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Old 04-01-2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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How difficult to mount side camera on coachman concord that will activate with turn signal and the cost. Thanks in advance

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Old 04-03-2015, 08:16 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by larryhobby View Post
How difficult to mount side camera on coachman concord that will activate with turn signal and the cost. Thanks in advance
I can't answer your question but I do have a thought.

When we shopped a class A both rear and side cameras were on our must have list. After our purchase and as we started to use the coach we discovered that in practice, the side cameras are a pain in the neck.

1) When activated, (anytime you put the turn signal on) they overwrite the rear view and so you lose that important and helpful image.

2) They offer a kind of fishbowl image that makes anything that is not up close look far away. For me, I would need to study the image for a few seconds to identify traffic and determine its position relative to clearance in that lane; that's a few seconds I am unwilling to invest as I roll down the highway in a 57 foot rig at 65 mph, (coach with Jeep attached).

3) I find my mirrors (combo flat and convex) are much more useful for seeing traffic and determining where it is in the lane I wish to occupy.

Here is my workaround. When I need to change lanes in traffic I check my side mirrors for hidden traffic and then check the rear camera to see exactly how close traffic is to the rear of the attached Jeep. When I am clear, which is easy to judge by the rear camera, I put the turn signal on, maintain my lane for a few more seconds giving the other driver a moment to realize I am changing lanes, watch my mirrors, and then move over.

I am sure others will disagree but I find the side cameras a nuisance and if I knew how to disconnect them would do so. I also know some systems with a larger screen will show the side views at the edge of the monitor while maintaining the rear view. That would probably work but I don't have such a system.

FYI some systems may not allow you to feed additional views, you may end up replacing the entire system.


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Old 04-03-2015, 06:20 PM   #3
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Thanks Gary, for the info, I thought these would be helpful, but many have suggested the same thing you have said, not worth it and more of a nuisance. I really like my rear camera. Thanks again Larry
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I TOTALLY agree with Gary and use the same lane-change tactics....wish I could disconnect the side cameras. But I do peek to see there's no large objects on the screen.....yet most of my looking is with mirrors and the rear camera.
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