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Old 08-21-2013, 09:15 PM   #11
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It all depends on how you use it. I had the monitor inside the cab, the camera on the back on the box about 8' away. 100' IMO is lots of distance, even to set the camera up behind the trailer as a guide... or have the wife hold it instead of giving finger directions.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:33 PM   #12
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A 100 foot range is insufficient for most uses.

See this: Made a wireless backup camera system cheaply
Can you be more specific?
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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Can you be more specific?
I guess I'd have to ask you the same.;-)

Either you mean about why 100' isn't enough (because that's thru clear air, and you'll be trying to use it thru RV walls and truck walls...450 is barely enough) ...

or you mean about specific posts in that long thread (the meat of it starts at post #1).
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:43 PM   #14
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Hi everyone, I have been reading all the posts since I joined a couple of months ago. Just waiting for my new 8282ws. It has only been 15weeks. After 12 weeks I find out the dealer and the FR rep. Forgot to order my new unit.

How's that for customer service!!

Anyway, most people now days each have a cell phone. Just have your wife, girl friend or trained dog, call you on your cell and back you in without yelling at each other.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:54 PM   #15
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Ordered my 8282ws April 9th and still haven't taken delivery. Arrived at the dealer July 9th and the missing pieces have been trickling in since. Still waiting ona fireplace and countertop.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:56 PM   #16
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We only have one cell phone that we use just for emergencies, so we'd still be yelling at each other. We actually do have a couple of those 2-way walkie talkie things, but keep forgetting to get them out. I'd get along fine with my wife directing me if she would stay in my line of mirror sight. I don't know how many times I've had to get out of the truck and tell her to move from standing directly behind the trailer giving me hand directions . Besides other uses, I have used my backup camera at our trailer storage site so I know how far back I can go to the fence line.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:56 PM   #17
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I'm new to the 5th wheel world and have had trouble lining up the pin. I can't see it from my seat and take several tries to line it up.

I found a rechargerable battery operated camera with a magnetic base and monitor. I put the camera on the roof of the cab and the monitor on a suction cup on the windshield..... back right in every time now. It has only 2 hour battery life but works great later on the camper bumber as I back into the campsite. Includes a 120v and 12v charger and has a 300' range.

It's by "Mobile Awareness" and cost around $220. The infrared lights are quite effective in the dark too.
The original comment here is about backing into the pin. After 1 year now I find that the real problem is that with a short bed pickup, the pin box pivots at the top not the pin. With the steel bar that locks the pinbox behind the pin there's no room for error on hookup. I have to be exactly lined up to both hook up and release the pin or it jams. Knowing this now it's a little easier.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #18
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I use a very "non-technical" solution.

I used an arrow shaped post-it note and taped it to the rear window of the truck. I stuck it using the following technique.

I disconnected and pulled forward just enough for the pin to clear the hitch; then raised it till I could see the pin in the rear view mirror.

Then had the DW stick the post-it to the window in a location that was centered in my rear view mirror and aligned with the pin.

Now I hook up by myself and have a 90% 1 pass hitch rate. Usually the failures are "not level" hitch head to pin box issues (side to side).
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #19
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I use a very "non-technical" solution.

I used an arrow shaped post-it note and taped it to the rear window of the truck. I stuck it using the following technique.

I disconnected and pulled forward just enough for the pin to clear the hitch; then raised it till I could see the pin in the rear view mirror.

Then had the DW stick the post-it to the window in a location that was centered in my rear view mirror and aligned with the pin.

Now I hook up by myself and have a 90% 1 pass hitch rate. Usually the failures are "not level" hitch head to pin box issues (side to side).
I can't see the 5th wheel at all having a back seat in the truck but I do something similar. I back up linging up my rear middle headrest on the pin box and fine tune with the camera.

I also had trouble backing it into the driveway and ending up straight so I could pull straight away. One time while leaving I had my wife spray paint white dots along the wheels on the driveway. Now I have an arc of several white dots and a landing pattern to follow.

Good idea Lou, thanks.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:25 PM   #20
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With a Crew Max style truck it is definitely harder. I take out my rear center head rest and I put a blue line on the front of my hitch (that I can see from the cab), that lines up with the center of the pin slot on the hitch. That gives me a reference point. Now I can do it pretty easy, plus lots of practice.

I also find that if I am alone it goes well. If I have an audience, I seem to have problems and have to take a second crack at it....
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