Since I wrote that I've narrowed my plans but still could benefit from others' advice. I'm planning to get a birds-eye view camera and to mount it below the center clearance light. That way I can control it by turning the running lights on or off.
I've been assured by the sales folks at Tadi Brothers that the camera will be secure if I screw it into the sidewall. Can other readers confirm that? Also, how do I waterproof the puncture in the wall? I'm thinking I'll drill a pilot hole, put a dollop of silicone on it, then put the camera in place and screw it down. The silicone will seal the hole. I'll wipe off the excess that oozes out around the mount, and put another dollop on top of the screw head.
Will that work? Is there a better approach? I'll get their wireless transmitter which I'm told can be bundled up behind the camera and won't be an unsightly mess. True? And how do those tolerate being permanently exposed to the weather? (I live in Florida. The risk of freezing is rare but the sun is merciless)
I plan to buy the Rand McNally 7730 GPS and a wireless receiver. I may buy another camera for the back of the TV to aid hitching, but the cost means that won't be immediate. I know the GPS handles only one camera connection. I'll use the hitch camera infrequently. I don't think it will be a hassle to simply unplug one and plug in another, at the GPS.
Chris Cowles, Gainesville, FL
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