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Old 08-02-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Smile blind-spot and back-up cameras advice

I've just bought a 2011 Toyota Tundra in anticipation of finding my AS. I'm very excited! But, I've never towed anything and feel pretty intimidated. Going from a Prius with a back-up camera to the Tundra without, has convinced me that a back-up camera is essential. I'll be towing alone most of the time, so I'm wondering if blind-spot cameras are essential as well. The idea of them makes me feel more comfortable, but what is the reality?

I'm impressed with the ingenuity of those forum members who have rigged up camera systems. I've checked out systems on the internet and the choices and prices are all over the place. I'd appreciate hearing any advice you can offer.

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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I've just bought a 2011 Toyota Tundra in anticipation of finding my AS. I'm very excited! But, I've never towed anything and feel pretty intimidated. Going from a Prius with a back-up camera to the Tundra without, has convinced me that a back-up camera is essential. I'll be towing alone most of the time, so I'm wondering if blind-spot cameras are essential as well. The idea of them makes me feel more comfortable, but what is the reality?
I don't have them, but I doubt blind spot cameras would make much difference in towing. With tow mirrors, seeing alongside the camper isn't a problem - it's seeing alongside the tow vehicle, just like when you're driving it solo, that a blind spot camera would help.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:49 AM   #3
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I've just bought a 2011 Toyota Tundra in anticipation of finding my AS. I'm very excited! But, I've never towed anything and feel pretty intimidated. Going from a Prius with a back-up camera to the Tundra without, has convinced me that a back-up camera is essential. I'll be towing alone most of the time, so I'm wondering if blind-spot cameras are essential as well. The idea of them makes me feel more comfortable, but what is the reality?

I'm impressed with the ingenuity of those forum members who have rigged up camera systems. I've checked out systems on the internet and the choices and prices are all over the place. I'd appreciate hearing any advice you can offer.

A confused newbie thanks
Back up camera's serve 2 purposes.

1. The show you where you been.

2. They show you where you shouldn't go.

The rest is up to the driver.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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I am visually handicapped. Added Sideview and front rear cameras. They are helpful! I especially like my systems night vision...very helpful when you arrive at night to unknown park site.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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My Tundra did not have the backup camera from the factory. I got one installed aftermarket at a car stereo store.
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I don't have one but it has been recommended to me. Simple, affordable.

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Old 08-03-2013, 02:29 AM   #7
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Thank you all for your responses. Skater mentioned "tow mirrors" which I'll check out. And thanks for the leads on different camera systems. I realize how much I don't know. And much I will learn as I go. But when I imagine hooking up and pulling away for the first time, I want to be sure I've got the right set up. So thank you for your help.
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Veteran poster dznf0g has written a treatise on backup camera systems. Good reading:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...ras-83497.html
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