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Old 01-12-2019, 08:49 PM   #1
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I wish to install a rearview/backup camera on my Dodge 2002 Leisure Travel van. What features should I look for? Do any of you have any recommendations?

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Old 01-13-2019, 07:48 PM   #2
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As I needed both a GPS and a back up camera I bought a Garmin RV 760 lmt.
You hook the power lead for the camera to a backup light wire at one of the rear lights. The video is wireless. The backup grids are adjustable for your vehicle. The GPS is designed for a RV, you set the RV sizes and it warns of possible problems ahead.
It has worked great for me.
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It depends on how much money you want to spend. I bought a "one time special" 7 inch wireless display and camera at Sams Club several years ago for sixty bucks. I elected to wire it direct to the running light circuit on my 2007 Roadtrek 210P so it is on whenever the van motor is running. It is perfectly clear and works fine. I want it on when I am going down the road so I can see who or what is behind me as well as monitoring a hitch carrier if I am using one of them. Of course, it also is great for backing up as well.

I once had a Sony hardwired on a 24 foot Class B+ that came with the rig for a thousand bucks (option). The Sams Club display is much clearer and more useful IMO.

There are lots of choices available on Amazon, both hard wired and wireless.
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I have wondered how the less expensive units perform compare to the more expensive units. I am sure that one gets what he pays for, but I do not want junk. I appreciate your replies and will look at both units. Thank you.
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As I needed both a GPS and a back up camera I bought a Garmin RV 760 lmt.
You hook the power lead for the camera to a backup light wire at one of the rear lights. The video is wireless. The backup grids are adjustable for your vehicle. The GPS is designed for a RV, you set the RV sizes and it warns of possible problems ahead.
It has worked great for me.
I have a 760 which performs well. I was considering their backup camera but decided against it after reading some negative reviews for this camera regardless image sharpness and IIRC nighttime performance. Your experience has been otherwise?
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:49 AM   #6
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Good thread! I've thought about a backup camera for my 97 PW. The question that I have is if you guys are using the existing head unit on your RVs. If you know the Dodge VanWagon on which some (mine) of the PWs are based, the radio space is that odd 1.5 unit height. For those of you who have added a camera, where did you put the monitor?
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GallenH - Good question and I have wondered the same--where best to mount the monitor. I supposed that it would have to be on the dash, somewhere rather than in the dashboard itself.

I am not sure what you mean by the head unit. Is that the dashboard? I hope that some users will respond.
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I have a 760 which performs well. I was considering their backup camera but decided against it after reading some negative reviews for this camera regardless image sharpness and IIRC nighttime performance. Your experience has been otherwise?
Picture not as sharp as the picture on the wife's Cherokee but is OK and far better than having none. Also, I have added some LED back up lights, so the night picture is very good.
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I removed the original 1.5 height (1.5 DIN) radio and replaced it with a Sony single DIN radio, cd/dvd player and video display. It has a flip-out screen that retracts into the radio when turned off, and moves out and up when turned on. I installed a video camera just above the license plate. The camera is less than 1-inch cube and hard wired. The picture is very clear. I need to add LED lights as mentioned above and expect that will help with night-time use. The hardware cost was around $400 and I had it installed by a local shop as my days of groveling around under an old oily mechanism of any sort are log gone. Installation was maybe $150.

This is not only a media player and backup camera, but it displays GPS from an Android or Iphone with audio through the speakers. I no longer have to try to hear the tinny speaker my cell phone and look at the screen vibration around on a cheesy vent mount located too high or too low in my visual field. "OK Google" or "Hey Siri" and I get driving directions hands free.
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Does anyone use the Dual dashcams that have the camera for the back? There seems to be a lot of reasonable choices on Amazon.
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