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Old 06-10-2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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Backup camera

For those with the factory backup camera what sort of experience have you had with it. Airstream tells me the camera they install is the voyager digital aitopair camera with the 5.6” monitor. I would like to install one.
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:00 PM   #2
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I have the Airstream provided system. I like having the camera and the view is good, the angle is good too. I also use it on the road for rear view. The wide angle is not ideal for that, so it's hard to see approaching vehicles, but I suppose I should not complain as it is a "back-up" camera...

The refresh speed is slow and resolution varies depending on signal etc. so it can be poor at times.

I find the monitor awkward and clunky. A better form factor would be nice.

All and all, I like having a camera and would not stop using it. I suspect there are better ones out there. Keep in mind, mine is a couple years old now. Wish I had one that integrated with my vehicle's system.
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:04 PM   #3
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we use the garmin RV GPS. it comes with a wireless camera

$250 with free lifetime maps

they just released a new 890 model.

better value than the AS products IMHO
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:18 PM   #4
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Our Globetrotter has the Voyager camera. We mainly use it while towing to see what traffic is doing behind us when we are changing lanes, taking an exit, etc. As you know, cars have a tendency to do stupid stuff when they see a trailer.

When backing up, we really don't use it. Instead, one of us "spots" for the other with the phone or walkie talkie to communicate. If I was trying to back up by myself, I would definitely use the camera. Carefully. I did use it once to see how close I was getting to a tree...

As someone else pointed out, the monitor is a bit clunky. We don't want it on the dash blocking the view, so where does it go? Also you have to plug it into 12V power somewhere. Since my wife does the towing I sit with the monitor next to me and pick it up when we need to see behind us.

The stupid thing is, you need to have your TV headlights on for the camera to work. Guess it powers off the taillights.

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Old 06-10-2020, 03:48 PM   #5
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I use the Furrion system with great success. I just saw they came out with a new system that replaces the running lights. Very cool! No wire taps or holes drilled in the skin. I wish I knew about this sooner! You can get it with one, three or four cameras.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D9266SB...Iqnfo4aGQkj6zg
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:00 PM   #6
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Side view cameras

Just got the furrion S7 with the side view cameras that replace side marker lights. Has anyone found a way to mount the one with the awning arms without blocking the camera view?
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:25 PM   #7
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I use a $50 WiFi camera linked to my iPad velcroed to the rear view mirror. Works for me and just seems natural looking at the rear view mirror area.
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:27 PM   #8
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I installed a Voyager, with a smaller monitor. Works great, no blind spots at all.
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:54 PM   #9
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I was an early adopter, even before Airstream included it, of the wireless Voyager camera and monitor system. I posted my "how to" on the forum. It was one of their first wireless systems. The camera recently failed (after about 5-6 years) and I reconsidered the system anew. I decided this time to go with an industrial grade camera and wireless system. I got it from Tadibrothers. The HD camera is fantastic, much clearer. I have not used the night vision yet. It depends on what you want to spend. I got a large monitor and their best camera with sound. They have all kinds of options when you order- sound/no sound, several viewing angles to choose from. They aren't cheap but so far I am happy though time will tell.

I had a tap in to the marker light system before and this one still does but one caveat. The Voyager system has a single wire coming out of the camera which makes for a clean look. The new one has a reset button junction box on the wire so it is outside of the camera body. I had to stuff it under the camera shade (the new one has a shade over the camera). Here is the link from my first install:

www.airforums.com/forums/f450/updates-on-wireless-back-up-cameras-83497-6.html#post1424833
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Old 09-01-2020, 09:29 AM   #10
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How did your side marker light camera install go? Did you find a solution for the awning post obstructing the camera?
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I did as I have a friend with a 3D printer who was able to print out a stand-off block that mounted to the same holes as the marker light and then mounted new light with camera to it
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Nice, your friend could make some money printing those blocks out. How do you like the Vision S system in use?

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