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Old 05-26-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Question Rear view/backup cameras

Now and then I tow a cargo trailer or small boat behind by fifth wheel-am looking for something to mount on the rear of my RV to warn me if I am get a flat on my boat/etc or if it is not tracking right. Any suggestions or advice on where to purchase one and what kind to get? Thanks.

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Old 05-26-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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You will find a long list of backup cameras with an internet search. They range in price from $60 to $800. Before you buy, do another search for reviews on your choices. The bottom-end products are worth what you pay, as are the top-of-the-line products. You can buy a quality camera for around $200. I would begin my search here.

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Old 05-27-2011, 12:39 AM   #3
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Here's a copy of a reply to someone else that i posted last month.

I have a factory-installed Camos video camera on the rear of my trailer. Here's a picture of the system.

I recommend that you install it the camera up high rather than on the bumper so you can see more. These cameras have such wide angles that you will be able to see the horizon down nearly to your rear bumper, making it easy to see how far you are from any obstacles when backing. When driving, you'll be able to see over the vehicle immediately behind you and get a better feel for traffic. I also use mine to keep an eye on the motorcycles on my Hydralift.

The camera doesn't look like much. It's white and blends in with the trailer gelcoat. Most people never notice it. I don't think anyone would think of taking it. The video cable runs through the insulation in the rear cap and then forward with a wiring bundle into the generator compartment in front where it connects to a transmitter. But frankly the transmitter is strong enough to shoot all the way through the trailer into my truck cab with no problem. I tried it.

Make sure you install a power switch for the camera and transmitter so it doesn't draw down your battery when you're camped. Expect to pay about $700.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:30 AM   #4
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On my 5er I installed the 7" wireless unit from Peak. When I bought mine at Sams Club they were $59 for everything. Now the only place I see them is on Ebay for $110 to $175 but still worth it. I hooked the power for the camera into the running lights so it would be on all the time as I always run with lights on. Be sure to lock the truck or you will end up like I did with a camera and no monitor.

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Old 05-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
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Now and then I tow a cargo trailer or small boat behind by fifth wheel-am looking for something to mount on the rear of my RV to warn me if I am get a flat on my boat/etc or if it is not tracking right. Any suggestions or advice on where to purchase one and what kind to get? Thanks.
For cameras & monitors:
RVCams Backup Cameras and Rear View Systems: Backup Camera Systems (All)

Tire pressure monitor:

Unless you're eyes are on the monitor 24/7, a tire pressure monitor will let you know much faster.
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