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Old 04-27-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Choosing camera system

I replaced the B&W single-camera backup system on my previous coach with a color 4-cam system--(2) rear and (2) side cams. Two in the rear to see both toad and longer view at same time. System worked OK and side cams were useful, though no replacement for carefully looking in the mirrors.

My only complaint was that the cams seem to lack much auto-brightness control. When set satisfactorily for "normal" conditions, if the sun was behind me, the views were washed-out white. It seemed as if the cams lacked an automatic compensation for brightness, although ALL cams seem to advertise auto-brightness control. I meant to try an extended "hood" over the cams, but sold the coach before trying it.

When I look at the vast array of systems available, the specs seem nearly identical with few exceptions, and 99% of all cams seem to be made by Sony or Sharp. Prices, however, are all over the moon, with Voyager being far and away the highest, even though Voyager is made by a company known for cheap, throwaway consumer electronics commonly found at Wal-Mart and such.

Has anyone else experienced the "wash-out" problem? Can anyone point me to a source of technical information that might show a REAL technical difference between systems? Most of them seem only to show non-technical information aimed at non-technical consumers.

Also, has anyone found cams that have a lesser wide-angle view? In my experience, a vehicle coming up behind (or beside) you is a tiny speck even when they are about to come even with your coach.

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Old 04-27-2014, 10:54 AM   #2
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I went with rear view safety out of NYC. Great web site for them and very affordable . Never had a white out issue,but did get some halo when the sun hit it just right. Check out their website as I remember they have in house tech guys. I replaced my old b&w with their 3 color camera setup for about 3 or 400 a couple years ago and have had no issues with it.
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:12 PM   #3
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I went with rear view safety out of NYC. Great web site for them and very affordable . Never had a white out issue,but did get some halo when the sun hit it just right. Check out their website as I remember they have in house tech guys. I replaced my old b&w with their 3 color camera setup for about 3 or 400 a couple years ago and have had no issues with it.
When I had a a fifth wheel I talked to the guys at rear view safety. Their tech guys are a wealth of information. They know their business very well. When you compare systems look at the type of system and the specs some of the cheaper ones will have cheaper cameras. Rear safety had good prices for the better systems. I did not buy one of their systems. Just as I was getting ready to order it we found a great buy on a class A and traded in the fifth wheel. When I get ready to upgrade the camera system on the class A that is who I will go with.
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Hello from Dan.
I replaced my sony B&W with a chinese 7" color 2 channel with remote..
Used smoked plexiglass to make a nice fitting ring.
The display was about $35 and each camera was about $12.

advantages:
total cost for display and acams less than $70.
much better display picture,
almost NO HEAT,
almost no amps.
disadvantages:
may not last forever..
but at $70, I can replace the entire system several times for the cost of the others.
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