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Old 03-20-2017, 04:13 PM   #1
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I could not find any information about peoples experience with backup/observation cameras on the back of travel trailers. I initially decided not to have one on the back of my trailer but after talking with a number of people I think being able to see behind you definitely has a lot of merit.

I have been looking at cameras and it seems that the most commonly mentioned cameras are Taddybrothers, Voyager and Furrion. There seems to be people that favor one over the other but no clear winner.

Would like to hear from people that have these wireless cameras for any recommendations. It looks like an easy installation on the back of the trailer with hook ups to the running lights but before I start punching holes in the back of the trailer please tell me whether this is a job that is better done by professionals.

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I discussed this in the link below:

http://www.funfinderclub.com/forums/...ving-2753.html
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This is what I have--it's not hard wired; it's magnetic and removable (I put a piece of soft cloth between the magnet and my truck when in use):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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This is what I have--it's not hard wired; it's magnetic and removable (I put a piece of soft cloth between the magnet and my truck when in use):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Can you put it on the back of the trailer to see while you're having the trailer up?

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Hi, certainly you'll need something metal to attach the camera to if attaching to your trailer. As far as hooking up my trailer to my truck, I simply stuck it on my truck just above the hitch for a bird's eye view of the hitch ball. (My newer truck has a built in camera, so I don't actually use the portable camera anymore for hooking up.)
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Hmmm, I thought I posted a reply, but it disappeared. As long as you have some metal to attach it to, you can attach it to the trailer. As far as hooking up my trailer to my truck, I simply attach the camera to the truck, just above the hitch ball to get a bird's eye view. (My new truck has a built in backup camera, so I don't actually use the camera anymore for hooking up.)
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Hi, certainly you'll need something metal to attach the camera to if attaching to your trailer. As far as hooking up my trailer to my truck, I simply stuck it on my truck just above the hitch for a bird's eye view of the hitch ball. (My newer truck has a built in camera, so I don't actually use the portable camera anymore for hooking up.)
I need to really watch that voice to text thing, it never gets it right and I always miss at least one important word lol. I meant does it have the range to work from the back of the camper to the cab of the truck so that we could use it as we backup the camper?

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Oh, mine didn't have any voice capabilities, sorry.
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Oh, mine didn't have any voice capabilities, sorry.
Lol i am talking about using voice to text with my tablet posting here. I'm not talking about the back up camera.

Let's see if I can clear up the confusion. I was asking if the camera had sufficient range to work from the back end of the camper to the cab of the truck.

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Beachnuts,

I just bought a rear view camera. I looked around at different brands and ended up buying a Rear View Safety Systems (RVS) set up. It is a wired system that includes infrared lighting, a microphone and a quick connect between the truck and the trailer. I bought this brand for a couple of reasons. 1) they are solidly built with heavy duty wires and 2) I was able to get a good deal through Costco.

I went for the wired system because I have tried and not been satisfied with using a blue tooth connection between two phones while backing the trailer. The phone connection was not consistent enough. We would lose connection while backing up the trailer, not a good time to reestablish the connection while you are backing the truck and trailer and are blocking a road. The cameras sold may have better connections than our phones, but it is not evident from comments I saw on the seller sites.

My challenge now is to install the system. I am debating in my head whether I should install the camera on the back of the trailer low or high. I can easily install it on the rear bumper of the trailer with an easy wire lay. or figure how to unobtrusively get the wires to the top of the trailer and install it above the running lights.
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