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Old 12-17-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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Back up camera mounting

It's been awhile since I posted anything but just doing a little thinking outside the box. This question is for anyone that's thinking of or already installed a backup camera.
Does it matter where you put the camera? I was thinking of mounting it on the hitch on the back of the trailer. Going to use the same unit as "Atom Ant" and run the wires down the frame to the pin box.
The main reason I need the camera is to back up the driveway and get into the barn which requires some hard turns. Cutting the fiberglass and routing the wires down the frame with my shaky skills looks like a disaster in the making. Just wondering if anyone thought about doing something like this. Thanks.
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #2
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I believe a few people have already done this. Brad "Atom Ant" for one as well as others. Look at some of his posts and you might get some answers. Also PM Brad and I'm sure he'll help walk you through this project.

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Old 12-18-2015, 02:17 PM   #3
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I originally thought about the frame, and even the hitch. My problem is I wanted to watch over my Jeep in the back and it really can only be done from the top. The frame should give near the same advantage as what it would be on your tailgate.

What you could do is leave enough wire coiled in the belly to move it later if you have to, and try it from the frame. I did a lot of experimenting with mine in different locations using tape and a security alarm 12v battery before I finally decided I need to go up top to get the field of view I needed.

The downfall to mine, is there isn't enough field of view to see the hitch and Jeep, AND the road behind me. It's one or the other so I have to climb the ladder and adjust based on what I'm towing. I notice some MH now have the cockpit adjustable camera angle to overcome the same thing.
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Have you towed the jeep yet. If so how did it go
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:18 PM   #5
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Just around the block and down the highway a ways. It did good for that little test. I still need to install the SMI brake system before I try anymore (damages tow bar eventually without brakes on the Jeep).

We got diverted a little bit considering a Class A, so not sure where that will land yet, but still need the brake installed either way.
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We have also been looking at diesel pushers. I can not see getting one right now as it will see very few miles. I think when I finally retire and head out travelling we will get one then. They are a lot of money to be sitting. Where we are now the trailer is much better for the room and storage.
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Old 12-20-2015, 01:58 AM   #7
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ya I'm a little torn. I keep seeing the 10 year old turds on the lot and realize that's where I could be in 10 years and may still owe money on it, so just not sure if it's worth it. It's almost like once you start, you can't stop trading up.
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:07 AM   #8
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Well......

Buy what makes you happy. But be very careful because there's a lot of class A's that aren't built very well yet they're much more costly. I made the move and don't regret it but it's not for everyone.
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:14 AM   #9
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How would you begin looking at diesel pushers? There's so many it's overwhelming.
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Jim and Mary, I am the last of the trailer trash in my group of friends who have all moved up to the $1500 a month club. 8 couples in all. LOL! aint saying i won't ever move up myself. But If you going to listen to all of those you trust who have already done it. Dave and Ginny I am sure can steer you in the right direction. i have learned so much about them by just watching my friends and how much they spend and which brands seem to be the most trouble free. As for now? I will keep fighting with the RW. ;-) Y'all have a great looking combo by the way.
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