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Old 09-12-2020, 12:38 PM   #1
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Wireless Rear View Backup Camera Issues/Questions

Have not had good luck at all with a wireless backup camera (although I love having the camera). I've tried 3 different ones and all do the same thing; the video gets choppy, freezes, and cuts out all together (even though I have up to a 4-bar signal). Trailer is only an 18' Zinger, Tow vehicle is a Tahoe with the camera mounted on the dash. Eventually found out the signal would cut out when near large tower antennas (possibly cell or microwave towers). Also, I've lost 2 antennas from the wind breaking them off (the antenna is on a bracket above the roofline at the back edge). So I think my next try is a wired camera. Anyone have a suggestion for a wired system less than $150? Or closer to $100 if possible. Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:00 PM   #2
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Have not had good luck at all with a wireless backup camera (although I love having the camera). I've tried 3 different ones and all do the same thing; the video gets choppy, freezes, and cuts out all together (even though I have up to a 4-bar signal). Trailer is only an 18' Zinger, Tow vehicle is a Tahoe with the camera mounted on the dash. Eventually found out the signal would cut out when near large tower antennas (possibly cell or microwave towers). Also, I've lost 2 antennas from the wind breaking them off (the antenna is on a bracket above the roofline at the back edge). So I think my next try is a wired camera. Anyone have a suggestion for a wired system less than $150? Or closer to $100 if possible. Thanks!
I have a furrion wireless observation camera on my 42ft fithwheel and it works great it is pricey but you get what you pay for
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Old 09-12-2020, 10:20 PM   #3
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I have a Rear View Safety Systems camera installed on mine. It is fantastic, but not inexpensive. It runs $360 on Amazon. Here is a link to a post about my installation: https://www.crossroadsowners.com/for...tml#post138220
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I ended up with this unit, after struggling with other wireless, and even a wired setup that seemed to work only when it felt like it.... So far it works great, nice, clear picture. and only $180 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:55 AM   #5
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I tried several wireless and finally gave up and went with a wired unit.

I had a wireless one day in heavy traffic in Salt Lake City and every time a semi would pass the wireless signal was lost when I needed to see what was going on the most. That burned me on wireless.
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For me, losing a signal for a second, or even for a 1/4 second, is too dangerous to depend upon a wireless signal. That's why I went to a wired unit. Mine is on 100% of the time and the high definition picture never goes off. I also don't have to have my trailer lights on because it is powered through the cable from the truck.
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For me, losing a signal for a second, or even for a 1/4 second, is too dangerous to depend upon a wireless signal. That's why I went to a wired unit. Mine is on 100% of the time and the high definition picture never goes off. I also don't have to have my trailer lights on because it is powered through the cable from the truck.
I get what you're saying, but at the same time, is it necessary to have the rear view on 100% of the time? Most will use it for backing into a spot, where speeds "should be " slow enough that if it cuts out for a second, it wouldn't be a major thing. (Although I find it unacceptable for something you spend so much $ on to ever cut out)
Admittedly, I have turned mine on while in Heavy traffic to watch for the occasional speedster looking to pass in a rush while changing lanes, because turn signals don't always ward them off, But for the majority of my travel, the cam is off. Just another distraction I don't need.
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I get what you're saying, but at the same time, is it necessary to have the rear view on 100% of the time? Most will use it for backing into a spot, where speeds "should be " slow enough that if it cuts out for a second, it wouldn't be a major thing. (Although I find it unacceptable for something you spend so much $ on to ever cut out)
Admittedly, I have turned mine on while in Heavy traffic to watch for the occasional speedster looking to pass in a rush while changing lanes, because turn signals don't always ward them off, But for the majority of my travel, the cam is off. Just another distraction I don't need.
I leave mine on all the time the only time I pay attention to it is when changing lanes
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I leave mine on all the time the only time I pay attention to it is when changing lanes
I mostly use it while driving, I like knowing what's going on behind me on the highway. As a backup camera I seldom use it. I may only back up a couple times per trip (I make a point of not being in a situation where backing up is my only option). I did buy a wired camera. We'll see how it looks after installation.
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I use mine the same as I do my rear view mirror when I am not towing. I look to see when someone is approaching from behind. I use it to make sure it is clear before changing lanes. I'm checking mine all the time.
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I have a furrion wireless observation camera on my 30’ Sunlite Trail RKSS251 and have never had a problem
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The cameras do not work as advertised however I fixed a similar issue. I had a spare cheap wifi router that could be programmed to act as a wifi range expander. It is mounted in my truck behind the rear seat center headrest. Only the two little antennas peek up above the headrest. It boosts the signal from the rear of my 25' trailer making it solid inside the truck. If your camera antenna is a short vertical one, it radiates in a donut shaped pattern, think of the antenna sticking up through a hole in the donut. I leaned my camera antenna forward to make sure the radiation pattern hit the truck better. (a tilted donut). The wifi boost from the rear window of my truck also insures that other wifi signals don't interfere.
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I ultimately ended up with a wired system, Fookoo Ⅱ HD Backup Camera System Kit,7''1080P Reversing Monitor+IP69 Waterproof Rear View Camera, which I am extremely pleased with. Picture quality at a distance is great and even better up close. A wired system installation is what you would expect, half a day, but to me it was worth it.
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