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Old 02-25-2010, 06:53 AM   #1
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We are new to 5th wheel world. We plan on towing our 21 foot boat behind the 5th wheel. We made one trip thru the Colorado mountains last Sept (the week after we purchased the 5th wheel) and everything went fine. Except I like to see the boat from time to time. Any suggestions on what type of camera to use?
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:52 AM   #2
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I treid a couple wireless but from the back of a 5th wheel had too much drop out and noise. I went with a wired unit. To get from trailer to TV I used the #7 on the 7way. On my GM truck this is the back-up lights whichI do not use. Also recommend mounting the camera high on the trailer to get away from the road mist on wet roads.
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:11 PM   #3
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I have 2 extendable reflectors that i can pull out from the side of the ATV hauler so that I can see the second trailer. I used to just watch for the shadow, but after "losing" the second trailer for a half hour and having to turn around to find it i though t I better come up with a better system.

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If you are looking for a continuous rear view, then a hardwired system is the way to go. It is more expensive but unlike a wireless system, it works all the time, every time. Here is the installation of my system.

http://s65.photobucket.com/albums/h2...view%20Camera/
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:26 AM   #5
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Looks good, did you do the installation or have someone else do it. Also what brand of camera did you use? Did everything need come with the camera. Last and I sure not least where did you get the camera?



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Looks good, did you do the installation or have someone else do it. Also what brand of camera did you use? Did everything need come with the camera. Last and I sure not least where did you get the camera?


Yes, I did the installation all myself. The camera and monitor plus cabling and hardware, I bought in Canada as a kit. I had the dealerinstall the cableconnectors forthe connections in thebed of the truck.Forme, here inCanada, it was not cheap, but it works great. You should be able to get a completekit from any US dealer. What you'll needis the camera (suggestwhite instead of black)with about 110 degree view,7"LCD monitor (c/wwiring harness), and a 66 ft extension cable. I hadthedealer cutthe extension cablein two at about20 feet from one end andmount the bed connectors. That is the basickit. To make it a similar installation like mine, you'll have to make several road trips to Home Depot for material.

Once you have it installed, you'll not only be able to keep and eye on your boat trailer, but see some of the shenaigans that go on behind you when you're pulling a trailer.Edited by: Hamops
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Did you say the trailer disconnected while on the road and you lost it? If so maybe a hitch with a safety chain would also be in order.
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:37 AM   #8
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I think that Canucklehead is the one that said something about losing the trailer. Even when I'm hauling the boat behind the truck with or without the 5th wheel. I also use safety chains. When we had the Truck camper at least I could still see the back of the boat. But with the 5th wheel, unless we are going around a curve, all I can see is the boat shadow. Lisa made the comment last Sept on the way to Navajo that if there was a cop behind us we would never know it.
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Ha Ha Ha. Long story short, there was an issue with the trailer hitch in that it came off the ball while still having the hitch pin locked in place. And yes the hitch was fully on the ball and the ball was the correct size for the hitch. It remains a mystery why it separated.
The issue with the safety chains was an unfortunate oversight caused by a string of bad luck leading up to the incident. I can assure you that this will not happen again.
The good thing was that the disconnect happened within 5 minutes of setting off and was at a low rate of speed. The trailer simply stopped in the middle of the road and simply waited for us to return.


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Old 02-28-2010, 01:21 PM   #10
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This is another mod I would like to do. I have no plans of ever towing another trailer behind ours, but I do have a bike rack back there that I would like to keep an eye on.
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