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Old 02-23-2014, 05:27 PM   #1
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back up camera for travel trailer

Newbie needing some advice on using back up devices like a camera or anything else. I will be hitching up by myself alot, can anyone recomend any back up cameras or back up devices that I can use please. This is my first camper.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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are you looking for a camera for rear of tow vehicle, rear of trailer, or a dual camera system? Wired or wireless? Lots more money for wireless.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:59 PM   #3
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I bought a wireless back up camera at Advanced Auto Parts for about $140. I installed the camera on the back of my trailer up near the top and put the screen in my truck. It works but not very good. The bulk of the trailer and the distance involved will not allow a clear signal from the camera to the screen. If I hold the screen out the window with one hand it's a little better but it cuts in and out. I've seen some better cameras for sale for $500 or so but I decided to just rely on my mirrors and my wife's friendly instructions. Truth is, I've never backed into anything, never ran over any kids or dogs, and have just given up completely on even trying to use the camera. Unless you're traveling alone always and you look like the guy in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you will never need a camera. My experience has been this : if you're having some trouble backing into a spot, even at night, in about 2 minutes you have 5-6 guys back there waving their arms and pointing (usually in different directions). This usually pisses the wife off and she hollers real loud "I GOT THIS!"
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We have a baby monitor and 2 cameras that I bought for the back of the 5er which works great when I was playing with it. Have now decided I will never use them and will sell all 3 pcs. PM if interested.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:20 PM   #5
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We have a Peak wired camera on the back of the 5er that lets me keep an eye on the BBQ pit when I'm pulling it. I purchased an extension cord so the transmitter is in the front of the 5er so I wouldn't have trouble with the picture. Works good. If you just want one for hooking up to your TT, this would work well for that too.

http://www.amazon.com/Peak-PKC0RB-Wi.../dp/B001W6LGGS
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #6
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I work on farm equipment, and we sell single and dual camera Voyager kits. Very durable, as they survive on combines and other equipment. Extra cables can be purchased to install on whatever necessary.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:56 PM   #7
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thanks for all the advise, I am needing the camera for hooking my truck to my camper. Any other advise on this would be greatly appriciated.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:22 AM   #8
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No matter what type or brand you buy, make sure you can return it if there is a problem with electrical interference caused by your vehicle. The one I have was worthless when I had my Jeep, but works fine with my current truck.
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It's a lot of reading, but there are screenshots of the camera as well as a youtube video I created/ posted for the following wireless camera. It can be bought at Wally World, but can be picked up off ebay for half that.

Several members have this setup and have posted how they have theirs mounted/used. I use mine for aiding in hitching up, have it aiming out the trailers rear window while driving to see vehicles behind me, then can move it to see when backing in to camping spots, as well as use it to align a portable satellite dish when camping. It's all here:

Made a wireless backup camera system cheaply
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:25 AM   #10
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the wired Voyager kits are super clear, have sound, and LED lights. These kits are less expensive than lots of wireless systems, and like I said, survive on farm equipment, so you sure won't hurt it.
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