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Old 09-26-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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Backup Camera/TV as monitor?

I need a new TV and backup camera system for my 92 Damon DP. For TV I am going with 32'' Samsung LED. I was wondering if anyone has used their flatscreen as their backup monitor? Maybe a dumb question but Im curious if anyone has tried it? Seems practical.
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Often thought of the same idea, however, the front TV is supposed to be designed so that it will not interfer with the driver. In my current MH and in the previous MHs the driver must look up and away from the road to view the screen, not really optimal for a driving monitor.
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These guys sell a 9" flat screen backup camera / monitor, you use channel 2 for TV/DVD input through RCA jacks.

I don't see why you couldn't input into your 32" through the RCA jacks. It might not work if you need to reverse the camera though.

But it is illegal if the driver can see it while driving.

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Old 09-27-2012, 09:51 AM   #4
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I need a new TV and backup camera system for my 92 Damon DP. For TV I am going with 32'' Samsung LED. I was wondering if anyone has used their flatscreen as their backup monitor? Maybe a dumb question but Im curious if anyone has tried it? Seems practical.
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You 'could' use a TV with a spare video in source as most universal backup cameras have a standard video out. You'd just plug it in to the TV and switch to that source when ever you wanted to.

EX: plug the backup camera into aux3 on the TV, use the remote to use aux3 as the source.

However, like others have said, the TV in most RV's is designed so that the driver can't see the screen from the drivers seat.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:25 AM   #5
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If you're looking for a 'high resolution' picture, the size of the screen won't improve the view, it takes a higher quality camera. I think if you put the output of a typical backup camera on a big screen you'll be disappointed in the picture. Probably have to move back 15 feet down the aisle to figure out what you're seeing.
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My Alpine was originally equipped with a front TV that also displayed the rear camera image. For legal reasons the TV was disabled when driving forward and would only turn on when in reverse. You also had to press the auxiliary input button to get the camera view. I threw this all out, put in an LCD TV and a separate 9" display for the camera.
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I need a new TV and backup camera system for my 92 Damon DP. For TV I am going with 32'' Samsung LED. I was wondering if anyone has used their flatscreen as their backup monitor? Maybe a dumb question but Im curious if anyone has tried it? Seems practical.
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I went to Harbor freight and bought a $29. security camera (on sale)and wired that into my TV as a rear view camera. It worked great except for one little problem. The picture was reversed. Sooo, I bought a rectangular wide angle mirror, stuck it to the back of the MH and aimed the camera forward toward the mirror. It worked great, The wide angle mirror actually increased the viewing area of the camera. As you can see the camera is 12V so it all worked great

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