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Old 10-20-2016, 10:17 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend an after-market wireless rear view camera that can also be used to help with solo hitch-ups? I've looked at a few, and the user reviews are useless! Best I've ever used tells me nothing about the unit.

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Old 10-21-2016, 01:14 AM   #2
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You're talking two different requirements.

A rear view camera typically has a field of view of 160-180 degrees wide to observe traffic behind the rig, and a long focus range.

A hitch/tailgate camera (built into a lot of pickup tailgates) only has maybe a 30 degree field of view and is angled downward behind the vehicle in order to see the ball and hitch coming together.

One camera won't do both.
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Old 10-21-2016, 02:13 AM   #3
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I travel solo, and I align using one of those a "magnetic trailer alignment kits." It is just foam balls on a metal antenna. You put one of the hitch and one on the trailer coupler. It is super easy to align it. In fact, If I travel with someone, I still use the kit because it is much easier than having someone guide you in:

here is a link to Harbor Freight.... though, I have seen these other places too. Magnetic Trailer Alignment Kit
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:10 AM   #4
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You're talking two different requirements.

A rear view camera typically has a field of view of 160-180 degrees wide to observe traffic behind the rig, and a long focus range.

A hitch/tailgate camera (built into a lot of pickup tailgates) only has maybe a 30 degree field of view and is angled downward behind the vehicle in order to see the ball and hitch coming together.

One camera won't do both.
My Toyota has a good rear-view camera and with some practice I can use it to hook up the trailer very well, so I don't know if it is strictly true that one camera can't do both [functions]. No doubt a specialized hitch camera might be better for hooking up the trailer but I would also consider the benefits of a rear-view camera in everyday driving. It's a great feature to have. Unfortunately since my camera is OEM I cannot help with specific aftermarket products.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:40 AM   #5
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My Taco has the same camera; it only functions in reverse and targets the hitch area. Good for maybe 20 ft behind me (has range lines.)

I use the rear view camera on my trailer to spot traffic overtaking me and for backing into it's narrow storage space. It's mounted above the rear window and active anytime my marker lights are on.
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:35 AM   #6
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Go to etrailer.com. I use the PEAK camera and got it for about $100. I include a flickr link to my setup. I would NOT be without a rearview camera for my Scamp. I dont use it to hook up my trailer as I can see well enough. When I have my bikes it's a little tougher but it's ok.

I would prefer a "wired" camera. The newer wireless may be better, but this one operates on 2.4 gHz and I do have sporadic intereference. In fact, one time we were in Foley, AL without my trailer but the monitor was still on. We went by one business and I started picking up their sports channel!!

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Can anyone recommend an after-market wireless rear view camera that can also be used to help with solo hitch-ups? I've looked at a few, and the user reviews are useless! Best I've ever used tells me nothing about the unit.

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Old 10-21-2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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I use a Blue Tooth "babysitting" camera as a rear view device, principally because I can view it on my tablet or smartphone without hooking up anything in the car. And, of course, you can change the viewing device without changing the camera. The cameras are widely available with self-contained batteries that will last about an hour, or you can plug them into various sources depending on the actual device. I plug mine into a 12 VDC outlet in our trailer. I have found various models online for $18 up.

Not saying this is the solution for you, but it is certainly worth considering as an alternative to traditional back up cameras.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:33 AM   #8
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Can anyone recommend an after-market wireless rear view camera that can also be used to help with solo hitch-ups? I've looked at a few, and the user reviews are useless! Best I've ever used tells me nothing about the unit.

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Old 10-21-2016, 01:05 PM   #9
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Garmin BC30

I bought the Garmin as I already had the GPS to work with it. I can add up to 4, but the are $100 each. Works good, but it takes some practice. I wish I had a larger screen now.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:39 PM   #10
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I spent about $56,000 dollars on my rear view camera. It works great and the best thing about it is they threw in a new 2015 Ram Laramie Limited for free.
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My Toyota has a good rear-view camera and with some practice I can use it to hook up the trailer very well, so I don't know if it is strictly true that one camera can't do both [functions]. No doubt a specialized hitch camera might be better for hooking up the trailer but I would also consider the benefits of a rear-view camera in everyday driving. It's a great feature to have. Unfortunately since my camera is OEM I cannot help with specific aftermarket products.
I do wish there was a way to turn on the Tacoma rear view camera all the time. Hitching with just reverse works, but the ability to see as you pull forward would help. That is where the add on camera I had in the RAV4 was nice...
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I do wish there was a way to turn on the Tacoma rear view camera all the time. Hitching with just reverse works, but the ability to see as you pull forward would help. That is where the add on camera I had in the RAV4 was nice...
Wonder how much of a Pandora's Box it would be to find the power line and relocate it along with a switch.
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Wonder how much of a Pandora's Box it would be to find the power line and relocate it along with a switch.
I would never suggest going to another forum with that question, on the chance that it would make someone feel unwanted.. but if I were to....

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...sh-mod.179242/
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I would never suggest going to another forum with that question, on the chance that it would make someone feel unwanted.. but if I were to....

and I thought the fix would be buried in the dash, dang that forest and tree thing.
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