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Old 11-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Backup Camera ?

Hello,

Our new 21' will be completed in late May 2014 (Yay!). Somewhere in this forum I saw a picture of a backup camera mounted along the rear top of a 19', I believe near the center, high rear running or brake light. I was hoping to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience out there to help me decide if I should ask the good folks at Escape to install a backup camera like that on my 21'. If you have any helpful information, I would really appreciate hearing from you.
Questions:

- What kind of camera would you suggest (manufacturer and model, please!)?
- Is it possible to install this in a way that will allow me to move to a new tow vehicle and bring the camera monitor with me?
- What is the connection between camera and monitor and where is the connection located?

Thanks very much!
Fletch (of Pam n Fletch San Jose, CA)
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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There are some new owners since these previous posts, so maybe they have some additional information or opinions.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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My overall impression from reading posts is that the camera is no substitute for having somebody guide you, or getting out and looking ( and using your rear view mirrors ).
On the road, I would still rely on mirrors. All it takes is a quick glance. With the camera, I think your eyes have to re-focus on the monitor, taking your eyes off the road.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:36 PM   #5
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We don't use ours for back up but it has been invaluable on the road especially in city traffic. We really used it going through the Salt Lake corridor. Looking at the monitor is no different than checking the rear view mirror.
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In your experience, what is the advantage over mirrors?
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:21 PM   #7
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In your experience, what is the advantage over mirrors?
We use one, not for backing up, but for seeing traffic behind us. The lens has a bit of a fish-eye effect so it eliminates blind spots on the sides and behind you. Using the camera in conjunction with the standard mirrors works very well for us.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:19 AM   #8
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Hello,

Our new 21' will be completed in late May 2014 (Yay!). Somewhere in this forum I saw a picture of a backup camera mounted along the rear top of a 19', I believe near the center, high rear running or brake light. I was hoping to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience out there to help me decide if I should ask the good folks at Escape to install a backup camera like that on my 21'. If you have any helpful information, I would really appreciate hearing from you.
Questions:

- What kind of camera would you suggest (manufacturer and model, please!)?
- Is it possible to install this in a way that will allow me to move to a new tow vehicle and bring the camera monitor with me?
- What is the connection between camera and monitor and where is the connection located?

Thanks very much!
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Hi: Pam n Fletch San Jose Ca... Jon Vermilye bought a back up camera and sent it to Reace to be installed on his 17'er. Send him a personal message as he's on the road to the warm weather. He will answer but it takes some time. OH& BTW...WELCOME!!!Alf
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:24 AM   #9
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In your experience, what is the advantage over mirrors?
In our motorhome (which is not a trailer but has similar rear vision issues on the road, and is the overall length as our van plus trailer) I occasionally use the backup camera on the highway to see the area immediately behind us, which is not visible in the mirrors. The camera is aimed down so it doesn't see very far back, and so there is rarely anyone in that space; however, it also gives a different perspective on traffic just behind us in the adjacent lanes, which helps with determining if we are safely past them for lane changes.

I have not towed with a rear-view camera yet.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #10
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Fletch - for our Jan 2014 hatch we had a wireless back up camera from Rearview Safety shipped up to Reace. We chose a monitor that hangs on the rear view mirror so that while driving when we reflexively look at the rear view mirror we will see an image of whatever is in the blind spot directly behind. I can't attest to how well this product will work but I found the customer service to be excellent. Will update after we pick up "Bon Oeuf" in April.
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