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Old 06-11-2020, 09:24 PM   #1
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Using backup camera- confusing or not?

For those who were experienced at backing a trailer and got a backup camera (for the first time), did you get confused? If I use one will I have to relearn how to back?
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Old 06-11-2020, 09:39 PM   #2
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I just use it for when I’m backing the trailer into the barn to see how close I am to the back wall, otherwise its the same as backing up any other trailer .


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Old 06-11-2020, 10:29 PM   #3
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when we had our (beloved) 21' Escape we had the ETI installed back up camera, and overall it was worth having, for sure.

first: if you turn up the volume (on the wireless reciever screen) you can hear a person who is at the back of the trailer, guiding you.

second, when driving on highways, and changing lanes, in busy traffic... it can be VERY helpful for the co-pilot (passenger in front seat) to say "clear" when there is lots of space to make a lane change and merge into the next lane over....

thirdly backing up was never fun, but the camera was always a helpful option.

so no, it wasn't confusing.

backing up really is all about using your side mirrors, and - for me - put the hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, and move the hand in the direction you want to go.

just my 2c.
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Old 06-12-2020, 05:35 AM   #4
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hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, and move the hand in the direction you want to go.
^^^ this ^^^
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Old 06-12-2020, 07:51 AM   #5
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I use it just like “Losangeles” said...

I would order it again.

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Old 06-12-2020, 09:44 AM   #6
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For those who were experienced at backing a trailer and got a backup camera (for the first time), did you get confused? If I use one will I have to relearn how to back?
Not at all, Love having it. There is a short learning curve as to the depth perception the camera has, but beyond that, it is a great aid to have in conjunction with the mirrors. We have ours on all the time when traveling and use it as a rear view mirror to see how close traffic, etc is. Definitely helps with the blind spots.

FYI, I did not get the B/U camera that ETI offered as I have Furrion cameras in the past and I was not happy with their performance/cost. I have been using the following HD1080 camera system I purchased on Amazon and have had great luck with it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I rarely use it backing into a campsite - I always get out & look. I do find it useful if I have to back up in a parking lot, gas station, etc. I travel solo, so I don't have someone that can check behind me. Also somewhat useful when driving...
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Old 06-12-2020, 02:22 PM   #8
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I rarely use it backing into a campsite - I always get out & look. I do find it useful if I have to back up in a parking lot, gas station, etc. I travel solo, so I don't have someone that can check behind me. Also somewhat useful when driving...
^^^ I mostly agree with Jon, as I generally travel solo, but I used the camera only two or three times between Chilliwack and Houston while getting used to the rig and haven't used it since. Each to his/her own, but the camera tends to be more a hassle than of help to me, possibly because I make a point of pulling up to gas tanks and other such place so that backing is not required. I've had no trouble backing into driveways or campground sites and find that, properly positioned, my van's side mirrors and the extra pair of extended mirrors leave no blind spots while traveling. Perhaps I'll need the camera somewhere down the road?
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Old 06-12-2020, 03:52 PM   #9
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It would probably help going into the garage so that may be a good reason to get it. I have a pretty narrow clearance.
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:06 PM   #10
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It would probably help going into the garage so that may be a good reason to get it. I have a pretty narrow clearance.
In that case, I'm sure I'd use it, as well. And after a while, you'll be able to fine-tune your stopping point.
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:21 PM   #11
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My husband doesn't use it but I love it! I use it when merging into another lane. It gives me a sense of safety--much better than our mirrors. I can't use it backing up and we depend on each other for that. That said, we installed it after we purchased the trailer, so we don't have the sound system. I would really love that!
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:47 PM   #12
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My husband doesn't use it but I love it! I use it when merging into another lane. It gives me a sense of safety--much better than our mirrors. I can't use it backing up and we depend on each other for that. That said, we installed it after we purchased the trailer, so we don't have the sound system. I would really love that!
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Why can't you use it backing up?
It's just me. I get really need to really concentrate when backing up. That and our Tadi camera doesn't do a 180 and with our 45 degree angle in our main driveway with a tight gate, I need extra help!

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