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Old 11-07-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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Inexpensive backup camera w/ multicamera options

I have no affiliation with this company and I haven't purchased one, but what I found interesting is that it supports displaying up to four cameras on your iOS or Android device, and in the accompanying video, they demonstrate it working 80 feet away from the front of the car.

iPhone Android iPad WIFI car backup camera

The transmitter is separate from the camera, so I suppose one might be able to bring the transmitter up to window level to get better reception.
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Hi Tomy I noted this link in one of your posts the other day. This (might) have some real possibilities if it actually works as advertised.
After looking at the video, I'm wondering if one could mount it inside the back window, right up against the glass? That would make the mounting process a lot easier as getting power inside is much easier than out.

I will be interested to watch this thread and see if someone gets one and then we can find out how it works

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Hi Tomy I noted this link in one of your posts the other day. This (might) have some real possibilities if it actually works as advertised.
After looking at the video, I'm wondering if one could mount it inside the back window, right up against the glass? That would make the mounting process a lot easier as getting power inside is much easier than out.

I will be interested to watch this thread and see if someone gets one and then we can find out how it works

Thanks

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Oh I'm sorry, I couldn't remember where I came across it. I need to get back to my memory exercises .

Yeah I also though that some extras under the trailer pointing rearward to the wheels might help in tight spots, that leaves one for maybe roof mounting also facing rearward, to catch any limbs.

I may take the plunge and order one for the front of my car. I have parking assist on the rear of my car, but not on the front, and sometimes I get out of the car in a regular parking lot and realize I'm sticking out a couple of feet.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:08 PM   #4
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Tomy,

Take a look at this one. It costs more, but it really works great. Reception is 75' for an iPhone 5 and 150' feet for a an iPhone 6. With camera systems you get what you pay for and while the one you show may be okay for backup it won't work as a rear view mirror camera.

http://Wireless iPhone Rear View Camera System

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Old 11-08-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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I installed a double-DIN stereo with a large screen in my truck, and two license plate cameras. One on the truck, one on the back of the Airstream. I'm in the process of rigging up two sets of off-road LEDs, one set on the props for the rear hatch, one set on the back of the Airstream. Now that it's not DST, I want to be able to light up the night when backing into a dark campsite!

Having the license plate cam means that I can hitch up by myself. I had the installer rig up a switch so that I can turn on the camera at my pleasure, great as a rear-view mirror when towing.
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Oh I'm sorry, I couldn't remember where I came across it. I need to get back to my memory exercises .

Yeah I also though that some extras under the trailer pointing rearward to the wheels might help in tight spots, that leaves one for maybe roof mounting also facing rearward, to catch any limbs.

I may take the plunge and order one for the front of my car. I have parking assist on the rear of my car, but not on the front, and sometimes I get out of the car in a regular parking lot and realize I'm sticking out a couple of feet.
Any rear camera is better than no camera.

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That looks like the camera that is part of Magellan's system.
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Here's the results of my backup system. I'm stoked! The view out of the rear camera is actually much better than the picture.
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So the cost of the system was pretty low- New stereo (necessary, the stock one in the Dodge RAM 2500 was terrible), BOSS Audio BV9362BI was $135. Each camera was under $30. Lights were $41/pair and $31/pair. 50' of RCA cable was 2X$13, for the video and power. I wound up having to buy a bunch of connectors for the power extension that I ran through the trailer, so if anyone buys a "Pyle PLCM18SC License Plate Mount Rear View Backup Parking Assist Camera, Night Vision LEDs, Built-in Distance Scale Lines, Waterproof, Zinc Black Chr" from Amazon, and wants to build an extension line, let me know. I'll give a good deal on the connectors that you need!
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Where did you get the backup LEDs? I am restoring a '73 Sovereign and would like to incorporate a backup camera system like yours. Thanks.
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I like the wired approach. It is probably much cheaper that way. You got a stereo with a video screen for $135? Since you are still outfitting the inside of the trailer, I guess it was easy to run the wires inside the trailer. I assume these are simple analog and not digital cameras? I have a home security camera system, so I assume it is the same stuff. I use RG-59 with the attached twin lead for 12V power to the cameras. Everything is BNC for video and the barrel connectors for power? Are the backup LED's part of the OEM backup lights or do you have a separate LED for the camera illumination?

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I used RCA cables for video and power. I had to modify the connectors on one cable for the camera power.

These are the trailer bumper lights:
Amazon.com: Genssi AGT LED Off Road Light 4X4 Work Light Waterproof 27W 12V 6000K (60 Deg Flood) (Pack of 2): Automotive

These are the camper shell post lights:
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They illuminate the interior when not doing backup duty.

These are the replacement backup lights:
Amazon.com: Pair of 2 LED 4" Round Back-up Reverse Light Kits Include Grommet, Plug Clear Lens White Light Truck Trailer RV 25108C-WK: Automotive
They basically fit in the existing opening, I'm caulking them in place. They aren't very bright, I couldn't really see much in the video picture. They would have been fine for merely backing up, though. They were a match for the existing taillights the PO installed, so I leaped on them.
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That's genius.
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Tomy,

Take a look at this one. It costs more, but it really works great. Reception is 75' for an iPhone 5 and 150' feet for a an iPhone 6. With camera systems you get what you pay for and while the one you show may be okay for backup it won't work as a rear view mirror camera.

http://Wireless iPhone Rear View Camera System

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Interesting. I've just shot them a question, seeing if they'd be confident it would work with an Airstream. I tested a GoPro Hero3+, with an advertised range of 600', and the stream was far from reliable.
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