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BFL13

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Posted: 07/26/21 04:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I don't have a for sure answer on the wifi for a long 5er.

I was able to walk about 100ft back from the back window camera and still see myself on the iPad. I was able to go out front of the MH about 20 ft and still got the picture from near 50ft, but off to the side with more MH in the way, not the front window see right through, I lost the signal. However, I got behind the truck with camper on it with the front of the truck to the back quarter of the MH for about 35 ft or so and got the signal.

It goes with line of sight but also with barriers in the way what you get. I think at 50 ft it might be spotty, hard to know.

Discovered it has a time delay if that matters for a rear view. I could see myself move and stop, and the picture caught up after I stopped. I counted one, two, but before I said two it caught up.

I mounted the camera on a piece of wood and can move the piece of wood between RVs. You don't need two of the OEM holders.

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Following up on this, got tired of swapping the camera back forth so looked for a second camera that would still work with the old iPad Mini which is easy to swap between vehicle rear view mirrors using elastic bands.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/type-........app-view-backup-camera-0350726p.html#srp

First found the FHD on sale, which worked great with DW's big iPad but the old iPad Mini kept crashing the App. I tried it with my Android phone and discovered I can't get new Apps using Google Play. Looked into that, and found a bunch of stuff you are supposed to do that didn't work for me ( I am a spaz with all this stuff). Too much tech stuff! [emoticon]

So took the FHD back and got a different camera that is wireless, but has its own monitor. Success!

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/reloa........s-backup-camera-4-3-in-0354093p.html#srp

The Reload camera I now got is more expensive than that FHD (both on sale for now), but I like where you don't have to fiddle with the iPad to restart the picture every time the camera is turned off. This is actually a big thing if you are in a hurry. The Reload monitor just starts showing the picture as soon as you turn the camera on.

I have the camera outside on the TC now, wired into the "porch light". Light on means camera is on too.

The Reload monitor is way smaller than the iPad Mini up on the rear view mirror with elastic bands, but is plenty big enough for the job. Didn't like the suction cup option.

I see in the specs the Reload claims 49 ft vs about 30 for the Hopkins so if true, that would be good in a truck/trailer. The Hopkins is ok for the 28ft Class C for sure and for the TC.

AFAIK, the Reload monitor will not pair with the Hopkins so I still need my own device for that monitor job.

A note on the delay in picture with wireless processing time. It is no big deal when driving, but it occurs to me that it would be when backing up with a trailer. You need to react when the trailer starts to go off course. It might be awkward if the camera delay is too much. Haven't tried that yet.

* This post was edited 07/26/21 04:27pm by BFL13 *


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