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Old 07-26-2016, 02:01 PM   #11
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I have driven vehicles both ways and although the side view cameras are nice if you are making a tight turn while backing up. I prefer side mirrors.

When I had the 1998 Forest River Wildwood 5er, it came with extension mirrors that would mount over the 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD mirrors. These add on's were located out far enough so I could see the entire lane next to me.

Now that I have the Forest River Sunseeker with the side view cameras, I find it easier to use the mirrors because I can glance left or right to see them while keeping my head facing forward to see what is in front of me, rather than looking up at the camera monitor that is located where a rear view mirror would be.

If you are going to add a remote camera system, get a 4 camera system and also add one to the back of the trailer you are pulling. it makes backing into tight places real easy.

Our Sunseeker has the camera package that included a rear view mirror mounted monitor, a back up camera and two side view cameras. I also have a camera mounted on the back of my enclosed trailer that is hooked to the LED radio screen.
The side view cameras turn on either by using the turn signal or pushing a button on the monitor.
The main backup camera faces down at the trailer hitch and turns on by putting the vehicle in reverse or pushing the button on the monitor.
The back up camera on the trailer turns on by putting the vehicle in reverse.

I pretty much never use the drivers side camera when changing lanes to pass because I am always glancing at it in order to keep track of whats around me in case I have to change lanes quickly.

I will glance at the monitor on occasion when getting ready to return to the right hand lane after passing a vehicle because I have that camera set up so I can see the mirrors "blind spot"
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:07 PM   #12
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Have been using extension rear-view mirrors for years, and will never go back to a remote TV camera. Most drivers' instincts when towing are to look into the rear view mirrors to assess their situation. The driver's instinct is never to look at a small TV Monitor inside the tow vehicle. This can save precious seconds in a situation where an otherwise dangerous situation may be developing.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:17 PM   #13
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I asked the same question somewhere, boy did I get an ear full.
From a lot of reading multiple forums, I picked up the following tidbits:
1. Tow mirrors are a definite advantage, many use them to be able to see where the trailer wheels are going on turns.
2. Always on - rearview observation cameras are really nice to see what is directly behind the trailer (think tailgaters) - out of sight if your trailer blocks the view from the inside rear view mirror. Some of these cameras have very wide fields of view, so you can tell if you are fully ahead of a vehicle in the next lane. They can also help backing up.
3. If you go with a rear camera, there is a mount that puts the monitor on the inside rear view mirror - so your normal driving habits allow you to see what is behind you. I saw a post that said it is available on Amazon.
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:01 AM   #14
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My experience with both rear-view CC TV cameras and extension mirrors is as follow:

1. The CCTV image is so small it is practically useless unless you have a 22-inch monitor in the cab of your tow vehicle. That alone would be a distraction that I would not permit, unless it was aimed at my wife while she plays video Games. while I'm driving. Come to think of it, that makes some sense!

2. Mirror extensions are great, so long as they are adjusted correctly. They can be adjusted to show vehicles that are behind you that you would never see with your "stock" mirrors. Just make sure you signal a lane change several hundred yards before needed , and then ease over into the next lane. This does not apply to California, where the use of the middle finger is considered standard when being passed abruptly on the right..
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:40 AM   #15
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Some states have laws requiring the use of extended mirrors. I don't believe using a rear view camera would make you legal in those states. Plus there is a delay when using a wifi setup for you're camera. That few second delay could be costly.


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Old 07-27-2016, 10:33 AM   #16
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You absolutely need the best sideview mirrors you can come up with. The camera is nice and I use mine a lot but it only shows what is directly behind. THERE IS A HUGE BLIND SPOT between what is behind you and what is beside you for lane changes. If you're forced to make a choice, definitely go with large mirrors with a large convex feature.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:55 AM   #17
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We use both. We use the camera to have a good idea of the constant changes in traffic behind us and to see if a vehicle is too close to us. This helps us make a decision about when it is right or not right to try to pass another vehicle. We then use the side mirrors to double check and to actually move over both ways. It is nice to see who is behind you because we have had any number of drivers who move quickly and even pass on the wrong side. Every added aid helps with decision making. Sudden decisions are made with the side mirrors.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:26 PM   #18
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If you are towing anything wider then your TV you really should first invest in tow mirrors. A camera should only be added after the tow mirrors and the camera should never be the exclusive way to see things behind you. Most states require "properly adjusted mirrors" for all vehicles which allow 200' of visibility behind the vehicle.

For the OP, specific to Louisiana
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354. Mirrors

A. After January 1, 1975, every motor vehicle manufactured or assembled after December 31, 1972, of a type subject to registration in this state shall be equipped with a mirror mounted on the left side of the vehicle and so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of the vehicle.

B. Every motor vehicle of a type subject to registration in this state, except a motorcycle or motor driven cycle, shall be equipped with an additional mirror mounted either inside the vehicle approximately in the center or outside the vehicle on the right side and so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of the vehicle. When the required view from the inside mirror is obstructed, an outside mirror on the right side of the vehicle shall be required.

C. All mirrors required by this section shall be maintained in good condition at all times.
Invest in mirrors first, then a camera if you want.

I have both tow mirrors and an observstion camera. The camera is because I drive in CA and I like to see who is drafting in their Prius.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:13 AM   #19
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A dose of their own medcine

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I have both tow mirrors and an observstion camera. The camera is because I drive in CA and I like to see who is drafting in their Prius.

I don't have near the problem with a Prius drafting me near as much as I do another RV. Well, I do, but I just slow down enough so they get bored going so slow and pass.

What I do have problems with is another RV trying to draft. When driving too close to another large vehicle, you are disrupting the air flow around their vehicle and creating the same scenerio as the handling problems one has when another large vehicle passes. Trouble is it isn't just for a few seconds its constantly.

The Sunseeker and the enclosed trailer I am pulling will dance all over the road due to the air disruption when another large vehicle is too close behind me.

My solution, slow down until they get bored and pass, then give them a dose of their own medicine. A couple minutes of the return favor and they usually stomp on the throttle and take off like a bat out of hell.
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I am with Post# 15 & 16 on this subject! Youroo!!
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