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Old 07-17-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question Back up Camera -Worth it?

Hola Everyone!!!

I was contemplating getting this back up camera for the bus.... Now I know some people out there have started back up camera discussions but What I want to start is a thread detailing the pros and cons of the camera for the price.

I know those really expensive ones produce nice quality video but is it necessary?

And then one at this price? Is this just going to be a waste of time and money in the long run?

What I want to know is how often do you say "gee im glad i have this doo hicky."

Anyone have pics of their back up camera while is on? Another fear of mine is camera lens wont have a wide enough angle to pick up surroundings on the side of the bus...

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Thank you for your input!!!

(I probably wouldn't hook camera up to turn on when bus is thrown into reverse rather i would just install it with an on off switch through the existing panel)
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:56 AM   #2
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here is a couple of pics of mine. its a garmin, with wireless cam. the cam is wired to the running lights for power, so they need to be on to work as a rearveiw mirror.

at the bottom of the screen is my trailer hitch, straight behind the vehicle is within the lines on the screen. i was turning around so my trailer is off at an angle.



a 7" screen is small in a bus

and here is the camera:



night time has not been a problem, the camera is still very usable in low light.
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Old 07-17-2015, 02:07 PM   #3
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interesting interesting. I'm wondering if i could use a larger screen without stretching the image too much. I have some old flat screen comp. monitors that i could mount up front. hmmm....

also just thought of this...i might set it up so the screen also displays a gps map of some sort
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Biggest value to me is ensuring stuff attached to the hitch is good to go, loose items, blown tires etc

I always prefer a ground guide while backing up, old Tanker thing
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:14 PM   #5
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I was thinking about this last night. I'm considering getting a home security system and putting several cameras on the bus. The price on those isn't too bad.
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A home system might work but I would almost guarantee it was not designed to handle the vibration and 70mph rain that RV units are made to handle. You can get a top of the line 3 camera RV system for around $400 bucks with full night vision and range indication.

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Don't want this to sound snotty but this is a silly question. Forget about Tango's fancy pants system. You can get a basic backup camera for well under a hundred bucks. If it saves you from backing into another car, it's worth it. That could easily cost you 20+ times the cost of the camera.
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I plan on using one cam as both "back up" and "rear view mirror". Also considering one as the passenger side mirror replacement.

And one other application I saw years ago by an old timer made some sense...one camera mounted on the roof looking forward. He said he'd saved his roof a/c's, vents and tv antennae from low hanging limbs and such numerous times from what "looked like" adequate clearance...but wasn't.
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I'll have to side with "snotty" Crazycal on this one! My $50 back up camera though very small, shows what is behind me with an acceptably wide view both in daylight and dark and in color. It is absolutely indespensible--regardless of price it is a must have. Jack

The little dot above the rear door is the camera.

I like being able to check on the Toad via the rear camera. Depth perception with a wide angle lens leaves something to be desired. I parked a car at a known distance behind the bus and marked it's position the screen with a magic marker as a reference.
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Sheesh, sometimes you can't win. I was just saying they are soooo cheap, if it saves one little tap, you are money ahead.
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