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Old 03-14-2015, 11:37 AM   #15
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I ordered one of the A118 cams, based on Bold's and other reviewers findings. They appear to shipping very slowly. Some merchants show "backorder". It may have to do with a switch over to the A118C model and the elimination of the A118??????

The GPS module shipped and came in a few days, and Amazon still hasn't shipped the camera.
Well that's a bummer, mine came pretty quick, but I did notice more than one merchant selling. I try to usually aim for Amazon prime shipping. Hopefully you get yours without any hiccups.

I recently got pretty mad at camping world when I ordered something and was notified 3 days later it was backordered for a month! I'd be on the road by then guys, come on. Why'd you take my money! But that's a subject for another thread.

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where did you route your 12V power from? I have a dodge as well and was hoping to pull it from the rearview mirror / overhead console.
Sending you a PM, but yes there is a 12v source in the mirror. I was running a long cable for a few weeks till I decided final placement.

Fulree 12V to 5V mini usb converter: $4 on eBay

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Old 03-14-2015, 01:55 PM   #16
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That made my day. What an incredible video. One man recorded all these?!
He had amazing restraint and patience. I guess if you know you are on camera then you really shouldn't loose it!

I've spent my life in boats, planes and vehicles and just wish I'd been able to record some amazing 'whoopsies' I've experienced...
Near SFO airport - 90mph on-ramp then smash into the lefthand concrete wall.
An Italian boat total itself on a 20ft high concrete 'buoy' in the middle of a channel in Korcula, Croatia.
Countless sailboat collisions.
Motorboat turn into the path of a high speed ferry - inches to spare.
Truck clip the front of a very nice Merc who accelerated into the path of the truck who was just trying to pull in.
Chicago taxi t-boning another taxi - both too impatient.
Etc, etc.

I'm vowing to fit a dash-cam now, and record the 'speedway' through Chicago and my weekly trips through Michigan.

I'm wondering whether there is any way to interface with Ford's cam system and record that too.

I'm also wondering whether an over-the-shoulder view which takes in the left-hand mirror view would be a good viewpoint?
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:22 PM   #17
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That made my day. What an incredible video. One man recorded all these?!
He had amazing restraint and patience. I guess if you know you are on camera then you really shouldn't loose it!
Please allow me to submit an alternate interpretation, to wit… The man who made that video needs a defensive driving course. No one can have that many near misses and still be entirely blameless in all of them. As the saying goes, "The one common denominator in all of these incidents is… him."

Granted, a lot of the idiots he filmed were off in the distance ahead of him or to the side and he had nothing to do with those. But those right in front of him didn't all need to be so close in front of him, if he had been paying more attention to his driving than to his dash-cam.

I especially noticed all the times he made a right turn, and someone cut him off on the right. That sort of thing doesn't just happen so often to the same guy; he must have done something to make it happen, even if he didn't realize it.
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I have to agree. The video maker is half responsible for the driving mistakes. His cursing and complaining to other drivers seems to result in the curses sent his way. He needs to mature a bit.
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It is a video compiled over 3 yrs, how many times have you been cut of in the past year?
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:43 PM   #20
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It is a video compiled over 3 yrs, how many times have you been cut of in the past year?
By someone who passed me on the right, immediately after I made a right turn? Never in forty years, let alone three years. I've seen it happen once or twice, but that was only when a guy making a right turn cut off faster-moving cross traffic and the cross-traffic had to swerve right to avoid rear-ending him because there was no room to swerve left and not enough room to stop either. Since we never see a rear-cam view of those incidents, we'll never know if that's how it happened, but it's a reasonable guess…

Unless that was you who made the video? But I've assumed all along that you found the video online, not that you made the video. If you did make it, then I will not change my opinion, but I will apologize if expressing my opinion offended you.

Besides, I said he needed a defensive driving course, not a driving course. Defensive driving is all about learning to spot and avoid idiots on the road before they endanger you and yours. And this guy needs that, in spades.
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...most days...

Any kind of patience and latitude is rewarded with someone taking the safe-zone in front of you...
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:52 PM   #22
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Yeah, or you signal to change lanes, and the guy you were well ahead of accelerates massively so you can't change lanes in a reasonable manner.

Most of the time I just let them go their merry way. A couple times I have been very gratified to see them down the road on the shoulder getting 'remedial instruction' by way of a CHP ticket.

I drive defensively, I avoid being in a hurry, and allow for the other crazies around here--and there are plenty of them. You'll recognize me as the guy driving defensively in a 4x4 pickup truck...it sticks out like a sore thumb around here. Seems a 4x4 is an invitation to speed and change lanes a lot...


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By someone who passed me on the right, immediately after I made a right turn? Never in forty years, let alone three years.
I had the same reaction, but then I came up with a theory. It's just a theory, so who knows, but: The video driver is in the right lane at an intersection waiting to turn right. There's a shoulder next to him that's not marked as a lane (around here, those would quickly be repainted into turn lanes). The second driver pulls on to that shoulder, then turns right with him, then nearly sideswipes him.

I've had the reverse thing happen, all at one intersection near my workplace. I'll be in that right turn lane, and someone will turn right from the next lane over, which is straight only. (Can't be bothered to wait their turn like everyone else.) Of course, there's only one lane to turn into, so there's that to deal with. I'd be surprised if it's as few as three times in three years.

Similarly, I've been waiting to go straight, in the only 'straight' lane in an intersection at a traffic light, and someone will come up in the right turn lane, but go straight, then merge into my lane. I've had it a handful of times and have seen it happen to others, too. For those who think he's doing something to attract it, I'd love to hear an explanation on how I'm attracting that kind of behavior by sitting patiently at a red light.

In general, for those who think he is attracting it somehow, I see a lot of the same kinds of things every day, and much worse at least weekly. I could put together a 'greatest hits' package as long as this in one year, with examples that are far worse than most of what he showed. And I'm not doing anything to attract it, either - other than happening to be using the roads, too.

I visited northwest Indiana a couple years ago, and I was shocked by how sedately everyone drove. Then I realized they had a LOT of police around, both marked and unmarked cars. I wondered if there was a correlation. Enforcement here is so rare that I think people feel - rightly - that they can do whatever they want and get away with it. When I do see someone pulled over, I can't help but wonder exactly what they did - it'd have to be pretty egregious.
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Being in tourist hot spot of Florida (Clearwater Beach) I have seen multiple times people pass on the shoulder, but never going around a turn. We are now in spring break season and the idiots have increased. I witnessed a car of young kids doing 70 in a 45mph zone last night and using the left shoulder to pass two vehicles.

Honestly, the thing that makes me most excited about going full time is getting away from the drivers in Pinellas County.
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Used to live in Palm Beach county. Yep, I remember how the drivers are there from my youth. They haven't improved a bit!

Visited my mom down there during an AS trip a couple years ago. Darn glad I parked the Airstream out of state (Alabama son's house) and boarded the dogs. Lots of close calls just with the TV.


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If you don't want to shell out for a dedicated camera, and don't need the convenience of automatic on/off with ignition, there are dashcam apps available for both iOS and Android, using the phone's camera. I've got an old iPhone 4s I use for that purpose.
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Please allow me to submit an alternate interpretation, to wit… The man who made that video needs a defensive driving course. No one can have that many near misses and still be entirely blameless in all of them. As the saying goes, "The one common denominator in all of these incidents is… him."

Granted, a lot of the idiots he filmed were off in the distance ahead of him or to the side and he had nothing to do with those. But those right in front of him didn't all need to be so close in front of him, if he had been paying more attention to his driving than to his dash-cam.

I especially noticed all the times he made a right turn, and someone cut him off on the right. That sort of thing doesn't just happen so often to the same guy; he must have done something to make it happen, even if he didn't realize it.
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I have to agree. The video maker is half responsible for the driving mistakes. His cursing and complaining to other drivers seems to result in the curses sent his way. He needs to mature a bit.

Yes, agree completely. A perfect example of offensive driving...and explain to me. How exactly does the dash cam improve your driving skills?

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