Install drainage for the Golf Mark VI Rear View Camera (RVC) installed in a Golf Mark VI

This guide is just one of the steps to installing a Golf Mark VI RVC into a Golf Mark VI – Installing a Golf Mark VI Rear View Camera (RVC) into a Golf Mark VI.

The Volkswagen RVC Camera from the Mark VI has a drain hole under the camera in the housing and this does build up a substantial amount of water under the right circumstances, I found around a litre of water in the base of the hatch after a downpour and when the hatch was opened in ran down inside the area around the rear window. There are two problems with drainage into the rear hatch and one is that many Golfs have all three drainage holes plugged and painted over and the other is that not all water can drain but instead sits in the seam at the bottom of the hatch until the rear hatch is opened.

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photos: the drainage hole at the base of the camera and the exit point under the camera.

I removed one of the drainage plugs in the middle and whilst it stopped the buildup of excess water I had concerns about the rear hatch long term especially when so much water can make it’s way inside the hatch. The Mark VI has a tube that drains to the outside and that’s what I’ve done here.

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photos: original drain tube installed and drain plug removed.

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photos: drain plug removed and drain plug still in place (left side of car)

Drain Tube


photo: drain tube from a factory fitted RVC fitted to mark 6 GTI

Fitting the tube

After the drain plug has been removed push the tube in.


The tube fits in under the lip on the bottom of the hatch so will require some jiggling around to force it under.


Connect the clear tube to the drain above it.


(note some of the photos above are from a Mark V that has a slightly different setup)

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