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Old 07-23-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Adding turning cameras

I see that many of the newer DP rigs have cameras connected to the turn signals. When you signal a turn, the camera on the mirror on that side comes on to show you what might be in your blind spot. Sounds like a good idea to me! Has anyone added such cameras to an older coach? If so, is it an easy do-it-yourself job, or one best left to those who really know what they are doing? Is it cheap enough that it could be a negotiation point on a sale? I'm thinking that maybe if the dealer and I got fairly close, but neither wanted to move much, that if I agreed to his last price I could ask that those two cameras be added as part of the deal for no additional cost.

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Old 07-23-2011, 03:33 PM   #2
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Actually I disconnected the turn signal input to mine. It was distracting having the picture change and took my eyes off the mirrors which work fine for me.

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Old 07-23-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
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Personally I like using my mirrors. Like YC1 said, I find it distracting when my rear view camera image changes (though I have to admit I have never owned side-view cameras - by choice).
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:05 PM   #4
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My MH came with the three cameras...I would not have ordered them, and rarely use them.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:25 PM   #5
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I have them also, mainly use mirrors and backup camera.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:45 PM   #6
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I'm quite used to using the mirrors, but thought the cameras would be an added safety feature. If we end up with a DP, I may consider adding the cameras to a separate monitor that the navigator can see, rather than for the driver, if they are distracting.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:04 AM   #7
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I'll have to echo most of the above posts. Our rig came with the side cameras, but I don't think I've used them even a single time. I guess I'm just too used to using my mirrors to check for traffic BEFORE beginning a turn.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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If your still interested here is a thread on an installation that John Canfield did but his write up has moved with him to another forum.
You can find him on this forum maybe he has installation pic's there.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:26 AM   #9
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I installed them on Our Older Rig. They are most useful for backing into tight spaces. The right side also covers the normal blind spot, which really helps when changing lanes!

I discovered that the Drop our Relay necessary to activate with the turn signals was really expensive so I have a Simple Rocker Switch that triggers the Camera.

I use a seperate monitor from the original B&W backup one, which frankly is pretty useless.

To be honest I would not bother installing another Drivers side Camera as the Mirror is adequate.

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:04 AM   #10
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I leave my backup camera on all the time I am towing. It give me a visual on my tow. Being a pilot, I have learned to do a quick scan , so I know where all the cars are in the surrounding area.

If I was to add a camera, it would be a pin hole camera at the dump compartment. Then I can see just where I am and if I need to pull up just a little more.

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