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Old 02-02-2016, 07:26 PM   #1
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Back-up Camera , is it worth it?

Just wondering about the wireless back up Camera. Who has it? Do you like it? Would you get it again? Just want the pros and cons. Thanks
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:33 PM   #2
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If traveling alone it might come in handy but if traveling with others a buddy system seems just fine. Save your money.
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:38 PM   #3
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Just wondering about the wireless back up Camera. Who has it? Do you like it? Would you get it again? Just want the pros and cons. Thanks
I installed one but it is on a switch rather than being turned on when the tow vehicle goes into reverse. It can be used as a rear view camera as well as for backing up. I like it when going through traffic in cities when traffic is heavy. And yes, I like it and would do it again. I had Reace run a wire through the trailer but installed the camera myself.
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Love the backup camera; although it was installed before ETI standardized on the same unit. I use the clip-over-the-mirror monitor. The field of view lets me see traffic coming up behind me almost all the way to the rear bumper, well within the tow mirror visibility zones, so it's invaluable for changing lanes with the zoomies coming up from behind. I had it wired into the marker lights instead of the reverse wiring; the mirror monitor has an on/off button to control it. I don't really use it much for backing into a campsite - primarily for backing into the storage building where I put up a big bullseye mark to aim for. Ran the monitor wiring from the receiver through the truck to the drivers side visor so it's just a plug-in when used, no dangly wires all over the cab. Oddly, the cable needed is an extension cable for a PS2 computer mouse (carries both power and video to the monitor) so it's simple.
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I've tinkered with the idea of using my GoPro camera as a back up camera. Easy to mount temporarily on the trailer back bumper, nor wires as it connects to my phone or tablet via bluetooth. Have heard of others doing it successfully but have not actually tried it myself.
There is a bit of a delay between the camera and the tablet so I guess the advice would be to back up s.l.o.w.l.y....
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I've tinkered with the idea of using my GoPro camera as a back up camera. Easy to mount temporarily on the trailer back bumper, nor wires as it connects to my phone or tablet via bluetooth. Have heard of others doing it successfully but have not actually tried it myself.
There is a bit of a delay between the camera and the tablet so I guess the advice would be to back up s.l.o.w.l.y....
The TADI camera also has LED illumination to use at night that work quite well.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:37 PM   #7
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I love it as a rear view camera when traveling. Nice to be able to see what is coming behind me.
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I love it as a rear view camera when traveling. Nice to be able to see what is coming behind me.

Can you put an "identifier" in it so it will warn you if a 'Smokie' is tailing you?

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Is there such a thing as a little back up camera that is wireless?
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:27 AM   #10
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Just wondering about the wireless back up Camera. Who has it? Do you like it? Would you get it again? Just want the pros and cons. Thanks
After towing hundreds of thousands of kilometres, I have never once felt the need for a backup camera.

That said, I have used the ones on a vehicle for hooking up to the trailer.

If they are used as a novelty thing, then I see no harm in them, but if people rely on them to see behind them, especially when driving, I do have a concern. If there is someone coming up behind me when driving, I am always fully aware of them, as I constantly monitor my mirrors out of the corner of my eye, and get a much broader view than a camera would ever provide. I have never had a vehicle behind me that I could not see in my mirrors, even if they were tailgating.

So, no harm in having one at all, I know a couple people that have them, both are gadget nuts. Just don't rely on them for driving decisions is all.
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