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Old 06-02-2019, 09:56 PM   #1
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I am very close to purchasing a Class B but I have a question for everyone. How do you know what's around you?

I took this vehicle for a test drive and it drove fine but when I looked in the rear view mirror, most of it was taken up by the bathroom! The van has a backup camera, which seems essential, but that doesn't help as I'm driving down an Interstate and in .25 miles there is a left hand exit I want to try to make if possible.

Is there a camera system for the rear view mirror that's on all the time? Or a different wire to connect it to instead of the reverse lights? Brake lights won't work.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:15 PM   #2
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Think truck, truck driver. It is the side mirrors, same with your B, and the driver.

Easy for me as I purchased the B 22 months after put in service and owned by a retired trucker, passed away. I was driving along with his son before purchase and he mentioned the side mirrors and thought they were no good.

It did not take but a couple of minutes to adjust each mirror, with each having a small 'Blind Spot Mirror' that had been selected by the trucker. On the left I can see everything right down the side of the van and almost directly sideways, everything. On the right same thing except not as much out to the side. Trying to recall sitting here, maybe 70 degrees with directly to the side being 90 degrees. The missing 20 degrees is seen through passenger window and window right behind. I can also see out the back windows, so I'm fine. I have been too lazy to install a rear camera. Without the rear camera I'm restricted some on what I can do compared to if I had one. I don't need one driving.

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Think truck, truck driver. It is the side mirrors, same with your B, and the driver.

Easy for me as I purchased the B 22 months after put in service and owned by a retired trucker, passed away. I was driving along with his son before purchase and he mentioned the side mirrors and thought they were no good.

It did not take but a couple of minutes to adjust each mirror, with each having a small 'Blind Spot Mirror' that had been selected by the trucker. On the left I can see everything right down the side of the van and almost directly sideways, everything. On the right same thing except not as much out to the side. Trying to recall sitting here, maybe 70 degrees with directly to the side being 90 degrees. The missing 20 degrees is seen through passenger window and window right behind. I can also see out the back windows, so I'm fine. I have been too lazy to install a rear camera. Without the rear camera I'm restricted some on what I can do compared to if I had one. I don't need one driving.

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That's such a great tip, Bud. In this day and age of multi camera views in everything from SUVs to compact cars, I sometimes think it has set us up for failure. Don't get me wrong, I love rear view cameras... I had an 85 Bronco 30 years ago with NO rear view mirror (it plumb fell off). I learned to use those big side mirrors. Best thing to ever happen to me. It's given me confidence to drive just about anything. Thanks again for the reminder... Sometimes we get too close to the project and miss the obvious solutions.
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Sprinters (at least) have optional blind-spot detection that I now consider indispensable in any vehicle. It is very effective. Also, there is a feature in the standard Sprinter head unit to leave the backup cam on while driving. It is not all that useful for this purpose, though. There are lots of aftermarket "electronic rear-view mirrors" that you could install. 360-degree "bird view" systems with four cameras have gotten very cheap. I installed one in our Sprinter several years ago. More useful for parking than driving, though.
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In my Sprinter van I use my side mirrors with blind spot detection both with a red light and sound to warn me. I can then also see in the lower mirror if there is a vehicle and automatically know if I can see a vehicle they are in my blind spot. That's a belt and suspenders approach. Though I have a center rear view mirror and can see out the back window, I don't use it, but sparingly. I think of the center rear view to see what is going on inside my van. I do have a backup camera in my after market Pioneer 7" screen but it is only on when backing up.

I've ordered a new Sprinter with the Mercedes Benz MBUX unit 10" screen with a built in 360 camera view. I don't know how I would use that except for parking because I think I would have the navigation screen on most of the time.
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The 360-degree camera system on our Volvo cannot be used over something like 10MPH. I guess they don't want people trying to drive with it.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Sprinter OEM system had a similar restriction.
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I don’t know if the 360 deg. view can operate over 10 mph. That’s a good question and perhaps it was meant for parking. ARV has had their own 360 system as an option for over 4 years which I think they will abandon for the MB system. The next ARV out the door after mine had the 360 and until that time I never heard of it. I just missed out on it or I might have been an early adopter and could have spoken with more knowledge.
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I have one that mounts on the existing mirrror. I mounted the camera above the rear door. The camera is wide angle so everything behind looks farther away than it actually is. CAUTION !. The wide angle is good though when backing out of a driveway. You can see traffic coming from almost the side. You can also see the ground about 4 feet behind the van. Good when backing up. Here is where I got mine:
https://www.rearviewsafety.com/backu...a-systems.html
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I have one that mounts on the existing mirrror. I mounted the camera above the rear door. The camera is wide angle so everything behind looks farther away than it actually is. CAUTION !.
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I am very close to purchasing a Class B but I have a question for everyone. How do you know what's around you?

I took this vehicle for a test drive and it drove fine but when I looked in the rear view mirror, most of it was taken up by the bathroom! The van has a backup camera, which seems essential, but that doesn't help as I'm driving down an Interstate and in .25 miles there is a left hand exit I want to try to make if possible.

Is there a camera system for the rear view mirror that's on all the time? Or a different wire to connect it to instead of the reverse lights? Brake lights won't work.
Purchase this from amazon.com:

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I have one in my RV, works great. Highly recommend this. It'll come on automatically when you're in reverse, or be on all the time, or on/off with a switch. All depends on how you hook it up.
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