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Old 05-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #15
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We keep ours on whenever we drive, even if we're not towing. Both of us will look at it to be sure all is well.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:36 AM   #16
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How do you keep it on? mine only comes on when you put it in reverse. That would be a nice option,I have thought about trying to by-pass the reverse thing.
Mine has an "On" button at the very top. LOL

I would Be surprised if your viewer didn't have some mode of being used out of reverse.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:17 AM   #17
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The camera is just one more tool available to you to help keep you alert to what is around you while you are driving! If it is off you are not taking advantage of all that is there for you.
I was trained to keep my eyes moving with an 8 second scan starting with the road in front of you, then scan the left mirror, across the dash instruments to the right mirror and back to the front. Including the camera screen is easy. The constant movement will keep you from focusing on only one item only and give you the big picture!
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Always on for me.

I also tie a white cloth around the top center of the steering wheel. It's called "The Bunny Ears." It allows me to see the movement of the steering wheel. Although I have not tested it personally for a flat tire on the TOAD, it is stated that you will see it moving should you have a flat o the TOAD. I would assume that if something happened to the tow bar, like one leg coming loose, it may also show movement.

Hey, it's just peace of mind and I hope I never have to see it moving around.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #19
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I also tie a white cloth around the top center of the steering wheel. It's called "The Bunny Ears." It allows me to see the movement of the steering wheel. Although I have not tested it personally for a flat tire on the TOAD, it is stated that you will see it moving should you have a flat o the TOAD. I would assume that if something happened to the tow bar, like one leg coming loose, it may also show movement.


Thanks for the tip Wayne. it never occured to me to do that but I think its a great idea.
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something must be wrong with mine,because it only comes on when in reverse,it does have a power button and the monitor comes on but no picture.
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Macantic-you should have a power button that will turn it on all the time. And I also leave mine on all the time while towing toad.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:54 PM   #21
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Great idea Wayne. I'll put that in my bag of tricks.

I always keep it on. Allows me to keep an eye on the TOAD, especially in rest areas when we stop for lunch, etc.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:50 AM   #22
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i use my b-u cam all the time, towing or not. the volume is off unless i am backing up and my dw is giving directions.
my cam is calibrated so that i can see my trailer hitch ball and 16 feet back.
the cam showed that the trailer hitch was moving back and forth so much that i installed a track bar on the rear axle. that fixed that problem.
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something must be wrong with mine,because it only comes on when in reverse,it does have a power button and the monitor comes on but no picture.
When I installed mine, the manual had a couple of ways to wire it up.

1) on in reverse only
2) whenever the key was on.

I went with #2
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I leave ours on whether the toad is back there or not.
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Having the TV rear view camera on will not hurt it. Having the ability to view the Toad,and traffic to the rear of the RV is really, really helpful. I use the rear view camera to check traffic before I make any lane changes, also when braking at an intersection to see if everyone is doing what needs to be done to slow down and stop, and I also use the camera to confirm that I am clear of any vehicle as I am passing them. Very excellent tool for driving safely. I urge all to use their rear view cameras to keep them safe.
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.......I could not have said it any better, all the above and more. I turn it on when I leave the driveway. Good luck and travel safe.
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Always on. Volume off. Watching the toad.
Same here.
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Same here always on. I need to disconnect the side cameras. I hate it when I signal to change lanes and I lose the rear view.
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It's a handy tool if used correctly. It is like a rear view mirror. Also read on this forum about someone who ties something white on the top of the steering wheel in toad to monitor the wheel location. Just to be sure wheels on toad return to normal after a sharp turn. Did this on our last trip.
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