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Old 09-15-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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Tailgate camera for backing/hitching

We're planning ahead for a future towing vehicle - comparing the Ford Escape to the Toyota Tacoma. Both can come with a tailgate-mounted camera with dash-mounted monitor to view backing and hitch position. Seems like the coolest thing since pneumatic tires. Has anyone run into a downside to these little cameras other than added expense? One guy said that if you back a "taco" with the tailgate down, the camera is pointed at the muffler, but other than that, he loves it. If you back a camper, does it constantly beep at you thinking you're too close to your own camper? Again, any problems with them in real use? Dale
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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We just purchased a camera but not for the back of the tow vehicle but rather for the back of the trailer. My concern is not connecting the trailer to the tow vehicle but rather seeing traffic behind the trailer providing better lane change information.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #3
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What camera may I ask, did you pick? Is it wired or wireless?
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:16 PM   #4
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Sandra, We bought a wireless camera though it is capable of running in a non wireless mode as well. I intend to set it up in the wireless mode to eliminate the requirement for a tow vehicle to trailer cable. I hope to have it setup next week. I have tried it on the table and it worked well. I bought it on Amazon for $58. I choose this one because I liked the reviews.

Amazon.com: TaoTronics® 2.4G Wireless Car Rear View Back-Up Camera System with 4.3" Color TFT LCD Monitor (Waterproof IP67 / Color CMOS / 135 Degree Viewing Angle / 7 IR LED Night Vision / Distant Scale Lines): Car Electronics

Note: I know many people who have used wireless cameras have had trouble but I plan to locate the wireless transmitters as close as I can to each other yet keeping them inside the tow vehicle and trailer.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:38 PM   #5
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If you back a camper, does it constantly beep at you thinking you're too close to your own camper? Again, any problems with them in real use? Dale
We have the camera on our Tundra which is most likely the same that comes on the Tacoma.. It does beep when attached to the trailer, but only when the vehicle is in reverse because that's the only time the camera goes active. I don't find it annoying. Its great. Last week we drove a friends Suburau Outback. Their camera video screen is located in the rear view mirror. Convenient and a line indicates when you're a foot away from an object.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:04 AM   #6
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I don't need a rear view camera for hitching up but like Norm I felt a rear facing one on the trailer would be a huge plus. I've been researching a rear view camera for my Bigfoot as well but after reading review after review I came away thinking that these wireless rear view cams aren't quite ready for prime time. It sure would be a great tool and possibly allow the elimination of my extra wide tow mirrors.

Norm, please post your impressions of the one your purchased as soon as you've put it through its paces. I'm anxious to hear how it works. Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2013, 07:33 AM   #7
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Back up cameras are a great aid to connecting the trailer, not to mention backing up in general. Our Jeep Grand Cherokee has a button to turn off the beeping when the trailer is following us.

We use a rear view safety brand wired camera on the rear to see behind the trailer. About $200 on Amazon. 7" video image quality is excellent. Installation is a one-time PITA.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #8
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We used the Peak PKCORB camera setup to view out the back of our Scamp.
Here is an update we posted recently after installing the same camera in our Escape 5.0

UPDATE -Some time ago we posted about interference problems when using our Peak PKCORB camera as a full time rear view camera. After some fiddling around we were successful and, for a couple of years, used the Peak PKCORB with our Scamp 5er with only some occasional interference. So it was good enough to keep using, which we did.

However, we recently sold our Scamp and purchased a 2008 Escape 5.0. The distance that the camera must transmit the signal is basically the same as it was in the Scamp. We have the same tow vehicle and we set everything up exactly the same way. And have discovered that the camera works REALLY well with the Escape. The only difference seems to be that the Escape is not lined with Reflectix the way Scamps are. Our Escape does not have the extra insulation which would mean there was a layer of Reflectix lining the trailer.
So, if you are using this setup with a Scamp it just may be the Reflectix which is the culprit. Not sure if removing a small piece at the nose of the trailer and placing the transmitter there would fix the interference...

BTW, if we don't have the camera hooked up, we WILL pick up local TV stations on the monitor....
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Sandra, We bought a wireless camera though it is capable of running in a non wireless mode as well. I intend to set it up in the wireless mode to eliminate the requirement for a tow vehicle to trailer cable. I hope to have it setup next week. I have tried it on the table and it worked well. I bought it on Amazon for $58. I choose this one because I liked the reviews.

Amazon.com: TaoTronics® 2.4G Wireless Car Rear View Back-Up Camera System with 4.3" Color TFT LCD Monitor (Waterproof IP67 / Color CMOS / 135 Degree Viewing Angle / 7 IR LED Night Vision / Distant Scale Lines): Car Electronics

Note: I know many people who have used wireless cameras have had trouble but I plan to locate the wireless transmitters as close as I can to each other yet keeping them inside the tow vehicle and trailer.
Thanks for the response. Actually thanks for all the responses. The idea of placing the camera inside never occurred to me. Neither did a window mount. I too, await your review!
I have a back-up camera on my '05 Sienna, but it is off-center because of the lift gate handle. For me it is no help. I will be trying the Swift Hitch, which I hope will help the "grass hopper"action.
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Here is a link to our album on the Scampers forum for the install of the Peak camera system in our 2005 Scamp 5er Deluxe:
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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I too have the Peak camera installed on my F150 and am quite happy with it. I still can't believe the price. At the local True Value Hardware, with a coupon. A net cost of $28 for a wireless model.
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I found that the Reflectix does block the XM sat. radio signal, so I had to mount the antenna between the escape hatch cover and its' screen. I also had poor quality wireless back-up camera reception and switched over to one wired in place. This was the one on sale that someone had posted on FGRV site some time back, and it was less than $30.00. The picture is very clear. The camera is mounted inside at the upper corner of the rear window of the Scamp. It is great to be able to see behind the trailer all the time while driving. I have been using wireless cameras for years as a "rear view mirror" on my Jeeps, as I have a very large 37" spare tire blocking the rear window, and have used the cameras in the front to be able to see what is in front of us or what is on the top of the hill we are cresting, as the only thing one can normally see is the hood of the Jeep and the sky.
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Hello to you Dave.

I recall the posts about trouble with wireless. Hoping the location at our front window will resolve it.
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I read somewhere that it is illegal to drive forward with the camera operating if the display is visible from the front seat area. The same as having a TV or dvd player in operation, it is considered a distraction. That is why cameras installed by the manufacturer only work when backing up. Most of the aftermarket displays have a connection to make it so it only operates when backing up (although that is easy to defeat). If planning on using it all the time you might want to mount the display out of sight to the police.
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