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Old 04-25-2018, 05:48 AM   #1
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After market back up camera

In an effort to promote marital harmony I added an after market camera to the truck. The installation was fairly easy. I picked up the reverse signal at the 7 pin connector, stored the control box in the tail light assemble and found a place for the monitor. This is an inexpensive set up ($35) so I don't expect much. If it helps get the ball lined up I'll be happy. Anyone else installed one of these? If so, how's it working? Click image for larger version

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Old 04-25-2018, 06:38 AM   #2
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I had one in my old Chevy Colorado. I really liked it. I now have the new series of Colorado and it has a built in back up camera. I did install a wireless rear view camera on my trailer and in tests in the driveway it seems to work really well but time will tell on the road..
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:15 AM   #3
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My husband installed one on our 2009 Ford F-150. We love it and use it every time we drive out. It makes hitching simple and getting out of tight parking spots a snap!
I am reminded how much I value it when I camp alone and can hook up the first try without getting in and out of the truck multiple times.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:33 PM   #4
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Not that one Raz, I have the Swift Hitch SH01, wireless, magnetic camera mount and infrared night vision. Didn't want to do more wiring for something I'm only going to use for hitching. Works great but was a bit pricey. Etrailer had the best price.
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:20 PM   #5
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Walmart has a rear view camera for $99 that mounts to your license plate.
It boasts a 170° view. But, works with you smart phone, I guess via Blue-Tooth.
And would work all the time, not just in reverse.
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Old 04-27-2018, 01:56 AM   #6
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Rear camera thru rear window

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Not that one Raz, I have the Swift Hitch SH01, wireless, magnetic camera mount and infrared night vision. Didn't want to do more wiring for something I'm only going to use for hitching. Works great but was a bit pricey. Etrailer had the best price.
Hi Dave,

I've been known to run a few things over while backing up our Bigfoot 25RQ. Do you think the Swift Hitch system could work if mounted inside the trailer looking out the rear window? Inside would be safer, instead of having to take it off when not in use. Question is whether the camera would be able "see" through the glass, and transmit through the glass and fiberglass at the front of the trailer.

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Hi Dave,

I've been known to run a few things over while backing up our Bigfoot 25RQ. Do you think the Swift Hitch system could work if mounted inside the trailer looking out the rear window? Inside would be safer, instead of having to take it off when not in use. Question is whether the camera would be able "see" through the glass, and transmit through the glass and fiberglass at the front of the trailer.

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Well Josh, I can't really tell you 100% as I only use it for hitching but that's a good question. I'll set it up tomorrow inside my Casita, looking to the rear and pull my truck around 30/35' in front of it to see how it looks. That should be about the same distance you're looking at.
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I have the Swift Hitch. It has a fairly narrow field of view. Great for hitching up the trailer, but you won't be checking out the scenery.
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OK Josh, works great through the glass. I dropped the door for the overhead rear cabinet and clamped the camera to it. That left the camera about one foot from the glass and the truck was 35' in front of the TT. Beautiful color pic but Glenn is correct, this camera only has a 55* view but may be wide enough for what's behind you.
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field of view....

my experience / opinion...

I installed a wireless back-up camera in the back of the trailer...reason was to see if there was anybody directly behind me (eight foot wide BF means I can't see directly behind me except on curves)

the wider the field of view the greater the distortion will be in the image...meaning the objects in the center will look a lot farther away than they actually are....in my case that is not desirable as I'm interested if somebody is 3 or 4 hundred feet behind me....in some cases somebody that far is barely visible on my screen

on my model the field is around 130...if I had my druthers I'd pick 90....for my use/situation......(I don't use a camera for hooking up....targets I put on on rear window and front of trailer get me close enough... most of the time)
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Old 04-27-2018, 03:42 PM   #11
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I have an OEM ford backup camera on my 2010 F150. They have improved them greatly since then for sure! But even mine, that only gives about a 1 inch square screen on the rear view mirror is very useful.

Once I figured out what I was looking at (that took a while), the camera is basically pointed directly at the hitch ball. So now I can hook up solo, no problem whatsoever.

I won't have a tow vehicle without one in the future for sure!

The newer models have a much larger screen, perhaps 3 inches square.
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Hi Dave,

I've been known to run a few things over while backing up our Bigfoot 25RQ. Do you think the Swift Hitch system could work if mounted inside the trailer looking out the rear window? Inside would be safer, instead of having to take it off when not in use. Question is whether the camera would be able "see" through the glass, and transmit through the glass and fiberglass at the front of the trailer.

Thanks,
Josh


I put a Garmin BC20 camera inside the rear window of my Scamp and mounted the transmitter just inside the front fiberglass. It transmits to the Gamin 2798 on the dash oh my pickup. It works pretty well unless I pile too much metallic stuff up in the pickup bed. It also helped to cut out a little patch of the foil bubble insulation so the transmitter mount directly on the inside surface of the fiberglass.
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I put a Garmin BC20 camera inside the rear window of my Scamp and mounted the transmitter just inside the front fiberglass. It transmits to the Gamin 2798 on the dash oh my pickup. It works pretty well unless I pile too much metallic stuff up in the pickup bed. It also helped to cut out a little patch of the foil bubble insulation so the transmitter mount directly on the inside surface of the fiberglass.
Thanks Dave and Doug, I'll check these systems out. I wonder if there might be a backup (wireless camera) that could transmit to an iPhone. I don't have a Garmin (though I do plan to get a hand held one for hiking in the desert), I use Google Maps on the phone for navigation in the truck.

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