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Old 03-17-2014, 01:31 AM   #141
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Looking for insight... have the swift hitch which I bought thinking that I could use on the airstream- having to buy the suction mounts now. For the price, I like it for hitching up in the dark and using along with my VW back up cam. Ideally though, this is to avoid marital problems when backing up LOL.

Saw this one on Costco- good reviews but looks like people have mentioned weather as an issue. I like their return policy (can return anytime) but for the instal time involved I'd rather just do this once.

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:10 AM   #142
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Brokerchris how do you like your swift hitch camera ? Do you have the sh02 or sh01 model ? How long have you had it? I'm thinking of buying one but some people have had problems with a bad picture ( static )etc. I'm planing on using it for hitch hook up and was thinking of using it for rear view from inside of trailer looking out the rear glass on the road and also suction cup mount on rear of trailer when backing up into camp site lots .
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:46 AM   #143
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So just to be clear, you're using the single camera version, not the 3 camera version, yes? How is the view with 1 camera? Enough to see traffic behind you in conjunction with your mirrors? I'm having one installed at the Mothership next month and thinking single cam.
I installed the Voyager system with the single camera option. I will report back at the end of our 7,500 mile trip on such items as rain effects, headlight effects, etc.

My initial take on seeing traffic behind the trailer is that the view seen behind the trailer is OK. This observation is based on the view while the trailer is sitting under the covered shed where it is stored.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:01 AM   #144
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My Rydeen system is in at Ferguson Audio and Video.
I am taking the truck 'n' trailer there in the morning for installation.
I'll keep y'all up to date and post pictures.
I am excited.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:34 AM   #145
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Having just driven 2000 miles coming home through sun, rain, snow, sleet, dust storm the camera did great. Heavy rain there was some image degradation but still usable. Snow same thing except if it had a glob on the lens. But I think it is generating a small amount of heat from the electronics even at low temps and still wasn't an issue.

I have the screen mounted to a RAM mounting arm, RAM suction mount and their sandbag kind of base that simply sits on the dash. Works fine and is low enough to see around on the dash.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:41 AM   #146
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Having just driven 2000 miles coming home through sun, rain, snow, sleet, dust storm the camera did great. Heavy rain there was some image degradation but still usable. Snow same thing except if it had a glob on the lens. But I think it is generating a small amount of heat from the electronics even at low temps and still wasn't an issue.

I have the screen mounted to a RAM mounting arm, RAM suction mount and their sandbag kind of base that simply sits on the dash. Works fine and is low enough to see around on the dash.

Awesome- which camera are you using? The Costco one I linked to? Hard/easy to install?
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:44 AM   #147
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Brokerchris how do you like your swift hitch camera ? Do you have the sh02 or sh01 model ? How long have you had it? I'm thinking of buying one but some people have had problems with a bad picture ( static )etc. I'm planing on using it for hitch hook up and was thinking of using it for rear view from inside of trailer looking out the rear glass on the road and also suction cup mount on rear of trailer when backing up into camp site lots .
I have the sh01- I like it a lot- bought it on amazon. I can see why some people would prefer a bigger screen- also the camera viewing degree is ok- meaning I would rather have more of a fisheye lens. Other than that- I like it. I just bought the suction cup mount as there is no metal on the back of our 23FB. I use it a lot in conjunction with my Touareg's back up camera in order to hitch up at night- this has helped a lot.

Ideally I would like something that I don't have to worry about falling off (suction cups) for long trips or backing up.

For the price- I think it was worth it. If you get it on Amazon and don't like it you have 90 days to return so its a no brainer.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:48 AM   #148
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I have the Voyager wireless setup, single camera.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:38 AM   #149
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My Rydeen wireless camera system has come in.
My trailer is at Ferguson Audio and Video for the installation.
There is a very small, inconspicuous high definition camera that will mount in the vicinity of the tag light. The angle is adjustable. It will be powered by the tag/tail light (I will be running lights on). There is a little black box transmitter that will go somewhere in the wall or storage compartment.
In the truck there will be a little black box receiver. The image will show up on my Alpine 7" touch screen navi/iPod control/DVD/SiriusXM/truck back up camera monitor. There will be a 3 way toggle switch in one of the dash dummy plugs (for some option I don't have) to select trailer camera/off/truck camera.
I will post pictures when it is done.
I think y'all will like it.
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Can't wait to see. Trying to locate someone in Chicago that can do similar install with our Sport and connect to existing 7" display in 2013 Volvo
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:29 AM   #151
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That would be a great trick. We have a second display for the rear camera, and that is less convenient, especially since our dash has a perfectly good 7" display. Of course, that display normally shows a view from the TV backup camera. When our TV & TT are connected, I'd much prefer to see a view from the TT's rear camera. While the two are connected, I'd also want to switch the TV's 7" screen, at will, to display the TT's rear camera even when I'm not backing up.

Probably a tall order, but that's what I want.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:15 AM   #152
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The toggle switch is the key-
It can be mounted in a plainly visible location (my choice) or hidden away in a console, glove box, or under dash.
Jimbo (stereo man) gave me the option. I have a subwoofer frequency gain control already mounted in one of those dummy plugs for some option I don't have. The toggle switch can be mounted in one of those dummy plugs close to the subwoofer knob.
He said they should complete the installation today.
Wireless cuts down on the installation time for obvious reasons.
I will post pictures perhaps this evening.
Will get to test it out Friday. We have camping reservations.

They routed the wire differently.
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The transmitter in the trailer is in the wall between where the license plate is and the headboard of the bed.
The receiver in the truck is in under the console.
The toggle switch is near the tow/haul switch.

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The wireless picture from the back of the trailer is not as crystal clear as the wired picture from the tailgate of the truck.
As you are traveling, the motion on the truck camera is clear and smooth.
The image from the wireless camera is jittery while traveling- like it is transmitting frame by frame- it will be smooth for a bit then choppy-
Even still I could tell there was a green Honda Element following me...
The picture sometimes goes to "no signal" and back to the picture. I think this is some kind of interference from other devices- phones, radios, etc.

Even though that wireless picture is not as clear, I can still tell that there is a Ford Taurus, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a Chevy Trailblazer back there.

I wonder if dangling the little antenna on the transmitter outside the trailer behind the license plate would help with interference/loss of signal.
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I just went to check on the trailer and was disappointed in the camera installation.
I didn't like a wire visible from the camera on the license plate light to behind the tag light housing. I guess I thought the wire would go through the tag light housing lens area and not be visible.
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Thanks for the report and walk-thru on your camera install. Looks good!
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