How to Choose your Motorhome Reversing Camera

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Reversing cameras are a popular upgrade for motorhomes as they allow you a clear rear view, when preparing for to overtake as well as reversing on pitches or into tight parking spaces. As a motorhome has larger dimensions then regular cars a reversing camera can be a great way to reduce your chances of having an accident. We will look at what are the most important features to consider when choosing a reversing camera to suit you and your vehicle.

Wireless or wired

The are benefits to both. Wired systems tend to be more expensive as they tend to offer a cleared display and there is less signal interference which can often occur in wireless systems. Wireless systems however are easier to install and allow you to cut down on the cables!

Include an audio mic

Some systems offer the option to include an audio mic located next to the camera at the rear of your motorhome. This allows a person outside the vehicle to directly communicate with the driver. This is especially useful for a large vehicle. You can hear cyclist bells and children playing when you are reversing out of a driveway

Single or Twin Lens Camera

One of the benefits of a twin camera lens is that it allows you to see further behind your vehicle with better coverage of blind spots. It also allows to judge dept of field better which comes in handy on the motorway when vehicles are approaching fast and overtaking.

Screen size

This factor doesn’t require much explanation.The screen for your reversing camera kit will normally come in 2 sizes, either 5″ or 7″. The larger screens will offer better resolution and often additional ports to connect up a camera or DVD player.

Optional Extra - Reversing Sensors

Reversing sensors are not normally included in reversing camera packs but can be a very effective complementary product. They usually come in a pack of 4 - 6 and are attached to each corner of the car. The sensors beep when you come too close to an obstacle and allow you to avoid any nasty scratches or bumps when parking or backing out. They typically come in 3 different varieties.

Ultrasonic Sensors

Ultrasonic sensors emit sound waves which bounce off objects surrounding the vehicle and relay this to a computer to detect an object. Since this system relies on the use of sound waves, there are cases when the sensor cannot properly detect objects behind you especially if some services reflect sound waves or an object is to slim to be picked up by the sensor.

Electromagnetic Sensors

These sensors produce an electromagnetic waves that for a sort of invisible bubble around your motorhome. When these waves are disturbed by an object they will show a voltage change in that field. The sensors beep louder and faster as the object gets closer and only react to objects approaching the bumper. Fixed accessories like tow bars don't perpetually set off the alarm but a moving object, such as a person, will set off the alarm until it leaves the field.

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