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Old 05-12-2019, 07:26 AM   #1
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Dash Cam Suggestions, Please

I am sure there are many here who use a dash cam, and I am looking for one right now, but there are so many to pick from with a huge difference in price and capabilities, I just donít know what to buy.

I need one mainly for my work truck, which I drive about 70 miles per day in congested traffic in the Washington, DC area. Within the last five weeks, I have demolished one Honda and two Subarus with my 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 ó each incident was the same ó the other drivers came from the left to cut across in front of me. I crushed in the passenger sides of each of these cars with my front bumper, which hardly suffered any damage. The last incident put a crease in the bumper, so I will probably get it fixed now.

With the fist incident, I was lucky, because there was a cop right there who saw what happened and gave the other driver a ticket with three different violations, so there was no problem with insurance deciding who was at fault. The last two incidents were my word versus the other driverís word, so their insurance denied responsibility and my insurance took my side. Even though I had a passenger each time, it didnít matter, because they consider a passenger to be biased and they donít care what they have to say. This results in me having to pay my deductible and the other driver having to pay theirs. This really sucks!

In the jurisdictions where I drive, the police will not respond to accidents unless there is an injury, or if a vehicle is not drivable enough to get out of traffic, and if you donít get out of the way, they will come and give you a ticket for impeding traffic. All you can do is take as many pictures as possible before the police get there, then get out of the way. However, even with great pictures proving who is at fault, the other driverís insurance will deny responsibility. I think that a dash cam video would be much harder to refute.

I avoid several accidents every week and never really felt the need to have a dash cam, but the last few weeks have really made me change my mind about that.

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Old 05-12-2019, 05:32 PM   #2
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While I'm green as can be to towing and RV's, I've had a bit of experience with rideshare driving. To Safely drive rideshare, a dual dash cam (one that records to rear inside the cabin - including what's happening behind your vehicle, and to the front) and outside is essential equipment.

I highly recommend the Vantrue n2 Pro with the optional GPS mount. It has a lot of configuration flexibility, and adding the GPS mount adds location and speed info to the video time stamp. Which makes it perfect for the situations you describe.

It can also be configured as a motion sensitive surveillance cam for when you're not driving.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:50 AM   #3
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Whichever camera you decide on, I would strongly suggest a full HD (1080p or higher) one - for the sharpness and detail. Also important, I think, is the low light capabilities. Here are a couple of web pages that might help.

https://www.techradar.com/news/best-dash-cam

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-ch...view-5781.html
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I got this one as a retirement gift from my employer. It's been solid and is easy to use, small but clear video and does well at night as well as daytime. Accepts a memory card which will loop over old footage, allow you to snap a picture and saves it automatically and is easy to upload footage to a computer or through the app.

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Bundle...gateway&sr=8-5
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:42 PM   #5
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Garmin takes the #1 spot on just about every "best of" list I have seen. Kinda spendy, though.
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They are "spendy". I likely would not have invested that much in one had I been purchasing.

I will say they also have a great service department. After about 4 months, mine quit turning on "automagically" when I started the truck. In fact it quit turning on at all. I called Garmin, explained it had been working fine but just quit and they gave me a RMA number and asked me to send just the camera back. Within 10 days of me shipping the old one, a new complete one came back, brand new with the film still on the screens (not a refurbished) along with all the wiring and mount just as the first one did.

So now I have a 12v adapter and mount in both vehicles in case I want to move it between them and a new camera that has been working flawlessly. Very happy camper.
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Garmin takes the #1 spot on just about every "best of" list I have seen. Kinda spendy, though.
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They are "spendy". I likely would not have invested that much in one had I been purchasing.

I will say they also have a great service department. After about 4 months, mine quit turning on "automagically" when I started the truck. In fact it quit turning on at all. I called Garmin, explained it had been working fine but just quit and they gave me a RMA number and asked me to send just the camera back. Within 10 days of me shipping the old one, a new complete one came back, brand new with the film still on the screens (not a refurbished) along with all the wiring and mount just as the first one did.

So now I have a 12v adapter and mount in both vehicles in case I want to move it between them and a new camera that has been working flawlessly. Very happy camper.
I have always liked and trusted Garmin. I have looked at them and they are, indeed, on the expensive end of the spectrum. I donít mind paying for it if it is worth the cost.

Which Garmin unit should I be considering?

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I have a Thinkware F800 Pro with rear camera on my F150, and an F800 on my VW EOS. Great camera systems.
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:53 PM   #9
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I have two, and I would recommend both. My main expensive cam front view has 170 degree vision so covers both sides not just straight ahead and is better than HD which gives great detail... along with a 64GIG memory card I can record over 16 hours of driving time before it overwrites the oldest file. I know it says it only handles 32 GIG, but mine works with 64 GIG also.

The second cam is in my rear window. It is not as capable but I paid less than $20. Both have been operational for over a year... as I got hit Dec 2017 and did NOT have one and had a hell of a time getting the other insurance to pay without coming up with a dash cam video from a witness that I talked to the night of the accident.

Both ordered from a Chinese outfit BANGGOOD.COM that I have bought from for the last 3 years without a problem.

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I just purchased two Rove R2-4K dash cams from Amazon. $100. First time use this past weekend and it captured the entire 6+ hrs trip. Very high quality video. I’m sold.
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