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Old 03-19-2016, 04:12 PM   #21
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i wired the camera to the running lights, so its my rearview mirror as long as those lights are on, not just when in reverse.

a 7" screen is minimum..... bigger is better in a bus.
Thank you! We're planning on doing the same thing - I have a wee little 4x8 trailer we'll be pulling and I'll need to be able to see it! Although the one we're looking at (very limited budget now - we may be foraging for food on the move.....) is only a 4.3" screen.

We also have a blind spot to the right (the guy we bought it from put in an RV door - that isn't transparent!!) so we're looking at attaching a secondary camera so we can see that way for left turns, etc.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:10 PM   #22
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Back-up camera? PUHLEASE! Thats why I have 6 outside mirrors and one inside mirror. Besides, if I can back a 53' trailer from the inside of a 26.5' tractor without a back-up camera, a 40' bus is a lead pipe cinch.
The only reason we're getting one is because I have a wee little 4x8 foot trailer we'll be pulling and I need to be able to make sure it's still back there!! And the second one will be installed as a way to see the road to the right when making left-hand turns - the people we bought her from put in a regular RV door - makes a grand blind spot!

The set we're looking at is these 3 pieces - I'd love thoughts and opinions!

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Old 03-20-2016, 02:02 PM   #23
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Maybe I'm off base, but if you're backing up looking at the screen everything should be fine. When you're negotiating turns or changing lanes during forward movement at speed you would have to be driving and looking at that screen at the same time. Just my opinion but that doesn't sound safe. I'd put some windows in that door.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:04 PM   #24
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Maybe I'm off base, but if you're backing up looking at the screen everything should be fine. When you're negotiating turns or changing lanes during forward movement at speed you would have to be driving and looking at that screen at the same time. Just my opinion but that doesn't sound safe. I'd put some windows in that door.
It's only for making left hand turns from a full stop. Lane changes, etc. can be made with the rearview mirror.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:29 PM   #25
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I'll admit, sometimes it would be good to have another view while turning.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:40 PM   #26
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I use one of the wireless $40 ones from ebay. 4.3" screen isn't bad, I use it on my motorhome to keep an eye on my bbq trailer. Can't see it behind me expect on real tight corners, I can tell by the camera if I have a flat tire. I have it mounted on a switch so I can use it anytime. Bus is definitely getting one soon.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:52 PM   #27
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I have a similar 4" and while an 8" screen would be nice,I sure wouldn't want to be without a rear view camera of some sort. Jack
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:38 PM   #28
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Looking at a monitor is no different than looking into a mirror.
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Agreed, I was referring to forward movement with side cameras. While I agree having multiple cams would eliminate me running to the back of the bus to make sure I have clearance, I see cams as a distraction during forward movement. Most of us are quite accustomed to driving with mirrors which should be adequate for forward movement.
On the other hand if it helps you in even the littlest way, I'd go for it. You should be as comfortable and confident as possible while traveling. My neck doesn't turn much anymore so I say whatever helps any of us to keep going is a good thing and this is the place to discuss it.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:26 PM   #30
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Our 2 camera system was a cheap ebay setup for like $50. The idea was to put them both on the top of the back of the bus, one pointing down at the bumper (our bumper is a 3 ft deck) and one pointing out straight at traffic. Turns out they pretty much do the exact same view, and the cheaper tinier camera was better quality than the other nightvision capable camera, so we just use the one. It gives us a view of the deck and generator and bikes as well as behind the bus and most of the blind spot. Eventually I'll disable the useless other camera and put one on each side of the bus near the driver area facing back down the sides. It really helps for switching lanes and also has the lines on the screen so we can back up within inches of something. It has been one of the best things we've done for ourselves.
I've thought about doing this to use them as side view mirrors. Does that sound feasible? Asking generally since you haven't done it yet. That way we'd have three monitors on the dash with real time video and no mirrors. The side view mirrors are huge and would probably save some gas if you took them off.
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