Tue Oct 8, 2019, 11:23 PM

Any thoughts on aftermarket backup cameras?

That's a bit of a misnomer on my part, seeing as I want a rear view mirror sorta thing, full-time monitor on my dash of what is behind me.

Some may have seen my post regarding my recent post of my first motorhome ( ), and in sitting in the driver's seat I became disturbingly aware of a huge blind spot behind me.

The motorhome is now in town, right outside my apartment, and will be there until next Spring, when I intend to send it off to be certified roadworthy, so it is not a rushed need, but definitely b4 I start driving it, probably mid summer 2020.

Appreciate any input . . .


ps: - "backup cameras" are designed to only work when you are in reverse - probably not durable to be "live" full time and burn out quickly when active for extended periods.

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akaConcernedCanuk Oct 8 OP
cologeek Oct 8 #1
akaConcernedCanuk Oct 9 #3
It Guy Oct 9 #2
akaConcernedCanuk Oct 9 #5
Crazy in SoFla Oct 9 #4

Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 11:36 PM

1. Here's a place to start at least.

Maybe look for help in some RV forums. I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't get a tip or two from some of those sites.

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Response to cologeek (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 12:43 AM

3. RV forums - why didn't I think of that?

I joined a Diesel Marine Group just to help my brother out with a few problems he'd had with his new boat.

I didn't clik on the link - on my last beer of a long day ( it's 1:40 am here ) and the microwave just told me dinner is ready

Thanks for the input -

RV forum . . . .

duh . . .


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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 12:22 AM

2. I wouldnt worry about burn out on an always on system.

Most of what’s out there will be CMOS sensor for camera and TFT tech for the display.

The fact that this will be for a motor home gives you lots of latitude for the size of display and placement and placement of camera.

There’s plenty of dashcam w/ rear vision systems to choose from.

You’ll probably want the rear cam mounted on the outside so weather proof is a requirement. Get one with a sun visor and mount it high so while traveling with low sun at your back the visor will keep the image from being washed out.

What you’re left with will be choosing resolution of cam and monitor with requisite sharpness and color rendering with some attention paid to night mode operation and sensitivity with infrared lighting.

Dash cams will give you the options of recording, how much and how long etc.

Look for a model that gives you video out if you need a larger display.

I’d start the process with YouTube reviews geared towards motor homes. This will help you eliminate the heavy lifting of sheer numbers of products available.

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Response to It Guy (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:28 PM

5. Thanks for your reply and input

all good points I will consider, except one.

Camera ain't going outside - too many vandals prowl everywhere, even in this tiny town in northern Ontario.

There is a decent sized window right in the middle of the back, and I can devise a bracket that will allow me to hang it down in front of it, and remove it easily once I am parked if it bothers me.

Besides, I don't necessarily want those behind me to know they can be monitored. Oh yeah, I'll spend the $$ for a cam than can save images and videos - I might have multiple monitors inside so I can watch whatever from different locations in the vehicle - I AM planning cross-country and stateside trips when I get my pardons (stupid shit - nothing violent, no problem) , and I may camp in some spots I don't feel overly secure.

Thanks again - gonna bookmark this thing right now, an post updates, even PM some of those I figure will be interested because many members never scroll thru the different sub forums which will "bump" it to the top. I almost always use the Home button, so won't see the newest posts.


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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:26 PM

4. I had one for my truck...

and I used it as a full time monitor. Never had a problem with it. It was great in low light conditions too..

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