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popotla

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Is it true that positioning a dashcam in front of (or behind, if you prefer) the driving mirror can interfere with satnav operation, due to the fact that the "beams" or whatever they are come in through the top of the windscreen?

I read something about this but now can't find it.
 
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Probably, but only if you believe it necessary to wrap your head in tin foil to protect you from alien subversion thought beams trying to influence your thoughts
 
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Didnt think dashcam was allowed in Germany ?

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Mine are next to each other but both have external gps aerials which are also one above other on lower part of windscreen. never had a problem.
 

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The only relative topic I can think of is that my cousin ^interfered^ with his wifes sister.
The result being that he lost the Motorhome in the divorce proceedings and coincidentally the SatNav.
Hope this helps.
 
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May I ask what sort of gps Ariel's you use please ?

Bought one from ebay suitable for the tom-tom sat nav & the one for @Jaws camera I thought came with it ? I might be wrong but can't see why I would have bought one for the camera.
**Actually I should expand on that. The sat nav is positioned above the windscreen & about 10" from the screen so occasionally kept losing signal especially with the overcab bed so I bought an aerial. First positioned at top right of screen but have now moved it to bottom of screen so no chance of the over cab affecting the signal**
 

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The only relative topic I can think of is that my cousin ^interfered^ with his wifes sister.
The result being that he lost the Motorhome in the divorce proceedings and coincidentally the SatNav.
Hope this helps.

That is quite possibly the single most random thing I have read all week :LOL:
 
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Dashcams often have infrared LEDs to help them see at night. That will have zero effect on GPS radio reception.

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Allanm

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The beams, I assume you mean gps signals, will come in through your windscreen whether you have a sat nav or not. The sat nav will pick up the signal, that is already there, on its antenna, just like a radio or tv.
I have a Garmin Nuvicam. It’s a sat nav with built in dash cam. No interference either way.
 
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Is there a list on countries that dash cams are illegal ? I am planning a trip to Scandinavia .
 
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We have a ‘birds eye’ camera, any thoughts on the legality as far as countries that ban dash cams. It works as a dash cam as well as a manouvering aid. The cameras are permanent fixtures.

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We have a ‘birds eye’ camera, any thoughts on the legality as far as countries that ban dash cams. It works as a dash cam as well as a manouvering aid. The cameras are permanent fixtures.
A bit off topic (not unusual on Fun :)) but how useful do you find your 'birds eye' camera system.
With the very wide angle lens and a small screen are you able to accurately position the van to avoid obstructions and manoeuvre in tight spots.
Our A class is a bit of a bus and judging the space at the corners takes some judgement and a bit of luck.
They are a lot of money to have fitted but are they worth it?
Same question to @DavidG58 as I seem to remember he had them fitted to his Hymer.
Thanks

Richard.
 
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A bit off topic (not unusual on Fun :)) but how useful do you find your 'birds eye' camera system.
With the very wide angle lens and a small screen are you able to accurately position the van to avoid obstructions and manoeuvre in tight spots.
Our A class is a bit of a bus and judging the space at the corners takes some judgement and a bit of luck.
They are a lot of money to have fitted but are they worth it?
Same question to @DavidG58 as I seem to remember he had them fitted to his Hymer.
Thanks

Richard.
 
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Sorry about previous post I tried to add a quote then pressed wrong button.
The birds eye camera is one of our best buys. Our MH is nearly 7.5m long. I find that the lines on the monitor give me about 60cms clearance of any object I am trying to avoid. If I put either indicator on the view changes to that side. They need calibrating correctly, ours was bought from Trailer Vue and fitted via them by VTec. There is an option of recording front camera or rear and front.
 
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@Clarky morning Richard

Mixed opinion from me, I fitted the system as my original rear camera (fitted by original owner) was next to useless mounted below rear skirt

I had hit a wall and a tree in the months before fitting the current package, not touched anything in 2 years now (y)

But in reality the other issues were driver error, I do find the screen big enough and mine is set to give full screen on the side I am indicating so very good for fast road lane changing and slip roads

Rear perspective is a bit foreshortened, something coming up fast could be missed and vehicles are actually closer than they look

Overall good system although I have yet mastered the download but hope not to need to

It does have an annoying ‘ping’ at most bumps in the road which it sees as an ‘activation’ although it runs all the time anyway

Would I pay for it again in a new MH? Not sure, but also not considering a swap so doesn’t matter yet

David

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