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Old 11-29-2018, 11:49 PM   #1
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Backup camera concerns

Hi all,


We are considering a backup camera for our 17B. After seeing a picture from ETI of an installed camera, I have some concern about leaks from the mounting screws.


Am I overthinking this? The convenience appeals to us but I'm curious if others have had cameras installed and what experiences have been (positive or negative).


Thanks in advance for your comments.


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Old 11-30-2018, 06:27 AM   #2
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While I don't have a camera, they weren't options in 2014, I'd imagine it's the same as any other hole in the shell, you need to do your yearly maintenance which includes checking all the caulking and such.
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:30 AM   #3
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We have the camera, and I wouldn't get another camper without it. Seemed like a real luxury to me before we ordered it, but now that we've used it for over 6000 miles ( since June '18) , it's a "must have". I bought some big tow mirrors for the F-150, but the camera makes them unnecessary. It's a wonderful thing, and might save you a trip to the boat yard to get a hole fixed by the fiberglass repair guy. ( Been there, done that...)


There are many options that require holes in the shell, with their associated risk of leaks, but this one is well worth the risk. ( One of the reasons I DID go with portable solar panels instead of roof mounted. )
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:44 AM   #4
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Don’t recall ever hearing any complaints about water intrusion due to camera mount. While theoretically possible I think it’s unlikely and rare if ever. As to usefulness, people are fairly divided on this one. On one hand are the “I know how to drive using just my mirrors” types, and on the other are the “it lets me see right behind me where I don’t have a mirror” types.

I’m the latter type. I like the camera and use it all the time. Because it does let me see where I cannot with just my mirrors. It’s not a substitute for them, but a supplement to them, that does something that they physically cannot. I don’t like blind spots. Blind spots are bad.
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:48 AM   #5
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Hi all,

We are considering a backup camera for our 17B. After seeing a picture from ETI of an installed camera, I have some concern about leaks from the mounting screws.

Am I overthinking this? The convenience appeals to us but I'm curious if others have had cameras installed and what experiences have been (positive or negative).

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Chris P.

You should not be concerned about leaks as stated earlier, I have one and works great. If you ever travel by yourself I would say get it. Also comes in handy with co-pilot as it has built in mic so you can hear the person out back tell you "No Stupid Your Other Left"
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:51 AM   #6
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We have not had a leak in that area. I am very satisfied with the installation.

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Old 11-30-2018, 12:03 PM   #7
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We have the backup camera . It is still in the original box and has never been used
I did have to recaulk the exterior camera mounting bracket
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:00 PM   #8
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Thanks all for your quick replies. We've decided to go ahead with the backup camera.
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:51 PM   #9
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I have the back up camera and never use it. Big waste of money for me. I would not order another one. As far as leaks, yearly maintenance check will get ahead of that. I grew up on a farm, drove crash rescue trucks and tankers in the Air Force, so I’ve been backing up trailers most of my life. By the time I remember to turn it on, I’m already backed in. Other people like them.
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I have it and use it whenever I’m underway. I can see who is behind me and how closely they are following, and brake accordingly. I can see who’s coming up on the sides. I can see when i’m Past traffic enough to change lanes. It helps with backing up, too, but imho, the on the road use is the most beneficial. Well worth my investment.
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