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Old 10-10-2011, 07:02 AM   #1
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Updates on Wireless back-up cameras?

I know there are other, older, threads on this subject but I haven't seen anything recently. After my recent unfortunate backing problem, I have decided to get a wireless back up camera. There are so many out there, I am somewhat confused.

I think I want a wide angle, IR capability, and definitely needs to transmit 45 - 50 feet. What else?

I am looking for recommendations and experiences, now that some of you have had them for a while. The good, the bad, the ugly?

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Read about your backup experience. So sorry...Made me think I was getting just a little too cocky. Seems as if the insurance will be ok though so a somewhat "silver" lining? I too want a backup camera. Saw one recently that was hardwired into a trailer but wireless would be best for us as well. Hope you get a lot of feedback on this thread, I will be lurking...
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Read about your backup experience. So sorry...Made me think I was getting just a little too cocky. Seems as if the insurance will be ok though so a somewhat "silver" lining? I too want a backup camera. Saw one recently that was hardwired into a trailer but wireless would be best for us as well. Hope you get a lot of feedback on this thread, I will be lurking...
Thanks, I too got cocky. The irony is that I had a backup camera on my list of wants....just way down the list. It's now at the top. $4000 "bumps" can't happen again!
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Just a comment for thought.

If you can find a 12 volt system with wireless transmission to another 12 volt location I would consider using that and installing it as follows. No reason to pay for the battery feature and replacements

Hard wire the receiver in the TV connected to a ignition switched source. Hard wire the camera in the trailer mounting the transmitter at the front of the trailer. Wire the 12 volt supply through a relay off the trailer batteries and controlled by the parking light circuit. This way the camera will only be on when the parking lights are on. Just before backing up you would turn on the parking lights. The TV receiver could also be wired to this circuit in the TV.

Make sure to fuse both supply lines, at manufactures ratings, at the point you pick up power.
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Howie, I was thinking the same way for the camera. BUT, I think they draw so little power that you could just tap into the center rear running light circuit. Need to check into the draw whenever I settle on a model.

Either way, the running light "switch" is an easy method. I'll probably make the receiver/screen portable with a power port plug, since I use several TVs.
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Just yesterday I watched an SOB hitch to his Hensley (only the 2nd time I've seen an SOB with a Hensly) using a small backup camera he placed on the bumper. Quick Googling let me to believe it was a 'Swift Hitch' because of the distinctive color.
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Just yesterday I watched an SOB hitch to his Hensley (only the 2nd time I've seen an SOB with a Hensly) using a small backup camera he placed on the bumper. Quick Googling let me to believe it was a 'Swift Hitch' because of the distinctive color.
Yeah, I've seen those. I'm pretty good at hitching up. I am looking for a wireless system with the camera at the rear of the AS.
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Backup Camera

My first backup camera was hard-wired to tow vehicle but weather got to after first year. Now I have Swift-Hitch that I got at Costco. It is magnetic and both the receiver and camera have rechargeable batteries (plugs into cig lighter outlet). Works great, color, IR for night and is bright yellow so you won't forget to remove it. I stick it on the back of my pickup's tailgate pointing down so that the ball is in view. I would rather use camera than have someone spot for me.
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A wireless back up camera can be used on the back of an Airstream, just as easy as using it on the back of a tow vehicle.

We tested one that Costco sold, and it worked absolutely perfect at a distance of over 100 feet.

The camera can be fed the 12 volts DC, from the backup light circuit on the trailer.

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A wireless back up camera can be used on the back of an Airstream, just as easy as using it on the back of a tow vehicle.

We tested one that Costco sold, and it worked absolutely perfect at a distance of over 100 feet.

The camera can be fed the 12 volts DC, from the backup light circuit on the trailer.

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Where are you mounting them? And what kind of bracket are you using? I'd like to prevent poking holes in the skin.
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Where are you mounting them? And what kind of bracket are you using? I'd like to prevent poking holes in the skin.
You can attach some of them on the license plate bracket, or inside the rear window.

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I know there are other, older, threads on this subject but I haven't seen anything recently. After my recent unfortunate backing problem, I have decided to get a wireless back up camera. There are so many out there, I am somewhat confused.

I think I want a wide angle, IR capability, and definitely needs to transmit 45 - 50 feet. What else?

I am looking for recommendations and experiences, now that some of you have had them for a while. The good, the bad, the ugly?

Thanks!
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I, too, would like to hear from those that have actually installed a wireless backupcamera system on an AS.
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Old 10-10-2011, 04:59 PM   #13
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I guess I'll be the trial run. I couldn't find any really new forum entries, either here or at rv.net. I ordered up the 4ucam 9901AV. I didn't order the extension for the antenna and I think I'm gonna need it.
I'll try some temporary mountings, etc. as I will have my rear 2 sections replaced at JC the first week of November after my backing mishap.
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I haven't tried the Swift-Hitch on my AS but the magnetic camera mount could stick to steel license plate. But it does not have a wide angle lens needed to see all potential hazards; it is mainly for hitching up.
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You can attach some of them on the license plate bracket, or inside the rear window.

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Inside the back window won't work with the infra red night vision. You get a white reflection.
I am having JC mount mine with a back plate, just below the center marker light. Since they will have the center and right top sections off, I am having them run an antenna extension over to the curbside wardrobe. I don't know if I'll need the extension, but since the skin is open, might as well put it in. Power will be from the center marker light.

I should be able to give you a report about 11/6 or 7.
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i just bought an IBALL hitch camera at iballhitchcam.com for $139.95. It works great for hitching up. It also works from the back of the trailer but it is not a wide angle picture so I don't soley depend on it for backing yet.
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I have a wireless camera mounted on the rear window using a large suction cup that works well. I also have the 10 foot extension for the antena but will upgrade to the 20 foot since i still get alot of static on the monitor inside my pickup. I would never use the camera for backing up as the field of view is way to wide. I use the camera only to see what is behind me as I drive on the interstate and unless a vehicle is within 50 feet i cannot tell what kind it is.



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I have a wireless camera mounted on the rear window using a large suction cup that works well. I also have the 10 foot extension for the antena but will upgrade to the 20 foot since i still get alot of static on the monitor inside my pickup. I would never use the camera for backing up as the field of view is way to wide. I use the camera only to see what is behind me as I drive on the interstate and unless a vehicle is within 50 feet i cannot tell what kind it is.



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What brand, Gary? Is it infra red and if so, what does the picture look like at night?
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I mounted a 4ucam camera on the Lic. Plate at the rear of a 19 ft international. Then hardwired under the airstream with a connector into a four pin connector. Then hardwire under my tundra, thru the firewall and into the camera which sits on a mount at the shift console.
The camera is on at all times when I tow. When I unhitch, I can disconnect it at the waterproof 4 pin connector. It works great. Has color and shows everything behind the stream. I have had it in place for two years. If I replaced it today I would keep the same set up but would get a larger screen.
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What brand, Gary? Is it infra red and if so, what does the picture look like at night?

I got the entire setup from 4ucam.com and have not yet driven after dark to check out the IR




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