Towing with 200 series landcruiser

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:12
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Is it better to have a second monitor when towing as the cruiser monitor is giving driving " instructions" etc
I could switch between them but that sounds a bit slack. . Any thoughts. Also does anyone know the cost involved here?
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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:19

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:19
Hi Choc , If you want any good information re the 200 series ,join the lcool owners club ,they will give you good advice
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:25

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:25
I read this 4 times.

What ??
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 22:27

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 22:27
Yep me too
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Reply By: Bobjl - Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:57

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 21:57
Choc
I have a 200 series and tow a Van, I am less than clear on what you are concerned with but assume you are referring to the Vehicles Visual display screen that shows GPS maps and gives directional instructions etc and also shows what is behind the vehicle when reversing?

I have an after market second display screen mounted on dash which has two cameras that deliver images from one of the two cameras - one on rear of vehicle and the other on rear of the Van. I can switch between images whilst driving enabling me to see the towing hitch coupling area or what is behind the van. This system is entirely independent of the Toyota GPS system.

The benefit of that system is that when positioning the vehicle to back up to the van coupling I have a constant image of what is behind me even when in forward gear which is neccesary to align with coupling [back and forth often needed - well unless you are a guru]. With the Toyo system you lose the rear image when in forward gear.

A side benefit of my after market camera is that it has an audio function so you can hear noise such as vehicle passing or the wife barking instructions when parking up in tighter situations.


Trust this assists you.

Bob
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Follow Up By: choc - Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 22:01

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 22:01
Thanks. That's what I wanted to know
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 08:14

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 08:14
I agree

A separate screen gives fulltime rear vision behind the van. While views can be switched, a constant rear view is far better and safer than relying on having to switch views at critical times

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member - WBS - Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 08:39

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 08:39
I've got the same setup. The only thing I'll add is that I have a monitor that clips to the rear view mirror. I found that the monitor on the dash wasn't going to work with my current vehicle. This new monitor shows one camera view at a time. It does not give a split image of both camera's. It is not a mirror either.
WBS
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 23:38

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 23:38
Alan, you say it is better to have a constant rear view, rather than changing views at critical times.
What would you class as a critical time?
Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 06:50

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 06:50
I think it is critical at all times to maintain full situational awareness and that can't be done if you have to switch views on a single monitor eg dash screen.

You would have to know its time to change to rear view and if you are not monitoring the rear you could not. I am talking of course about large van where the only rear view is side mirrors but vehicles can get behind the van but out of sight in mirrors.

I want to be able to see to the rear of the van at all times and this means a separate monitor on the dash or on the mirror. This what I use and could never go back to no rear vision from the van

Alan
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