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Old 12-26-2015, 05:16 PM   #15
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Well I guess I'm in agreement on the side view cameras. I don't think I would like to loose my rear view camera when I turn the turn signals on. Use the mirrors and still have the rear view camera. Done.


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Old 12-26-2015, 06:50 PM   #16
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Well I guess I'm in agreement on the side view cameras. I don't think I would like to loose my rear view camera when I turn the turn signals on. Use the mirrors and still have the rear view camera. Done.


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One of the systems that I posted the link for had an option to have all four cameras on a split screen at once.
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Old 12-26-2015, 08:48 PM   #17
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I can understand why so many don't care to use the side view camera, I was the same way with my last coach because the screen was positioned low in the dash. My new coach has it mounted high and within the line of site and I find myself using it often to check the blind spot. Especially in heavy traffic areas.
Getting so used to it now, I wouldn't have a coach without side view.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:12 PM   #18
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This is my first coach with the side view cameras and I thought they would be great. I'm very disappointed in them, at least in my coach. We tow a truck about 90% of the time and I use the rear camera to see when my truck clears the vehicle I'm trying to pass. If I turn on my turn signal, I lose that view and the side camera doesn't have any depth perception to help in passing.

I thought maybe they will work well when backing into a tight campsite. I can just turn the turn signal on to see down one side of the coach. Nope.....when in reverse, the rear camera overrides the side cameras. I have to put the coach in neutral to use the side cameras.

Soooooo.......I find they really don't provide any advantage for me and the way mine is setup.
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In my opinion turn signal side cameras are a waste and annoying. I disconnected mine after about 5000 miles.
I too found mine very distracting. They came on with the turn signals. By the time I was able to make eye contact with the monitor and begin the lane change someone would be taking up the lane. Mirrors are in the field of view and have a much larger picture.

I disconnected mine. I can select them manually but still have not found them really useful or reassuring.

It is your money of course but I prefer good mirrors. I did modify my rear view camera because they mounted it such that I could not see past my toad. That was a really dumb design. The camera will tilt up and down so I could see my tow ball but not the rear of the toad. Trying to see a tailgator just before I change lanes was dangerous. Now I can see straight back and can still tilt the camera down if needed.
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One of the systems that I posted the link for had an option to have all four cameras on a split screen at once.
I can have all four on or any combination but you must take your eyes off the main view out the front and have to try to look at small pictures.

Most monitors are mounted below the normal line of site making things even worse.

To improve my monitor position it was removed and mounted via a Ram mount. It is now actually above the top edge of the dash and is in a natural viewing range. I still do not use the side camera.
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I started with a right side view camera connected to the one rear view monitor. It was not effective as I needed to select the Video 2 switch to see the side view.

As the cost of cameras and monitors declined, I added a left side camera, and a dedicated left and right side monitor. At the time, the cost for each side view camera/monitor was about $70. It could be done cheaper now. (all purchased from Ebay). Monitors are now under $25, and cameras are about the same.

I had to experiment with the monitor locations, and had enough dash "real estate" to place them where I can see them without taking my eyes off the road.



I have found having the side view monitors on all the time is very helpful. There are several other IRV2 members with similar setup's, including one that has all 3 monitors overhead about where the sun visor would be located.

I still use the mirrors as the primary method of clearing the lane before changing lanes, but find that I already know what is beside my coach due to the monitors being in my line of vision.

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I've thought of doing that many times in the past but just have not been able to make myself commit. Aesthetics keep getting in my way.

Thank you for sharing,
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Fred, that would be very useful. A couple more monitors won't make much difference. IN the line of sight is really nice.
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I have a system from TADI Brothers. It has a 10.5" monitor with 4 camera inputs and I can select any combination of cameras to display.

I have two cameras in the same size package as the old weldex single camera. One camera points downward like the old backup camera and the other points down the road. The system also has triggers that can connect to back up lights or turn signals to allow the correct cameras to display full screen.

I have inputs for two more cameras that could be side view cameras.

The downside to the system is the wireless transmitters that operate at the same frequency as bluetooth. They have a lot of interference while I am driving. I need to call Tadi Brothers and see if they have a solution.

You could hard wire the entire system, but that seems like a lot of effort.
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I have mine set up like Fred's. Only I have my GPS in the middle. My left monitor is for the back of my trialer, the right is for the rear of the MH. I have another in the dash and that is electable for down view on rear hitch to trailer or my WIDE angle 170 degree camera right side. Mounted on the front right corner I can see everything from the ground up, and out and to the rear as shown in the diagram.
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In my opinion turn signal side cameras are a waste and annoying. I disconnected mine after about 5000 miles.
Me too. After 8 years of operating my rig I have never even checked the side view cameras when making a turn. I like using my mirrors, to me more reliable.
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Same here. I use the rear camera all the time, but use the mirrors for changing lanes and watching for traffic...never use the side cameras.
Ditto. I trust my fish eye mirror more than the fish eye camera, but I'll admit to checking it, only cause it comes on automatically with the turn signal. But I'd rather have the rear camera to tell me when I'm clear of the overtaken traffic.
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Has anyone installed aftermarket lane cameras? I can't even find any online.


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I agree with the others, side cameras are a waste. I plan on disconnecting mine before my next trip.
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