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Old 02-20-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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Question Back up camera has mirror effect

I am new here so please forgive if this has been discussed somewhere else. I have a 2005 Damon Daybreak {gasser} 35 foot, with a back up monitor mounted on the dash. When traveling I noticed it has a mirror effect. When cars are passing on the left of me, they appear to be coming from the right looking at the monitor. Is this normal, for this type of back up camera? Just seems odd. This can become confusing when backing up in a tight spot. Do the new model back up camera relate to the true left and right when looking at the monitor? I love the camera aspect when towing my toad, I can keep an eye on things. Just drives me crazy when cars are coming up behind me. I always use my mirrors when backing up, or changing lanes. Would love to have something more direction oriented. Thanks in advance.
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Most monitors have a setting in the menu that lets you correct this problem. Experiment with the menu function and see what you find.

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You get the mirror "effect" because the camera is just literally looking at what's in front of it. Like if you were perched up there yourself looking at your toad or cars behind you, the passing lane would be on your right.

To see things relative to your left and right sitting in the driver seat, the camera's sight would have to be truly reversed, and then it would really be a mirror image.

Now that I have you good and confused, carry on.

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Most monitors have a setting in the menu that lets you correct this problem. Experiment with the menu function and see what you find.

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x2 in settings you can change the mirror set up
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This is a old black and white monitor, don't have very many adjustment. Mainly brightness and contrast. Could not find much after that. I will keep trying. Thanks again. May have to buy a newer unit that has this setup in the menu. Not looking forward to changing. But as they say, It is what it is
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Check the back of the monitor, some have a switch there to change the image.
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This is a old black and white monitor, don't have very many adjustment. Mainly brightness and contrast. Could not find much after that. I will keep trying. Thanks again. May have to buy a newer unit that has this setup in the menu. Not looking forward to changing. But as they say, It is what it is
There are replacement cameras that have a "mirror image" function available from the camera.

You can replace the old black and white monitor and camera with a new system from ebay or amazon for less than $100 that will have the mirror image function available from within the monitor menu.

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There's an alternative approach that a friend used but it only works on RVs with a window in the back wall. His rig didn't have a back-up camera and he had an extra camera from an old computer but it wasn't weatherproof.

He mounted the camera on the inside back wall of his MH, just below the window frame, looking upwards. He then added a mirror, angled down at 45 degrees, that showed the view out of the window and was in the line of sight of the video camera. He would then look at the picture coming from the camera on a lap-top computer or smart-phone and get the view a regular back-up camera would give. It was a "real" mirror image.
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Thanks everyone, I found the problem. There was a switch on the back that was taped over. Why, I have no ideal. Anyway, it is a reverse switch. When I moved it, the monitor worked in the reverse direction. I think they may have taped it due to fact that the switch moves up and down. Down is the wrong way. May have taped it up, then tape wore out, and a bump in the road caused the switch to move. Again thanks for all the help. This will make things a lot nicer.
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You're welcome! Glad to have helped and glad you found the switch.
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