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Planning on keeping my current 08 Dodge for quite a while longer. Now that my wifes car has a backup camera, I've gotten used to it, and want to add. Any recommendations? Would prefer wireless between the camera and monitor, but not hung up on that.

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Once you get used to them, backup cameras become hard to live without (IMO). I recently put a new stereo w/ display in my wrangler and added a $22 backup camera from Amazon. I didnít expect much as far as picture quality, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It is wired, but running wires in this vehicle is super easy. Donít know how to post a link from my iPhone, but the model is TTP-C12B.
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I think I read that those will be required "standard equipment" on cars sold in the US someday soon.
Beyond saving lives, they should also be very beneficial at the ramps.
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I think I read that those will be required "standard equipment" on cars sold in the US someday soon.
Beyond saving lives, they should also be very beneficial at the ramps.
That is the case. I forget the details, but pretty sure it is 100% phase in by 2020.
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Originally Posted by CLM65 View Post
Once you get used to them, backup cameras become hard to live without (IMO). I recently put a new stereo w/ display in my wrangler and added a $22 backup camera from Amazon. I didnít expect much as far as picture quality, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It is wired, but running wires in this vehicle is super easy. Donít know how to post a link from my iPhone, but the model is TTP-C12B.
What stereo did you go with? That's one thing I'm looking at as a possibility. Would love to also have bluetooth capability. Truck is old and dated, but very much serves my purposes. A few modern upgrades will more than make it tolerable for a few more years.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
What stereo did you go with? That's one thing I'm looking at as a possibility. Would love to also have bluetooth capability. Truck is old and dated, but very much serves my purposes. A few modern upgrades will more than make it tolerable for a few more years.
I got a Pioneer AVH-1330NEX through Crutchfield. The sales advisor was a big fan of Pioneer, so I took his advice. Not too fancy, but does all I was looking for, which was hands free calling and the backup camera. Also has Apple Carplay, which gives it navigation when my phone is hooked up (nice feature). While I like the unit, if I had to do it again, I would probably get something with a volume knob instead of buttons.

As far as usefulness at the ramp, the camera view is blocked if the boat is on the trailer. Actually, with the location of my camera (flush mounted on the bumper above the hitch and below the spare tire), the view is mostly blocked with just the trailer attached and no boat. But you may have better camera vision if you mount it higher. I mostly wanted the camera to help hook up the trailer, and keep from running over the garbage can .
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Originally Posted by CLM65 View Post
I got a Pioneer AVH-1330NEX through Crutchfield. The sales advisor was a big fan of Pioneer, so I took his advice. Not too fancy, but does all I was looking for, which was hands free calling and the backup camera. Also has Apple Carplay, which gives it navigation when my phone is hooked up (nice feature). While I like the unit, if I had to do it again, I would probably get something with a volume knob instead of buttons.

As far as usefulness at the ramp, the camera view is blocked if the boat is on the trailer. Actually, with the location of my camera (flush mounted on the bumper above the hitch and below the spare tire), the view is mostly blocked with just the trailer attached and no boat. But you may have better camera vision if you mount it higher. I mostly wanted the camera to help hook up the trailer, and keep from running over the garbage can .
Does apple carplay work with google maps, waze, etc., or just apple maps.

as far as the backup camera goes, I'm pretty much in the same boat. Getting it close is no big deal with just mirrors, but hooking up trailers and backing into tight spaces is difficult, especially with a giant pintle hook hanging off the back.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Does apple carplay work with google maps, waze, etc., or just apple maps.
Waze might work, but perhaps not yet. Google Maps doesn't, though.
https://www.wired.com/2017/02/waze-cars/

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as far as the backup camera goes, I'm pretty much in the same boat. Getting it close is no big deal with just mirrors, but hooking up trailers and backing into tight spaces is difficult, especially with a giant pintle hook hanging off the back.
Backup camera is definitely a great addition. Especially with a larger vehicle like a full size truck. My previous truck was a Tundra, and didn't have backup camera or sensors. It could be a bit of a pain in parking lots as it was just a lot easier to back-in. With the Tundra, it was sometimes tough to gauge as the tailgate was fairly tall, and smaller vehicles would disappear pretty quickly. I was consistently underestimating the space I had left.

I got pretty good at getting lined up right with the trailer, but it still sometimes took a few attempts to get it at the right spot to drop down on the ball. My trailer jack doesn't have a caster, so it's got to be real close to work.

Backup camera on my XD makes short work of both situations. I can get real close to the car behind without ever touching, and backing up to the trailer is just simple now.
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I installed one on my Tahoe a few months ago, I already had the backup beeper so I really only installed it for lining up with my trailer coupler. For that reason alone it's worth it, otherwise it's not necessary IMO.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
That is the case. I forget the details, but pretty sure it is 100% phase in by 2020.

On March 31, 2014, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it would require all automobiles sold in the United States built beginning in May 2018 to include backup cameras.
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I installed a Pioneer AVH-2700 (I forget the letters after) with a no-name Made in China camera in my old truck and it worked just as good, if not better, than the camera in my brand new truck.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Planning on keeping my current 08 Dodge for quite a while longer. Now that my wifes car has a backup camera, I've gotten used to it, and want to add. Any recommendations? Would prefer wireless between the camera and monitor, but not hung up on that.

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got an 09 ram and was just thinking the same thing. Let me know what you come up with
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Does apple carplay work with google maps, waze, etc., or just apple maps.

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Not sure if your question was coming from an iPhone user or Android. The equivalent of carplay is Android Auto. It works very well, waze, google maps, etc.
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Not sure if your question was coming from an iPhone user or Android. The equivalent of carplay is Android Auto. It works very well, waze, google maps, etc.
iOS. Would love to make the jump to Android a lot of times, but literally everybody I work with and do business is on iOS. Use FaceTime for quick meetings multiple times per day, and donít want to be that guy that is different than everyone else.
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If you have an on board Garmin gps they make a great compatible wireless back up camera. I use this with my nuvi. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/501486
I never have to get out of my truck to hitch my boat!
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Do it. I installed a unit from Tavi Brothers in my '07 Ram a number of years ago. Had a 7" monitor that I managed to mount in the small square opening to the right of the heater/AC controls. I cut a metal plate that fit the hole and had the mount for the monitor protruding from that. Wish I had a pic, but I don't. It worked great and looked custom. It was 'Da Bomb". Three suggestions: 1) Don't go with wireless. Wireless units pick up a lot of RF interference. Hard wiring gives crystal clear images.A little more work to wire up, but not really complicated. 2) Get largest screen you can accommodate. Those 2 and 2.5 inch displays work, but you'll appreciate every extra inch. Just like ....uh, never mind, just take my word for that. 3) Consider wiring the camera to your running lights, not. the back up light circuit. Why, you ask? Because there are times when you want to see what's behind you when you are not in reverse, like when you pull forward to line up a trailer ball again. Yeah, the camera will be on whenever your lights are on, but they don't draw much current, even if there's an LED or two on a license plate frame. I went with a license plate frame mounted camera.) The screen is wired separately to an ignition controlled wire up front, and my screen had an on/off switch.
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Originally Posted by CLM65 View Post
Once you get used to them, backup cameras become hard to live without (IMO). I recently put a new stereo w/ display in my wrangler and added a $22 backup camera from Amazon. I didnít expect much as far as picture quality, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It is wired, but running wires in this vehicle is super easy. Donít know how to post a link from my iPhone, but the model is TTP-C12B.

this is what i did, i was amazed at the $20 amazon camera. 10x better picture than my dads 2017 denali version.
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I installed a aftermarket head unit after the factory radio quit. Hooked up a $15 back-up camera from Amazon, installed in the tailgate lock. Makes hooking up the trailers so much easier






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Just do it, I have one installed in my old truck for close to 5 years, it was a cheapie from amazon and I put a some extra silicone all around the case split and it still works to this day. Pioneer head unit and worked great.
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I bought a Rear view mirror monitor with a 7 inch screen from Tadi Brothers and use a wireless camera on my Expedition.
Camera comes on when you go into reverse gear. They have a variety of cameras to chose from.

The mirror monitor will also accommodate another camera if you want a front mounted camera.

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