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Posted: 08/09/12 04:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wildtoad: try a fresnel lens on the rear window. they work well if you get the large size. gotta have the shade up though.


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Posted: 08/09/12 04:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.

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Posted: 08/09/12 04:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use my camera all the time. Not just for backing in. Come in handy in traffic. You can see the idiot who is tail gating in the blind spot.


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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.

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hotbyte wrote:

If MH has no rear window then I'd consider it a deal breaker.


lol just go buy one and install it... you must be lazy

and why would anyone be using the microwave while backing up? DW is hungry?


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mlts22 wrote:

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.
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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.

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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.


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Posted: 08/10/12 10:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mammoth-Snowman wrote:

hotbyte wrote:

If MH has no rear window then I'd consider it a deal breaker.


lol just go buy one and install it... you must be lazy

and why would anyone be using the microwave while backing up? DW is hungry?


I'm far from lazy and DO NOT appreciate the being called such by someone who has no idea.


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Somehow I think Snowman was writing tongue in cheek. Perhaps that would have been more obvious had he added a suitable emoticon after “lazy.”

BTW - I wouldn't want to be without a rear window either.

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