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Old 05-29-2014, 04:06 PM   #41
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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..
Thanks! I think we'll go that route.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:33 PM   #42
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Just a note of caution. I wouldn't put all my faith in a backup camera. I'd still get out and walk around the back, checking for obstructions.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:03 PM   #43
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You also need to take your time when backing your camper. No rush. Get out and check, even if you have a spotter behind you. After all, this is recreation.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:17 PM   #44
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Just a note of caution. I wouldn't put all my faith in a backup camera. I'd still get out and walk around the back, checking for obstructions.
We actually don't use it much as a backup camera, rather a view out the back while driving...much easier to detect tailgaters, etc. Gives a better sense of the traffic in the vicinity.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:04 PM   #45
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I have a swift hitch. It works well. We put it on the TV to hook up and then switch it to the trailer. If you get the 02 model, it comes with suction cups. It also works well as a baby monitor!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:07 PM   #46
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I bought a Swift Hitch several years ago. The visual display is... small. My new F-150 has a backup camera permanent mounted in the tailgate latch. Fat lotta good that will do me when I try to hookup my new 5er. I need to figure out a method to use the Swift Hitch higher so I can see the 5th wheel hookup. Those suction cup thingies are looking... interesting.

Frankly, I don't care a whole lot about traveling and what's going on behind me. Can't do a much about that! What I would like is a periscope to see what's happening a mile or two AHEAD of me!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:11 PM   #47
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Swift hitch is magnetic. Couldn't you just stick it on the roof pointed down or on the front of the bed? Agreed about the screen being tiny! I was thinking about velcroing it to the steering wheel just to be able to see everything.
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Hooking up a 5th wheel hitch is easy. You can see the process through the rear window. Just need to make sure the kingpin is unlocked and open.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:22 PM   #49
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Hooking up a 5th wheel hitch is easy. You can see the process through the rear window. Just need to make sure the kingpin is unlocked and open.
Not unless I standup in the seat! My new truck isn't a standard cab. I can't even see the top of the tailgate while driving.
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Half the back end of the RAV4 is plastic so the Swift Hitch has nothing to attach to. I found a 3" diameter metal disc left over from my home furnace install and used contact cement to attach it to the tire cover, so it is centered over the hitch. I've yet to use it though.
As for tail-gaters? Nothing I can do about that really. I use my mirrors to keep track of what's around me and coming up.
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