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Old 09-29-2017, 07:51 PM   #31
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Did you install either yourself, or did ETI install them?

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I have the Escape installed Rear View Safety camera & monitor on my 21. My Escape 17B has a wired system installed by Escape in 2011 (they don't do wired systems anymore). After switching to a Tacoma to replace the RAV4 tow vehicle, I used a Tadi brand wireless camera with a rear view mirror mounted monitor - I didn't want to hard wire the Tacoma for the monitor. I placed the transmitter in the front of the 17, using the wiring that had been installed by Escape for the wired camera.

That system worked OK electrically, but the monitor was coated so that it could also be used as a mirror, which resulted in terrible contrast. Even with great customer service from Tadi, sending a different less reflective monitor, I was not happy with the system. I liked the use of the mirror for a monitor location, but I'd never recommend one that is designed to also be used as a mirror.
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Old 10-01-2017, 04:01 AM   #32
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Very great details and advice, thanks
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:18 AM   #33
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Wireless Rearview Systems

I was wondering about the use of a rearview camera and how much I'd use it? Lot's of recommendations for the iBall hitch assist system, and that's a nice product. However, I was wondering if there were other options out there...

Just checking around and found handy alternative for those of us that would use this feature for parking only. I found a great device on Amazon by Reolink that uses your phone as a monitor, is portable and battery operated. I like another system found on Amazon by Safevant the best because it's rechargeable.

All of these systems are portable so you could use them around your campsite or at home when you're not camping. The iBall system is nice and looks like it would work well but these others are a lot cheaper and just as portable and include one way or two way sound/speech feature.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:25 AM   #34
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I was wondering about the use of a rearview camera and how much I'd use it?
I've no recommendation on a specific system, but the answer to your question is "all the time". This is one of the most useful features in my truck (mine is built in to the tailgate), and now that I've had it for several years, I wouldn't have a tow vehicle without it.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:36 AM   #35
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Yup, mine is in my tailgate too and it works great for seeing behind the truck. However, as a prospective tug vehicle for a fifth wheel, the camera in my tailgate will get a real nice shot of the LP tanks and nothing else. For bumper hitch towing, the tailgate camera is wonderful. I was thinking that the these portable systems could be moved to the inside of truck bed to facilitate hooking up, and then moved to another location, even while camping, and used as general security. When paired to your phone, you're connected to keep an eye on your tow vehicle or the space around your camper at any time including when you laying in bed in the middle of the night. Of course, you'd be restricted by battery life, but it's an option.

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I've no recommendation on a specific system, but the answer to your question is "all the time". This is one of the most useful features in my truck (mine is built in to the tailgate), and now that I've had it for several years, I wouldn't have a tow vehicle without it.
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Ok, didn't realize you were talking about seeing inside the bed. I would assume you can do what most do, just look out the back window.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:33 PM   #37
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This is the suction cup mount (a re-purposed cell phone mount) we use for our wireless camera to look out the rear window of our trailer while driving down the road, and I could just as easily mount it to the rear window of our F-150 Supercrew cab to look into the bed if hitching up a 5th wheel (it's difficult if not impossible to see into the bed from the front seat of a supercrew cab). The wireless receiver/monitor powers from the dash.
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