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Old 08-14-2015, 01:05 PM   #29
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Any worries about burning out the camera by having it turned on for long periods? There's times that my truck will be running down the road for 12+ hours...
Would be curious to hear any long term experience on this..



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I was concerned about that too Randy when I saw that XLR wired it hot rather than using the back up lights as a trigger. I looked at the installation manual and found both install methods were approved although Garmin recommended using the back ups as a trigger. Not feeling 100% sure about it, I called their tech line and they assured me that having the camera constantly powered did nothing to decrease it's lifespan. Still not feeling 100% about it, I installed a toggle switch to turn it off when not traveling.....
Burn-in was a problem with old CRT screens - not so much with newer LCDs.
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Paz, the monitor screen isn't always on. Just the camera and sending unit...
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I was concerned about that too Randy when I saw that XLR wired it hot rather than using the back up lights as a trigger. I looked at the installation manual and found both install methods were approved although Garmin recommended using the back ups as a trigger. Not feeling 100% sure about it, I called their tech line and they assured me that having the camera constantly powered did nothing to decrease it's lifespan. Still not feeling 100% about it, I installed a toggle switch to turn it off when not traveling.....

Thanks for that Rodney... I may change up the wiring on mine to run off the 12v hot / backup circuit via DPST switch - that way I can swap it back to normal (backup only) operation...
I am really impressed by this Garmin.. We were driving along and I told Dar - I read that this Garmin even has Voice Command ability --- suddenly the Garmin spoke "Say a Command!"... LOL
Dar said - has that gadget been listening to everything we've said on this trip?
Evidently so I replied!




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Paz, the monitor screen isn't always on. Just the camera and sending unit...
I don't think it would matter if it was on all the time. Not only is there little problem with burn-in on LCDs, the view behind a 5th wheel is continually changing so there will be no constant image to burn into the display like there might be with a toad behind a motorhome.
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