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Re: Espace 4- rear mudflaps, 12v accessory feed in cab?

Originally Posted by jackrussel View Post
Been told today, by local main dealer, that Espace 4 cannot have rear mudflaps- hence Renault don't do them. I have front ones, but don't relish crud from rear wheels splattering the front of my caravan when towing. Also, I need a 12v switched feed in the cab for a monitor for a rear view camera- where can I find one that will keep wiring to a minimum in the dash area; the monitor will be on a screen mount near the rearview mirror. TIA,,, Dave
Hi, did you have any luck?
I have a Mark 4 Grande Espace and it came with mud flaps on all four wheels when I brought the car second hand some time ago (although the near side rear has since vanished! - I assume fallen off). I have just had a good look at them but can't see any manufacturer or part codes etc. so not sure where they were sourced or indeed who actually fitted them.

With regard to the 12v supply I assume you know there are two 12v sockets in the rear of the Grande Espace, one in the boot near the CD changer compartment and one inside the rear interior side panel storage area (arm rest near window). There is obviously the third and fourth ones in the front centre console.

There are only two rear parking sensors (retro fitted by previous owner) on my Grande Espace so there are parking blind spots. With that in mind I was also considering the possibility of having a rear parking camera fitted and recently spent some time contacting specialists for prices. The best I found was a specialist car Audio firm based in Poole, Dorset who would supply and fit the rear camera (can be used night time and day time) with a full colour, modern LCD dashboard screen for about 180 including fitting and VAT. All wires concealed. Other firms were charging in excess of 400 for similar kit. I have now been to see the firm and had a look at the kit and was very impressed. While there they were fitting the system to three brand new cars. I can't recommend their work as I've not had mine fitted yet but I'm happy to give you there details if you wish.

As a point of interest, my CD multicanger finally gave up two weeks ago as it refused to eject the cartridge even after pressing the emergency eject tab under the casing. With that in mind I sourced a company in South East London who supplied and fitted a fantastic device which allows me to play my entire digital music collection via either iPhone or iPod and control the whole thing through the factory fitted existing steering wheel controls. Everything appears on the digital dashboard as it would had the CD multichanger been connected. Basically, they unpluged the broken multi changer then just plugged the existing lead into this new small digital device (its about the size of a pack of playing cards). The sound quaility is brilliant. The whole thing cost 130 supplied and fitted but the device itself was only 90. To be honest, the fitting was so simple that in hindsight I should have fitted it myself. They also offer a SD card version. What does this have to do with a rear parking camera I hear you ask? Well, this firm sell a very different type of device where a large rear view mirror clips over your existing one and is then linked to a rear view camera. This new rear view mirror works as a normal mirror. However, as soon as you put the car into reverse apparently an LCD screen becomes visible through the mirro and that's we're you have the screen. The nice thing is that there's no LCD screen visible on the top of the dash, however this could be hidden permanently within the upper central storage area of the dash (which is where my 5" Garmin is permanently fitted out of site).

I hope you and the other members may find some of this information usefull.

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