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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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DW/ND
1 day 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

Donald N Wright
11 months ago

What a great idea.

Doug McIntire
1 year 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
11 months ago
Reply to  Bill

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

Bill
4 months 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
4 months 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Hi

Kenneth M Merry
1 year 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