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Message posted by Bramidan02/7/2022 at 1:16pm
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Hi, well we have gone and done it, swapping our Pennine Folding Camper for a Motorhome.
Largely happened because on our travels because of delays we couldnít get onto campsites. We didnít really want to try and sleep in lorry stops etc in the FC, we felt to exposed so ended up doing what I never wanted to do, driving all night. The actual drive was ok but sleeping in the daylight the next day didnít work so we felt wiped out.
Right my question, probably first of many, so be gentle. I have the option of having a reversing camera connected to the existing head which will just operate when I am reversing or I can have a clip on monitor which will have two cameras, one effectively acting like a rear view mirror and the other for reversing.
Iím tempted for two cameras as I can see whatís behind rather than just relying on the wing mirrors where there will be blind spots.
What do you think pros and cons? Anybody had either and swapped them out?
Itís an Adria Sun Living S70SC.
Thanks in advance.

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i would go for the rear veiw camera/reversing camera option, rather than just the reversing one coming on when reverse is selected, handy to know whats going on behind you esp if you have a long overhang!

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 02/7/2022 at 8:34pm
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Agree. Though being old fashioned, we do still use a ďbanksmanĒ. Me.

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Message posted by Colin2102/7/2022 at 9:30pm
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Only had exterior mirrors on the coaches I used to drive, and some of them were 40 feet long. No view through the interior of the coach either, so any kind of cameras would have been a plus for me.


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Message posted by AUSTINS02/7/2022 at 11:28pm
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We have both of the cameras you have been offered. As an either or, I would say now, knowing that I am only using it 4O% as the reversing camera that I may not bother to have the two. We are only 21ft long.
I also have a 'work van' and it does not have a reversing mirror at all. It's only rear view is from the standard 'wing' mirrors. There is a bulkhead between me and the actual van load area and four opening doors into the back. Hence I can always be kerb side loading/unloading.
The MH has the 2 cab doors and the kerb side habitation door. I hardly use that internal mirror and I guess that is because I work in the wing mirror only van.
BUT and this is worth thinking about to be honest. Is your van left hand drive? Does your van have right hand habitation door or left hand. Or do you enter the habitation area from the cab?. Under these circumstances I could still be convinced to have the 'two' option.
I hope this makes sense to you. If there is not much of a difference in price of the 'two' option, and the 'one' option and you are not familiar with say 'offside habitation door' if you have that. I understand your asking, I hope I have not made the choice more difficult.
It is difficult starting something new. At least now you can chuck more balls in the air and see where YOU land.
Good luck , and enjoy.

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Message posted by Bramidan03/7/2022 at 8:39am
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Thanks for your input everyone, itís the 2 option for me,
I havenít even got the vehicle yet and Iím second guessing!

Message posted by Oswestry Ed via mobile 03/7/2022 at 10:52am
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Having reversed into an unseen post in our Ducato PVC breaking a light on our tow bar mounted cycle rack.
My wife insisted on buying a reversing camera. Excellent decision, we opted for the two camera option, one looking behind and one looking down to check cycle rack. We also opted for a wing mirror screen.
The camera is fitted above the rear light, and ran cable under van in through footwell on drivers side. It is wired to cigarette lighter so it works when ignition is switched on.
I bought it from DRW, the guy is very helpfull.

http://rearviewsystems.drwelectronics.com/

Message posted by Bramidan03/7/2022 at 3:59pm
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Thanks Oswestry, I hesitate to ask but has this unfortunate accident been raised many times?
Going for the two camera option. Better to have too much view of the back than not enough.

Message posted by Oswestry Ed via mobile 03/7/2022 at 5:11pm
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Two cameras work well, especially the one pointing downwards when reversing into parking places.
The only downside is vision is restricted in the rear camera in wet weather and at dusk when following cars have headlights on. But we wouldn't be without it, and it's relatively easy to install.
Ed

Message posted by MrWez04/7/2022 at 10:06am
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We're on our 5th motorhome now, the first 3 had rear windows which allowed me to use the interior mirror, the last two are the only ones which had a solid back wall rendering the interior mirror useless.

On the 4th motorhome we had a split camera fitted, two cameras, one rigged as a rear view camera, the other rigged as a reversing camera, they switched automatically when I selected reverse. Both displayed on a screen which clipped over the interior mirror.

The current (5th), motorhome, came with a reversing camera which is displayed on the dashboard multi-function display. We had an additional rear view camera fitted which again displays on a screen which clips onto the interior mirror.

As you can probably tell, I'm happy with this arrangement and would recommend it to anyone. As Oswestry Ed has pointed out, the vision can be restricted in wet weather, I haven't tried the current arrangement in the dark yet so I can't say if it's an issue but on the previous one it wasn't too good in heavy traffic - too many lights to differentiate.

I know others here have driven bigger vehicles without the benefit of a rear view camera, good for them, but I do wonder whether they would have taken the option if it had been made available to them?

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Message posted by Colin2104/7/2022 at 10:41am
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Quote: Originally posted by MrWez on 04/7/2022

I know others here have driven bigger vehicles without the benefit of a rear view camera, good for them, but I do wonder whether they would have taken the option if it had been made available to them?



As one of those who you are probably referring to, of course I would, but back then they simply weren't available. Coaches did have very big side mirrors though, even back then which was quite a few years ago. The worst ones were the 1950s buses that I drove, which had a stupid little nearside mirror not even as big as the ones I now have on my car. Anything that improves rear vision has to be a good thing in my opinion.


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