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Old 11-30-2013, 08:04 AM   #15
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I have the inexpensive camera from Sams club that mounts on the truck liscense plate bracket and it works just fine for hitching up to the Hensley. I also had the problem trying to be exact when backing up because everything was dark when approaching the hitch. I solved the problem by painting a 2" or so white mark on the top of the stinger, right on the top end. Then I painted the square around the hitch box white also. Now it's very simple to get it right every time. Hope this helps solve your problem.
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Thanks Chip,

Coincidentally, I just did the white paint thing! Haven't had chance to try it yet though.

When I hook up our Hensley, I have a 2"x2" wooden dummy bar I stick in the trailer hitch in order to ensure that I have the angles correct to match the stinger when Ihitch up.

The wooden bar was painted black! Realizing that didn't help when using the camera, I just finished painting the end of the bar white!

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Old 11-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #16
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Swift Hitch... Any one else using one? I thought they looked pretty good so I put it on the wish list. Want it mainly for hooking up. Any other feedback would be great.
As posted above, I have one. It works - sort of - but just not as well as I hoped. Pretty small screen, sometimes broken up signal that always seems to break up just at the wrong time, sometimes hard to see depending on sun direction that can wash out the screen or leave everything in dark shadow.

Does seem well made though - quite rugged!

I probably would not buy again - but then I don't know if any of the others are much better.

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Old 11-30-2013, 09:04 AM   #17
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This is whats' pretty much taken over for the b/u camera when hitching the haha.

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Old 11-30-2013, 09:21 AM   #18
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This is whats' pretty much taken over for the b/u camera when hitching the haha.

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Yep,

I've got me a set of those too! Not too many tricks I haven't tried!

So far, what seems to work best for me is the combination of:

(1) back up camera.

(2) one of those yellow magnetic hitching rods but not using it vertical. Rather, I place it lying on the ground parallel to the trailer axis and lined up right with the centerline of the trailer hitch so i can use my backup camera and line up the stinger to follow the rod right back to the trailer. (I think I'm going to start using a long bright yellow tape measure lying on the ground instead of the rod!)

(3) finally, a dummy wooden 2"x2" bar stuck into the trailer hitch and extending out about a foot so that when my TV gets close I can verify that the angle of the stinger and the hitch box are adjusted to be a perfect match.

I stop the TV when backing leaving just enough distance so i have room to remove the wooden bar - go back and adjust my angles/height on the trailer hitch, remove the bar, then continue backing.

With this method - and taking my time rather than trying to rush things - I usually get it hooked up on the cost try.

Generally the only time it doesn't go well these days is when i have several people all standing around watching and trying to "help" and I get all flustered and wish they would leave me to it!

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Old 11-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #19
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I use an I-Ball wireless camera and I use one of two ropes to guide me into the ProPride. Both ropes have a magnet on one end and a weight on the other. The magnet sticks to the hitch and I just keep the black stinger over the rope. Really works well when hitching up at an angle to the trailer such as at state parks with the tight circular sites where hitching at an angle is the only way possible.

One rope is yellow, the other is blue. Which rope I use is dependent on the surface and time of day. Blue is best on sunny concrete, while yellow is best in the dark.

BTW: if your tow vehicle has Bluetooth like my new Silverado, the image on the I-Ball and on some other wireless cameras will break up since they also use Bluetooth. Without my phone, my I-Ball is totally unusable with the image constantly rolling. With the phone connected, there is just an occasional blip as the Bluetooth polls the camera. I can live with the I-Ball as long as my phone is with me and turned on.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:07 AM   #20
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Brian,

I tried one from TST, but ended up sending it back because of lost signal and interference from the 34' of trailer. There are a couple of installs which used a booster to get the image to the TV cab, but haven't seen one that sends a clean signal for a reasonable price, Airstream is marketing one in the parts store for about $800. That is the only one I know of that works.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #21
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I tried one from TST, but ended up sending it back because of lost signal and interference from the 34' of trailer. There are a couple of installs which used a booster to get the image to the TV cab, but haven't seen one that sends a clean signal for a reasonable price, Airstream is marketing one in the parts store for about $800. That is the only one I know of that works.

A chum of mine with a non-AS travel trailer bought a backup camera - not sure which make - wanting to use it at the back of his trailer but found that the signal wouldn't reach.

What he told me he did was to open up the camera, then run coax cable from the antenna connection in the camera underneath the trailer up to the front of the trailer and then put a short antenna wire at that location to transmit that shorter distance to the monitor in his tow vehicle.

I never saw it but he said it worked fine.

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(PS - for $800, I think I'll just use my truck mirrors to see what's in back of my on the road, and my "Mrs" with hand signals and maybe a GMRS radio at times to back me into campsites!)
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I use an I-Ball wireless camera ...BTW: if your tow vehicle has Bluetooth like my new Silverado, the image on the I-Ball and on some other wireless cameras will break up since they also use Bluetooth. Without my phone, my I-Ball is totally unusable with the image constantly rolling. With the phone connected, there is just an occasional blip as the Bluetooth polls the camera. I can live with the I-Ball as long as my phone is with me and turned on.
I received an I-Ball for christmas and it also suffers from the bluetooth scramble. I tow with a '06 Ram and never use the Bluetooth so I unplugged the module. Chrystal clear view now...

If I ever want to use my hands free, its easy to click the plug back in the module - its behind the glove box and can be reached by laying on the floor.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #23
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purchased a baby video monitor from Costco...$99.00 (or direct from Uniden [url=http://www.uniden.com/baby-monitors/uniden-digital-wireless-baby-monitor/invt/ubw2101g]Baby Monitors .

It consists of two units, both with rechargeable batteries. The camera is quite small and I mount it between the glass and screen at the rear of the trailer with Velcro. The monitor has a 3 1/2 in colour screen that I place on the steering column with Velcro (depending on vehicle, this may have to placed in a different location)



Reception is flawless...even from the back of trailer. The only issue is the image is reversed..left to right...but once you get used to it it is great. Also you are looking through the tinted glass so the image is a bit dark, but not so much as to be a problem Recharge at the end of day. It is great to drive with as you can see the tailgaters that you cannot see in the mirror and for pulling in if passing (not that that happens much!!)
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:27 PM   #24
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Last week I installed a Garmin RV760 GPS with wireless backup camera which I mounted on my TV. I then had a Voyager wireless camera mounted on rear of my Intl 27 which also connects to the Garmin 7" monitor. All works great. It was wonderful being able to check behind my trailer for cars when changing lanes. 7" screen is a major benefit and the GPS has all kinds of neat and useful functionality plus lifetime map updates. Clarity on garmin camera is adequate, and is very good on the Voyager.

Total cost a little over $1,000, no sales tax or shipping from Crutchfield and RVcams.com. Pricy but worth it for safety and help on backing into sites.
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Do you want to mount the camera on the back of the tow vehicle, as an aid to lining up to hitch up the trailer, or to mount on the back of the trailer as an aid to backing into a campsite or parking space and to see behind the trailer in traffic? You're likely to get different recommendations depending on which application you intend.
I have a backup camera on my tow vehicle. I would like to have one on the back of my trailer. Both for backing in campsites and for viewing traffic behind me while traveling down the road. Any suggestions?
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I have a backup camera on my tow vehicle. I would like to have one on the back of my trailer. Both for backing in campsites and for viewing traffic behind me while traveling down the road. Any suggestions?
If you mean a suggestion about make or model, not really. I asked the question mainly so that other respondents would know not to waste your time by discussing the wrong camera application.

I would suggest that you avoid wireless cameras, if possible. Running a wire the length of your trailer, and connecting it to your tow vehicle by putting a plug alongside your umbilical connectors, and cable-tying the camera wire to the umbilical cable will give you a more reliable signal. That way, you don't have to worry about the metal trailer blocking the camera's signal.
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As in my post above, the voyager wireless camera works great, although expensive. This is the camera the factory uses and no interference from my tin can.
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Looks like the Garmin RV760 can be bought on Amazon for $400 and the wireless cam for $150. Easy to install, read my earlier post in this thread.
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