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Old 01-12-2016, 11:18 PM   #1
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Camera or no camera

Opinions about backup cameras. Are they necessary or will somekind of mirrors work just as well?
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:25 PM   #2
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If you have someone that travels with you all the time, then work out some hand signals and use them.

Most of my backing is done without a camera. When I need one, I use a GoPro. I have the GoPro for other reasons, and it works well for a back up camera as well. I bought one at Costco for just under $300.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:34 PM   #3
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How about those drivers who love to snuggle up to your spare tire and you can't see them
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:42 PM   #4
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What would you do about them if you knew they were there? Why would that be different from any other driving situation?

If you say you would slow down and/or leave more following distance in front of you, why not just do that all the time, since it makes you safer?
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:52 PM   #5
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GO to a large empty parking lot and PRACTICE

PRACTICE making TURNS, PARKING, BACKING UP, HITCHING/UNHITCHING straight on and at various angles

PRACTICE.........Changing lanes

And if you can't see using your mirrors.........get proper towing mirrors so you can see alongside trailer and behind trailer
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:53 PM   #6
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Never had one on a TT, didn't have them on our first two MH's either. Got one when we got the 35' Santara and haven't been without one since.
But, I never really missed them on a TT either even when we had the 26'er. Just didn't need a camera on that short a rig.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:54 PM   #7
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I like that I can see my toad back there all day long with my camera. I also have turning signal cameras but I don't use them much. I'm happier using my mirrors.

As far as backing up, my Ford Explorer has back up beepers and I think they are away better than a camera.
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Use it all the time. Keep an eye on the toad. Backing. Traffic behind.
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I like the camera behind the truck.. easy hookup to travel trailer.. first time, every time. front of trailer hitch is painted WHITE.. with a Red vertical Line.


I do NOT use wife for backing trailer... she stays in right seat.. and keeps her mouth closed and Head back.


I do NOT need help backing ..
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No camera...

Doesn't do a lick of good if the camera is going to be cover up with 4 tons of road dust or mud. All I'll see on the screen is a black screen. When I go camping with the RV I'm typically a ways off the paved roads in the back country away from people and such. I'm not afraid to us my RV and get it dirty or muddy.

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I use it to know exactly how close I can back to something.

I use it on the highway to know what is right behind me.

I use it when backing and my bride is trying to direct, because it has Sound, and her voice is a lot easier to understand than her rap artist hand signals
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Cameras and monitors are getting very in expensive, less than $100 off Amazon. I added a license plate frame camera to the car I tow behind the coach with a wireless video transmitter that works well. Primarily us the camera on the coach for backing and such but in heavy traffic having the camera on the tow vehicle allows me to ensure I have an open lane to move into.
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In my opinion, a camera is useful but not necessary. Great mirrors, and training yourself to use them, are absolutely necessary.

That said, I put a camera on our former coach and our new coach came with one. We rarely used the old camera for backing (I couldn't get used to the wide-angle view), preferring to get hand signals from the one who was on the ground. The new camera comes with a microphone, so like "bamaboy473" I look forward to hearing from my wife in addition to her hand signals.

We do keep the camera on while going down the road, to know what's going on in the big blind spot behind the coach.

For changing lanes, if the mirrors say "no go," it's no go, even if the camera says "go." Constantly scanning the road and the mirrors is essential to driving safety. You need to be prepared to change lanes quickly (but without undue haste) at any moment. The need to stay on top of this is one of the reasons we drive about half the miles in a day that we would drive in a car.

You asked a great question!
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Use it all the time. Keep an eye on the toad. Backing. Traffic behind.


+1 we use it all the time


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