I'd say it 'depends',,, on you. Do you, have you, driven with mirrors very much?
You need to be patient and comfortable with whatever you drive. If you've got a good memory, you look at what's back there and back up.... if you forgot a tree or a pole, in the pic,,, that's an oops. LOL
DW bought me an 'aftermarket' unit, got what we paid for. I never even bother to plug it in. Too blurry, snowy, ,,, well you get the idea.
Buy it, learn to drive it. Whatever IT may be.
2011 Dodge 1500 C'boy Caddy
2000 Jayco C 28' Ford chassis w V-10 E450
Doghouse 36' or so Trophy Classic TT
Love my backing cam. But no, one without it would not be a deal breaker. A good wired one isn't that hard to add, or in the grand scheme of things, all that pricey.
I've installed three, one in each RV. I went cheap the 1st time, and that was a mistake. It was just as hard to install, and didn't last long. I mount the camera up high, looking down so that the back bumper is just in the frame. That way it covers the area I can't see in either side mirror or thru the back window.
Jim, "Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now."
'06 Tiger CX 'C Minus' on a Silverado 2500HD 4x4, 8.1 & Allison (aka 'Loafer's Glory') www.tigervehicles.com
I have been looking at some class Cs, and some models do not come with a rear camera. Call me lazy, but after getting used to having one on vehicles I drive, I've found it important, especially when backing up into tight spots.
Are aftermarket systems as good as something from the factory, or would I be best off in finding a class C that is factory wired with the rear view camera built in?
I do know that most wireless systems are pointless, that most won't work due to the distance involved, not to mention RF interference from microwaves and Wi-fi systems.
I would not buy one without it.
Todd, Shirley, and the "Maddawgs" min-pins Precious and Buster Brown
2011 Itasca Cambria 30C
2011 Demco KarKaddy 460SS
TST 507 RV TPMS
"if there is anything left when we are gone, then we miscalculated"
A deal breaker? you have to be kidding, right? Of all the things to consider as a 'deal breaker' at least pick one that involves the integrity of the house or chassis. That's a $100.00 item, for heavens sake.
Crappy tires? maybe. Lousy workmanship inside? likely. Significant damage prior to sale? for sure. but a camera...?
And really...if a person doesn't know how to safely back up their unit, they had best be learning. That camera will quit just when you want it most. Here's a trick, if you are solo? get out and walk around and look at stuff.
I have a Blog..about stuff, some of which is RV'ing.
The camera that came standard on my RV quit shortly after leaving the manufacturer. They replaced it. That one quit as well, before leaving the state. I did some research and found out that it cost $70 retail. I'm currently looking for a replacement.
I like having a back-up camera, but if I wanted a unit that didn't have one, it wouldn't be a deal breaker. You can always add one.