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Old 05-07-2016, 01:15 AM   #1
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When they work, are backup cameras useful

I have a 33IK that is pre wired for a backup camera. When they work are they really useful?
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:09 AM   #2
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When we bought our MH it had a backup and side cameras on it already from the factory. I had never used a camera system before so if I had ordered the rig from the factory I wouldn't had added the camera as an option.

HOWEVER, after driving mine for the past year with the camera system I will never buy another RV without one. I leave mine on while driving and use it as a rear view mirror. I can see my bicycles on the back bumper which gives me some peace of mind that they're still there. The side cameras are the real treat though. When you put your signal light on you can see your entire side and the lane next to you in the monitor. I use the side cameras when pulling into a campsite or taking a tight corner as it lets me see the side of the rig much better than the mirrors.

To get back to your original question, IMHO backup cameras are a great tool if you don't have a completely unobstructed view behind you.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:36 AM   #3
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the way that it seems that they are wired is that if you have your lights on (not backup but just your normal lights) the camera will get power
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Mine seems to have power whenever the vehicle is running. I have to turn the monitor on manually if I want to use it as a rear view mirror. There is a way to make it come on as soon as you start the vehicle but I found that at night it's too bright and I'm too lazy to find the control to turn down the brightness. So, I just shut off the monitor at night. When you put it into reverse or turn on a signal light the monitor powers up on it's own.
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Loved it on my motorhome. Made backing up and watching behind you so much easier. I would turn mine on as a rear view monitor in heavy traffic.

When we were on interstates and traffic was light or when it was dark I shut if off.

Obviously loved it for backing up.

As for on a trailer or 5ver I have no experience yet. Have not found a reliable and affordable option for my 5th wheel combo yet. Plus we have not towed it far often enough to get one.

But loved it on the MH for sure
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A company I work for from time to time installed back-up monitors in their fleet of about 100,000 delivery vehicles in the US. The frequency of backing accidents actually increased after the cameras were installed. Nearly all of the post camera accidents were due to backing into something high off the ground (branches, gutters, eaves, telephone wires, etc.). Just something to keep in mind.
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Thanks for the replies. My RV is a fifth wheel and even though it would be nice to use on the highway (may not want to see the bikes bouncing ) I am mainly interested for backing into campsites.

My CC 33IK is pre wired for a Furrion and I understand it is activated via the backup light connection. I'm just not sure as to the detail or the video distortion I would see from a camera mounted high up on the rear of the RV. I'm sure it would really help as to approach angle to the site as it is difficult at times to see how well aligned I am to the site/pad.

Any Furrion users and experience with a fifth wheel would be appreciated..
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Thanks for the replies. My RV is a fifth wheel and even though it would be nice to use on the highway (may not want to see the bikes bouncing ) I am mainly interested for backing into campsites.

My CC 33IK is pre wired for a Furrion and I understand it is activated via the backup light connection. I'm just not sure as to the detail or the video distortion I would see from a camera mounted high up on the rear of the RV. I'm sure it would really help as to approach angle to the site as it is difficult at times to see how well aligned I am to the site/pad.

Any Furrion users and experience with a fifth wheel would be appreciated..
Mine isn't a 5er but I do have a Furrion unit. There's a microphone in the camera that lets me hear my wife directing me while I'm backing up. We have walkie-talkies but forget to use them more often than not. The speaker helps. The picture on the monitor is nice and clear. It's adjustable with a distance grid on it so you can set it for the different heights. The only time I've ever had a problem is when driving at night and using it as a rear view mirror, car lights behind me will wash it out.
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I have a Rockwood TT and after looking at reviews I purchased the Furrion FOS48-TA. I shopped prices on Amazon and eBay and found a good price. I can see my rear rack and cars behind me when driving. It has very good resolution and can be used while backing up and driving without distortion. It doesn't have a speaker and we use two-way radios when backing up as well. Mine works when the headlights are on (not running lights). It is "plug & play" to hook up and very easy. The only thing that I don't like is that the monitor screen only comes with a suction cup mount. I contacted Furrion and there are no other mounting options. I am going to modify a Garmin gimbal bracket so I can set it on the dash or console.
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Also have the Furrion. They have "back-up" models and "observation" models. We have the latter and I like being able to see how close the car behind us is when traveling. It's my understanding the "back-up" models only come on when you put you vehicle in reverse. Ours is wired into the running lights of the camper so we do have to turn our lights on (not a bad idea anyway) for it to power up. Most useful though is whenever you pull into a tight space like a gas station and need to back up a bit after gassing up. You would have no idea if someone has pulled in behind you. Very handy!
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