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Old 06-21-2019, 10:41 AM   #1
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Smile Rear view cameras for travel trailers

I know that questions about rear cameras have been posted before, but the technology and prices are changing so rapidly, I thought it was worth revisiting.
We are about ready to hit the road, but we would like to attach a camera to our travel trailer, preferably low cost. We already have a backup camera in our tow vehicle which is on our rear view mirror. The questions we have are:
Are we better off hard wiring than dealing with wireless?
Should we hook it up to one of our Aux switches or leave those for other uses?
Should we be looking for a device with a recordable loop?
Where is the best place to mount on our trailer?
Any suggestions as to good low-cost devices.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:26 PM   #2
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I unsuccessfully tried wireless cameras in the past, but I wanted something reliable with a clear picture. I bought a hard-wired system for my 5th wheel. I've been using it over 5 years on this camper. Here is a link to one post I did, http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...html#post74969. This post has photos, http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...html#post75024. The monitor sits on the dashboard and the display is reversed like a mirror. It stays on the entire time I am towing.
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I have posted before on this. Iíve tried several wireless. Iíve had a Furrion Vision for two years and two 5K mile trips and zero issues.
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I know that questions about rear cameras have been posted before, but the technology and prices are changing so rapidly, I thought it was worth revisiting.

We are about ready to hit the road, but we would like to attach a camera to our travel trailer, preferably low cost. We already have a backup camera in our tow vehicle which is on our rear view mirror. The questions we have are:

Are we better off hard wiring than dealing with wireless?

Should we hook it up to one of our Aux switches or leave those for other uses?

Should we be looking for a device with a recordable loop?

Where is the best place to mount on our trailer?

Any suggestions as to good low-cost devices.

Enjoy where you are going and where you are at!

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I have had the Furrion wireless observation camera for 3 years and 15000 miles and it works great. This is on a 42ft 5th wheel
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Don’t date your money on a wireless camera system if you have a Aluminium frame, light weight RV unit.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:17 PM   #6
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Should you have a reception problem with wireless cameras, a booster antenna is available.
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:07 AM   #7
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Rear view cameras for travel trailers

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Donít date your money on a wireless camera system if you have a Aluminium frame, light weight RV unit.


I have a aluminum frame. No issues. 3Actually. Iíve had the Furrion unit for three years.
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:16 PM   #8
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many times a wireless camera will not work well with a metal trailer. Make sure you understand the return policy before purchasing.
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Don't know if there is a difference between a metal trailer and a metal truck or car.
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Don't know if there is a difference between a metal trailer and a metal truck or car.


X2. Spectrum (band) and power are the determining factors here. The Furrion camera works fine on my 35+ foot aluminum frame trailer. The other cheap cameras on amazon all lost signal as soon as I put the receiver in the truck.
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