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Old 06-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Backup camera for trailer

Could a fellow Airstreamer point me towards any forums dealing with backup cameras for the trailer -- not for the tow vehicle. Interested to find out if others have done, equipment used and results.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:54 PM   #2
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Good question -- hubby keeps saying how badly he wants one (after I mislead him backing up.....). I think this would solve many problems, lol !
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:11 PM   #3
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J5MM,
Installed wireless unit from Costco on rear license plate of our Yukon XL - no more guessing lining up hitch. Wired to power up when truck put in reverse. Otherwise off.

Now want to investigate what others have done for rear of trailer not only to assist with backing but also to see directly behind trailer when traveling down the road.
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PS we have the same trailer only a 2007 FB SE LS unit w/wrap-around windows on both ends.
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I'm not sure that most of the reasonably priced backup cameras intended for use on the tow vehicle have sufficient range to get good reception if the camera is on teh back of the trailer instead.

I friend of mine bought one of the inexpensive kits - about $70 from Costco - and he opened up the camera and extended the internal antenna using coax cable up to the front of the trailer so that with the camera at the back of the trailer, the antenna effectively is at the front.

I haven't seen it, but he says it works just fine.

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I friend of mine bought one of the inexpensive kits - about $70 from Costco - and he opened up the camera and extended the internal antenna using coax cable up to the front of the trailer so that with the camera at the back of the trailer, the antenna effectively is at the front...

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If the camera has a detachable antenna, running a suitable coax to the front is a viable solution. If the camera was mounted high (near the marker lights) and angled down, it should provide a commanding view behind the trailer and not be blinded by headlights if you're monitoring what's going on back there. The coax could be secured along the awning rail. The primary decision is how to power the camera. If wired into the backup light circuit, it would only be on when you were in reverse. Maybe the tail light circuit? You could turn the lights on during the day to look back, but at night the camera would be on all the time, suppose you could switch off the monitor if you didn't want to see the line of cars behind you. Who tows at night anyway? :-)

I tried a camera I ordered off the Internet, but it wasn't compatible with my existing monitor, so I'm rethinking my choices. Sure would like to find a 3rd brake light/camera combo. Has anyone seen such a critter?

Look for a monitor that will allow you to reverse the image. Most of us are so accustomed to the rearview mirror that when looking behind with a camera, we get our left and right reversed unless the monitor will reverse the image for us.
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Could a fellow Airstreamer point me towards any forums dealing with backup cameras for the trailer -- not for the tow vehicle. Interested to find out if others have done, equipment used and results.
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A quick google found a few threads to look through. Google Custom Search
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I installed a wireless camera on the back of our A/S that I bought from 4UCam.com.Bought the CCD Camera/Transmitter (9901T) with Monitor/Receiver (7610) along with the antenna

I attached it to the rear window using a large 100 lbs capicity suction cup. So far it has worked great on short trips, we will be going further this Wednesday,I will report back on how it worked.




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Gary,
Would appreciate hearing more after your outing. Please comment on the image quality while driving and backing up.
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We just got back from our 3 hour trip camping with the rear mounted camera, here are my observations.

The camera is to wide angle for backing, the field of view is at way to wide to identify anything smaller than a car.
I have the extra antenna with a 10 foot cord, this is not long enough. The picture keeps cutting out or else the static makes it to bad to see anything. I am going to get a longer cord so that the antenna is closer to the front of our 22' Sport.

However when the picture is working correctly the camera does what I want it to, that is it allows me to see behind the A/S and what is along the passenger side.
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Did you mount he camera inside the trailer or on the outside ?
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Well I seam to recall that if you are married your back up camera is your wife... It seams were ever I go this back up camera comes in all shapes and sizes.. and now come with ether "walkie talkies" or cell phones... the funny thing is the guy in the driver seat never uses this type of back up camera... and the camera (the wife) seams to get very loud and does not know the difference between right and left... or is that the guy driver....

So us single guys look twice and just back up... Good luck in your search for the perfect back up camera...
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Try Rearview safety (they are the ones who make the backup cameras for Costco). I did a little research on their site and they have some pictures and instructions which may help.
Backup Camera System | Rear View Backup Camera | RearViewSafety.com
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Thanks Max for that link! I just sent them a question via their contact link; however, has anyone on the forums heard of or saw a backup camera installed on the back of the Airstream and then viewed on the Ford Microsoft SYNC/Navigation Screen?
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Did you mount he camera inside the trailer or on the outside ?
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I mounted it on the outside of the rear window with an industrial strength suction cup. I then ran the wire up onto the roof and fastened the antenna down with Velcro.


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