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Old 07-06-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Backing into a 5th wheel

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.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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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.
Couldn't see mine either especially with half of a tonneau cover so I made this.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:49 PM   #3
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I have a tonneau cover rolled up in the way too. You must have a mag base on that mirror. Good idea!
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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I have a tonneau cover rolled up in the way too. You must have a mag base on that mirror. Good idea!
My tonneau cover is a full hard Undercover that I modified. The mirror hooks into the 2 holes in the pin box and comes off and stows in the bed of the truck.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:17 PM   #5
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OldCoot you need to start selling some of these things. I do thank you for the several great tips I have copied for free I use the little balls on magnetic base but seeing will be much better.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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OldCoot you need to start selling some of these things. I do thank you for the several great tips I have copied for free I use the little balls on magnetic base but seeing will be much better.
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I have a tonneau cover rolled up in the way too. You must have a mag base on that mirror. Good idea!
If either of you are going to Goshen, I will bring it and the first one over to the camper can have it. You might have to modify as it has 2 hooks that fit into the holes in the hitchbox. I don't use it anymore now that I figured out how to back in with 1/2 of the tonneau cover off.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #7
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I have a small tab on the top of the back seat and line it up with the light on the pin box through the rear view mirror. Works every time.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #8
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My center headrest lines up perfect with pin. Nothing fancy here.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:45 PM   #9
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If you need a camera for either 5th wheel or bumper hitch use, Costco has a Uniden Baby Monitor camera and receiver for $99. Works like a charm, has night vision, over 100' range, record function, battery on both sender and receiver is good for hours, plus has an AC adapter for both, plus and place for an additional SD card. I used mine for a couple trys, but now have my 5th wheel figured out.. height and center. You can't go too wrong for $99 and it's great for watching the outside of the camper at night (or inside if you have kids or pets) for all sorts of human or animal wildlife.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #10
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A 100 foot range is insufficient for most uses.

See this: Made a wireless backup camera system cheaply
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