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Old 02-09-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Newbie question about backup cams

Do they only work when in reverse or can I use it while in Drive? I ask because I don't own an MH yet but one is in my future, and my plan is to tow my motorcycles behind. I was wondering if I'd be able to monitor the trailer while driving or will I need to just make periodic checks out the back window?

I know you can't watch a DVD while driving - that goes without saying, but I didn't know if the cam would still work.

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Old 02-09-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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All that I have seen work in drive.
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Yes, aftermarket setups can be hooked up to be viewed all the time...
Our Audi has a push button that allows that....
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All we have ever had worked all the time, I use mine to monitor the toad and as a visual aid when passing another vehicle and pulling back in lane in front of the other vehicle.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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CRT based units go into standby unless in reverse to reduce screen burn and extend life of camera.

They do have manual switch to bupass
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Mine's on all the time when driving. I can also cycle through the side cams at any time. As someone else said, I use them to judge when to cut back in when passing.
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Sounds good. That's what I needed to know. Thanks guys!!
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Do they only work when in reverse or can I use it while in Drive? I ask because I don't own an MH yet but one is in my future, and my plan is to tow my motorcycles behind. I was wondering if I'd be able to monitor the trailer while driving or will I need to just make periodic checks out the back window?

I know you can't watch a DVD while driving - that goes without saying, but I didn't know if the cam would still work.

Thanks
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Yes they will work while driving and yes you can watch sat. Or a DVD and text eat a sandwich have something to drink while driving.
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As many have mentioned ours has a manual switch to turn on cams. I turn on the rear view every once in a while to check the 5 bikes we have on a carrier. You can also cycle through the side cams.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:57 PM   #10
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Ours is on whenever the engine is running - I suppose it might have a switch to allow it to only work when the transmission is in Reverse, but I've never bothered to investigate. It's more important for me to know what's going on behind me, and the sides of the rear corners.
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I've got mine wired to run whenever power is flowing - wanted to be able to see and hear all the time - not just when I'm backing up.

Check the fuse diagram of your MH - look for a radio or other device which comes and stays on when you key up.

Took some time finding the right fuse that fits the deal and soldering the wires together, but worth the investment in time if it's going to save me on and down the road.
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Ours is switchable at the monitor. Also adjustable up and down. Comes in very handy for backing into our side yard where it's stored and to monitor bikes on bike rack or motorcycles on trailer as we did a trip to Sturgis last year. No side camera's, so I can't speak to them. They seem like they'd be nice to have though.
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Like most have said. Mine comes on when I crank the coach and stays on until I turn off the motor. I like to see whats sneeking up behind me.
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Always drive with it on, that's what it's for, to keep an eye on your tow and see when someone's behind you.
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