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Old 02-22-2009, 10:31 AM   #11
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

I have never used a camera on a trailer. Is this for safety reasons should a kid or something go behind like it is on some new cars? I do like Sandras idea that you could leave it on while driving so you know whats close behind.

I have a backup camera built in to my Pilot and find it quite useless because of the distortion at the wide angle it has, and instead rely on the mirrors.

Ace, I just noticed your idea of laying a flashlight down at night for a guidance point, good idea.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:07 PM   #12
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

I like the flashlight idea and it gave me another idea. I bought a couple of those warning triangles from Wal-Mart. They illuminate with LEDs, so I can use them for guidance as well as for warning of a disabled vehicle.

They were quite cheap, about $10 each as I recall.

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Old 02-22-2009, 02:26 PM   #13
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

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When Tali and I bought the Outlaw Oliver, we had the factory mount a rear-view camera for us. We have this one...

http://www.rvcams.com/merchant2/merc...ategory_Code=1

and have been very satisfied with it. I find that I can still get a clear signal from the transmitter when the tug is several hundred feet from the trailer.
What I had in mind is a camera substitute for the rearview mirror while driving This appears to be the solution. When in the sequence of the "build" was it mounted? Has the price dropped? Thanks for the link and info. Nice to have you visit.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:02 PM   #14
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

I recently saw an add for a coloured video camera that you place in a childs room to monitor a small child whie the infant is sleeping, I believe it was about fifty bucks.

The beauty of it is it also has infrared function that makes it possible for you to watch the child in the dark.

The unit has a wireless remote screen that can be as far as 350 feet from the camera, and it all runs on batteries.

I was looking at this and considered it could be mounted on a trailer with magnets.

I am still considering.

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:31 AM   #15
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

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What I had in mind is a camera substitute for the rearview mirror while driving This appears to be the solution. When in the sequence of the "build" was it mounted? Has the price dropped? Thanks for the link and info. Nice to have you visit.
Looking at a camera monitor while backing up is one thing. You can stop and actually look at it.

Looking at a monitor while driving means you are taking your eyes off the road and surround. You have to focus and refocus your eyes.

I'll stick with my mirrors. A quick glance, eyes front, another look and a decision.

I have an extension on my driver's side mirror so I can see vehicles in the distance that may be overtaking at speed. I have one for the passenger side, but I don't use it because I found it takes too long to figure out what you're looking at ( the same issue I would have with using a camera monitor ).

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I have to agree with baglo, I don't think using the camera as a rear view mirror is a wise thing. With proper towing mirrors you will be able to see well behind you. Even without a trailer, I rarely rely on the center mirror, as it shows such a narrow field of view. The side mirrors cover just about everything.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:47 PM   #17
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

The camera monitor on the rear of the trailer should not be on while driving.
It is to be used as is the back up camera on your truck.

To be used only when (backing) parking the trailer.

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Old 10-17-2011, 08:31 PM   #18
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

Further. I noted today while driving, that when I glance in the mirror, I do not have to refocus because I'm not looking at the mirror - I'm looking at the reflection of an image in the distance, but when I looked at my TomTom GPS it took a second to focus on the near object and then refocus on the road.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:48 AM   #19
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

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Further. I noted today while driving, that when I glance in the mirror, I do not have to refocus because I'm not looking at the mirror - I'm looking at the reflection of an image in the distance, but when I looked at my TomTom GPS it took a second to focus on the near object and then refocus on the road.

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Baglo that is an excellent bit of wisdom. I am becoming steadily more concerned with the amount of extraneous devices used in vehicles today. It seems nearly every time someone makes a crazy move on me on the highway anymore that they are talking on a cell phone. Now with all the computerized gadgets being integrated into dashboards I think people will be paying less and less attention to what should be their ONLY job as the driver of a vehicle - driving.

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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

I grew up in the LA area, so it is ingrained in me to look frequently in my rear view mirror as a form of self defense. In our driver's ed (in the days when they gave it in school), that was emphasized. I'd use the monitor as its replacement. . I haven't researched it, but I think ideally it would be nice to have it as a component of my rear view mirror.
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