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Old 12-01-2015, 08:26 PM   #1
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I want to purchase a rear view camera for the 2016 Airstream that we just ordered. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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I use one from

https://www.rvrearviewcamera.com/

It uses your phone for the screen.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:39 AM   #3
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Any suugestions using a monitor instead of a phone. I want to give it to my husband for xmas and he doesn't have a smartphone. Lynette
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:43 AM   #4
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Voyager wireless
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:06 AM   #5
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The Voyager digital wireless is a proven combination. Cheaper analog cameras are hit or miss as to picture reception, especially with an aluminum Airstream.
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Yes, if you can't use a phone, Voyager is the way to go.
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+1 for Voyager - we love it
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:14 AM   #8
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Rearview camera

Thanks so much for the suggestions. Sounds like Voyager is the way to go. Do all of the models work pretty well?
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:07 AM   #9
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I considered a Voyager but I had 2 concerns:

1 - Drilling into the Airstream
2 - Aesthetics

Personally, I don't care for the idea of mounting a camera to the roof. I opted for a hidden solution. I purchased a forward/rearward dash camera and had each camera mounted to the front and back window. They are hidden from view and work on wifi so any monitor could be used to view. I use an iPad as my monitor.

Since it is a dash cam, it records while parked whenever it senses motion so it serves as a security feature also.

I just started working on a website to document everything I have done but I'll share a few photos of the install. The first photo is a close-up of the forward facing camera. It has wifi built in and records in 1080p. The photo with the smaller camera is the one taken of the rear facing camera which records in 720p.

I'll try to get the step-step instructions and more photos posted to our website in the next few days. So far it has worked out very well, nobody can see it behind the glass and it provides an extra measure of security!
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Here is a short 20 second sample clip recorded on Sunday as we were leaving Crater Lake, Oregon. This video was taken from my Silverado out the back window. This is the same camera system which is now installed on the Airstream. Keep in mind when viewing, my rear window has limo tint installed over the factory tinted glass.
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We have the Voyager on our 2017 Classic, installed by the factory. The power for the camera comes from the marker lights on the top rear of the AS, so the lights need to be on for it to operate. The picture quality is ok, not great, but it works most of the time. I've towed for so many years I actually find it a distraction when backing up so only use it while driving to see what is coming up behind us at stops.

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Old 10-10-2016, 02:58 AM   #12
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The great thing about an internally wired backup camera is the power can be source directly to the power supply which doesn't require the lights to be on while driving.

My particular setup offers 1080p video forward and 720p to the rear.

I primarily use it view how far I can backup without running into a bush/tree/etc. I occasionally use it to view traffic driving behind me as well.

If anyone is interested in detailed photos documenting my install, I just posted several photos with a description to our website:

http://www.tinventure.com/backup-camera.html
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TinVenture your camera setup is nice but if he doesn't have a smart phone he isn't going to be interested in your setup.
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TinVenture your camera setup is nice but if he doesn't have a smart phone he isn't going to be interested in your setup.
A smartphone isn't required.

Even the Voyager system will require a monitor. The systems I looked at from Voyager were $599-$899.

One nice feature about the BlackVue system is it can be used with ANY monitor. It could be used with an iPhone or Android phone if you already own one. It could be used with an iPad or Android tablet if you own one of those. If you don't own a smartphone or tablet, Best Buy sells tablets starting at $49. My camera setup was $359 which was less expensive than any of the Voyager systems I looked at. I also happen to like the video recording rather than only a video monitor.

This setup definitely isn't for everyone, I just wanted to share with others another viable option available.

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