When you consider by far the biggest number of motorhome insurance claims we get here at Caravan Guard are for accidental damage – often caused when reversing – there’s no harm in getting a bit of tech to assist you.
Anything from a simple motorhome reversing camera upwards can provide extra reassurance as well as pre-warn you of any potentially costly mishap about to happen.
Field of vision
There’s plenty of choice out there – from cameras to add to any existing monitor you might have in your cab – including easy-fit, wireless options – all the way through to full rear-view systems upwards (for when driving forwards as well as backwards), for DIY or professional installation.
Don’t forget, too, there’s now a five per cent discount* on your annual motorhome insurance premium here at Caravan Guard. Subject to you having the right fitting, of course!
Top motorhome reversing camera tips
- Always check compatibility with your vehicle. If you own a newer motorhome, there’s a possibility it’s already pre-wired for a motorhome reversing camera (although it might be a specific brand). Ask for more information from your supplying dealer’s service centre.
- Use any motorhome reversing system in conjunction with – not instead of – your side and interior mirrors, as well as help from your partner/co-driver, or even a passer-by, as appropriate.
- Consider the location of any reversing camera(s) before fitting. Too low and you might not get the best possible view. Too high and cleaning the lens might become a challenge.
- Make sure cable connections are weatherproof as well as sealed properly where they go through any bodywork.
- Take extra care when washing your motorhome if it has a reversing camera fitted.
- DIY fitting? It’s always worth checking with your motorhome’s manufacturer whether there are any warranty issues with drilling holes in the bodywork.
- Where possible, make sure the camera offers sufficient resolution (i.e. image quality) for your needs.
- Check out our video which includes five top tips for reversing your motorhome
See also our previous articles about what to look for when buying a motorhome reversing camera and common motorhome insurance claims, many of which include damage from reversing mishaps.
Here we take a look at eight motorhome reversing cameras that will give you that extra bit of help when making any kind of manoeuvre.
Star Player #1
Camos Jewel Plus V2 system
A full rear-view system here, with the complete package including 13m of cabling and a 7inch monitor to take the place of your motorhome’s original cab rear-view mirror. The kit also includes a user’s manual, remote control, and a power loom.
This is the best seller from several premium Camos products marketed in the UK by specialist supplier and fitter RoadPro.
Dimensions are 60mm x 53mm x 35mm and it’s designed to be operated in temperatures ranging from -20degC to 60degC.
Key features Quality brand with a proven track record, for reversing as well as a rear view when driving, 1.3megapixel CMOS sensor, plastic casing with IP68 waterproof protection rating, two-year warranty
Expect to pay £409.18 (full system)/£237.48 (camera only)
Star Player #2
Omni-Vue™ 360º Digital HD
The ultimate system, if you want all-round vision, including rear view. That’s thanks to four high-definition, wide-angle digital cameras that are inter-connected via an ECU (electronic control unit) – images from each are “stitched” together to give an all-round image on the monitor (choose between 7in and, optionally, 10in).
Omni-Vue offers 2D and 3D versions of this system, the latter supplied with a 4CH recorder that records the view from each camera and might be useful if you are involved in an accident.
Alternatively, the recorder can be retrofitted at any time. There is also an Omni-Van variant which is more suited to van conversions.
Key features Digital HD video recording available, four 720p/WDR cameras with 190-degree viewing angle
Expect to pay From £1,995
Star Player #3
A top-of-the-range full system comprising a 7-inch clip-over mirror monitor and a dual-lens slimline camera. The kit also includes 15m of AV cable, a monitor harness and remote control. It also comes with a sound function – there’s a 1Watt speaker built into the monitor and a microphone in the camera – and offers day and night vision.
The cable is deliberately slim, meaning you’re only going to need to drill holes of 10mm diameter – which can be a help for DIY fittings.
Key features 120 degree and 45 degree cameras, manual or automatic operation, two video and one audio inputs to the monitor, IP67 waterproof rating for camera housing
Expect to pay £370.95
Star Player #4
Dometic PerfectView CAM29S
Compact sizing and a full range of vertical adjustment thanks to its cylindrical design make this type of camera particularly suitable where it’s tricky to find an appropriate mounting point, e.g. campervans and van conversions.
Dometic says it’s also been designed to have a high sensitivity to light, plus the factory-set configuration means it can work with a turn assist system, meaning you can be more aware of kerbs and blind spots.
It comes with 20m of cabling, plus fixing materials and a manual.
Key features 150deg wide-angle lens, CMOS sensor, IP69K water- and dust-proof rating, electronic brightness adjustment
Expect to pay £360
Star Player #5
Falcon Wi-Fi Wireless Rear View Reversing Camera
Although it’s true you get what you pay for when it comes to motorhome reversing systems, this budget-priced camera could be all you need.
It certainly couldn’t be easier to fit. The camera unit has a magnetic back for direct, instant fitting to any steel-bodied campervan/van conversion. Alternatively, if you have a typical coachbuilt motorhome, it also comes with a metal plate and adhesive.
Once fitted, it gives out a Wi-Fi signal to your mobile phone (or other Apple/Android device), operating at any distance up to 15m.
There really is no wiring, either. The camera is powered by its own rechargeable battery. Six infra-red LEDs mean it can work over distances up to 30ft
It can also operate with Falcon’s Explorer or Camper Plus satnav systems.
Key features 120 degee camera angle, USB lead with 12V adaptor for battery charging. Waterproof to IP68, automatic white balance, operating temperature -20 degree C to 70 degree C
Expect to pay £165
Star Player #6
Snooper SNRC 1
A recent addition to the Snooper portfolio, the SNRC 1 is a general reversing camera that should suit any motorhome (although always check first), connecting up to existing screens in your cab that have a rear camera input. It’s a single-lens model and comes in black.
Features include selectable mirror images and parking lines. The field of view is 128 degrees vertical and 170 degrees horizontal.
It has RCA (i.e. colour-coded, single plug) connections, making it suitable for DIY or professional fitting.
Key features PAL signal, 800 TV lines resolution, casing with IP68 waterproof rating one-year warranty
Expect to pay £99.99
Star Player #7
Road Angel Halo Universal RA8200 with night vision
A fast-acting, energy-efficient sensor is the key feature here. The ability to remove bright streaks from direct sunlight is another one you’ll benefit from. This motorhome reversing camera also adjusts automatically depending on your driving conditions, day or night.
The camera is universal so not only will it fit to any Road Angel screen (example below) that is set up for a rear camera addition but also connects to all types of in-car monitors, including sat navs. It has good wide viewing angles – 129 degrees horizontally and 105 degrees vertically.
The camera size is 23.8mm x 23.8mm x 25.5mm, weighing 132g (186g including cables).
Key features 310,000-pixel resolution, 129-degree viewing angle, 10.8V-15.1V power supply, UK-designed
Expect to pay £89.99
Star Player #8
Motormax Universal Reversing Camera Kit
There’s a full range of Motormax reversing cameras and systems from Halfords, but this is its best-seller for motorhomes and caravans. As well as a 4.3 inch monitor and adjustable camera, the kit includes a sunshade, an adhesive bracket, a windscreen bracket, a wiring loom, screws, an adhesive pad, and a fitting manual.
You’ll find it in nearly 400 Halfords retail outlets nationwide, many of which offer a fitting service. Or you can arrange for an installation to take place at your home.
Key features 110-degree viewing angle, dynamic parking lines, CMOS sensor, supplied with 8m of cable
Expect to pay £119.99
Over to you…
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*5% reversing camera insurance discount correct as of 20/02/2024. Discounts are subject to minimum premiums and may be subject to change.