Now that I have a few miles with the eRaptor backup video camera system, I thought I should provide an update.
As I mentioned several weeks ago (here), my backup camera was a four camera eRaptor kit from Amazon. Two of the cameras are squarish forward/backward type cameras and two are more aerodynamic and intended for mounting on the side of the coach. The 7″ TFT video screen is fairly decent and has a button to select any of the four cameras. One can also configure the screen to display nearly any combination of one or more of the cameras. Of course, when doing this, the image size from each camera is significantly smaller. It works but I can’t see well enough to see the level of detail that I like so I haven’t used that feature. That said; neither of the side cameras have been mounted, yet. I can kind of imagine that one of these multiple views would be more useful if able to see both sides and behind (such as in fairly heavy traffic).
You can imagine my shock to see that the screen was mounted to the dash with duct tape.
I have no idea who would do that…
However; you gotta admit that the black duct tape looks pretty fashionable on the dash!
What can I say. Too many things to do and too little time. Fixing the cracks in the panels, renewing all the switches, and coming up with a sexy-high-tech look for the whole dash is currently item # 3493 on my to do list. Permanently mounting the screen is part of that task. 🙂
The backup camera is always very useful for both backing up as well as keeping an eye on the Jeep (tow vehicle).
A recent update has been to mount one of the cameras on the roof. It is near the front of the coach and aft looking.
This was done as an experiment. Tree limbs present a major issue when sneaking down forest roads to that great boondocking spot. The thought is that this camera will allow me to see a problem before it actually damages something on the roof. Now that the camera is installed, it is clear to me that a wide angle lens is not ideal for this application. I certainly will not be able to see any detail but maybe just enough to save myself some frustration.
I’m not sure if it will accomplish the goal but it may help. We’ll see… (pun intended) 🙂