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Old 10-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hello All.. Wondering if anyone can help me choose a backup camera for my 19? I am crappy at backing up. And my wife just won't listen.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: back up cameras

This company gets good reviews -- http://www.rearviewsafety.com/products.html -- and they have a quick-disconnect you can get, as well.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Re: back up cameras

I bought a Swift Hitch. Cool! I like the fact it's completely wireless and I can move the camera to either help with hitching... or backing by placing on the trailer bumper.
http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Elec...ift_Hitch.aspx

Check out the video: http://www.etrailer.com/Electronics/...tch/04928.html
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:25 PM   #4
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Re: back up cameras

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Hello All.. Wondering if anyone can help me choose a backup camera for my 19? I am crappy at backing up. And my wife just won't listen.
LOL.... Sorry to say Peter, but a backup camera will neither make you back up any better, nor get your wife to listen.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
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Re: back up cameras

Hi, Peter! You couldn't be as crappy at backing a trailer as we were in April of this year with our first. And May and June and July.

Your wife won't listen? Why should she (you mean if she is backing up?) if you are crappy at it?? One tip I read was that the only direction someone should be giving is just that: the direction. In other words, point to the left from behind the trailer if the rear of the trailer needs to go left. That's it. Do not say which way to turn the wheel or any other such advice. Each person needs to basically know how to back the trailer already in order to take direction. (If you tell the driver which way to turn the wheels, he or she won't be any better next time because the instructor, in effect, backed it for the driver. In addition, people who are new at it cannot give direction as they will tell the other one the wrong way to turn the wheels much of the time.)

I wanted a camera at first but we do not have one. I backed the trailer into our storage space today (which is much more difficult than any campground site) with no problem other than being a little slow.

I will suppose that you have done a good deal of backing a trailer already. For any newbies, if you want the back end of the trailer to go to the left, you turn the TV wheels to the right. That takes practice as it is easier to get mixed up than one would think.

For your interest or anyone's who is new at this, here is my best advice on backing:
Get out and look at the situation several times while backing to see where the trailer wheels are going and where you want them to go. When backing the trailer to the left, look in the left tow mirror. If the trailer is going too sharply to the left, pull the trailer forward just a few feet such as six feet or so to straighten it some (if necessary, depending on how far you have to go back.) Then adjust the vehicle's wheels so that you will not turn as sharply. Usually, you barely need to turn the wheel to get where you are going. People often turn it way too much.
Back it again a few feet, looking in the left tow mirror again. Get out and assess again where the trailer wheels are going and where you want them to go and adjust the TV wheels again accordingly. You have to look at those TV wheels closely to adjust them. Just keep doing that and you will be exactly where you want. Or close enough.

As for the camera, it could certainly save you the time of getting out a few times but you have to get the wheel adjustments straight to take advantage of a camera. That means that the only real function for the camera is to tell you which way the back end of the trailer needs to go. One person can do that for the other one. When it comes down to it, the camera is only of use if you travel alone, unless a companion cannot give direction or is otherwise occupied.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:39 AM   #6
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Re: back up cameras

The best advice I ever received on backing is to grasp the steering wheel at the bottom with your palm facing up.
When your assistant points to the left, you move your hand to the left. Assistant points right, you move your hand to the right.
It eliminates all the confusion.

Now, if I can just convince the Old Bag that she's not helping when she stands directly behind the trailer, where I can't see her, or when she's watching the eagles circling overhead.

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #7
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Re: back up cameras

I grew up on a farm so back trailers and wagons up was a part of every day life and it is kind of like riding a bicylce that once you get it, its all good. the thing that most people who are not comfortable doing it forget is practice makes perfect. take a afternoon and some where thats not busy and just keep playing untill you get it. Every trailer is a bit different to back up but the princepals are all the same. Something most don't get is that the longer the trailer typicaly the easier it is to reverse in that there is more reaction time. So fresh trailer owners with short trailers need lots of practice and to be hoenst I really don't see a camera set up being what makes someone who isn't good at it compentent.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:09 AM   #8
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Re: back up cameras

I have a 2 camera system from Rear View Safety & find the one on the RAV4 is great for hooking up. While I ordered the one for the trailer to help backing up (I travel solo) I found it had limited use for that. It does help to insure you are not going to back into a tree, etc, but the wide angle makes the image difficult to use when backing. I find extension mirrors far more useful as well as "Get out & Look".

On the other hand, the trailer camera is very useful when driving. My 5" monitor is on the dash in the left hand corner of the windshield - since it is in line with the outside mirrors it is easy to see at a glance. Great for seeing those drivers that ride inside your mirrors, and for knowing when you have passed someone.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:40 PM   #9
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Re: back up cameras

Sorry, I guess I may have not got to the point I intended on my previous post. Back up cameras are a good thing and have their advantages. The point I was trying to make was they are not going to make some one not comfortable in backing up a trailer instantly good at it. If you are compentent and comfortable with it then the cameras can be a asset.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:52 PM   #10
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Re: back up cameras

Short, quarter turns on the steering wheel. Grab the steering wheel at the bottom, bring your hand to the right if you want the rear bumper to go right and left if you want the rear end to head left. Once you have it aimed to where you want it pull foreward a foot or two straighten the wheels and follow your trailer in.
if you have kids with trucks and trailers check out how works on the kids' toys.
It's the same.
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