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Old 10-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Side Cameras

I have been thinking about getting cameras put on the side of my 2003 Bounder to eliminate the blind spots.

Do they help enough to be worth the expense? Opinions, please.

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Mine came stock on my rig and I wouldn't be without them. After we've been on the road for a while, while driving my toad I instinctively look at the dash to see the camera view when I use the turn signals.

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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I pull a race car trailer and I wouldn't be without them either. Just another tool to keep track of what's beside you. I can even see what's behind the trailer.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by TWV View Post
I have been thinking about getting cameras put on the side of my 2003 Bounder to eliminate the blind spots.

Do they help enough to be worth the expense? Opinions, please.
I just recently installed a new color monitor and color rear camera to replace my old B & W and added the color side cameras to my coach. What a big difference the color makes and the side cameras are great. They give me a clear view down the side of the coach and help eliminate the blind spot. I have the Voyager color monitor and the Voyager color side cameras. I bought mine from RV Cams, Inc -- Backup Camera Systems and Parts. Tim was very helpful matching me up with the equipment that I needed with all the necessary cables and adapters and complete instructions. All at a very good price and fast shipping.

Good luck let up know how it turns out.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #5
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And now for an opposing view. I have side view cameras on my Sunova an do not find them very useful. I get a much better, wider and clearer view from my mirrors and I do not have to move my eyes from the level of the windshield as you must to see the monitor. The bottom third of my mirrors have convex sections and when properly aimed they show the entire side of the coach. A glance at the top and bottom of the mirror lets me see everything near and far on that side.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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Personally I think side cameras are a nice addition but agree with Jim that most rear view mirrors if adjusted properly are still the ones to go to. Side cameras do offer a good view when towing so you know when you have cleared after passing.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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My MH came with side cameras...I never use them. I much prefer the mirrors, and use the center camera to monitor the toad. The center camera also shows vehicles approaching on the sides.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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I don't use my side camera's much on the open highway but in heavy congestion, I use them constantly, especially the right side. For me they are worth the expense.
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We just purchased our first Class A and it came with Voyager Color side and rear view cameras.
I personally find the side ones distracting and I agree that the mirrors give me excellent views with no blind spots.
I keep the camera shut off in normal driving but they turn on automatically when either turn signal is activated or backing up.
I do use the rear view only if backing up close to something or when I first start our to check that my toad is tracking correctly then I turn it off.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:03 PM   #10
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Cameras come with various lenses, pixels, mirror image, wide angle, close, distant, etc.
If the camera is not color, then everything blends in together. Color with a 7 inch monitor gives a larger view. If a camera is positioned wrong or has the improper choice of lens, or not made for vehicle abuse, then you have problems.
A quality camera system is cheaper than body repairs, ins deductible, ins increase, memories, being reminded of your accident, and the lost time not being able to use your RV.

I have color cameras and a 7" monitor. My nose cameras allow me to seen the blind spot in front of me and the front corners. My sides cameras allow me to see vehicle in my blind spots and help prevent me from RV damage when the fan tail swings around. With the push of a button, My rear camera tilts up, down, left and right giving a 180 degree view.
When parked, they allow me to see all around the exterior of the RV if I should have a disturbance or unwanted visitor. VISIT: Total Vision Products: The new standard in mobile vision products

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