It’s not that easy to back up your average vehicle. Motorhomes are larger than your standard vehicle and certainly more difficult to back up. You must also maneuver tightly around the campgrounds, which would be a nervous experience without a backup camera.
The ability to see behind you whether you are driving a car, motorhome or a travel trailer is incredible. It’s certainly essential for safety and maneuvering.
In this post, we’ll go through all of the options of RV camera system, backup camera and side view camera, and the kinds available on the market (i.e., wired vs. wireless).
In order to make smart decisions concerning this vital investment for your rig, we will also discuss some of your most often asked questions about RV backup camera system.
Why RV Backup Camera?
Backup Assistance – The backup camera makes it easier for you to back up.
When you put a backup camera into an RV, it just likes that you have a mirror on the rear. This can have numerous benefits.
For one thing, it makes it easier to back into things. You can also see the children, animals, cars and any other obstacles that were not present when you began to reverse.
Being able to see behind you, as you back up, in other words, RV backup cameras provide safety to support not only to your rig but to others behind/around you.
Road Trafic Safety – RVs are not usually the quickest on the road, which makes them tailgated by many people as a result.
Sadly, they’re invisible to the RV driver if they go too close.
With a backup camera you can notice the blind spot problem behind you. A backup camera can also assist you in keeping an eye on your towing vehicle if you drive a motorhome.
Increased Security – Have you ever heard a sound or voices just a bit too close late at night just outside your RV?
If you sense there’s an issue outside the rig, it doesn’t necessarily feel comfortable just to go out blindly to meet anyone or anything.
There’s no need to step outside your rig if you can quickly scan your in-cab monitor that displays real-time images from your cameras. In our opinion, this puts you in a safer position.
Can a Backup Camera be Added to Your RV?
If you’ve got an RV or 5th wheel camper, you’re likely asking yourself: can I connect a backup camera to my car’s head unit?
If you need to get a camera into your RV’s head, that is totally possible, because most RV and trailer manufacturers put pre-wired bracket on the back of your RV, and you should contact the manufacturers so you are 100% you purchase the correct backup camera for your pre-wired RV.
Certainly don’t have to install a specific brand of camera system if you have one of these kits pre-installed on your RV.
Insted, you can purchase an aftermarket backup camera system from the market, which would come with a 7″-9″ monitor as these cameras aren’t normally compatible with the screen in your vehicle if it already has one.
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Wired vs. Wireless Backup Cameras for RV
So, what kind of RV backup cameras are available?
While dozens of certain brands and models exist, they are usually divided into two types: wireless and wired.
Wired RV Backup Camera System – Wire into your RV, as the name says.
That means more installation is required, and usually greater installation expenses.
But it also means that you can add it to any RV out there practically. You can always find a wired RV backup camera from the market that works on your rig whether you drive a Class A motorhome, a fifth wheel or a compact sleeper.
You don’t have to worry about the issues of losing signal in this case as people do sometimes with the wireless cameras.
In particular, if you have a lengthy RV, it can be more difficult to hold the signal if the distance between the display and your wireless camera is quite large.
Wireless RV Backup Camera System – As indicated, not hardwired.
Instead, the wireless backup camera is connected to the monitor using wireless technology – analog or digital wireless signals.
Although these cameras are frequently cheaper and quicker to install than wired systems, some campers say that they are unreliable since the signal tends to drop sometimes.
Markedly, they only need to be connected to DC (12-volt) power at the monitor and the camera. These systems are chosen mostly for their ease of installation.
That said, for ease of use and installation(don’t need to hire a professional), they can’t be beaten.