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Old 06-08-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Towing 101" Wide Newmar 5th Wheel- Can't See!

I'm new to irv2. I have a brand new 2013 3500 Chevy dually and enjoy pulling our new (to us) 2010 Newmar Cypress 5th wheel. I enjoy the extra width full timing in our trailer but find it difficult to see where I've been. I have camper mirrors that would probably work well with out the extra width trailer. Any ideas or thoughts on a solution to extend further, or add ons, or even total replacement for a better view? I've looked at Grote and Cipa but no real solution that I can see. Thanks, Sly

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Old 06-09-2013, 05:48 AM   #2
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I use a rear facing camera on my 96". It lets me see where the mirrors can not.

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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Camera Choices? Side views are a must. Wireless?

Thanks! Any suggestions on brands? Thanks
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Everyone likes a different brand. I ran a wired unit as I work facilities so I find it a challenge not a pain in the butt.
The one I put in is Rear View Safety as they are in many EMS vehicles (was EMS captain).
I have not got a clue on wireless units.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:12 AM   #5
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You would probably have better luck with a wired unit. With a long trailer, wireless units may suffer from an intermittent signal.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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Just making sure, but you have extended the mirrors all the way right?
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:20 AM   #7
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Camera Solution

I purchased one of the cheap $50.00 Rearview Mirrors with the built in TFT display units. The display measures 7 inches on the diagonal
Clips over your existing rearview Mirror. Patched the wiring such that it is On when powered rather than just when in reverse.
The camera is also one of the cheap ones $25.00. It has the infrared LED's so it can display after dark without backup lights. It also has the distance lines embedded in the camera.
Mounted it about 6 feet off the ground on the rear of the trailer. Tipped it out so I can see the horizon behind me
Used a piece of White Plastic wire cover to feed the cables straight down the back of the trailer
The cabling for the video signal I used was RG6 coax cable with standard threaded ends. I made the wiring as weatherproof as possible with liquid tape. I bought Threaded RF to Phono adapters at HD for like $5.00 for a pair. Routed the coax and power from rear to the tongue and just used standard RF threaded Male female for the quick connect at the bumper
Power the mirror off the hot wire in the headliner for the courtesy lights
Power the camera off the running lights on the trailer
Just means I have the running lights on going down the road and that is how I roll anyway
So far best investment I made for safety on the trailer
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Wireless Camera's will have issues on travel trailers for a few reasons
The distance from the transmitter/reciever Most have a maximum of 25 feet range at the best of times, The number of metal walls you are trying to get through, Wireless signals and metal walls don't like one another,
The fact that all of the wireless units run in the same frequency band as the Wifi signals at your local coffee shops and Bluetooth connections for your enabled phones. We have a Blue tooth connected phone to make it hands free. That is why I went sheilded and hardwired. Coax works good for cable tv video signals so why not. The picture is as clear as can be. A little bleed on the colors when the camera is facing into direct sun but still viewable.
Is this hard to install No
Does it take some time Yes
Took me 3 evening of messing about but I wanted something that was well hidden in the truck and weatherproof on the trailer
When we hitch up the trailer I plug in the clip on mirror
If you have any questions drop me a note
Personally I think this kind of a camera setup should be standard equipment on trailers from a safety prospective
I have 3 small grandchildren and God forbid something happened to one of them when I was backing in the rig.

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Old 06-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #8
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Thanks for asking! Yes. I have towed a 96" travel traler about 40,000 miles with pretty good visibility. My new truck and 5th wheel is tough. "Add on" mirrors at this width won't be the best solution.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #9
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Buy a set of McKesh Mirrors from hensleymfg.com for $130 and your problems will be over. They extend a lot further than your OEM tow mirrors, up to 20". I had used them with a 34 Airtream TT that was 102"wide.

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