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Old 11 September 2021, 14:59   #1
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Caravan camera

I’ve realised after 4 caravan trips the wife is never going to make it as a banksman. Yesterday she stood looking very pretty out of sight at the back of the van in the dark with no sound, signal or indication where the bollard behind us was.

So I am looking for reccomendations for a reversing camera, preferably not wireless for simplicity but I am open to either and preferably no more than a few hundred pounds. Any genuine recommendations please.
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Old 11 September 2021, 15:32   #2
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Yesterday she stood looking very pretty out of sight at the back of the van in the dark with no sound, signal or indication where the bollard behind us was.
At least she's looking pretty
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Old 11 September 2021, 15:42   #3
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I’ve got one of these. It’s better than I expected it to be, for the money.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150-WiFi-...-127635-2958-0

At 20 quid, worth a go?

There’s various flavours, wired, wireless etc, but all in a nice small package and super cheap
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I'm looking into this at the moment for my Viano as there's a lot of lost view below the rear window when reversing.

As an aside I could get one connected to its media player but to connect to the Mercedes kit needs dealer level re-coding and however you do it costs are £250-£600.

So I've been looking at stand alone Ebay type systems which seem to range from £30-£120. Advice I've received is they are all Chinese made and about the same quality whichever end of the scale you buy at. So I'm thinking of one around £30 to see how I get on with it... that's for camera and monitor. Even for my van some extension cable might be needed and you'd have to work out a cable with a join around the tow hitch area for the caravan.

Something like this but of course the camera is vehicle specific fit so you'd need one with a generic mount camera type...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/313616572...53.m1438.l2649

This is a wireless type I'd been looking at which does have a generic camera... but reports of wireless operation say it's a bit unpredictable and the picture can drop out due to other kit interfering...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293354830...53.m1438.l2649
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Thanks Matt and fenlander. I’ll check them out.
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I’ve realised after 4 caravan trips the wife is never going to make it as a banksman. Yesterday she stood looking very pretty out of sight at the back of the van in the dark with no sound, signal or indication where the bollard behind us was.

So I am looking for reccomendations for a reversing camera, preferably not wireless for simplicity but I am open to either and preferably no more than a few hundred pounds. Any genuine recommendations please.
You need to get her in order then when you wake up in casualty start to look for alternatives
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Yesterday she stood looking very pretty out of sight at the back of the van in the dark with no sound, signal or indication.....

Any genuine recommendations please.
If you can repeat this performance in normal play, I'd genuinely suggest keeping her.

Mine stomps around the house in pyjamas with her hair up in a towel, giving instructions and threatening me - today I felt like I'd woken up in Kabul.

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looking very pretty out of sight in the dark with no sound, signal or indication
Any genuine recommendations please.
Ahhh bliss.......

Yip.......definately recommend to keep her if at least some of the above is regular

As for camera..halfords had some on display if you have one near.
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I’ve realised after 4 caravan trips the wife is never going to make it as a banksman. Yesterday she stood looking very pretty out of sight at the back of the van in the dark with no sound, signal or indication where the bollard behind us was.

Still an improvement on “you need to go left” which is what mine shouts (which is an improvement over the last 10 yrs when she use to mumble it)…. No indication whether it the car, the trailer or the steering wheel that should go left…. No 1 son is marginally better in that his facial expression tells me if he’s worried! Obviously as a teenager he can’t actually say anything useful.
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Towing big rigs is pretty common over here in OZ, with most people I know having multiple camera setups. There are plenty of reviews on caravanning cameras this side of the pond which might be worth looking at. I only reverse boats and have gotten away without cameras or helpers for 40 yrs but must admit it would be handy and far safer to have one on the back of a boat when using busy boat ramps. This style is common with the caravan users, check out the useful videos on this site https://safetydave.com.au/reversing-...SAAEgKAHfD_BwE
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i have one of these on our caravan took 15 mins to fit it it works good enough to see what im doing can be switched on anytime so can see whos coming up behind for overtaking ect wouldn't call the pic quality hd but its as good as the factory one installed in my discovery https://www.bing.com/aclk?ld=e8IHXT3...e15f7d72&ntb=1
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BB is yours that exact solar powered camera model? If so does it really last a couple of weeks in the rainy season and then what sot of faff is it to take off and charge via the USB?
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Still an improvement on “you need to go left” which is what mine shouts (which is an improvement over the last 10 yrs when she use to mumble it)…. No indication whether it the car, the trailer or the steering wheel that should go left…. No 1 son is marginally better in that his facial expression tells me if he’s worried! Obviously as a teenager he can’t actually say anything useful.
Yep the teens function a little better. In between the words “like” and “literally “
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Ha ha yes... do you literally want me to stand behind and tell you like when you hit something.
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BB is yours that exact solar powered camera model? If so does it really last a couple of weeks in the rainy season and then what sot of faff is it to take off and charge via the USB?
hi yes that exact unit . its only been on the caravan a year so haven't had to re charge it yet still working fine and has survived some atrocious weather .
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Our artic trailers have reversing sensors powered by the reversing light, with a beeper on the front of the trailer. Probably a better solution than a camera-we also have cameras and they aren't that reliable in comparison with the sensors.
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