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Old 02-28-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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Backup Cameras

What do you use for backup cameras?

I'm starting a solo, full-timing life. Just me and my rig and lots of time. No wife, no kids, no pets. But, many times, I will have to back the rig into a camping pad with no spotter to confuse (oops, I mean help) me. I really, really need good visibility when backing up.

Dodge has a standard backup camera that looks out the back of the truck and displays on the main console for my RAM 3500. But, that would be useless while backing up my 5er.

Dodge also has a "hitch camera" that's focused on the hitch. That would be great while hitching up but useless the rest of the time. It displays in the rear view mirror and doesn't communicate with the backup camera.

Lots of third-party vendors sell wired or wireless backup cameras for the 5er. But, that would mean yet another screen in the truck.

I don't want to have three backup displays running on three screens at the same time! I just want one screen and be able to select which camera is feeding it.

Have you done this? If so, how?
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When you go for a back up camera make sure they have an option for grids on the screen to mark exactly how far away things are. You can always shut that option off and then see if the moniter is capable of other wireless camera's on the sides in the future.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:01 AM   #3
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Do it all the time. Swifthitch camera is my remote eye sight.
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You might be surprised but you my not need it ,I think its a demand created where there is not really a need.
My truck has no back or side windows , yet I hook up all the time mostly with no spotter,sure I get out and look to make sure the height is correct after that its just line up the trailer in the mirrors and click click its in.
I never have to worry about the camera failing.
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How can you line up with the trailer without a rear window?

My rig has a mirror on it's nose which should help. But, don't I need to at least see the pin?


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How can you line up with the trailer without a rear window?

My rig has a mirror on it's nose which should help. But, don't I need to at least see the pin?


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Don't need to see it to know where it is ,think about it .I line up the sides of the truck in both mirrors equally /parallel with the trailer sides then straight back, now a hook up at any angle is a order of magnitude more difficult .
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Look for this guy on E-bay- leviathan_holdings-
He sells camera systems of all sizes and types. I installed a 4 camera system in our RV and truck from him.
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Just had a "Rear View Safety" system installed. Best system on the market. Approx $300 for the system including monitor. $200 to install. Far exceeded my expectations. What ever you do avoid wireless. You will not be happy. BTW - the RVS system is hard wired.
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I think side cameras are also in order so you have better viewing during turns and backing up when the trailer swings out of view of ones mirrors.
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Just starting this search myself. Nothing else a bit smaller out there? I really don't want a 3.5 screen on the windshield or dash...
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