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jerryjay11

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An observation camera is like using a rear view mirror. I don't know of anyone that doesn't want to know what is directly behind them when traveling down the road. Knowing if someone is tailgating in your blind spot behind the TT can aid in preventing an accident. Can't tell you how many times, though my directional is on, that someone tailgating in the blind spot, decides to go around me just as I change lanes.

One time driving a Class B with my boat behind a driver attempted to change to the right lane to pass me as I was changing the the right lane after passing a slower moving vehicle. Of course my right signal was on, but it didn't seem to matter to this driver as he continued to pass, squeezing between me and the guard rail. So as I see it, an observation camera is very useful.

Now for backing up into a campsite. Let's just say my wife doesn't have to get out of the truck to spot me. Backing up with a camera is a marriage saver, and makes the camp trip less stressful for me...and the wife. You may need to practice a few times with a spotter to learn and gain confidence using it, but it is well worth the cost.

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Posted: 07/26/19 06:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I installed a camera this spring, the first time I have used a camera on a TT in 6 years of towing. I've found the camera useful but not necessary. My monitor is mounted low and out of my direct sight so it doesn't distract me. Backing up with the camera is a bit weird because I cannot see the trailer to use as a reference. I do like being able to see behind me on the interstate to make sure I'm not pulling out in front of someone coming up behind me fast.


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Posted: 07/26/19 06:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jerryjay11 wrote:

An observation camera is like using a rear view mirror. I don't know of anyone that doesn't want to know what is directly behind them when traveling down the road. Knowing if someone is tailgating in your blind spot behind the TT can aid in preventing an accident. Can't tell you how many times, though my directional is on, that someone tailgating in the blind spot, decides to go around me just as I change lanes.

Now for backing up into a campsite. Let's just say my wife doesn't have to get out of the truck to spot me. Backing up with a camera is a marriage saver, and makes the camp trip less stressful for me...and the wife. You may need to practice a few times with a spotter to learn and gain confidence using it, but it is well worth the cost.


I agree with this. Sure you can live w/o it but it really makes life easier for both of these cases. Are your AC, radio, cruise control, automatic transmission, etc. really necessary?

We had a Garmin BC20 backup camera on our last TT and it was really useful because you could adjust the length, width and tilt of the guide lines. So it ended up representing our TT width exactly and reflecting exactly where you would go when you backed up. If you used a properly adjusted one, you’d be hooked.


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our current TT came prewired with bracket so i installed one in about 15 minutes. had it not come with the pre stuff i doubt i would have done it myself. our TT is 37ft so it does help when backing in tight spots. also helps me not back over my wife when she is spotting me

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Posted: 07/26/19 07:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have one. It is nice, but not essential. I only use it on the rare occasions that DW is not with me.


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1ed wrote:

Just picked up new Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S and was thinking about adding a camera to the rear. Trailer is prewired so install would be easy. Just curious if this is a nice to have item or more of an essential item. Ed



Bought one before our first big trip. Would not be without it now. Works great to make sure you are far enough past a vehicle in the next lane before moving over. Not so much for backing.

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I just got my first one earlier this year and really like it. It os only used when backing into my spot. I see no use for it while driving, as I am fine without it.

I will occasionally turn it on if I have something on my rear receiver hitch to make sure it’s still there..


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I do have a camera that I self-installed and it is a very valuable and useful safety item. It's on any time I am towing. I know some of the folks here say "check your mirrors", which I do constantly. But here is a fact for you: some of the idiots on the road behind you do 2 things (1) drive like they're hitched to your rear bumper so you can't always see them in your mirrors (2) they drive up on you so fast they're in your blind spot between the time you check your mirrors and begin changing lanes. I'd rather be safe. It's also a lot of help when backing into a campsite. BTW, I spent around $75 on my camera system. YouTube video where I got the idea (but my install is a lot cleaner): Inexpensive travel trailer camera

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I put one on our 25' TT. After doing so, I consider it a necessity!

If a vehicle is approaching from directly behind, I couldn't see it. I put on my turn signal to change lanes, wait a moment, and as I moved over, a vehicle suddenly popped out from behind us into the lane I was merging into. Happened more than once.

With the backup camera, it's NO MORE DISTRACTING than having a rear view mirror! Do people stare at their mirror while driving, I hope not!

Here's how I rigged a tow vehicle and the trailer: http://www.2manytoyz.com/backupcam.html

This was the view from the aftermarket clamp-on mirror/monitor. The trailer is attached, and what you're looking at is the view behind the trailer.

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When I bought the F-150, it had a much smaller monitor built into the existing rear view mirror. It was connected to a camera in the tailgate. I spliced into those wires to connect the trailer camera when towing. Here's a view of the mirror and trailer camera:

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With the side mirrors on the tow vehicle, and the wide view camera behind the trailer, there are no blind spots.

My niece is getting our travel trailer next week. I'll modify their truck's existing backup camera system to connect the trailer camera, as I've done for my truck.


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No trailer cam and hardly use the BU cam in the truck.


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