection Endoscope that allows me to see into very tight, small, dark spaces. It is two cameras at the end of a long, 16 ft. cable connected to a viewing monitor so I can see exactly what the cameras see. This thing is cool!

I have been consumed with tracking down the entrance holes of the mice invasions in our motorhome. I could see where they came out (under the island cabinet) but not what they left or chewed up on their way there. I also couldn’t see far enough in the bays to discover the entrance. This endoscope is perfect! I found a chewed up wire and a torn furnace duct. I also found the hole under the bay they slunk through, and sealed it up. Whew!

Next, I wanted to see behind the TV to check if all the connections were tight. The TV has been blinking on and off, so I knew something was wrong. It was easy to fish the cable and camera through a small opening, look around and snap a couple pics! You can view the camera live and take pictures or video to review later. I found the loose plug.

It was hard to see the motorhome’s diesel engine without taking a panel out in a bay or removing the tile floor in the motorhome closet. We simply pushed the camera through from the back and with the two lenses, and got a great front and side view.

Lost my hairbrush somewhere behind a drawer – found it! The tangle of wires in the AV cabinet? Now I can find where they come from, what they connect to, where they go and how to untangle them without disconnecting everything. Now that’s something I’ll be celebrating…

Just can’t wait to find another problem to “look” into. If you don’t have one of these nifty gadgets, I highly recommend buying one. You’ll have a lot of fun with it, and I can say that from experience.

##RVT964

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travelingjw
8 months ago

Going to use mine today. I have Coroplast covering the bottom of my TT but want to run a cable for my new Weboost Reach RV antenna. So I will just drill a few small holes to see where I can run the cables and then cover them with gorilla tape.

Fred
8 months ago

Bought one like this 8 years ago that hooks up to my laptop, but it was only $22.

Steven M Jenkins
8 months ago
Reply to  Fred

I got one of those the fist time RVTravel recommended it. IT DOES NOT CLOSE-FOCUS. Thus, in those tight space you cannot focus on anything. Waste of money.

Mike
8 months ago

It’d be good for a black tank inspection too! I think I’d get a separate cable though. 😎

DW/ND
11 months ago

I have the Harbor Freight camera assy complete kit in a plastic carrying case. 3.5″ screen, 320×240 pixels. 14″ fiber-optic cam cable. (.jpg and .avi formats). Rechargeable lith-ion batt. to 4 hrs. continuous. 5x digital zoom or view on a monitor or laptop via USB. Item #60695. I have had it for some years and if I recall it was $87.00. Solved a few problems with it – in addition to tooth and facial orifice exams!!!

I also have a small USB plug-in cable and software which works well on my laptop. Waterproof. 60 deg. angle w/6 LED lites at end of 16.4′ cam cable. It works well too, however the lite could be brighter. Still or video directly into into your PC or lap-top. (Phone – ?) I have had this a number of years also – not sure where I bought it. Ebay?

Lorraine A Gehring
1 year ago

Yes, but how did you reach the hairbrush to retrieve it? Couldn’t you use the same process to see the hairbrush in the first place? Ditto for the tv. You still had to reach the loose plug. You found the mouse hole. You still had to reach it to plug it. Not sure why you are so enamored with this camera.

Dr. Michael
1 year ago

This is awesome and at a nice price.
If you put the camera end on a long rod, you should be able to see the top of your slides or even the roof. By lowering the rod to the ground, you should be able to see the underside of the coach.

Charles Frans
1 year ago

Home colonoscopy kit for F/T RVrs? Just a thought………….. 🙂

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

What a great idea.

Doug McIntire
2 years ago

I got the same one. Love it and use it all the time just the way you describe. Going ant watching soon.

Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Doug McIntire

Got mine at Harbor Freight .. works great. How many of us that have these use them for fun stuff like tonsil/tooth inspection, nose selfies, a look in the ear maybe?

Al Wilson
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

which one did you get Part #please would you buy it again

Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Al Wilson

yes I would .. it is a seperate camera, cable and small hand held monitor.SKU#s 61839, 67979, or 62359. About $75 but often on sale @ 20% or more off. (https://www.harborfreight.com/digital-inspection-camera-61839.html)

Dr. Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Yes, but the Harbor Freight camera comes with a 3-foot camera for $75. This unit comes with a 16-foot camera/cable for $65.

Steven M Jenkins
2 years ago

I ordered one of those scopes and ran it into tight places on my RV. It does NOT close-focus, so everything in a tight space is out of focus. Worthless!

Kenneth M Merry
2 years ago

Hi

Kenneth M Merry
2 years ago

Have a DEPSTECH brand and am very happy with it. Is it possible the factory messed up and you got the bad unit. Might give them a call, if they can’t help would most likely send out a replacement at no charge, best wishes. Mike

Alpenliter
8 months ago

I too have the DEPSTECH unit and it does macro focus just fine.

Bill Richardson
8 months ago

I too have a Depstech with a 35′ cable I bought to inspect a drain line at home. Love it. It was invaluable when I had to replace the water pump in the cassette toilet in our truck camper. I last used it about a month ago to run a new wire through the roof structure from one side of our rv to the other side. Was able to find a small passageway and see the end of the wire as I snaked it through.

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