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Does anyone use an aftermarket backup camera?  I just bought a new Dodge 1500 Pickup and I was thinking of installing a backup camera.  However, I was also thinking…..can I hook up 2 or 3 camera’s to the monitor somehow? 

Here is my idea.  I will use 1 normal backup camera that bolts to the license plate on the truck Great, simple and easy.  But I am thinking of upgrading to a TT.  Can I somehow put 1 camera off the backup of the TT or maybe even one on the side of the TT as well to help when I backup?  I hear there are wireless cameras…..will they work from at the back of the trailer at the end of my truck?  Will I have to wire them….I could just have another plug with the trailer lights.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27' travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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Backup or rear-view?
We bought the iBall camera, which we first used for hitching up the pop-up and now the travel trailer. It has proved very handy, though I use the yellow ball wands too. (They help get me started on lining up.)
This spring, DH assembled a rear-view camera set-up. The camera is on the license plate mount, and the current monitor fits over the rear-view mirror. it works pretty well, according to DH, I haven’t had a chance to drive with it yet. We’re going to look at a different monitor, one that will be mounted lower. We thought on the mirror would be more natural to use, but in the sunlight we have it was difficult to get it aimed so it had enough contrast, even adjusting the settings.
For backing into the driveway, DH used both the iBall and new system. The rear-view is on the left side of the back,m so he puts the iBall camera on the right side of the back bumper.
We had to assemble our own system, we couldn’t seem to find one that was a rear-view rather than a back-up one – most seem designed to hook into the back-up lights for power. We have our plugged into the 12v outlet in the back of the 4Runner.

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I just bought a garmin backup camera that wirelessly connects to my existing GPS screen.  I haven’t installed it yet, I’ll let you know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLZQteomUj15MWWU1wFhcjgIfKmAJz5a1m&t=42&v=X1tW_buzlX8

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I want a camera that I can use to see what is behind me.  I will use it when backing up, hitching up, and parking.  I don’t know if that is considered a rearview or backup camera.  I would like to maybe have the ability to have a 2nd camera on the back of my trailer that I can use when backing that up.

Joe,  I like the Garmin camera.  I’ll have to see if my Garmin has that ability.  Maybe have 1 camera on the reverse lights to automatically come on and then another that I can switch to that is on the trailer…..if I can run with 2 cameras.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27' travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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I defined between rear-view and back-up cameras when we began to look at our options. We don’t like the loss of a view behind us on the road towing the travel trailer, even with the pop-ups, we still knew what was behind us. Most, if not all, of the add-on systems that I found were really only back-up cameras, often wired into the back-up lights for power. I didn’t make an exhaustive search of the local vehicle audio places, we decided to make our own system.
The iBall back-up camera is wireless. The camera is powered by an internal battery, so it wouldn’t be great as a camera on the road – it is also help on by strong magnets, but not sure I’d trust them on the road. The monitor plugs into the 12v outlet in the vehicle – in the 4Runner, that’s in the console, so works great. (The monitor has a long flexible stalk, so would work in most vehicles.) We get a pretty good picture for hitching up, and DH uses it as an add-on for backing in at home. Our driveway is one of the most difficult campsites we ever have; even with the cameras I still act as spotter to park the trailer. The caution with the wireless iBall is that Bluetooth can interfere, but we don’t have that to worry about.
Some of the wireless systems we found did not have the range to reach from the back of even our trailer to the monitor. Also, some were battery powered, with a working life shorter than many of our driving days. We opted for the wired system. DH figured it out so that it is all powered, camera and monitor, from the rear outlet in the 4Runner. He was able to run the wires from the back of the trailer underneath it. We do have wires that extend from the trailer under the back hatch of the vehicle, we well as from the rear outlet to the monitor at the front. Small price to pay to be able to see behind us on the road, and for backing in.
We don’t have a GPS,so no screen there to hook into. One of the monitors we’re looking at to replace the one on the mirror will take two inputs. IIRC, there were some that could display multiple views at one time.

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Have you looked on etrailer.com, they have a few selections that may work for you.

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I have an aftermarket camera. First question: Is your vehicle equipped with bluetooth? If so, you do not want a digital signal camera. You want an analog. Otherwise it messes with the wireless transmission.

Second, keep your receipt and warranty card. Mine has stopped working. Not sure why. Was intermittant when I hooked up at Gettyburg. Got home and it stopped working all together. I have yet to crawl under truck and check connections to see if I have corroded connections or something.

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