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Old 04-18-2021, 02:48 PM   #1
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Rearview camera project

I had researched rearview cameras so that I could see vehicles behind our trailer as we travel on the road. The cost for these systems seemed very unreasonable and I really did not want a dedicated display on my dash taking up room.

My solution was to build a simple Raspberry Pi 0 W micro computer with a camera. Total cost about $40-$45. There are lots of folks developing software for download for the Pi. I used https://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface for the camera interface and configured the Raspberry Pi as an WIFI access point. Now the tow vehicle passenger can look at a phone and see what is behind the trailer. I added some suction cups to the case to stick the Raspberry Pi on the read window and it is powered from a common USB battery block like an Anker battery block (https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCo...8775014&sr=8-4) that I had on-hand.
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Old 04-18-2021, 03:16 PM   #2
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Some more photos might be in order as well. I’ve used a cheap Costco backup camera that sticks magnetically to the number but the range is right on the verge. I also am considering a ubiquity camera and a low power access point from my in trailer WiFi I use to connect to campground access points with a bridge
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:02 PM   #3
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Some more photos might be in order as well. Iíve used a cheap Costco backup camera that sticks magnetically to the number but the range is right on the verge. I also am considering a ubiquity camera and a low power access point from my in trailer WiFi I use to connect to campground access points with a bridge
Attached is a photo through the (dirty) back window of our Escape 19: The color is a bit off (yellowish?), but for a $10 camera module, not bad and quite functional. I can adjust the hue, but I have not bothered. The Pi was build head-less; i.e., no monitor or keyboard required; just a push-button to turn on and off. If you want details on my built, PM me.

Pic of inside Pi case.
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:01 AM   #4
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Always-On Wireless Rear View Camera

I will probably go with this "mirror" add-on from Holoview:
https://www.haloview.com/haloview-wi...hcam-mc10.html

The wireless rearview observation mirror dashcam system has a front-facing camera and a waterproof exterior rear-facing camera that looks perfect for any vehicle where rear visibility is obscured!
The display "straps" over the existing rear-view mirror; the rear camera goes where you need it and the rearview mirror monitor gets power from a cigarette lighter power outlet.
It records video (or takes still-shots) and has good night vision (infrared, baby!) from the rear-facing camera.
. . . and no gigantic extra monitor to clutter up the dash of a brand-new truck!


What say ye , fellas?
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:05 AM   #5
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I will probably go with this "mirror" add-on from Holoview:
https://www.haloview.com/haloview-wi...hcam-mc10.html

The wireless rearview observation mirror dashcam system has a front-facing camera and a waterproof exterior rear-facing camera that looks perfect for any vehicle where rear visibility is obscured!
The display "straps" over the existing rear-view mirror; the rear camera goes where you need it and the rearview mirror monitor gets power from a cigarette lighter power outlet.
It records video (or takes still-shots) and has good night vision (infrared, baby!) from the rear-facing camera.
. . . and no gigantic extra monitor to clutter up the dash of a brand-new truck!


What say ye , fellas?
I had 2 different versions of the combined mirror/monitor from the Tady Brothers, and both provided very poor contrast (as a monitor). No idea how well this version works...
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:04 PM   #6
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I got one of those that are supposed to mount to your rear view mirror. TOO big and clunky!!
So it now sits in a wood cradle on the corner of my dash, and works well. I have hard-wired a rear camera that is mounted inside the rear window of our Escape. If you're in to DIY, here's what I did:
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...all-17641.html
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