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Bright Stars

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Posted: 08/26/19 02:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 30' 2007 Coachman Concord - the backup camera has gotten almost non usable so faded.
Want to upgrade to a color monitor.

I'm wondering if other people have tried adding a front facing camera for low hanging branches.
I know there have been other places besides my driveway were it would have been really helpful.
I could use power from vent on the front of the roof.

What I have now is a voyager, the monitor slides out and flips up for viewing. Currently it does not want to do that. Hard to get to temp controls behind it too.

I understand wired is better than wireless. I'm thinking the new wiring is different than what is in there now.
I have no clue how I would run a new wire from the back to the front. I can handle wiring for a wireless system.
Sadly we do not use the unit much lately. When my older husband passes, I want to travel. I would rather have a shorter unit say 24-26'.
So until I figure out what I really want to do a lot - my best option is to keep the unit that is paid for. grin
Anyway I would like to keep from spending big bucks on the color monitor if I don't keep the unit.

My sister listens to scraping noises on her sides.
Uh, not on my paint job thank you.

Any shared thoughts would be welcome.

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Posted: 08/26/19 03:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't see why not. Add a camera at the front/rear pointing to the horizon to see obstructions when moving in either direction.
Probably cheaper than a roof or paint repair.
I would try to go 12V DC wireless, with a remote view screen.

Maybe some place like Best Buy could get you started/pointed in the right direction?


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Posted: 08/26/19 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wireless stuff has been around for some time and they have not figured it all out yet. That's up to you if you want to try a system or not.

Im not a fan of anything that's wireless, been burned one two many times. That includes truck camper jacks and air bags [emoticon]
I have had a lot of wireless issues communicating between the two devices in any type of wireless system. I tried a wireless camera and it fluttered too much to the point where my eyes are still 'blinking' and I don't have the system anymore. [emoticon]


here is a thread to read for more info.....
https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28685612.cfm

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The only issue I see concerning a top-mounted camera that faces forward, is the obvious. One bug plastered on the lens will render it useless. How many times of getting on the roof to clean it will it take before you give up?

Just maybe you could find a place up top where bugs won't splat on it, yet it provides the right view.


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Just a thought, have some of the radar sensors you see on the rear of car bumpers up on the front edge. We have them for front and rear of our DD. I'm adding them to the rear of my towed as they are only a few dollars and I have the panels off and wiring exposed at the moment.


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Bright Stars

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Posted: 08/26/19 07:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike - Thanks - Best Buy, I didn't think of them for sure.

Bob - Yes, if cell phones count - wireless not always reliable with me either. Hope your eyes stop fluttering soon.

Ron - Good point about the bugs. Maybe a movable hood could be used so it is only exposed when you need to use it. Beyond my electrical capabilities there. Behind the roof vent would block bugs, but the view not so hot either. grin. Have to think more about that. I know that you have loved your Phoenix and I keep admiring it too - just not the price tag.

Still to avoid new roof or paint job makes you think. Obviously I go out and about at times.

thanks all.

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Posted: 08/26/19 07:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

D.E. - what an interesting idea. Certainly never thought of them. Can't see, but they would alert you if too close. hmmm
Where do you find them ??

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Posted: 08/30/19 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

THAT would probably help HERE

Or HERE

OR even HERE





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Posted: 08/31/19 05:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, - have seen several like that online lately.
I think there are more low railroad bridges back East than elsewhere.

My low motorhome would have been safe there -
Looks like you and your car would have been safe also. grin

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I'm don't see how a front mounted camera could reliably differentiate between a high overpass farther away and a lower one nearer to the vehicle; it has (basically) no way of determining distance, just angular offset from the centerline of the camera. With a binocular camera system and a bunch of computer processing you could get around that.

Rear view backup cameras can estimate distances on the ground by assuming the ground is a flat plane underneath the vehicles wheels, so the distance is directly related to the position seen by the camera. That doesn't work overhead (nor does it work if the ground slope changes beyond the wheels--as an extreme example, if just in front of a vertical wall).





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