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Installing a Backup Camera for Trailers

Seeing what’s behind you is just as important as knowing what’s ahead when you’re towing.

Jul 21, 2020
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How many of you will admit to having just a small bit of uncertainty (we're being polite and not calling it anxiety), when you have to drive in Reverse—back up—with a trailer attached to your truck? Trust us, it happens to the best drivers.
When towing in Reverse, drivers must also be able to process actions in an opposite manner, especially when it comes to moving a trailer to the right, left, or even keeping it straight. Turning the steering wheel to the left results in trailer movement to the right, and vice-versa. Straight back is an evil combination of both, executed in short but smooth steering-wheel movements.
With practice, the task becomes easier to execute. However, not being able to see what's behind a rig, other than whatever can be viewed using mirrors, is flat out frustrating. Of course, "watching the mirrors"—when driving forward or backward—is the critical tactic that is emphasized when we learn the ins and outs of towing. But depending on the type and size of the trailer and/or payload on board, there are times when seeing what's going on in your immediate rear view is just plain impossible and can potentially create a nightmare if you don't have a spotter.
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We're all about finding solutions to dilemmas like this, and we believe we've found one in a cool, rear-vision camera system from Brandmotion that eliminates the guesswork in backing up a truck with a trailer attached.
Officially called the Universal Trailer Rear Vision System, the kit includes a camera (an optional second camera is available for mounting inside a trailer/viewing cargo), installation hardware, more than enough audio/video cables and electrical wiring, and a 7-inch color monitor.
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After many years of hopping in and out of a truck to see where the wall is (before hitting it), or nearly waging war with a buddy or spouse from poor communication (usually verbal/loud "left," "right" and "stop" commands, or misunderstood arm-waving signals) during the back-up process, we decided to bolt the camera system onto our 28-foot enclosed car hauler to see if it helps.
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Installation

Not rushing, and with assistance from our good friend John Lehenbauer, we had the camera and monitor mounted, cable routed cleanly beneath the trailer, wired and fired up in about four hours. Basic hand tools, a drill, and assorted-size bits are all you need.
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For enclosed trailers like ours, mounting the camera at the highest point possible and in the center is recommended. Pre-existing or "natural holes" in both the trailer and truck should be used wherever possible (for cable and wire routing) to avoid drilling, but be prepared to bore a few holes if your setup doesn't already have such openings where they're needed.
The system is plug-and-play, as all audio/video and most electrical unions are made through connectors (there's even a fuse-tap plug for drawing 12 volts) that really limit any need for major cutting, splicing, etc.

Does It Work?

In a word? Yes, Brandmotion's Universal Trailer Rear Vision System is very easy to use and performs great. The system operates automatically, whenever Reverse in the transmission is selected, as well as manually; switched on at any time, and potentially used as a rear-view mirror while driving.
During the daytime, the color picture is clear and steady (provided the camera is mounted securely), and images captured by its infrared night vision are also very good.
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Source

Brandmotion
(734) 619-1250 x1
https://www.brandmotion.com

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