Camera overkill ? (1 Viewer)

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Well, I started over with a dashcam to record any idiots in front of me.

Then I added a rearview and downward looking camera at the back (Waeco) with one monitor to switch between the two views. Got rid of the Waeco camera for better Chinese jobbie within a couple of years.

Then I thought that I should record the rear views in case of idiots behind me, so I bought a 4 input split screen or switchable view monitor (which replaced the Waeco monitor) which would also record.

Now I had two spare inputs, so I added a small camera under each front indicator light, to record idiots either side of me, but also allows good views down the sides of MH if reversing down tight alley.

Then I put in a dedicated 5" monitor in the position of the rearview mirror for quick glances to rearview.

Now came a new radio, Pioneer, which came with a video input function, well could not let that go to waste, so it shows downwards camera when reverse gear is selected.

Not finished yet, I added a delay circuit so that when the ignition is switched off the cameras keep recording for 5 mins and a button press will extent that. This button will also bring on all the cameras at any time even with the ignition off. So say you were camped up at night and you heard a noise outside, you could press the button and within a couple of seconds have a 360ish view round the MH all being recorded, without showing to the outside that you were looking.

When I eventually get round to designing and building an alarm system I will link it to the cameras so that any alarm will bring on the cameras which will record the scene round the MH as the alarm is sounding, to be viewed later. I'm surprised that this feature is not offered as an option by alarm installers.

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What a fab system, fair play. I especially like the parked up security camera aspect of it. You could be onto a winner there. (y)
 

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Have you thought of having a word with Google mapping Street view to see if they have any spare cameras.
One of those stuck on the roof should do.
 
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Overkill? hardly started, more like. What about a camera to show you the wastepipe while positioning over a drain. Or to check it's dribbling OK when driving along curvy roads popular with bikers:D.

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Changed my single rear camera for a double, put the single one over the drain pipe outlet, then put an eyeball type one under the tow bar so I could see what’s going on with the trailer wheels!
You can never have too much rear visibility in my book(n)
 

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Shame you are so far away, you could have done mine.
 
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Any recommedations for a camera? I have a rear view one which is OK but I would prefer one with less zoom. I find that I can see a little dot in the mirror half/three quarters of a mile away, next thing it turns out to be a great big artic and it's driving past me. I know there will alway be some distortion but this seems too much and not like my previous one. There is a digital zoom on the monitor but it isn't able to improve the optical zoom coming from the camera.:(

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Any recommedations for a camera? I have a rear view one which is OK but I would prefer one with less zoom. I find that I can see a little dot in the mirror half/three quarters of a mile away, next thing it turns out to be a great big artic and it's driving past me. I know there will alway be some distortion but this seems too much and not like my previous one. There is a digital zoom on the monitor but it isn't able to improve the optical zoom coming from the camera.:(

Wyn

Are you using the correct viewing angle camera ? The one which is rearview has a narrow viewing angle and the downward one has a wide viewing angle. Mix them up and you might get as you describe. I know my side ones are wide viewing angle which means they down see a long way back of the MH, but look sideways a good amount.

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Apart from the 360 camera system and long range rear on my RV I found it very useful to have a forward facing camera to give a view on o/s for pulling out past stopped vehicles when in UK as RV was LHD as you would expect .
 

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Are you using the correct viewing angle camera ? The one which is rearview has a narrow viewing angle and the downward one has a wide viewing angle. Mix them up and you might get as you describe. I know my side ones are wide viewing angle which means they down see a long way back of the MH, but look sideways a good amount.
I've now found the paperwork for it. It's a Camos CM-200. Not been able to find much about it.

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When I eventually get round to designing and building an alarm system I will link it to the cameras so that any alarm will bring on the cameras which will record the scene round the MH as the alarm is sounding

A further addition would be some kind of app on your phone, so you can view the cameras from home, or from the pub, or from your long walk out or wherever you may be when away from the van.

Great work @Sandancers I love it!
 
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A further addition would be some kind of app on your phone, so you can view the cameras from home, or from the pub, or from your long walk out or wherever you may be when away from the van.

Great work @Sandancers I love it!

Yeah, a mod so if the alarm sounds then your phone tells you and gives you video from your cameras. Could work.

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eight years in theory, a newby in practice!!!
Just wondering what your bedroom is like :Eeek: Just saying :whistle::LOL:
 

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