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Old 01-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #31
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Not trying to change the subject as it seems like everyone is looking for a wireless solution. I tried that myself but battled interference something fierce. I then decided to go a different route because I had previously Installed an after market GPS/DVD/STEREO in my truck.

I installed an Audiovox rear view camera in the tailgate for hooking up to bumper pulls, another one just under the reverse/brake light on roof of truck for my gooseneck and 5th and yet another on the back of my 5th. I use the "line-in" RCA connection of the head unit to display whichever camera I want at the time. I power all off of the fog lights in the truck so they only have power when the fogs are on. I have also installed in the cab a small composite switch that has 4 inputs (this unit is 120AC so I run it off a plug-in inverter). I just have to push the button to select the camera I want at any time.

It's really nice to be running down the road and be able to glance over and see what's sneaking up behind me or better yet, what's about to fall off the 5er! Even better when I get to the CG and just switch cameras and back in/hook-up, etc. It's a little more work initially but it really works well, and it's weatherproof.

Just another thing to think about especially if you already have the head unit and especially if interference is an issue. Seems like a great wireless system though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:14 PM   #32
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What I meant to mention before is that I also tried a wireless camera system before (don't remember the brand) and had all kinds of interference problems. This wireless system seems pretty rock solid in that department though. I meant to edit the first post, sorry for the double post!
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:20 AM   #33
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Bobby, have to tried the camera inside of the camper ?? I am interested in setting it up inside the camper looking out the back window while I am underway.
Chap, I am going camping this weekend and will try out what you asked. I'll let you know.

I went ahead and bought a second camera to go with this system.

Now my mind is racing, on maybe using some kind of suction cup mounting technique for the camera to the back window.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:37 PM   #34
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OK, here is what I got below. I used a gps mounting bracket with suction cup to attach the camera to the rear window, which held well.

The problem was, it rained big time that morning,so the rear window is wet, and isn't real clear. I think the wet window also added to the headlight glare from the other vehicles. You can really see the glare when the truck following me turns on their headlights.

Keep that in mind when judging the picture quality. I also lost some quality in the upload to youtube.

I had the sound on, which is what you are hearing. probably should of turned that off.

The distance between the recording monitor and the camera is estimated to be 45 feet.....which the signal is traveling thru the cab of the moving truck.... all the way thru the trailer.... to the rear window.

With the antenna up, I never lost video signal.

Anyhow, this should give everyone an idea how it works.

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #35
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Here is another reason/use I wanted for a wireless camera. A couple of sites I frequent have a railroad tie at the back of the site. I like to park my rear stabilizers over these ties, and let the stabilizers down on them

This was always a trial and error thing, with me getting out several times to check. This time I just placed the camera on the edge/end of the tie, and was able to stop exactly where I wanted the first time.

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #36
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That is just too darn cool for words...
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:33 AM   #37
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Bobby, that looks like it gonna work great, for any number of reasons. I gotta get 1 of those.

Thanks for posting !!
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Nice mod and it serves during travelling and setting up at CG.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:30 AM   #39
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Bobby, that looks like it gonna work great, for any number of reasons. I gotta get 1 of those.

Thanks for posting !!
Your welcome, Chap. A couple of observations for those who may be interested in getting one.

1. A friend of mine here went to Wal-Mart to get one. There were none on the shelves, and they told him it was a seasonal item. However he wouldn't take no for an answer, as he had called the store with the item number beforehand and they told him they had it in stock. He finally got someone with a handheld SKU gun, who entered in the item number and it told them they had 2 left, but were in the back/storage. They went to the back of the store and got him one.

So my advice is to call ahead, and get them to verify they have them in the store, even though they may not be on the shelf. Have the item number inhand when you go.

2. I do not know how long the batteries will last in the camera, with it on all the time....as you would need for it to be if using it as a rear-view camera while traveling. I'm sure our electrical guru's here could figure out a way to tie it into the 12volt trailer wiring somehow........and this would be another mod.

The monitor, even though it has rechargeable batteries, could be plugged into a 12 volt DC/AC inverter (using the AC power cord provided with the system) if needed while traveling...so it wouldn't ever run out of power.

This is just an idea: If your trailer is equipped with a 12 volt accessory plug inside somewhere, you might could do the same easily. Just plug in a 12 volt DC/AC inverter, then plug in the provided 110 volt AC power cord to the camera. You may need an extension cord to reach from the inverter to the camera power cord, depending on how long the distance is for the accessory plug to where you mount the rear facing camera. I am not sure though if these 12 volt accessory plugs inside the trailer are hot when you are hooked up to your tow vehicle/trailer battery, and not plugged in thru the converter. Never tried one to see. Common sense would tell me they are, so they could be used while dry-camping.

3. Make sure to flip-up the antenna on the monitor. I tried it down and got some lapses in video. With it up, there were no lapses.
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Your welcome, Chap. A couple of observations for those who may be interested in getting one.

1. A friend of mine here went to Wal-Mart to get one. There were none on the shelves, and they told him it was a seasonal item. However he wouldn't take no for an answer, as he had called the store with the item number beforehand and they told him they had it in stock. He finally got someone with a handheld SKU gun, who entered in the item number and it told them they had 2 left, but were in the back/storage. They went to the back of the store and got him one.

So my advice is to call ahead, and get them to verify they have them in the store, even though they may not be on the shelf. Have the item number inhand when you go.

2. I do not know how long the batteries will last in the camera, with it on all the time....as you would need for it to be if using it as a rear-view camera while traveling. I'm sure our electrical guru's here could figure out a way to tie it into the 12volt trailer wiring somehow........and this would be another mod.

The monitor, even though it has rechargeable batteries, could be plugged into a 12 volt DC/AC inverter (using the AC power cord provided with the system) if needed while traveling...so it wouldn't ever run out of power.

This is just an idea: If your trailer is equipped with a 12 volt accessory plug inside somewhere, you might could do the same easily. Just plug in a 12 volt DC/AC inverter, then plug in the provided 110 volt AC power cord to the camera. You may need an extension cord to reach from the inverter to the camera power cord, depending on how long the distance is for the accessory plug to where you mount the rear facing camera. I am not sure though if these 12 volt accessory plugs inside the trailer are hot when you are hooked up to your tow vehicle/trailer battery, and not plugged in thru the converter. Never tried one to see. Common sense would tell me they are, so they could be used while dry-camping.

3. Make sure to flip-up the antenna on the monitor. I tried it down and got some lapses in video. With it up, there were no lapses.
I did exactly as you said in number one above, called the store. They were back in the photo department and the lady I talked with had one stashed behind the counter for me when I got there.

The camera battery last about 6 hours when "keeping an eye on things" continuously. Had to test it out you know :-)

My F350 has a 110 socket in the cab so I'm planning on keeping the monitor powered with that when in the TV.
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