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Old 04-08-2015, 01:08 PM   #1
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2014.5 Ext Backup Camera

It is impossible to see anything at night with my back up camera and it is grainy at best during the day. I'm taking it down to the Colonial dealership in Lakewood, NJ friday.... but I was wondering if anyone had similar trouble?
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I find mine to be equally useless. Even during the day when going down the road, the extremely wide angle lens makes traffic appear to be miles behind you. If I was going to change it, I would opt for camera with a reduced wide angle. And, as far as using it to back up, it would probably be more useful if it were mounted lower. I usually have it turned off and use the black out screen as a rear view mirror.
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I have mine on while I'm driving, mainly because I pull a toad and the camera allows me to monitor the toad. It's not really intended for use going down the highway; it's meant for seeing things CLOSE behind you (such as your darling children) when you're backing up. Where I back into my parking space at my apartment building, the camera allows me to stop just about two inches before my Roadmaster towbar would strike the fence. Backing into a paved campsite, it allows me to stop when my rear bumper is right at the edge of the pavement, without having to rustle up a fellow camper to guide me into the spot. I don't consider the camera to be useless at all; you just have to use it the way it's intended to be used.

When I'm not pulling my toad, I often leave the camera turned off and just use the outside mirrors, same as every other panel van driver used to do before the advent of rear-view cameras.
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I agree that the rearview image is mostly useless. Its is horrible compared to cameras I have in other vehicles (Honda and Acura). When I did my prepurchase inspection I thought it was too dark, Colonial said they did a diagnostic check on it and it is to the manufacturers spec.

If you have any luck with colonial fixing it to your satisfaction I'd love to hear about. Also you might ask to see some other new ones and how they perform, to maybe get better frame of reference about yours.
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When I purchased my 2005 Interstate, backup cameras were not available for the unit. The very first addition as part of the sales agreement was to have a backup camera and 6 inch screen installed. My camera is installed in the rear passenger side door just below the handle. The screen has depth markers in green, yellow and red to show me how close my bumper is to anything or anybody. It does not show how close my upper stoplight is to high objects (ask me HOW I KNOW----$38.00 part). I believe there should be a legal requirement that all LIMITED VISABILITY VEHICLES must have backup cameras for safety.
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Both of mine have a good, clear image, nite and day. All reverse view cameras I've had have had "fish eye" lens and like Protag said are intended for seeing what's behind you and close.

To help w/ this, I put markers on my screen for 10', 20', & 30'. That helps keep things in perspective.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:59 PM   #7
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Great idea, shark!


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Thanks. I need to do one more for the minimum distance so I can stop when the rear bumper is even w/ the curb rather than when I hear the curb trying to rip the propane valve box off.
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Just back from the dealership and they checked all the wiring... The dealership also removed a chair and installed my wardrobe hangers. Unfortunately, the camera is just crappy. The 2015 is exactly the same. They said they could upgrade me to a wireless one for about $1000 but I turned it down. The parts guy said he was going to see if Pyle has a camera upgrade that wouldn't require new wiring... We shall see.


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When I purchased my 2005 Interstate, backup cameras were not available for the unit. The very first addition as part of the sales agreement was to have a backup camera and 6 inch screen installed. My camera is installed in the rear passenger side door just below the handle. The screen has depth markers in green, yellow and red to show me how close my bumper is to anything or anybody. It does not show how close my upper stoplight is to high objects (ask me HOW I KNOW----$38.00 part). I believe there should be a legal requirement that all LIMITED VISABILITY VEHICLES must have backup cameras for safety.
Do you have pictures of your camera and cable routing in that door?
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Sorry no photos of the installation of the camera. Installer did use a type of wire that is designed for aircraft to bridge the gap between the side of the sprinter and the door. It does not crimp, has hundreds if strands for flexibility and does not get caught in the door . It has a flat profile about 1 inch wide by 3/32 thick. Hope that helps.
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I have mine on while I'm driving, mainly because I pull a toad and the camera allows me to monitor the toad. It's not really intended for use going down the highway; it's meant for seeing things CLOSE behind you (such as your darling children) when you're backing up. Where I back into my parking space at my apartment building, the camera allows me to stop just about two inches before my Roadmaster towbar would strike the fence. Backing into a paved campsite, it allows me to stop when my rear bumper is right at the edge of the pavement, without having to rustle up a fellow camper to guide me into the spot. I don't consider the camera to be useless at all; you just have to use it the way it's intended to be used.

When I'm not pulling my toad, I often leave the camera turned off and just use the outside mirrors, same as every other panel van driver used to do before the advent of rear-view cameras.
Now that I am pulling a toad, I totally agree with Protag. Pulling back in from the passing lane is made much easier by using the rear camera. So I retract my earlier statement about the camera being useless. HD quality would be good though!!
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It still leaves the problem with rain it is useless in the rain.
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I have considered making a small hood that extends an inch or so back from the camera to try to keep the water off of the lens. I suppose the suction effect though will probably negate this. Still think I'll give it a try.
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