Let’s face it, an RV, even a travel trailer or fifth wheel is one, big, rolling blind spot. Technology is giving us visibility we never thought possible. Wireless and wired RV camera systems are adding a new dimension of safety to RV driving. The latest technology makes it easy to add one of these systems to your existing rig. But, which one do you buy? How much should you spend?
Let me simplify the process for you. Here are some RV backup camera reviews.
A Video Safety System
When “Backup Cameras” came onto the market they got their name because the thing they did well was enable you to see what was behind you when you were backing up. Makes sense, right? No more blind back-ins.
The technology is improving. On some of these wireless systems, you can run the camera the entire time you drive. You have in effect a video “rear view mirror” giving you a continuous view of the traffic conditions behind you.
However, driving at highway speeds impedes the camera’s ability to transmit a clear signal. If you need continuous rear vision, I recommend you get a camera that is hard-wired to the monitor. The cameras in this review are all wireless, that is a wire is not needed to transmit the picture from the camera to the monitor.
Infrared technology is added so that even at night, you have rear vision.
It gets even better. Additional cameras can be added. You can add a second camera to the passenger side to help eliminate the blind spot on the driver’s right. What peace of mind you have when you can change into the right lane knowing it’s clear.
There are dozens of backup video systems on the market. The prices range from about $100 for a very basic system, and can go as high as $1,000. The good news is you can find a good, easy to install backup camera system for much less than that. Every camera system in this review sells for under $250.
Easy to Assemble?
Each manufacturer claims their product is easy to assemble. “Easy” and “hard” are relative terms. Ease of installation depends on how comfortable you are splicing into your vehicles wiring.
The kits come with installation instructions and the sellers provide tech support. However, installation is best done by someone with an understanding of your vehicle’s electrical system.
What is an IP rating?
IP stands for Ingress Protection. There is a rating system that defines how certain environmental factors can affect a sensitive electrical device. In this case, your camera. The camera is mounted to the back of your RV and is continuously exposed to dirt and, when it rains, water.
The IP rating shows how well your camera’s case will keep dirt and water out of your camera. Two numbers are used in the rating. The first number indicates how well the case keeps solids, like dust and dirt, out. The second number shows how well the case keeps out liquids, like water.
The devices in this review all have IP ratings with the first number 6. This is the highest rating for solids. What this means is the case will keep dust and dirt out of your camera.
One camera in the review has an IP rating of 68. The 8 is the liquid rating. A liquid rating of 8 is more than adequate for an outdoor vehicle-mounted camera. 9 is the highest liquid rating and is used to describe device casings that can withstand high-pressure water sprays. Two cameras in this review have an IP rating of 69.
The IP ratings for each camera are listed in the camera’s description.
Let’s Take a Look at Backup Cameras
I looked at the features available and the systems I will be presenting will have the following features.
- Wireless rear camera. This does not mean the camera needs no wires to operate. It means the video image from the rear camera to the monitor is transmitted without wires. The rear camera usually gets its power by wiring it to the reverse or running lights.
- The system is expandable. Additional camera(s) can be added.
- The system is easy to install and comes with step-by-step instructions.
This durable camera is paired with a 7-inch LCD wireless reversing monitor. The monitor’s wireless receiver is built-in. You won’t need an additional RX box.
Up to four cameras can be linked to this monitor. However, the cameras must be viewed by switching between the inputs. There is no split-screen.
The camera is made of a zinc alloy material which makes it durable even in adverse weather. It is waterproof, rated at iP69K. There are 10 infrared lights and sharp CCD sensor for night vision.
Installation is simple, just wire the camera to your reverse lights. When you put your rig in reverse, the picture will be transmitted wirelessly to your monitor. Your monitor can be powered from your cigarette lighter or other similar 12 Volt outlet.
Your monitor can be mounted by suction cup on a smooth surface or with a stand placed in the front of the dashboard. There is customer support and a one-year warranty.
The Accfly is a very versatile system. It can be used as a backup camera or a full-time rear view camera. A hard metal case keeps this camera protected. The camera is IP-69 marine grade waterproof. It is mud proof, fog resistant. There are 18 individual infrared LED for night vision ability.
The unit is easy to install. The monitor is a 7-inch TFT LCD widescreen full color monitor with built-in wireless receiver.
Most RVs have 12 Volt electrical systems, however the Accfly is versatile and can operate on voltages from 12-24 volts.
There is a one-year warranty.
Featuring wireless transmission to a 7-inch monitor. At the time of this writing, you can get this backup camera kit for less than $100 ($99.99). DohonesBest boasts a good customer rating and it is expandable to two cameras.
The camera is rated ip68 waterproof. This is not the highest rating, but it should be enough for weather an RV is likely to see. An iP68 waterproof rating would not keep me from buying the camera. It also has a 150 degree viewing range. You will get a good, wide view of the area behind you. The camera has 18 infrared LEDs for night vision.
With a wireless transmission of 100 feet, the DohonesBest is well within the range of any Motorhome or truck/trailer pull behind currently on the market. The kit comes with full written instructions and is easy to install.
A second camera can be added. The second camera is hardwired to the monitor. If you have a fifth wheel or pull behind, you can mount the second camera to the tow vehicle and use it to help you hitch up.
There is a two year warranty and tech support is provided.
Each camera has its strengths. The Yuwei is the most expandable (4 cameras). Accfly offers a system that operates on a range of voltages (12V – 24V). However, my choice is the DohonesBest. It is the lowest price and gives a durable, expandable easy to install wireless camera system.
It’s time to get that wireless backup camera system for your rig. You can click on any of the pictures and you will be taken to Amazon where you can buy that camera, or shop for another.
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