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Old 01-17-2016, 09:49 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by George Schweikle View Post
I guess this is a thread highjack but I need to rant.

What you state is the correct and polite way to pass another vehicle and I always leave room for my car trailer to have plenty of clearance to the vehicle I passed . What do you do if the car behind you is so impatient that they cut to the right and pass on the inside just as you begin to merge back into the right hand lane with your right turn signals blinking?

Let him go. It's safer to have that kind of driver ahead of you, rather than behind you.


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Old 01-17-2016, 10:55 AM   #16
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Ideally, I assume one camera that tilts and pans (maybe just tilt) would be perfect. Like most, mine is fixed and currently looks at the RV's rear bumper. I think I'll try to re-aim it to see the toad and road behind -- I don't need to see the bumper when I'm backing up as the DW will be helping -- but we're in a subzero deep freeze here in MN and it will have to wait until the spring.

For those who have 2 rear cameras, how did you provide a power source for the second one? Is it as simple as tapping into the OEM camera's 12V line, or did you have to run a separate power line up to it? Wireless from the camera to the monitor sounds like the way to go to avoid running wires up to the front of the coach.

I imagine it's possible to replace the OEM unit with an aftermarket tilting unit, but are there any compatibility issues? If anyone has done this successfully, can you provide the name of the unit you're using? Weldex was mentioned earlier, and I've looked at their products, but it's hard to know from the website if you can just swap out your OEM unit for one of theirs. The Total Vision camera that pans/tilts and has presets looks really nice but is somewhat pricey ($2150 plus installation).

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Old 01-17-2016, 11:52 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by l1v3fr33ord1 View Post

Let him go. It's safer to have that kind of driver ahead of you, rather than behind you.

And that is why I ALWAYS check again (and again) before making a lane change, and while making the lane change, I even look out the side window just to be certain I didn't miss something. Entering interstates are the worst, especially in large cities. As someone else said, you'll get used to it after a while.

Another thing that has sometimes been problematic for me is when a lane change is necessary in bumper to bumper traffic and some kind soul drops back to let you in allowing only a few feet of clearance and you wonder, is it just someone being cautious, or can I turn? If you don't fill the gap in a very short time someone else will. Your camera should help with that.

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I don't have side camera viewing, just the rear camera and it displays the entire tow car and a distance behind the tow car. For changing lanes the two side mirrors and rear camera make it easy to be sure the next lane is open or clear. It is good the OP changed his system to meet his needs. Works for him and my way works for me. Maybe if I ever get another RV I'll do it his way.

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