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Old 10-04-2008, 12:17 AM   #15
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After looking around for a while and researching the various manufacturer's spec, I decided on a wired monitor for the truck/trailer. I selected this unit:

Wired Camera

This vendor has good info on backup cameras installation and options. I am pretty happy with mine, the monitor swings down from the roof in front of the rearview mirror. With the power and signal in the same cable, you don't have to find a 12V power supply on the trailer, and hookup is a single cable run from the hitch to the inside of the cab. Took me two afternoons to do the whole job including deciding how to mount everything.
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Old 10-04-2008, 01:11 AM   #16
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Here is one for less that $ 200 with 65 feet of cable.

http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/p-RV8602.html
Just beware of rvtoyoutlet.com. They may advertise great prices for products online, but my experience with them is that you place an order, they take your credit card information, promise you that it will be delivered in a few weeks, and when you call back because it hasn't arrived they then tell you it is on back order. I've been waiting since mid-June for some Maxxair window vents and routinely call to find out if the merchandise has come in and am given a different excuse and new promise each time. The second time I called they said they were too busy doing inventory to place the order with the manufacturer. . . this was more than a month after I placed the order with RVToyOutlet. I've even been told the truck just arrived and someone will unpack it and ship out my vents in a couple of days. This was in late August. They don't appear to be aware of what they have in stock, what they have on order or backorder, or the ability to read a packing slip. Don't get your hopes up that you'll actually ever see the merchandise! I'm still waiting for my vents!
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:12 AM   #17
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Don't buy from this company http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/
my brother had problems with this place also.
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Old 10-04-2008, 10:24 PM   #18
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Just beware of rvtoyoutlet.com. They may advertise great prices for products online, but my experience with them is that you place an order, they take your credit card information, promise you that it will be delivered in a few weeks, and when you call back because it hasn't arrived they then tell you it is on back order. I've been waiting since mid-June for some Maxxair window vents and routinely call to find out if the merchandise has come in and am given a different excuse and new promise each time. The second time I called they said they were too busy doing inventory to place the order with the manufacturer. . . this was more than a month after I placed the order with RVToyOutlet. I've even been told the truck just arrived and someone will unpack it and ship out my vents in a couple of days. This was in late August. They don't appear to be aware of what they have in stock, what they have on order or backorder, or the ability to read a packing slip. Don't get your hopes up that you'll actually ever see the merchandise! I'm still waiting for my vents!
Call your credit card company first. Some are pretty useless, but some will refund your money, then go after the company you dealt with. They are even in a position to exert some pressure on companies to improve their dealings with customers.

Seriously, I would call my CC company to see if anything could be done.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:42 PM   #19
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Since I'm still researching this topic, I'm most appreciative of that info. I had them send a catalog, but will look elsewhere. I've got enough w/out additional headaches. Lisa, since you are in California, you may wish to call the Dept. of Consumer Affairs or the AG. If they've had many complaints, they may prosecute!
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:11 PM   #20
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When Tali and I bought the Outlaw Oliver, we had a camera mounted on the rear. It is wired internally to a transmitter mounted outside on the front. The transmitter allows for wireless operation to the color monitor (with sound) located inside on the windshield. I never had much faith in those suction cup mounts, especially for something as heavy as the viewing monitor, but it holds and doesn't shake and has never fallen off.

Here's a link to their site:

http://www.asaelectronics.com/detail...catid=&pid=224

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Old 01-19-2009, 10:53 AM   #21
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Thank you. The Oliver sure has lots of bells and whistles. I saw some in California when they were here. Are you happy wit the functioning of that camera and do you use it as a rear view mirror? I was told that the monitor had to be in the line of sight of the transmitter, and the wireless wasn't as even in its performance as the wired. To wire one up is a real hassle. There has to be 3 major wires. 1) From monitor, 2) between tv and rig, 3) from camera.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:40 PM   #22
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Sandra,

Tali and I could not be better pleased and yes, we use it as a rear-view mirror. With the sound turned on, Tali can stand behind the Oliver and speak in a normal voice and I can hear her in the tow vehicle. I can imagine you're correct about the hassle of a totally wired system. The recommendation is for the transmitter mounting location to be a direct line of sight to the monitor. However, I can actually drive several hundred feet down the street and still get a signal from the trailer. We've found the only interferance we get is when we drive under an overpass. The image in the monitor will shimmy a little bit, can't explain why. Probably has something to do with Elves or possibly Elvis.

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Old 01-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #23
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I bought the Harbor Freight underwater camera on sale. I built a cheap bracket to hang the b&w monitor from my Ranger's courtesy light. I then align the rear view mirror to look at the monitor. I did add a tinted lens to tone down the exposure. It's very helpful for keeping track of those drivers that hang behind you and then try to whip around to pass at odd instances.
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Tali and I could not be better pleased and yes, we use it as a rear-view mirror. With the sound turned on, Tali can stand behind the Oliver and speak in a normal voice and I can hear her in the tow vehicle. I can imagine you're correct about the hassle of a totally wired system. The recommendation is for the transmitter mounting location to be a direct line of sight to the monitor. However, I can actually drive several hundred feet down the street and still get a signal from the trailer. We've found the only interferance we get is when we drive under an overpass. The image in the monitor will shimmy a little bit, can't explain why. Probably has something to do with Elves or possibly Elvis.

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Thanks for the input. Camping world sells a system that looks like it might be the one that you have. I wonder if the transmitter can be located so that the wiring would not be visible if the camera was mounted on the back bumper.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:55 PM   #25
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I bought the Harbor Freight underwater camera on sale. I built a cheap bracket to hang the b&w monitor from my Ranger's courtesy light. I then align the rear view mirror to look at the monitor. I did add a tinted lens to tone down the exposure. It's very helpful for keeping track of those drivers that hang behind you and then try to whip around to pass at odd instances.
That gives me some ideas, but I have no idea where the courtesy light on a ranger is located. How was the camera wired? Sounds like a workable set-up.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:40 PM   #26
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Thank you. The Oliver sure has lots of bells and whistles. I saw some in California when they were here. Are you happy wit the functioning of that camera and do you use it as a rear view mirror? I was told that the monitor had to be in the line of sight of the transmitter, and the wireless wasn't as even in its performance as the wired. To wire one up is a real hassle. There has to be 3 major wires. 1) From monitor, 2) between tv and rig, 3) from camera.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:13 PM   #27
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I just noticed this wireless backup camera.

http://www.swifthitchworks.com/

Does anyone have experience with it?

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Old 11-24-2009, 09:38 PM   #28
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I have the SwiftHitch set for about a year. It is a good product but with my truck length (Extended Cab/8’ bed/Canopy) it is barely within its range limit. Any neighbors’ Wi-Fi will interfere. I am very satisfied with the product functionality but limited range is on occasion annoying. I decided to go with the wired option for both the truck and the 21' Bigfoot trailer. After some search my prime choice is this Rear View Safety set RVS770616 modified to two rear view cameras instead of one rear view and two side views cameras. This camera has 1/3” instead of ¼” CCD chip so it should have better sensitivity. One camera will go on the rear of the trailer and one on the back of the truck. This particular set was aimed by manufacturer for commercial applications. The LCD Monitor’s built in multiplexer will allow automatic switchover once trailer is hooked-up. They also have QuickDisconnect accessory which will make truck/trailer interconnect rather robust. This is my next RV project on the list.

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