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Old 26 August 2014, 16:20   #1
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Manovering my trailer - high tech help ?

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 ?
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Old 26 August 2014, 16:25   #2
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If you have a gopro and iphone or similar you could rig that up or try 2 way radio I have used them in the past .
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So, does anyone know of a cheap reversing style camera I can use instead of my wife ?
Wont makes a tits bit of difference. Reversing a trailer is an acquired skill which requires practise, confidence and concentration. Very, very few women even attempt to reverse a trailer. Mine is a farmer's daughter. She''ll drag a 3500kg plant trailer 100s of miles, going forward.

I've seen blokes give up trying to back a boat down a slip because it's gotton so bad that everyone is laughing.

I've done 1000s of miles towing trailers, they hold no fear whatsoever, I can make a howling mess of it, if I'm not either paying enough attention or rushing the job.

If your's doesn't get the going forward bit, defo give up!
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Wont makes a tits bit of difference. Reversing a trailer is an acquired skill which requires practise, confidence and concentration. Very, very few women even attempt to reverse a trailer. Mine is a farmer's daughter. She''ll drag a 3500kg plant trailer 100s of miles, going forward.

I've seen blokes give up trying to back a boat down a slip because it's gotton so bad that everyone is laughing.

I've done 1000s of miles towing trailers, they hold no fear whatsoever, I can make a howling mess of it, if I'm not either paying enough attention or rushing the job.

If your's doesn't get the going forward bit, defo give up!
We have had that problem at puffin divers held up for 30 mins by some plonker PD was going balistic
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I've seen blokes give up trying to back a boat down a slip because it's gotton so bad that everyone is laughing.
I've spent my entire life in fear of being that guy. I think I've done OK so far. usually when I get myself in trouble there is no one around to see.

A van might be a different story. I tow with pickups and so I usually turn and look out the back. A good friend who is a metal fabricator/cowboy does all his backup up using just his side mirrors, very impressive.

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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 ?
Loads of different ones on ebay, but this is the setup I have on my motorhome.

Motorhome Twin Camera Rear View Reversing Kit & Mirror Monitor (white camera) | eBay

You can adjust one for the long view and the other looking at the hitch or whatever.

You can of course get a single camera setup alot cheaper

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I went for a decent second hand one off ebay - 30 ish .
i drive a nissan interstar pannel van the mirrors are great but where i live - down 2 miles of mirror touching lanes i need it .
I can never see the back of the boat or what is behind you just the rubbing strake - although i can pretty much put a trailer anywhere i still like the added security of knowing how close things are behind or how close the outboard leg is to anything .
Also when at home i have to reverse the boat round a hair pin in to our woods entrance which is fine in the day time but i have added 2 high power led work lights so night is now day

30 is better than digging the prop in to the hedge or worse
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does all his backup up using just his side mirrors, very impressive.
As do I, it's much easier than it looks. By constantly monitoring each mirror, you can see exactly what the trailer is doing and keep it on track with small but numerous steering wheel movements. Not big ones after it's gone wrong.
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As do I, it's much easier than it looks. By constantly monitoring each mirror, you can see exactly what the trailer is doing and keep it on track with small but numerous steering wheel movements. Not big ones after it's gone wrong.
Agreed, providing you can see the trailer/boat through the wing mirrors, I cant, thats why I have the twin reversing camera set up to be live all the time whilst driving.
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Agreed, providing you can see the trailer/boat through the wing mirrors, .
Nope, we used to tow a pedestrian roller on a short trailer behind a high bodied 12.5t tipper. We couldn't see it at all, we used to reverse it back down narrow country lanes by anticipating what it was doing back there.

No such thing as "can't", reversing cameras are for girls.
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