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#229115 8-Feb-2018 11:35
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Looking for a reliable, easy, not too expensive solution to have a camera on the back of the caravan, for reversing but also to see what's happening behind the car when you're driving.


I found this...


It's not wireless, says it comes with a 5m rear camera connection cable.




Would it be possible to wire this up with a couple of camera connection cables (under the car/caravan??), and a connector on the towbar somewhere?




PS. I have looked at the Chinese cameras, but the wifi ones don't seem reliable.

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  #1953574 8-Feb-2018 11:56
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Check that the signal will travel that far. 


I had one (a cheapie) on our caravan it worked but the image was a little scratchy.


Another suggestion is to make sure you can trigger the camera by some means other than selecting reverse.


Mine had separate power and activation circuits.  I connected the power circuit to the headlight feed from the trailer plug.  I connected the activation lead to the aux pin on the trailer plug.  On the car side the aux socket was connected to the reverse lights and a fused switch at the dash.


Or course this switch also had the effect of illuminating the reverse lights.  That wasn't problem for me. but if it had been I would have added a diode.





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  #1954364 9-Feb-2018 14:08
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I had a wireless camera fitted to a new caravan last year. In use it has proved very reliable, and the digital 2.4GHz system seem to be pretty immune to interference. Works fine through the caravan and canopy of the ute.


Obviously have no idea on long term reliability, but the dealer said they have not had issues.


They seem to be more expensive than wired, but then you don't have all the hassle of wiring all the way to the dash. Just plug the screen in and away you go. The camera is powered from the lights circuit to save running other cables in the caravan.


The one I’ve got is an Apollo



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  #1955685 12-Feb-2018 13:03
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Good to hear there are quality wireless options out there.  The ones I tried for the boat were laggy, which was hopeless for backing a trailer.


BTW backing a trailer via camera instead of mirrors is quite different.


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  #1955719 12-Feb-2018 13:59
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Or... get a Land Rover with Advanced Tow Assist!

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  #1955757 12-Feb-2018 14:19
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Or... get a Land Rover with Advanced Tow Assist!



That's very slow, and still doesn't solve the issue of seeing directly behind the caravan/boat/other-big-thing.


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