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Old 28 August 2014, 08:48   #41
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Cheers for all the replies.

Hitching it up is fine, with the back doors open I can almost see the hitch. Going down the slipways is fine, so long as I can see one half I can judge the other half.

However, my van + RIB are of such dimensions that when going round corners backwards - the rear and one half of it is invisible. Even with the rear doors open, Iím blind.

At home I have to get it round some corners, gate posts and low walls. So camera it is. That ebay one for £30 is bonkers cheap - I may buy two of them.

I do plan to fit the "Floatam poles" which would suit my bunk trailer well.

The problem my dear wife seems to have is realising the trailer pivots around its wheels and has a large overhang. So her shouts of "left a bit" soon turn into "Oh, not that left, the other left".
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The problem my dear wife seems to have is realising the trailer pivots around its wheels and has a large overhang. So her shouts of "left a bit" soon turn into "Oh, not that left, the other left".
Better to have her stand where you can see her (she'll probably have to move to stay in view) and simply point in the direction the trailer should go. Works well until you get to waters edge.

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Old 28 August 2014, 12:52   #43
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with the back doors open I can almost see the hitch. Going down the slipways is fine, so long as I can see one half I can judge the other half
How exactly does this this relate to your wife?
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Mollers, she is French - so that would all be lost in translation

Camera is on order, so I hopefully the marriage will continue for a bit longer.
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Im just about to press "Buy it now" on a wireless reversing camera kit.

WIRELESS CAR REVERSING REAR VIEW CCD CAMERA PARKING KIT + 4.3" LCD TFT MONITOR | eBay

But just wondered about powering it. The screen is easy, that gets powered from the 12v socket in the van.

But Im wondering whats the best way to power the camera bit. That will hang off the back of the RIB and sends a remote signal to the reciever in the van. But it needs 12v as well.

I could run a power cable from the van to it, as I do for the trailer lights I suppose. Or do I power it from one of the batteries in the boat. Which would also entail some fiddling to get a simple connection thats easy to use when I need it.

Any thoughts / recommendations ?
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Im just about to press "Buy it now" on a wireless reversing camera kit.

WIRELESS CAR REVERSING REAR VIEW CCD CAMERA PARKING KIT + 4.3" LCD TFT MONITOR | eBay

But just wondered about powering it. The screen is easy, that gets powered from the 12v socket in the van.

But Im wondering whats the best way to power the camera bit. That will hang off the back of the RIB and sends a remote signal to the reciever in the van. But it needs 12v as well.

I could run a power cable from the van to it, as I do for the trailer lights I suppose. Or do I power it from one of the batteries in the boat. Which would also entail some fiddling to get a simple connection thats easy to use when I need it.

Any thoughts / recommendations ?
Put a 12v socket in the trailer board.
IMHO, I cannot think that this set-up will be anymore than a confusing PITA.
I've actually barely driven my truck trailerless since this thread began. Because of it, I've been putting a lot more thought into my trailer reversing. I've again concluded that tidy reversing is a combination of practise and confidence.
The camera will show you where you're reversing, but if you don't have the skills to guide it where you want , it'll be Candid Camera.
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Well I will fit it and let you know. Socket in the trailer board sounds like a great solution.

The issue is not so much actually reversing and getting it to go where I want. I grew up on a farm, so had some experience. I also trailered my motorbikes or Caterham 7 a lot, but with those you could easily see what was happening.

Its more the case I cant actually see what the rear is doing and that matters in the very tight, twisty drive I have. There are several obstacles that are low or narrow walls and Ive a sort of dog leg to do. There is no view at all from the driving position.

I expect to only use it for my drive, nowhere else will be such an issue.
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Im just about to press "Buy it now" on a wireless reversing camera kit.

WIRELESS CAR REVERSING REAR VIEW CCD CAMERA PARKING KIT + 4.3" LCD TFT MONITOR | eBay

But just wondered about powering it. The screen is easy, that gets powered from the 12v socket in the van.

But Im wondering whats the best way to power the camera bit. That will hang off the back of the RIB and sends a remote signal to the reciever in the van. But it needs 12v as well.

I could run a power cable from the van to it, as I do for the trailer lights I suppose. Or do I power it from one of the batteries in the boat. Which would also entail some fiddling to get a simple connection thats easy to use when I need it.

Any thoughts / recommendations ?
Simply wire it to your interior lights feed in the back of your van .
There is a constant live feed to mine and i earthed to the light fitting also all wires are hidden behind the paneling - or you could run a small conduit to the light if well paneled
other wise you will be fitting a extra positive feed to your tow hitch as the trailer board will only be working when indicating - breaking - or your lights are on

My whole system is powered off the interior lights but i can turn off - on from the screen so is simpler - but all you need is a switch to turn it on and off seperate although it wont draw much power

dont forget to add a fuse tho
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OK, but in your set up I assume you have the camera on the back of the vehicle ?

I would need to put the camera on the back of the RIB, so would need to get power to that point.

If the camera is on the back of the van I still cant see the back of the RIB.

Mmmm, I need to do some thinking.
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