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Old 02-22-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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Rear View Cameras

Hi, all...
I could use a little input and help on deciding about a rear view camera system.

We're getting a new (to us &#128526 truck and camper combination and I would like to get a full-fledged rear view camera system (NOT just a backup camera -- I would like the whole nine yards: left lane/right lane views along with behind)

I'm not even at the point of trying to decide on any brand yet: my question is even more basic:
Should I have the dealer install their Chevy Silverado "integrated, 3 camera, rear plus side views" towing camera system?
Or should I go for a high quality triple-view aftermarket package ?

I've purchased the truck and the dealer is now putting in a couple of other upgrades we want.

The dealer installed system looks very nice -- it has the cameras hidden in the outboard side of the towing mirrors and the rear-view camera will be mounted on the camper rear (after we purchase the camper&#128513
It all looks very slick and the online videos are nice but I have one (major) caveat:

Anyone who has experience with this system please chime in and correct me if I'm wrong -- but it appears that the camera images take over the entire "infotainment system" screen while in operation.

This seems like a big red flag to me...I can easily envision a situation where my favorite passenger is helping me navigate a difficult bit of city freeway mayhem by watching the onscreen map while I simultaneously want to watch what's happening in all three lanes.

If anybody out there with experience with the integrated Chevy Silverado tow camera system could give me any input on how it works and how they like it I would really appreciate it...
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:36 AM   #2
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This seems like a big red flag to me...I can easily envision a situation where my favorite passenger is helping me navigate a difficult bit of city freeway mayhem by watching the onscreen map while I simultaneously want to watch what's happening in all three lanes.
With all due respect you won't like this reply but use your mirrors. They always work. What are you going to when the camera fails or the lens becomes covered in road spray? Pull over? You don't need a navigator and you don't need cameras. Bus drivers and truck drivers have neither and can navigate the "mayhem" quite well without them.
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:54 AM   #3
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With all due respect you won't like this reply but use your mirrors. They always work. What are you going to when the camera fails or the lens becomes covered in road spray? Pull over? You don't need a navigator and you don't need cameras. Bus drivers and truck drivers have neither and can navigate the "mayhem" quite well without them.
I agree.

We survived for between 35 and 40 years and about 300k miles all over the US and AK with only mirrors on our TC's. Our last TC, a 11.5' Caribou, had a window at the bottom of the door that I could monitor the toad, or whatever we were towing through. I could view it through the interior rear view mirror of the truck. We had it for 23 years and about 200k miles.

After it, about 4 years ago, we got an older class A that did not have a way to monitor the toad, no window or back up camera. By that time we were towing nearly all the time and a backup camera was the first thing I installed so I could monitor what we were towing. It also provides a good view if the road behind as well as vehicles starting to pass. Now I use it and the combination mirrors ( wide angle and direct) to see what is behind and beside me, but primarily the mirrors.

I also agree that it can get too cluttered and difficult to monitor all the changing "pictures" inside, as well as the mirrors. I have a hard time in city traffic on an interstate with only a backup camera, gps, and mirrors.

My thought would be to keep it simple at first and add on as/when needed.

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Old 02-23-2019, 10:49 PM   #4
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Keep It Simple ...

I can't begin to imagine the gawd-awful distraction of an LCD monitor and three (!) camera views. I can easily imagine staring at the damned thing, then looking up just in time to plow into the vehicle ahead because I'd become so distracted.

I drove over 600,000 accident-free miles with two side mirrors enhanced with a small wide-angle spot mirror at the bottom of each. There was no interior rear view mirror nor a back window in the cab. It was blocked by the 58-ft. reefer trailer I was pulling.

This served through 47 states and three Canadian provinces, and in cities from New York City to Los Angeles.

My order of priorities was the right-hand side (aggressive drivers passing on the no-pass side, or trying to cut me off while making a right-hand turn); then the mirror on my driver side, to monitor traffic openings and clearances in case I needed to move over; and then the roadway ahead, at least two vehicles in front of the vehicle I was following. By watching them, I get a 'heads up' of what he will do, and I can react at the same time he does.

My eyes and attention rotate round & round the mirrors and the view ahead, always keeping in mind a situational awareness picture for the inevitable SHTF scenario. (sh*t hits the fan)

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Going to install a rear camera on my rebuild 1994 caribou thinking about above the rear door. I am redoing the top and all the side and rear fiberglass. Think this is a good time to run hard wire for lights, speakers, camera and anything else like back up lights. The camera will be an added plus for watching the toad and for backing up. Can see advantage for cars that might be coming up from behind trying to pass left or right.
Having the camera on full time would be a benefit for seeing what’s behind you but not replace the mirrors.
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Most cameras have 130 degree viewing area, which gets a nice wide view at your rear and coming up on your sides. Rearviewsafety.com has multiple camera kits, both wired and wireless. I opted for a wireless system with a monitor that supports multiple cameras (I only needed one).

If you think your confidence and safety level might increase with cameras then go for it.
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I use the camera(s) as another way to make it easy to see what's going on back there. And use the mirrors too.

If it was legal, I would get rid of the mirrors and just use cameras and well placed monitors. I am positive that this will be the way of the future for all vehicles. Less expensive, better economy, less things to hit, better looking, less noise.
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The truck driver friend of mine once told me that if you canít drive with mirrors on a big rig you probably should not be driving it.
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