Trucks & Trailers - Back-up Cameras

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polarred21
03-26-2011, 12:25 PM
I read a few old threads, what is the latest and greatest on getting a low to mid range priced back-up camera? Want wireless stand alone unit. Thanks members.:tht_rulez:


TeamBalla
03-26-2011, 12:42 PM
I cant help much on which brand/install. But My '11 F350 came with it. All i can say is WOW! Totally worth the investment. It only takes one time to line the truck up to the trailer and your set. Saves a lot of time & helps out in small parking lots.

2dogs1949
03-26-2011, 04:50 PM
I googled "back up camera" the other day. There are plenty available. Anywhere from $99 to $499. Wireless, magenetic looking down on the ball is the one I like. Swift Hitch $239.
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=1&oq=back+up+&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADFA_enUS409US410&q=back+up+camera
http://www.jcwhitney.com/portable-wireless-camera-trailer-hitch-up-system/p2017541.jcwx


JimVa
03-26-2011, 05:59 PM
I recently researched and decided upon : iBall Wireless Trailer Hitch Car Backup Rear Camera. The price was reasonable for the 10 or so times a year I will need a backup camera.

It works amazing well and it was a good purchase for my needs.

TerpHeels
03-28-2011, 11:49 AM
I bought a Peake 3.2 LCD off ebay NIB for like $80. Man once u install it u can't live w/out it. I wired mine into running lights so I can monitor my rig while trailering instead of just backing.

dinger00a
03-28-2011, 01:19 PM
I've got the same set up as TerpHeels. I thought given the low cost the set up would suck. Been pleasantly surprised so far.

As already said, I'd never go without a back up camera again. Sure do miss getting in and out of my truck 3 times to hook up my trailer.

First Light
03-28-2011, 01:38 PM
As already said, I'd never go without a back up camera again. Sure do miss getting in and out of my truck 3 times to hook up my trailer.

Ha! Yea, me too - at least 3 times. And now with the back-up camera I get the hitch over the ball 97% of the time. :thumbsup:

2dogs1949
03-28-2011, 07:18 PM
I recently researched and decided upon : iBall Wireless Trailer Hitch Car Backup Rear Camera. The price was reasonable for the 10 or so times a year I will need a backup camera.

It works amazing well and it was a good purchase for my needs.

I ordered the iBall today. Cheaper than my original choice.

RocknReeln
03-28-2011, 07:27 PM
I ordered the iBall today. Cheaper than my original choice.

Isaw the Iball in BoatUS mag and thought it looked nice. Can you all (owners) give me some insight on it? Is it color? My Tongue for the ball goes up instead of down, so it would block the line of sight, is there another place on a pickup where you can mount it well? ;?

JimVa
03-29-2011, 03:08 AM
The Iball video screen is in color and fits into the cigarette lighter. The camera itself is on a magnetic base and can easily be placed on the tail gate looking down. (The camera can be adjusted up and down by adjusting the side knobs which hold the camera to the base.)

The primary reason I purchased the Iball is because it is portable and does not require any wiring.

polarred21
03-29-2011, 02:14 PM
I bought a Peake 3.2 LCD off ebay NIB for like $80. Man once u install it u can't live w/out it. I wired mine into running lights so I can monitor my rig while trailering instead of just backing.

I've got the same set up as TerpHeels. I thought given the low cost the set up would suck. Been pleasantly surprised so far.

As already said, I'd never go without a back up camera again. Sure do miss getting in and out of my truck 3 times to hook up my trailer.

Thanks for all the input here guys.

I have only one tow vehicle and really intersted in the install you have described above. Looked at the Peak at the local stores - $79 for the 2.4 inch and $129 for the 3.2 inch, sure I can find it cheaper on line.

I have an installation question- I like the idea of hooking into the running lights so you can use it when you need it. How about the head unit, what wiring is required for it?

Also, is that camera holding up well for extended use in lieu of momentary? Thanks:tht_rulez:

TerpHeels
03-30-2011, 01:24 PM
No wiring for the monitor/head unit, it just plugs into your cig lighter. The camera itself plugs into a wireless transmitter that you install in a safe place inside your vehicle. In my case I installed it inside my right rear taillight housing which in turn allowed access to the running light wire which I spliced into. The monitor senses the wireless transmitter and turns itself on automatically although I turn it off when not in use to keep it from running down my batteries in my Excursion.

One other thing u'll find out is that it will pick up wireless transmissions from security systems, baby monitors and the like. I've been driving thru neighborhoods and the monitor will turn on and it will show a room w/a crib, etc. Kinda funny.

polarred21
03-30-2011, 05:36 PM
Raining like heck outside today and needed a project. Went to the local Autozone and got the Peak 3.4 inch for $100 and installed it.

Could not find much info on the camera module being waterproof, then read the instructions want you to mount it in the trunk. Truck don't have a trunk. Like the idea of putting it in the behind the taillight, :thumbsup:didn't think of that.

Mounted the module in dead air space behind my bedliner, I also have an ARE bed cover so it should be fine.

Can't stand to have cig lighter plugs and wires all over the place. I tied the monitor power to my map light circuit in my overhead console, really simple. Tied the camera power to the park light circuit behind tailight. Drilled no holes but cut a few wires.

It works great! Thanks for all the support! :tht_rulez:

Bigger Hammer
03-30-2011, 05:54 PM
I've got one made by VR3 (Virtual Reality Sound Labs, or something like that). I'm on my 2nd camera, the first one ended up getting full of water and died. There was nothing anywhere that looked like gaskets or sealant in the housing. I just sealed the housing on the new on I bought, hope it will be a bit more water resistant.

jbg108
03-30-2011, 06:06 PM
I have this one and couldn't live without it. The thing makes me look like a pro every time. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=297127&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=10116&subdeptNum=10759&classNum=10763



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