What to look for when buying a motorhome reversing camera

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  1. les says:

    Bailey motorhomes are pre-wired for Waeco cameras which are CCD and have infra red for night time. Therefore, should be less costly and less van pulling apart. Unfortunately, the wiring is for a single camera only.

  2. Ray & Pat C says:

    If you tour in Europe get two cameras and fit one to your left hand door mirror facing forward, it will give you a better view forward when overtaking, unless of course you have a LHD

  3. Iain says:

    There are a few things I’d suggest to anyone thinking about one of these:

    1. Have the monitor near one or other of the mirrors. Mine is in the stereo in the middle of the dash, giving a third place to look when reversing. Much better to have it near a mirror.

    2. Get a CCD camera, not a CMOS one – they cost a little more, but are a lot better.

    3. If you have one with IR LEDs, make sure the LEDs are not behind the same bit of glass as the camera lens – or dirt on the glass (there always is dirt on a reversing camera) makes the glare reflect and obscure the picture.

    4. Wire it so that the camera is powered whenever the ignition is on, so it doesn’t freeze up in winter.

  4. waynne southall says:

    I bought a cheapy on ebay for £39.99 and it came with all necessary equipment . Couldn,t live without it now its brill and so cheap. Its a no brainer.

    • marianne says:

      Noticed your positive comment about reverse camera you bought from ebay can you give me more details I what to buy one for my husbands xmas thanks

  5. Doug King says:

    Thanks mdk, the security comment fits with my thinking, plus my satnav is on the dashboard and it would get cluttered with another monitor.

  6. mdk says:

    I had a dash mounted monitor in my previous motorhome and on a bright day it was useless even with a shroud on.
    When i took the motorhome for its habitation service and had to leave it the dealer insisted i took the monitor out as it attracted thieves.
    I now have a monitor that clips on my interior mirror and its fine even on bright days but the resolution is not quite as good as dash mounted monitor on the colours but otherwise great.

  7. mark reynolds says:

    some times they cause miner bumps people realy to must on them

  8. Bill Dawber (Motorhoming-wild) says:

    Apart from the normal high level camera, I fitted a small keyhole camera in the number plate surround for when the back box or bikes are on the bike rack and slightly blocking visability. Flick of a switch on the monitor to change from one to the other.

  9. Doug King says:

    I wonder if anyone has comments to make regarding the relative merits of a rear view mirror mounted moniter as opposed to one mounted on the dashboard. My own view is that a dashboard mounted one could attract thiefs.

  10. Les Plumb says:

    Always check the visibility of the screen on a bright day before buying. I have a GPS screen that completely disappears in sunlight which is useless for reversing.


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