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Old 12-05-2007, 02:11 PM   #1
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Portable Back Up Camera

I found this nifty item at the RVIA show in Louisville. It's a portable back up camera. The one on display was very clear and easy to use. It's called Swift Hitch. Their website is Home.

I don't sell 'em or get anything for promoting 'em. Just thought it was a nice, inexpensive system.
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I found this nifty item at the RVIA show in Louisville. It's a portable back up camera. The one on display was very clear and easy to use. It's called Swift Hitch. Their website is Home.

I don't sell 'em or get anything for promoting 'em. Just thought it was a nice, inexpensive system.
Hi Ron
Are you sure you have nothing to do with the back up camera????
It is orange!
It's actually just what I need!
Thanks
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Old 12-05-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
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Ha. The color was pretty darn close. I thought we might have had a deal with the manufacturer. I thought maybe I'd strap a couple to my kid's heads so I can see what they're doing all day.

I thought the price was pretty resonable. Let me know if you get one. I'm curious to see if the battery goes dead at a critical moment.
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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Sounds great, but a little pricey for me.
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:38 PM   #5
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Just to offer a choice..
When I was at a WalMart in Virginia Beach, Va, I saw a back-up camera w/LCD panel that could be mounted on ur dash or sun-visor for 99$ plus tax. The neat thing was the camera was part of a license plate frame..
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:43 PM   #6
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Just to offer a choice..
When I was at a WalMart in Virginia Beach, Va, I saw a back-up camera w/LCD panel that could be mounted on ur dash or sun-visor for 99$ plus tax. The neat thing was the camera was part of a license plate frame..
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Hi, I just bought the newest version, back-up camera, from Costco; [$79.95] I spent a few hours mounting and wireing the thing up on my wife's BMW X3. Worked about three times. I took it off and took it back. When it was working it had a pretty good picture. I guess anything and everything interferes with the signal. Maybe this other camera for $309.00 will work.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:27 PM   #7
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Hi, I just bought the newest version, back-up camera, from Costco; [$79.95] I spent a few hours mounting and wireing the thing up on my wife's BMW X3. Worked about three times. I took it off and took it back. When it was working it had a pretty good picture. I guess anything and everything interferes with the signal. Maybe this other camera for $309.00 will work.
I have one of those, I just placed it in the rear window of the trailer and plugged it into the 12 volt receptacle by the bed. The signal works really great on the road but not so great in urban areas. Since the antenna was in the trailer I was surprised it worked at all. I plan to do some experimenting with the placement and see if I can improve the reception.
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Cameras.......did someone say cameras.......

I've been using and testing a wireless back-up and rear-view camera for a couple of months now. The key here is wireless and quality . That said, they are excellent in 2 very important areas.......picture quality and transmission range. This is a professional quality unit and is NOT CHEAP!!

I will post some photos of the actual screen image as soon as I get a chance. The screen is 7" diagonal, COLOR, and of very high quality with sound at the camera and can be used with up to 4 different cameras simultaneously.

I use this every time I connect the Airstream or my work trailer. I hit the ball EVERY TIME.....FIRST TIME! People can't figure out how I do it, considering that the rear windows of the Sprinter are so high as to offer no visibility of the rear bumber area.

Stay tuned on this one!!!!!
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So is ther one that is wireless and does not have its own display? I already have a display and inputs.
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Hey Michele,

I haven't seen any yet. The unit I'm testing has the receiver in the flat screen module, so there are only 2 pieces......wireless camera and wireless receiver/monitor.
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Looks like if I want a cemera I will have to run a cable all the way from the back of the trailer to the truck "stereo".
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So, Lewster, how long do we have to wait? If too long, Walmart will have them at 1/2 the price.
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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.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:42 AM   #14
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Overlander,
No, I really don't have an interest in that specific company. When we got involved in the electronic industry with our TruControl brake controller, it opened our eyes to a world of possibilities. It seems that, if you can imagine it, it can be done. So ideas like a back up camera integrated with the brake controller came up (and are still being batted around). Of course, you start getting carried away. I suggested yesterday that we inlcude an "OnStar" type button that would connect the owner directly to Jarrod, our tech support person. He wasn't amused.

The reason I'm hanging out on forums like this is that I can gain a world of information as to what you folks are looking for. Yes, I own a lesser species of trailer, but my problems aren't necessarily yours. Forums like this give me an opportunity to "listen" to hundreds of people at the same time. Hensley is small enough to get a new idea going quickly but large enough to manufacture it in either one of our two plants (TrailerSaver 5th wheel hitch is manufactured in Kentucky. Arrow is in Michigan).

How's that for a short answer? Anyway, keep the ideas coming. By the way, my Airstream is still in the dream stage. As is my fly-fishing trip through Canada and Alaska.
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