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Old 10-20-2015, 12:09 AM   #15
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When we bought our new Subaru, needed because of knee problems with the manual transmission, two things I required besides the automatic transmission, was a sun roof and a back-up camera. Luckily, they came in the same 'package'.
The camera is located in the recess next to the license plate light. A problem I found is the coupler lined up nicely with the trailer jack. I painted the coupler white and that helped a lot. I could have moved the jack to the left arm, I guess.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:29 AM   #16
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I really like the Swift Hitch remote wireless camera. It attaches magnetically to the truck tailgate or by suction cup to the canopy glass so I have a great overhead view of receiver and ball up to about 6 ft apart and closing. It's also infrared so hitching up at night is easy too. I can hold the receiver in my hand while backing up or mount on dash. The camera can also be mounted somewhere on the trailer with that suction cup so I could see surrounding activity from inside if necessary. Battery on both camera & receiver last 8-10 hours on one charge.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:48 AM   #17
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I've never tried the hitch poles to parallel park. I guess I'm just an old guy that learned to parallel park about 55 years ago.
LOL so did I but when driving a larger vehicle that blocks the view of the front of the car you are trying to squeeze in front of, into a small big city parking spot its little bit of a game changer.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:09 AM   #18
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You found a backup camera for under $15.00????

I was including the price of your hitch poles and mirrors. Backup cameras are available with monitor for as little as $30. Definitely in the mirror ball park.

Using my Smartphone as a display (actually an excellent display), a free app and a wireless camera ($25-40, mine was $40) works well.

I admit to have spent about a total of $120 on three backup camera systems I have, I'm an experimenter and consider the money spent entertainment. I still have all three camera systems as well as a set of mirrors.

Traveling is what we do, now for most of 15 years. This amount of money spread over that period of time is reasonable.

It's sort of like our Tyre Dog pressure sensors. We spent $150 on them, probably not the kind of money a weekend camper would spend but for people like us who are usually on the road for nearly 8 months a year, they make sense. It's comforting to know what's happening on our single axle trailer's tires. They only have to detect one failure in 8 years of travel to be worth their cost, actually they're not much more expensive than one tire.

I do realize we're different than many, we've towed with a small tow vehicle, we don't have extended mirrors, we change our tires more frequently than many, we use a backup camera on our trailer, we have temperature and pressure sensors on our tires, our trailer's storage is well extended, we don't carry screen rooms or coolers, we generally drive slower than most. That's all us and now on top of that we've sold our base house.

Our goal is to keep traveling. Next year we're planning another loop of the USA and Canada and of course the NL Caravan in the spring. Little tools help.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #19
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I bought a PEAK camera system for our Scamp about 3-4 yrs ago. I dont use it for hitching. But I DO use it out the back window of my Scamp and would NOT be without a camera now. I dont care what kind of mirrors you use, I've never seen any see directly behind your RV. I've started to change lanes many times to have someone whip out from behind me that I did not see until they were starting around. Not anymore with this camera. PLUS, if I need to back up some (such at a gas pump) I can easily tell if anyone is directly at my bumper or several feet back.

Again, would not be without it. Here's some photos of my setup. A couple of things have changed. I ran the transmitter (small box with ant) to the front to get a better and more consistent signal (it's wireless). I dont have the level on there anymore. That was definitely "overkill"!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/503516...57629562084569

And for the unbelievers: http://www.amazon.com/Peak-Color-Bac...ds=peak+camera
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Again, would not be without it. Here's some photos of my setup. A couple of things have changed. I ran the transmitter (small box with ant) to the front to get a better and more consistent signal (it's wireless).
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Darral,

Like you I moved my wireless transmitter to the front of the trailer as well.

When I've used my Smartphone as a display with my wireless camera designed for the Smartphone, the wireless transmitter is with the camera located at the rear of the trailer.

I agree with all the reasons you stated. Mirrors can work but they don't give you as much information as a camera.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:51 PM   #21
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Using my Smartphone as a display (actually an excellent display), a free app and a wireless camera ($25-40, mine was $40) works well.
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That looks like what I'd like to do. Please, what app (Android or IOS?) and what hardware??
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That looks like what I'd like to do. Please, what app (Android or IOS?) and what hardware??
I believe the App exists for both software platforms. I use it on my Samsung 4. Of course this implies you could use a pad as a display as well as your phone. We didn't try the Pad. Wifi Avin is the software, should see a link to it in the attached manual.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00


I coppied the following from the reviews.
When powered on you'll search for wifi signal from WIFI_AVIN. Password is "12345678"
Here is a manual for the unit: http://www.himodel.com/manual/WIFI%2...r%20manual.pdf
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Best check the laws where you plan to use the app regarding the use of hand-held devices while driving. In BC, and increasingly in more provinces and states, you'll get a hefty fine.
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Best check the laws where you plan to use the app regarding the use of hand-held devices while driving. In BC, and increasingly in more provinces and states, you'll get a hefty fine.
Glenn.

Just because a phone can be held in your hand, does not mean that it's a requirement for use.

It's obvious that one can use a Smartphone for a GPS, it doesn't mean you have to hold your phone in your hand. When I use my phone as a monitor for my wireless camera, to receive calls while I drive, it sits in a dash mounted phone holder.

All of this is perfectly legal in all states and provinces as far as I know.

Smartphones are tremendously powerful devices. Owning one is a delight though I am a novice user compared to our children.
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I believe I said - best be knowledgeable of the laws.
My TomTom is attached to windshield with a suction cup. I don't change route, or alter volume while driving.
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You ever play the radio or set a cruise control? Temp controls? Sip a coke (pop)?

Why do we have to get so nit-picky on this forum??

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I believe I said - best be knowledgeable of the laws.
My TomTom is attached to windshield with a suction cup. I don't change route, or alter volume while driving.
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Thank you, Norm or Ginny or both. I have some reading to do.
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Glenn.

Just because a phone can be held in your hand, does not mean that it's a requirement for use.

It's obvious that one can use a Smartphone for a GPS, it doesn't mean you have to hold your phone in your hand. When I use my phone as a monitor for my wireless camera, to receive calls while I drive, it sits in a dash mounted phone holder.

All of this is perfectly legal in all states and provinces as far as I know.

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Not so obvious in BC Norm! In BC the law is such you can not even look at a mobile phone while driving!! And yes they are enforcing it!

The law in BC is:

"A driver must not hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device"

And yes they are enforcing that law like crazy right now!!! Its become a bit of a mission for the police to see just how many tickets they can write up for it in a month! LOL

A government of BC bulletin giving all you need to know to avoid a ticket can be found at Road Safe BC - Electronic Devices.

My doctor wishes she had read the whole law before she got a ticket for $167 (and 3 points against her drivers lessons which means she will pay more for her insurance next year should she get one more point) while sitting at a stop light for picking up her cellphone to look at the time and putting it down again. Kicking herself as she does have a clock on the dash of her car.

PS another part of the same Distracted Driver law forbids drinking or eating anything while driving as well as a no dog on your lap rule as well. :-)
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