Originally Posted by bubbles
There you go. Just install one of those signs on the back of your rig. Says more to other motorists than a rear view camera that says nothing to them. A rear view camera for backing may certainly be a good thing but to try and justify one for seeing what's behind you while tooling down the road is , well. The great big rear end of a camper/motorhome is certainly hard to conceal traveling on the road. All my attention is dead ahead and to the sides, that's where all the action is going to be that will make me have to take evasive action to avoid issues. Not what's behind me. I'm done.
I'm not done. I can sum it up this way. People either can't read, don't read, or use it as an incentive to act even more stupid. I can't change their ways. A sign can not give me information which is my sole purpose of having the rear camera. "(B)ut to try and justify one for seeing what's behind you while tooling down the road is , well", a safety factor
First, we would have to agree that there is a substantial blind spot behind the rig, no matter how good the mirrors. I believe most of us would agree.
Now, for an example, a Le Mans wannabe approaching from the rear, is well over your speed and is changing lanes to gain a car length. He comes into your blind spot, but can't get around you because of traffic in the adjoining lanes. You are focused on the road ahead. You pass the slower traffic or the faster traffic passes you giving you the chance to change lanes, So, being a good driver, you signal and start your move. But the Le Mans wannabe has other plans. Pedal to the metal wannabe slides out of your draft in a slingshot move to get past you. Your turn signal means nothing. Tell me this has never happened even not pulling a TT or driving an RV? And, pray tell, what happens when you try to get back into your lane-the tail wags the dog? Honestly, this is not my way of meeting people.
In this scenario, I have the advantage, because I can see this fool weaving in anticipation of a quick lane change. I am not going to change the wannabe's mind to make another suicide move, no matter the billboard sign on my bumper. I just let them past and then make my move.
A few years ago, DW and I were on I-75, 2 lanes southbound, not towing and in the right hand lane. We were doing 75 mph and were being passed by a semi in the adjoining lane doing about 80 MPH. I looked in the rear view mirror (didn't need a camera) and saw a black Mustang approaching our rear bumper at around a 100 MPH. He wasn't going to slow down. I told DW, "This is going to be interesting" and had her warned of a possible rear end collision. My choices were to stay in my lane or take the shoulder and let him past. He took the shoulder and passed us and somehow managed to keep control. We fully expected to see his entrails farther up the road. Had this happened when I was making a lane change and not expecting this fool would have been disastrous.
This is not a chest thumping contest, but more to discuss the pros and cons of an inquiry. I learn something on these threads daily and I have been camping longer than some of the others here have been alive. I did drive RVs and pull TTs without incident for decades without a rear observation camera, so, I agree, it can be done. But if there is technology to make our journey safer, why not use it. I will say that for DW and I, towing is less stressful with a good rear view camera system. Both driver and passenger can see to the rear. Why not put the information out there to let each of us make the choices?