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Old 12-05-2011, 02:17 PM   #41
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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?

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dznf0g has created the definitive backup camera system, and his research and results are complete on this thread:
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:08 PM   #42
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dznf0g has created the definitive backup camera system, and his research and results are complete on this thread:
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OK, you do realize that you just linked this thread to this thread?
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:14 PM   #43
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:24 PM   #44
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OK, you do realize that you just linked this thread to this thread?
Circular reasoning is...well...circular.....circular reasoning is.....
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And, yes, it's a good thread.

(I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that does stuff like that. )
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It's spring and time to reactivate this good thread! Are you there, dzn, and have you had a chance to test your wireless camera system? I'm ready to pull the trigger on purchase of cameras and antenna patches.
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It's spring and time to reactivate this good thread! Are you there, dzn, and have you had a chance to test your wireless camera system? I'm ready to pull the trigger on purchase of cameras and antenna patches.
Spring came early up here! Got the AS out 3 days ago, unwinterized it, washed (not waxed, unfortunately!) cleaned the interior and will take a short hop this Thursday - Saturday. Won't be a lot of miles and no night miles, but I'll fill you in when I get back.

I did hook it up at the storage lot and used it on the way home. Works fine.
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Spring came early up here! Got the AS out 3 days ago, unwinterized it, washed (not waxed, unfortunately!) cleaned the interior and will take a short hop this Thursday - Saturday. Won't be a lot of miles and no night miles, but I'll fill you in when I get back.

I did hook it up at the storage lot and used it on the way home. Works fine.
What did you get for a back up camera?
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:12 PM   #49
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What did you get for a back up camera?
Start with post #21 this thread.
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Has anyone ever tried "iball"?
http://www.iballhitchcam.com/
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I see this one advertised in Trailer Life. I was wondering the same thing as c lewis77. Has anyone on this forum tried the iball set up?
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I see this one advertised in Trailer Life. I was wondering the same thing as c lewis77. Has anyone on this forum tried the iball set up?
They just don't give much info. If it's a 2.44gHz, (and I think the FCC requires that frequency) it would be fine for hitching....but in my experience it would be tough to get a clear signal from the rear of the AS.

Would be interested in more info and specs. Also a 9 volt camera battery would not last long. You would have to get out and mount it and turn it on for backing and hitching.
Wouldn't be suitable for using in traffic situations, if that's what you want.
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They just don't give much info. If it's a 2.44gHz, (and I think the FCC requires that frequency) it would be fine for hitching....but in my experience it would be tough to get a clear signal from the rear of the AS.

Would be interested in more info and specs. Also a 9 volt camera battery would not last long. You would have to get out and mount it and turn it on for backing and hitching.
Wouldn't be suitable for using in traffic situations, if that's what you want.
The portability of the camera part looks interesting... It looks like the monitor plugs in to the cigarette lighter, and the camera is powered by the 9v battery. The portability options would certainly allow for a variety of uses on an "as-needed" basis.
I would be interested to hear from someone who has used one to see how well it actually works.
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Yes, your right, lack of info kinda bothers me too!
Not thinking of using it in traffic, just backing into a site and hitching up when alone. I'll see if I can dig up more than their site shows.
So far I've found mixed reviews on Amazon about the product.
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OK, for an update. I am very pleased with the operation of my setup, however I still haven't done any might time towing to check out the infrared and potential headlight glare. I don't think it'll be an issue as my camera is about 7' off the road and doesn't shoot through glass.

I have VERY LITTLE screen interference, even though I now have a bike rack and bikes in front of the front window. When traveling through metro areas, I do get intermittent snow when competing devices are present, but it is minimal and does not prevent useability of the camera.

The little hitch camera mounted on my Hensley stinger gives me first try hitching up every time!
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Sorry about the washed out appearence of these pics, sun behind screen really washed it out, but you get the idea of field of view and picture quality.

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This one is the hitch cam, while driving down the road. Really educates you on how the Hensley and PP work. AND now I know what goes on when that "Hensley Bump" occurs. BTW, when hitching up I mount this little camera right on the stinger at the level of the hitch box opening. Hit it first time, every time!

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Describe the so-called "bump" for us (what you see).

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Old 04-05-2012, 11:59 AM   #58
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Of course, if the brake controller is set too low, during (in my case a pretty hard stop...yellow light on a 55mph road) the Hensley will swing to the side perhaps 10 degrees or so. When it reaches the extent of its permissable travel, you get the "bump" or the feeling of the trailer suddenly slowing to match the speed of the TV, which is rapidly decelerating.

It looks just like the Hensley does when you are in a slight turn...in other words, the orange part is slightly off center relative to the hitch box.

Does that make sense?

Of course, the cure is to increase the controller to have the trailer pulling back slightly on the TV, hopefully while not locking up the tires.
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Sorry, I know what the "bump" is supposed to be (I also own one). I remain irritated at those who also claim it a threat to orderly forward progress (usually citing a downhill grade, with a curve and being passed with a 30-mpg increase in headway by two or more tractor-trailers in close unison. In the rain. And, at night.)

My counter to that (and also by others) is that incorrect hitch set-up is the answer to an otherwise unremarkable event. Bad brake conrol adjustment is the other. If someone can cite an instance where this actually was a factor, contributing or otherwise, to a loss-of-control accident then we would be all ears. No takers.

Brake controller adjustment and hitch adjustment remain the single (paired) answer to (as 2Air put it) da bump.

Then, how it looks from the drivers seat would be of interest. Straight-ahead, curved, slowing at different rates, etc. Not suggesting you have to go out and test per this request, but you'd certainly have a bunch of folks interested if some videos were made for a thread with that as theme.

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It is no more nor less dangerous than a "regular" WD hitch with the controller set too low. With the HAHA you just get an additional input to your butt as a reminder to readjust your controller. The physics be da same, regardless of the hitch. It was a bit alarming...but I knew what it was just as soon as it happened, due to all the info here on the Forum. It didn't cause any irregular handling, other than the obvious....my controller was set too weak and I got pushed a little.
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