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Old 12-06-2007, 07:54 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by 68 Overlander
Now, consider one that is permanently mounted to the license frame or somewhere else permanent that does not need adjusted nor installed and removed each time. Also, one that is there to watch for children as many of our tow vehicles are also soccer mobiles for moms and dads.
My long gone Nissan Titan had GPS right in the dash. Convenient. Now my GM hardly has space for all the gear -- inverter, cell phone charger, RF iPod converter. Let me set my coffee right in ... here. Oops! And I hate packing things with me if I dash into a store. Then Best Buy wants to put those never-come-off stickers on anything I have with...

And I still don't have a GPS yet either. The 4-s award goes to permanent flush mounted in-cab instrumentation! Here's wheel interested's tow vehicle -


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Old 12-09-2007, 01:16 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by 68 Overlander
Ron, If you honestly have no interest in this, please be sure you mean that because Lew has one in mind and I have another that we both feel are far superior. BTW, I like the company you work for. If you are actually feeling the waters for this camera, please say so quick.
Here is what I think. For 300 bones, it's portable so I have to connect it, angle it, get it right so I can see the hitch, and then remove it after I'm done? I see it getting used twice for the novelty of it.
Now, consider one that is permanently mounted to the license frame or somewhere else permanent that does not need adjusted nor installed and removed each time. Also, one that is there to watch for children as many of our tow vehicles are also soccer mobiles for moms and dads.
I'm not talking about the 89 dollar trinket camera that Walmart/Costco sells from V3 but rather a high quality, color camera in the 2-300 range that is a real back up camera from a company known for their back up cameras. I'd have them paint one of those orange for you and nobody but us Airstream folks would know the difference. Nice to see you. Says your looking for an Airstream on your profile. Smart.
Lew or Overlander,

This thread has caught my eye. I would like to buy a back up camera for my husband for Christmas. You guys seem to know what you are talking about. I love AirForums! I don't know which to buy and I don't want a piece of cr-p. $200.00-$300.00 range is fine. We have Nav/DVD in dash, can a camera be wired to that system? (Ford Garmin system) I'd buy a separate system if need be. I'd love to be able to have a license plate camera for backing/hooking up and then if possible wire a second one for the rear of the Airstream for driving. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 12-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #17
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As far as I know, there's no way to integrate a camera into the nav system. Be careful of the wireless systems. These guys seem to have had issues with those. I'd love to be able to recommend any one company, but I haven't done enough research to know the difference. Keep asking around here. There's no such thing as the perfect system, so know what you're willing to tolerate (poor image, lots of wiring, etc.).
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:05 PM   #18
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Hi Sherry,
Many of our Nav systems do have provisions for an optional back-up camera. Not likely that your OEM Ford Garmin version does but hey, check out your manual, you never know.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:30 PM   #19
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Hi Sherry,
We just purchased a system that might work for you. It is made by Dual, I think the model number is 8183. The installer took out the cd player that was in the dash (we didn't have GPS in there). Then they installed this new system that has a pop-up screen and you can use it with various inputs. We hooked it up to a license plate frame camera, and you could, in addition, have a second rear-of-trailer camera. You can also route your handheld gps through there and your ipod, and it plays dvds. It does everything except make espresso! We have only had ours installed for a few weeks, but I think it is going to reduce or eliminate the need for the semaphore flags and hand gesture system that we have been using for years to get the TV in position for hitching.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:14 PM   #20
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Back up Cameras

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies!
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:28 PM   #21
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Sherri, there are also models that use a camera mounted on the back of your vehicle and a small flat panel closed circuit tv that mounts to the sun visor. You flip the sun visor down when you want to use it and up when you don't. I'm not sure of the cost or how it's wired, but they give pretty good picture and can be used while driving. I saw it demonstrated for use in a motor home to keep an eye on the toad.
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:00 PM   #22
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Thanks for the info Minnie. When we get it figured out I'll post what we finally come up with.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:38 PM   #23
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Question Rear Vision for 30' Trailer!

Hay, this post caught my eye, as I've been trying to find someone that has tried to use the wireless Swann 3 camera kit sold at Costco. I want to use the wireless cameras to give me rear vision behind my 30 footer and side vision with camers on the truck topper looking down each side. At $150 for the 3 night vision camera and a receiver, I would use my laptop/GPS set to give me a picture of anything behind or beside me.

What I don't know is what type of interface, or video campture devise I need to feed the camera signals into my laptop inputs???????

Do we have anyone having tried to use this setup, or has used a rear vision setup? And it might double as a hitch up monitor for my ever lovin Hensley!!
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:24 PM   #24
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This is one of the nicest setups I have seen. I have done a similar setup on my truck and trailer but I like the mirror/monitor in this setup.

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Old 02-01-2008, 08:14 AM   #25
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I haven't seen this system before. Does anyone have any experience with it?
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:15 PM   #26
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Here is a system that is very similar to the one that I'm beta-testing. The biggest difference in mine is that there is no front receiver's all built right in to the monitor. Super clear color picture and sound....gets me right on the ball every time.

Let me know if you need further info or a full screen shot from mine. I was planning a post about it, but the 12-14 hour days 7-days a week is really taking a toll on any free time. Lukily, it's all over when the snowbirds depart in May and I'll be hitting the road!!!

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Old 02-02-2008, 06:04 PM   #27
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I bought one of the $100 walmart "trinkets" some months ago for my pickup. I really like it. Truly amazing what image, clarity and color it has for that price. The only drawback was that the wires I had to strip and wire up coming from the unit were really tiny for my 10 thumbs.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:18 AM   #28
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another low $ system

Hey everyone Al here,

I just purchased one of those set ups ($100 range wireless backup camera system with flat color monitor and license plate camera) at Pep Boys in Southern California last December. I am mounting it for the spring, (just got another foot of snow here!) I will post when I find out how well it works. Till then, shiny side up everyone!


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