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Old 11-02-2006, 04:12 PM   #15
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Donna: As you can see, it is likely a moot point since I am expecting the system tomorrow. However, it is an interesting design, but I would guess the attachment is so flimsy that it would vibrate incessantly, changing alignment with every shift in the wind and bump in the road. Based on my old extension mirror this one lacks the fundamental physical attributes of: triangulation and stiffness. Look for it to have a short life at Camping World. If it actually works it would be an improvement on the viewing angle of my present setup.

Dan: I would be interested in the review but I don't seem to be able to open it without giving away my life secrets. Is there another form where I could access it?
SORRY HERE IT IS

THE REVIEW REGARDING THE VR3 WIRELESS SYSTEM SOLD AT WALMART




well all not happy with system here are copies of the emails sent and recived..i will be returning theunit in the am and on to the hunt for another system


Dan




Dear Dan,

Thank you for contacting Roadmaster Technical Support. You emailed us
the following:
: i have so much interference it is not usable 80% of the time i
thought it was the way it was wired in redid it no better made sure cell
phone was off as well very disatisfied with the camera if you can not help
me fix i will return thank you Dan

In response:
Since this system uses a wireless signal to transfer the video feed, we
need to advise you that any type of other wireless devices nearby could
interfere with the signal from the camera. Those devices include:
cell phone towers, cell phones currently in use, any bluetooth devices,
wifi routers in you or your neighbors homes. Try testing the device
somewhere that you know there is no wireless interference. Also, the
wireless range for this system is 25' to 30' so any application longer than
that will not function properly, if at all. Also, what kind of vehicle
do you have it on?


From: DANIEL QUINN
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:58 AM
To: Connor Chris
Subject: Re: Roadmaster Work Order 6189



it is in a 2006 gmc pick up..camera to display is 12 foot


responce:

Roadmaster Technical Support

It could be possible that since you are using a heavy duty vehicle, the system might not be working properly. We have been noticing that the systems do not work as well on heavy duty vehicles like large pickup trucks or work vans. The reason for this is because vehicle makerís use 2 to 3 times more metal when manufacturing these vehicles to make sure they can handle the heavy duty work they are going to be put through. Unfortunately, the more metal between the monitor and camera, the harder it is for the signal to get to the monitor. Since itís a wireless signal, the signalís strength has to be regulated by the FCC. Once regulated, we could only make the signal so strong. I suggest exchanging the unit for a wired version, as that sounds more suitable for your specific vehicle. We apologize about the inconvenience.





Sincerely,



Chris Connor

Roadmaster

41 James Way

Eatontown, NJ 07724

732.542.8400 ext. 201

chrisc@roadmasterusa.com
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:17 AM   #16
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Thanks, Dan, it reinforced my suspicions. My son the electronics and computer guy, advised me to get a wired system, so I did, and it arrived yesterday. With the opening of the skies here it will be quite a while before I get around to the installation.

I ordered one camera, which will be mounted on the back of the trailer. A second camera will be ordered and mounted on the back of the van IF the original setup works properly. The screen is 5" diagonal, which may be big enough so that I don't kill myself squinting at the screen when I should be watching the road.

Pat: after I successfully install this gizmo I would like to compare notes and see yours so that I can learn how to tweak this installation. The camera housing seems uncommonly well constructed, apparently meant to withstand the elements and the jostling, and the monitor mounts and numerous alternative mounting opportunities will hopefully allow a decent positioning without totally trashing the dash. It irks me to put so many electronics (which will eventually fail) into this Burro, but I don't really see a viable alternative to deal with rear vision.
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Old 11-03-2006, 03:43 PM   #17
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SORRY HERE IT IS

THE REVIEW REGARDING THE VR3 WIRELESS SYSTEM SOLD AT WALMART
well all not happy with system here are copies of the emails sent and recived..i will be returning theunit in the am and on to the hunt for another system
Dan
Dear Dan,

Thank you for contacting Roadmaster Technical Support. You emailed us
the following:
: i have so much interference it is not usable 80% of the time i
thought it was the way it was wired in redid it no better made sure cell
phone was off as well very disatisfied with the camera if you can not help
me fix i will return thank you Dan

in response
Since this system uses a wireless signal to transfer the video feed, we
need to advise you that any type of other wireless devices nearby could
interfere with the signal from the camera. Those devices include:
cell phone towers, cell phones currently in use, any bluetooth devices,
wifi routers in you or your neighbors homes. Try testing the device
somewhere that you know there is no wireless interference. Also, the
wireless range for this system is 25' to 30' so any application longer than
that will not function properly, if at all. Also, what kind of vehicle
do you have it on?
From: DANIEL QUINN

I should have read this thread before I bought this system at Costco today.
I was wandering around while having new tires put on my PU and saw the VR3 for $89.00. I don't have trouble backing my trailer but I am a gadget guy and this looked interesting.
It would be great when in the MTS. and you get one of those nuts that wants to pass that is so close to your rear that you can't see him.
At least at Costco you can return it if it does not work.
I will have it installed in the next day or 2 and will let you all know if I have any better luck.
John

PS: Is there anyone that can go in Costco and just buy what they went in for?
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:32 PM   #18
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I had a wireless system when Pat and I had the 17' Bigfoot trailer...3 years ago.

When ever I passed a 7/11 the monitor in the truck would show the view of the customers at the checkout register. Once in a while I'd pick up a TV signal...probally someone sending a wireless signal from a main TV to another unit somewhere else in the house.

When we sold that trailer we included the wireless system in the deal and I purchased a wired camera for the next go round ($39.00 @ X10.com)

Now only my turn signals cause slight interference.

Paul
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:41 PM   #19
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For those of you who have installed wired video systems:
How do you make the trailer-to-tug connection? I assume you have another cable, in addition to the usual lights-and-brakes cable, but what type of connection does your system use (BNC, cable TV style F-connector...), and how practical do you find this connection?
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SORRY HERE IT IS

THE REVIEW REGARDING THE VR3 WIRELESS SYSTEM SOLD AT WALMART
well all not happy with system here are copies of the emails sent and recived..i will be returning theunit in the am and on to the hunt for another system
Dan

Hi Dan.

How much did you shorten the camera wire? I would assume the wire is the transmitting antenna. I was thinking about leaving it the full length and fastening the excess to the underside of the rear seat bench in my Scamp. More antenna to transmit but then again more antenna to pick up interference. I have a short bed Tacoma PU so they can't use the heavy duty truck excuse with me.
Most of my camping is in the Mts. so maby the interference will not be so bad.
I am going to install mine tomorrow as it will not take very long. If it does not work it will go back to Costco.

Thanks,
John
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North of the border these are on sale at Canadian Tire

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/product_...fromSearch=true
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North of the border these are on sale at Canadian Tire

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/product_...fromSearch=true

Save yourself the time and money. I just installed on and they are worthless.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:07 PM   #23
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The system is in and functional. The pictures tell the story, but I should note that the monitor is held in place entirely with Velcro and can be removed in a few seconds, for those times when you don't need it or you are parked in a questionable area.

The connections are as shown: I turned a wooden plug for the Pollak so that the coax could be installed. Silicone was used to seal what I could. The connector is stainless steel with an o-ring seal, so i hope it doesn't deteriorate anytime soon. I've been upgrading charge wiring, etc. so the main connector is a Pollak 9-pin.

I tried to mount the van rearview camera outside, but there did not seem to be a viable (and reversible) solution, so I made an aluminum bracket and just screwed it to a trim piece on the inside of the tailgate. Snaking the wiring into the tailgate was less of a problem than I had anticipated. When the transmission is in reverse, the system defaults to this camera, but I wired a switch in to enable the trailer camera to be used when in reverse, for campsite backing.

The trailer camera, here nicely decorated with snow, was also attached with an aluminum bracket. The wire came with a useful grommet which made it possible to drill through the hull (shudder) with some expectation that it would not leak (backed up with sealant, however). The wire enters the interior covered by the center trim strip in the Burro, so that was no problem. It also means that repairs or checks for moisture can be done in seconds. The sole remaining item in this project is to make a small "awning" over the camera to protect it, even though the claim is that it is 100% waterproof.

There is audio to the little speaker on the back of the monitor from the trailer camera. We'll see if it is practical. There seems to be a number of adjustments to the picture and sound, some of which are accessible only through the little remote control. It can also be used to check video from video cameras and the like.

Seems to work well, but the monitor is sensitive to changes in vertical viewing angle, so I may have to tweak the mount for optimal picture angle. The control buttons have a soft blue backlighting which turns on automatically when the ambient light gets dim. I installed a cutoff switch for the whole system, since the screen has a very faint light level even when not in use.

First tests have been good, but I think using the screen effectively when driving is going to be an aquired skill.
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The connections are as shown: I turned a wooden plug for the Pollak so that the coax could be installed...
Nicely done!

Hitches generally don't come with two connector brackets, so I assume at least the second one is a custom addition. How are these ones attached to the receiver frame, Per?

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I've been upgrading charge wiring, etc. so the main connector is a Pollak [b]9-pin....
The FiberglassRV electrical connection record goes to Per (no surprise) Someday I would like to hear what all those pins are carrying.
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