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Old 05-29-2014, 12:07 PM   #31
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Using suction cups?
Yes, but in a Rube Goldberg sort of way. We had used the camera previously in our Scamp 5er. For that trailer we had mounted the license plate camera type onto a nice piece of varnished oak and attached it to the underside of the cabinet with magnets. On the Escape the position on the under-cabinet light did not allow us to do that...so....we found this Oxo Strong Hold Suction Large Basket, Amazon.com - OXO Good Grips Strong Hold Suction Large Basket - Home Storage Baskets
I fastened the oak mounted camera into the basket with Velcro and used the suction cups to hold it against the back window. I did add a hook-on suction cup to each side if the bar at the bottom to keep it from bouncing against the window. Not sure anyone would want to completely duplicate this BUT it gives you some 'out of the box' ideas on how to make it work.
I notice that OXO sells the suction cup with a little metal loop which might work with the camera that does NOT have the wide license plate mount. The suction cups hold really well! Just an idea...
Amazon.com - OXO Good Grips Strong Hold Suction Hook, Set-of-2 - Bath Towel Hooks

Our setup:
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:33 PM   #32
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Very inventive! Mr Goldberg would be proud.........
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:35 PM   #33
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After traveling solo for 48,000 miles with a back up camera on the trailer, I've found it useful for those few times I needed to back up in a crowded gas station (no one to get out & check for someone standing or walking just behind the trailer), useful for pulling back into the lane after the rare passing of another vehicle, and handy as a rear view mirror for seeing those idiots that insist on tailgating inside the limits of my rear view mirrors.

It is not very useful for backing into a campsite - get out & look is still my method. The camera view is too wide for precision backing; the mirrors are more useful. If I ever change trailers, I'll have a back up camera on the new one.

By the way, the second camera on the back of the RAV4 is invaluable for hitching...
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We mount our camera in the back window of the Escape and the visibility is fine. We stow it away when parked. Easy.
Very clever idea! Do you think this would work with a license plate wireless camera without the oak mounting bar?
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:40 PM   #35
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I'm considering a Dropcam - streams video over WiFi to a smart phone. At $149 and no additional monitor required, seems like a good fit for infrequent uses. Field of view is 107 degrees and 4X zoom, better for backing into narrow places. Think I'll pick one up and do some testing.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:44 PM   #36
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Very clever idea! Do you think this would work with a license plate wireless camera without the oak mounting bar?
I can't imagine why not...you just need to secure the camera to something that sticks to the back window. The nice thing about that particular Oxo device is that the suction cups rotate all the way around the bar so you can use it in positions it was never intended to be in. Sometimes you have to experiment a little....
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F&D - What camera system are you using? Wired or wireless?
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Dave, dumb question, sorry, but how do you connect the camera to power?
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We are using the Peak PKCORB system...wireless. We tapped into one of the 12v lights in the loft of the Escape to power the transmitter and purchased the PEAK extension cable to reach the camera mounted in the back window over the dinette.

Amazon.com: Peak PKC0RB Wireless Back-Up Camera System with 3.5-Inch LCD Color Monitor: Automotive

This model is a newer one than ours...looks like some changes in the monitor design.
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I'm sending this system to ETI - I need the night LEDs to back into my shop; easier than climbing up a 24 ft ladder to hang lights on the ceiling!

7" Mirror with Wireless 120 RV Backup Camera
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