Mirror monitor or dash, views please

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  1. daisy mae

    daisy mae Read Only Funster

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    I am referring to reversing cameras,

    I was going to have the mirror monitor, as I have a Sat Nav on the dash board which I remove when parked, so I thought the mirror one would be the best option also no low life hopefully wouldn`t think it was a DVD screen if it was on the dash.

    On ringing a company, they didn`t recommend mirror monitors because of the glare. I cannot fit one myself , so I aim to get a good one fitted, not from flea-bay, so need to get it right first time.

    If I back into our drive, I have a low stone wall on one side and my husbands car on the other, I cannot see the stone wall from my wing mirrors as I have to be near to the wall, also I cannot see out of the back window as it is higher than my Topaz was and I am short. :Rofl1: So I drive in forwards, decided to get a reversing camera, hence my quandary, I had decided on a twin /tilt camera with a 7" mirror monitor, camera to come on with the ignition, then a lower view when in reverse, the company I spoke to didn`t recommend this set up, then there are the Camos and CCD Cameras, so any help would be much appreciated from any forum members who have experience of all types please, if you don`t mind.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Margaret
     
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    This is what we did.
     
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    Have you spoken to Dave Newell. He's very good at this stuff, does an excellent job, it's not too far to go from where you are and while he does the job you can make a day of it and spend your time going round the Blist Hill village. Well worth it :thumb:

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    ...plus he does Funster discount!

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    We have a mirror monitor with a single camera at present, however hubby is putting in 2 new cameras, one to provide a rear view (as per a normal rear view mirror) and another one for a parking/reversing view.

    We installed it all ourselves and haven't linked it into the van's electrics, instead we just plug it into one of the dash 12v outlets. The benefit of this was that we could use it as a rear view mirror and not just one that came on when reversing, plus it was easy to move it from one van to another (we had it in our previous Chausson) without having to mess about with the van's electrics.

    Obviously our set-up has cost a lot less than a 'professionally' installed system, but works just as well as far as we're concerned, for our needs.

    As for a dash or mirror monitor, in our experience dash mounted monitors actually have more of a problem with reflection than a mirror does - our sat nav is on the dash and I've had to make a cowl for it so we can see it, no problem with the mirror monitor at all - and, as has been mentioned, not having the monitor in view on the dash is one less thing for 'oiks' to try to nick!
     
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    hi. I have the mirror system as you describe, its brilliant never had a problem
     
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    I have had both, the previous van had the dash mount but the current van has the mirror system. I much prefer the mirror system, it is just like a normal car, mirror, signal, manoeuvre. No problems at all.
     
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    Because I wanted proper split screen for four cameras I went for a 7" dash mount.. Sort of compliments the DVR where the mirror used to be and the three GPS units across the dash !
     
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    Hi just read your blog of your introduction to motor homing very interesting thanks. :Smile:
     
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    ....BUT be careful how you fix the D/Board SCREEN

    Like a good few other Funsters..we have had both Mirror & Dash.-Both WIRED systems & No real problems encountered. Am sure a Competent DIY 'Bodger' can feed the wires through the vehicles on a Summers day:RollEyes:

    We now have an 8"[Diag] Dash mounted for the M/Home with 2 inputs for 2 cameras., 1 looks rearwards & the other looks downwards on the 'Toad' and towbar coupling--this is the check that the 'Toad' does not have a 'Flat' and not to check that the vehicle is still attatched:Doh::Rofl1::Rofl1: Peace of mind eh !

    NB. DO FIX IN A MANNER THAT WILL ALLOW 'Fold Down' or 'Removal' WHEN IT COMES TO THE MOT :Eeek::Eeek: SO THAT IT DOES NOT OBSTRUCT THE DRIVERS VIEW THRO' THE WINDSCREEN. :thumb:
     
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    I'm with the mirror mounted supporters, but, wherever you have a monitor fitted make sure it's on an adjustable bracket. You need to be able to turn the monitor away from reflecting surfaces inside the van, whenever the sun shines!!

    I think high level camera(s) would give the best view for reversing, because you can see your vehicle as well as any obstacles and if you wanted 'rear view' also they don't suffer as much from headlight glare as low mounted.
     
  13. daisy mae

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    Thank you all so much for your input, I have decided to go with the rear view mirror monitor, just have to decide which kit to go for, single or twin camera, / make, decisions, decisions, I want to get one fitted as soon as, as I cannot see out of the rear window, or down the length of my MH as the body is shaped, and I can only see as far as the lounge window through my wing mirrors, so before I prang something, :cry: I need them.

    Thank you,
    Margaret
     
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