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Old 09-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Backup camera on trailer

Anyone using a backup mirror on their trailer? I noticed someone was having one installed on their 21 and wondered about it. Could be useful from a safety standpoint and ease of backing into a space if traveling without a copilot. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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For myself, I can't imagine every really needing one, BUT, there are some who feel they might be of benefit, and if they are to them, it is worth doing. Maybe a safety thing, but....

I always get out and check to see just where I want to spot the trailer, and look to see what obstacles there might be. As far as reversing goes with the trailer, I sure would not want to rely on a camera for direction, most I have seen have a fairly distorted view. I use my side mirrors, never turning my head, and rarely use a spotter, other than to watch out for near obstacles I can't see. If I don't have a spotter and there are obstacles, I am not too proud to get out and check to see where I am.
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We installed a Peak PKCORB camera for full time viewing behind the trailer. Had the same one on our previous 2 Scamps. It actually works better (less interference) on our Escape which does NOT have the Reflectix insulation.
We really like being able to see behind the trailer while driving.

We mounted the camera via suction cups to the inside of the back window of the Escape and the monitor to the back window of the truck cab. The transmitter is in the loft area of the trailer wired into one of the bedroom lights for power. The driver can just look in the rearview mirror and see the monitor.
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I have one on my 17. It is useful when backing, particularly to check "live" what has moved into your mirror blind spot (for example when you have to do a bit of backing in a gas station, etc.)

I also find it useful to see those idiots that like to tailgate, again, within the mirror's range. I don't find it all that useful for positioning in a campsite - I prefer to "get out and look".
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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I'm not much concerned with what is behind the trailer, after doing a walk around. I'm trying to remember to keep that rock or tree in mind that I might hit with my front fender while manoeuvering the trailer.
So easy to be focused on where you're headed, and forget the obstacles that are beside the tow vehicle.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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I chose to have a backup camera installed on my 19 and tied into the running lights. That way I'll have a rear view mirror while driving down the road and will also have the assistance when backing up (I'm new to this trailer thing I'll be picking up my trailer Oct 7th, so will find out then if it meets my expectations.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:21 PM   #7
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For us the use is primarily while driving. Seeing the traffic behind and watching for tailgaters. Backing is more efficiently done with a human spotter!
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I consider myself a defensive driver. Use turnouts to let traffic pass and I found the best way to get tailgaters off my rear is to slow down. What I'd like is a parascope to see what's AHEAD. Debris in the road, animals and stopped traffic. I can't worry about what's behind me, it's the stuff I'm coming up on that I'm concerned about.

I too get out and look. Not just for stuff on the ground, boulders and trees... but, what's hanging down like branches that may scrape off a vent cover or A/C. For that, it's very important to know exactly how tall a trailer is and I wonder if most folks know precisely? Would a rear camera have a wide enough lens to show the overhead stuff?
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From a previous post here
Back Up Camera for Trailer

We are having great luck with this set up. Used it for 80 miles going through Salt Lake traffic on Wednesday. See mods on our web page below.
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