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Old 02-06-2017, 12:41 PM   #1
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Question Rearview camera for short travel trailer?

So Ö a new paycheck means a new purchase to outfit the new camper. Iíve decided that my next purchase will be a rear camera for my trailer (a 21í Coleman 16FB). As Iíll be solo-ing most of the time I donít have the luxury of a second set of eyes as I maneuver around parking spots and such. But I have to admit at this point that Iím totally unsure of which product to put my money on. I do understand you tend to get what you pay for in terms of technology. But Iím not in a place where Iím willing to spend $500 (or more) on a camera system. I would like wireless so I can complete the install myself. I would like something thatís ďalways onĒ so I can see lanes behind me as I drive as well as my parking spot as I back up. I would like something pretty wide angle as Iíll start with a single camera (it doesnít look like the three camera systems come in a wireless option.)

TadiBrothers seems to come up often as highly recommended. For an extra $50 I can upgrade from 120degree viewing to 170 degree viewing. $225 for 120 degree, $275 for 170 degree.
Wireless RV Backup Camera kit-7 Inch Monitor|Tadibrothers

But then eRapta comes along with some pretty good reviews and is significantly cheaper (but not ďBig LotsĒ cheap). $150
https://www.amazon.com/eRapta-ERW01-...ireless+camera

But then you have these models that look significantly similar and still have decent reviews and are ďBig LotsĒ cheap. $75.
https://www.amazon.com/ATian-Built-W...ireless+camera

Amazon has a pretty good return policy, and my first solo trip isnít for a couple of months. Is it worth risking it to save quite a few dollars? Or would it fail shortly after the return policy and Iíd be throwing my money away?

These decisions are always easier when theyíre the same price and have clear good/bad reviews Ö or when the cheap ones have bad reviews and the expensive ones have good reviews. But the only clear difference on these guys is the price!

Help?
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I have this camera for my 19 foot TT. I use it mainly for hitching up as do not have rear camera on the truck. Also could be used for trailer backing if you have a rear trailer bumper to put it on. Camera is magnetic.

https://www.amazon.com/Rear-View-Saf...ords=RVS-83112
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Pam,

Do you use iStuff or are you an Android Gal?

They make a camera called iBall that works pretty well from what I understand. Also I know a couple of people that use the TadiBrothers system and they say that the customer service is second to none. FWIW these are guys that use it on their heavy construction equipment and depend on it to work all the time every time.

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So Ö a new paycheck means a new purchase to outfit the new camper. Iíve decided that my next purchase will be a rear camera for my trailer (a 21í Coleman 16FB). As Iíll be solo-ing most of the time I donít have the luxury of a second set of eyes as I maneuver around parking spots and such. But I have to admit at this point that Iím totally unsure of which product to put my money on. I do understand you tend to get what you pay for in terms of technology. But Iím not in a place where Iím willing to spend $500 (or more) on a camera system. I would like wireless so I can complete the install myself. I would like something thatís ďalways onĒ so I can see lanes behind me as I drive as well as my parking spot as I back up. I would like something pretty wide angle as Iíll start with a single camera (it doesnít look like the three camera systems come in a wireless option.)

TadiBrothers seems to come up often as highly recommended. For an extra $50 I can upgrade from 120degree viewing to 170 degree viewing. $225 for 120 degree, $275 for 170 degree.
Wireless RV Backup Camera kit-7 Inch Monitor|Tadibrothers

But then eRapta comes along with some pretty good reviews and is significantly cheaper (but not ďBig LotsĒ cheap). $150
https://www.amazon.com/eRapta-ERW01-...ireless+camera

But then you have these models that look significantly similar and still have decent reviews and are ďBig LotsĒ cheap. $75.
https://www.amazon.com/ATian-Built-W...ireless+camera

Amazon has a pretty good return policy, and my first solo trip isnít for a couple of months. Is it worth risking it to save quite a few dollars? Or would it fail shortly after the return policy and Iíd be throwing my money away?

These decisions are always easier when theyíre the same price and have clear good/bad reviews Ö or when the cheap ones have bad reviews and the expensive ones have good reviews. But the only clear difference on these guys is the price!

Help?
This is something I would be interested in as well. My purpose would for traffic monitoring. Looking forward to the feed back you get.
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Pam,

Do you use iStuff or are you an Android Gal?

They make a camera called iBall that works pretty well from what I understand. Also I know a couple of people that use the TadiBrothers system and they say that the customer service is second to none. FWIW these are guys that use it on their heavy construction equipment and depend on it to work all the time every time.

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Bite your tongue :P ... I'm an Android gal all the way!

But Apple does have some cool toys!
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Bite your tongue :P ... I'm an Android gal all the way!

But Apple does have some cool toys!


We are a house divided I am the Android guy and my bride is firmly planted in the fruit orchard. Unfortunately I have to be the tech support for both. It's enough to make you drink... MORE!

In case anyone is wondering this is the iBall Camera, I don't have one, but have seen a couple in action and they are pretty slick. I don't know if any such thing exists for Android users.

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In case anyone is wondering this is the iBall Camera, I don't have one, but have seen a couple in action and they are pretty slick. I don't know if any such thing exists for Android users.

Aaron
The iBall actually has nothing to do with Apple, as far as I can tell. Looks pretty slick, but they specifically advise against using it as a monitoring camera while driving as they don't warrant the magnet to hold on through standard driving forces.
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A camera used for hitching purposes is great. A camera used to monitor traffic behind your RV is dangerous. Don't worry about what's behind you, worry about what's in front of you.
Some will say they want the camera so they will know if it's clear when they pass another vehicle. For the most part, any vehicle you'll pass while pulling your RV is either going really slow or stopped on the side of the road. Practice will teach you to trust your mirrors when changing lanes.
As far as backing into a parking space, again, trust your mirrors and if in doubt get out and a do a thorough site survey of the spot. A camera will not see what your eyes will see.
I have a camera in the truck that is beneficial for connecting the utility trailer, still, I get out and look just to satisfy my brain. I have a back up camera on the 3800 but it doesn't get used. I trust my eyes and brain to tell me what I need to know.

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A camera used for hitching purposes is great. A camera used to monitor traffic behind your RV is dangerous. Don't worry about what's behind you, worry about what's in front of you.
Some will say they want the camera so they will know if it's clear when they pass another vehicle. For the most part, any vehicle you'll pass while pulling your RV is either going really slow or stopped on the side of the road. Practice will teach you to trust your mirrors when changing lanes.
As far as backing into a parking space, again, trust your mirrors and if in doubt get out and a do a thorough site survey of the spot. A camera will not see what your eyes will see.
I have a camera in the truck that is beneficial for connecting the utility trailer, still, I get out and look just to satisfy my brain. I have a back up camera on the 3800 but it doesn't get used. I trust my eyes and brain to tell me what I need to know.

I get everything you're saying. Even with my rear cameras on my minivan I use it to see IF something is in the way, but I use my eyeballs to see WHERE it is.

My spot in my storage facility is pretty narrow and I'm nervous that Iím going to hit my neighbor on the 'far' side. Practice will make perfect and eventually I may not need the camera to park there ... but I need to get to that point without causing any property damage.

I donít think Iíll be passing very many people (Iíll more likely be the one in the way) Ö but there will still be plenty of times where I need to make sure a lane is clear before I move into it. Iíve only had it out twice since purchase to practice, and itís happened both times. The main road in our area is a four lane highway (freeway? Ö the one with access and occasional stop lights). One time I had to turn left onto it and the road was fairly clear aside from one pick up truck coming my way in the Ďfarí lane. I turned left into the near lane and the truck never passed me Ö but I could no longer see where he was Ö and I had to turn right. I turned on my turn signal and moved into the lane slowly. He wasnít there. Evidently he had turned off the road. But it was still scary. Visual confirmation of a clear lane would go a long way for my sanity.

I intend to use it as a tool, not a crutch.
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Do not ever worry about being the slow one in the way. I live in calif. and tow mine between 55-60 (keeps up with the trucks) depending on where we are. We are are "camping" so the trip is part of the experience. When I do pass I try to use the suns shadow (if the sun it right) to let me know when we are by someone. Trucks used to flash their lights but do not do that anymore. If you pass me I will flash lights when you are clear. Some RV's will do this.

Also make sure you have good mirrors on both sides of your truck so you can see the entire lane and beside your rig. And as you drive along look back and try and gauge where cars etc are as they pass you. You will get a feel for this to more you drive. Be remember have fun as that is what this whole thing is about.
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