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Old 01-20-2013, 01:37 AM   #841
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Hi folks, wondering if any of you have installed or are considering a back up or rearview camera on your 321. If so did you go wireless or hard wired? Thanks!

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I looked into these after the faucet incident and decided against it as I would prefer one that would also look on the sides.. When I back this up by myself, I just clear myself, setting stop points and getting out of the truck at these points to check.. My DW also loves the gestures!! Sort of like a summer time hockey game..
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:25 AM   #842
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Funny you should say that. On the return from our last outing DW was guiding me into our parking space for the trailer when the batteries in her radio went dead......the results were not to bad, I only need to replace the rain gutter on the house that was crushed by the spare tire on the trailer. It would have been much worse if DW had not rapidly moved to the yelling and excited hand gestures. Anyway I'm thinking a camera back there may end up paying for itself in the long run.
funny how that happens, DW was watching me pull into the side yard and I couldn't go any farther. it was like I was hung up some where. I put the truck into 4 wheel drive and tried to go again, still no go. that was about the time DW came running around the side of the house and waving her arms. I had hit the rain gutters and tore up the awning too. got the awning fixed last summer and the gutters are going to be replaced all the way around the house within thje next week or so..
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What cameras are you all considering? I may follow you..
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Haven't really started researching them by brand yet. I've noticed tracking some of the other forums it appears you can get them wireless or hard wired (less interferance) and you can get them multichanneled or a single channel. With a two channel you could have a camera at your hitch and one at the back of the trailer. While I had a minor backing accident in my own driveway what I worry most about is on the interstate having to change lanes quickly in traffic or merging with traffic coming onto the interstate.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #845
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We slipped in a half sheet of 1/2" plywood under the mattress to give it support. Well that did the trick, although I can't lift the bed up myself now. What to do next? Upgrade the shocks? Argh!!
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Haven't really started researching them by brand yet. I've noticed tracking some of the other forums it appears you can get them wireless or hard wired (less interferance) and you can get them multichanneled or a single channel. With a two channel you could have a camera at your hitch and one at the back of the trailer. While I had a minor backing accident in my own driveway what I worry most about is on the interstate having to change lanes quickly in traffic or merging with traffic coming onto the interstate.
Sounds like a great idea! I was looking at the tire pressure monitoring systems a while back and learned that the transmitting range could be an issue on a rig as long as ours. Just something to keep in mind while shopping.
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We slipped in a half sheet of 1/2" plywood under the mattress to give it support. Well that did the trick, although I can't lift the bed up myself now. What to do next? Upgrade the shocks? Argh!!
Instead of a sheet of plywood, we made this. The weight shouldn't be much different. Our shocks are able to hold it up without any trouble. Perhaps the shocks could be move a bit to provide better leverage? Just a thought...
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Sounds like a great idea! I was looking at the tire pressure monitoring systems a while back and learned that the transmitting range could be an issue on a rig as long as ours. Just something to keep in mind while shopping.
Hey Mike,
I bought the TST system last summer and it works great on the 321RES. No problem with transmitting all 4 tires and getting a reading - both pressure and temperature.

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Kittykath and Clayhammer, by the way thanks Clayhammer for the sketch. I made ours per your sketch however, I lapped the cross overs so the whole thing is only 3/4 inch thick. Weight about 12 lbs. The gas cylinders on the sides work fine and lift the whole thing without any problems. Kittykath you could try 1/4 inch ply wood. The weight load is spread over the entire area and 1/4 might work at half the weight.
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Hey Mike,
I bought the TST system last summer and it works great on the 321RES. No problem with transmitting all 4 tires and getting a reading - both pressure and temperature.

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Jimmie,
Which TST system did you go with? I've seen that they have the type that screws on to the valve stem and the type that goes inside the tire and replaces the valve stem. Glad to hear that you didn't have to add signal booster.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:24 AM   #851
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Instead of a sheet of plywood, we made this. The weight shouldn't be much different. Our shocks are able to hold it up without any trouble. Perhaps the shocks could be move a bit to provide better leverage? Just a thought...
We made a similar fix, just check the 2x2 headboard attachment point. Ours had five screws attached to nothing in the wall.. while the bed is pulled away from the wall, raise and lower it, you may see this piece working where it should be stationary. Replaced the 2x2 with a piece of 2x2 aluminum screwed down to the bed frame..
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Which TST system did you go with? I've seen that they have the type that screws on to the valve stem and the type that goes inside the tire and replaces the valve stem. Glad to hear that you didn't have to add signal booster.
I bought the TST 4 tire system like this - 4 Tire Pressure Monitoring System-$259 - Truck System Technologies, Inc.. Comes with 2 little tools for removing and is not difficult at all.

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Hi Gang:
I bought the TPMS System from WWW.eezrvproducts.com it can monitor up to 22 wheels. What I really like about it is that they have an updated sensor that allows you to apply air into your tire without removing the sensor. It reads both temperature and pressure. They also have an e-bay store and sell the kit with different amounts of sensors for whatever amount that you need. I have had the system on the 321 starting last Fall and it has work flawlessly. I feel that a tire monitor system is a must! My Brother lost an axial on his boat trailer due to a blowout and not knowing it before it was too late. Other motorist had to signal him to let him know that he had a major problem. Not to mention all the good fishing that he lost out on while waiting for the repairs. When pulling one of these big Trailers you have enough on ones mind without having to worry about having a blowout and not knowing it.
You people are great I love this Form,Ted
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Thanks Jimmie and Ted for the TPMS info. Looks like Eezrvproducts is selling the TST. Good to know the signal strength is good without having to use a repeater. That will be the next item on the list.

Dgrant09, our bed attachment to the wall has already self-destructed and was repaired under warranty. I'm not sure exactly what they did in the wall but, the fix seems to be sturdy.
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