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Old 27 August 2014, 11:02   #31
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I reverse loads of stuff constantly but find I cant use a camera for sh*t ... I just use mirrors, its far easier, although a RIB on a boat trailer is a doddle cos the axle is usually so far away from the hitch point.

Aye, 4 wheel long trailer doddle. I find that when I've been reversing the boat & try & reverse the car without the trailer, I'm all over the place. I can't look over my shoulder either, can only use the mirrors. I have a rear camera on the Disco & it's great for hitching on, but that's as far as it goes. Waste of time for reversing.


.....sh1t happens.......
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Old 27 August 2014, 11:52   #32
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Imv. Cameras are great for reversing a vehicle, helpful when coupling, but no aid to reversing a trailer. I'd actually say that that use of a camera when reversing a trailer could be a hinderance.
Depends on where the camera is, I'd guess. On the back of the tow vehicle, I agree. If you could mount the camera on the back of the trailer, it would be great for reversing into narrow blind areas (which I seem to do a lot, for some reason.)

That said, I don't use one.

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Old 27 August 2014, 11:56   #33
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Aye & after spending 30 mins trying to reverse the trailer he finally got the boat out & then started washing his boat & diving gear off on the slip. That's when my usual calm & diplomatic personae slipped, tw4t!


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Best I recall was a group of Korean spearfishermen launching for (I presume) the first time: 3 drivers, took 45 minutes to get the trailer far enough down the ramp to have it in the water, only to find that the angle of the trailer caused the boat to hit the dock before it cleared the trailer. 10 minutes later they got that corrected and launched the boat. They were out for about a half hour, and the whole show repeated itself for the recovery.

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Old 27 August 2014, 12:26   #34
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OK, Ive now come to the conclusion my dear wife does not understand how a van + trailer moves, be that forwards or backwards.

So, does anyone know of a cheap reversing style camera I can use instead of my wife ?
put your wife behind the steering and you give the directions , I have had hrs with this problem
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Old 27 August 2014, 12:52   #35
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I limit my wife to standing astride the hitch when hooking up the boat & trailer and ask her to put her head directly in line. When she looks worried I 'm usually pretty close........
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Old 27 August 2014, 13:04   #36
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Aye & after spending 30 mins trying to reverse the trailer he finally got the boat out & then started washing his boat & diving gear off on the slip. That's when my usual calm & diplomatic personae slipped, tw4t!


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pms and he did it 2 years running twit
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Old 27 August 2014, 14:49   #37
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How about a bit of low-tech help?

After struggling slightly with crosscurrents whilst recovering the boat I added some float-em poles to my trailer. A side effect was making the position of the trailer much more apparent and The Wife suddenly twigged which way to steer.
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Old 27 August 2014, 15:07   #38
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I wish we had fitted float em poles years ago, as they work really well

IMHO a spare low tech human being in the wing mirror or line of sight shouting simple advice is more valuable than high tech cameras
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Old 27 August 2014, 16:01   #39
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Lol, I'm happy to reverse them all day long, until my wife tries directing me where I can't see, much amusement.

She failed her trailer test dismally too, so muggins here had to build her a horsebox instead.

A truck spec reversing camera is what you need, with a plug in cable to the car at the back.
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Old 27 August 2014, 16:04   #40
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I have seen a local guy down the slip who fitted one to a pole mounted on the winch post of his trailer so it sits 2 ft above the boat and he can see the entire boat with 3 ft or more either side and he just has a jack plug and socket on the back of his landy for connecting

That is a brilliant idea!!!
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