Rear View Vision Systems

Submitted: Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 09:31
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Hi All. I have been looking through the archives on the subject of rear view vision systems but I have not had much luck.
I have an 80ser LC and tow a 17' 6" caravan. I am fully aware of the facts regarding the wireless systems but my main concern is the size and type of monitor to purchase and where to mount it in the car. I also do not want the type that converts to a mirror and the monitor and camera must be continuously rated. I have seen on e-bay monitors for this type of work from 3" to 7". Would 7" be too large? As the LC has a very curved dashboard.
Thank you
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:08

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:08
Ray,

I am in the same boat as you. I have mounted a camera on the back of my caravan and on my car, but I cannot decide on a screen, or where to mount it in my 100 Series.

Good luck,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:42

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:42
This is where I have my monitor on Prado D4D
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Works well and easily viewed by passenger as well

Pedro
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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 13:40

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 13:40
Hi Willie

Mount the screen to the ashtray. My own one in the picture below.



Regards

Derek from ABR
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 13:54

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 13:54
Peter R,
That is neat. Have you screwed the mount into the top of the dash or what ?
Thanks,
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 13:55

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 13:55
Derek,
I have my 3400 UHF on the ashtray, but yours looks good there.
Thanks,
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 18:15

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 18:15
Willie,
Monitor was installed by a sparkie and the base (flat metal) that it sits on is firmly attached to the dash.
Sorry can't see what was used.

My UHF (3440) is attached , via 3M Double Lock as per the following
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As you can see the Prodigy brake controller sits in ashtray, and wiring to back of dash as follows


Pedro
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:43

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:43
In my case the answer was easy..... I have a dual cab with no window view to the rear at all. Therefore the interior mirror was only a useless ornament. I made a bracket which enabled me to mount the 5" TFT screen in place of the original mirror and still utilises the safety "breakaway" feature of the mirror.... so that in the event of an accident, if someone's head hits it, it will break off.

Mine is a PORON brand (now known as Polaris). It has 2 cameras and on 100% of the time when I am driving.....although I generally flick the switch to turn it off on long night drives as it is a bit distracting (just the brightness).

I chose to have infrared camera on both the Patrol and the camper trailer. They normally recommend a non-infrared camera on the tow vehicle.

The coily cord between the vehicle and trailer is very tough/robust and plugs in at both ends, so it can be removed totally when you're parked up.

I highly recommend this set-up.

If you're worried about removing your internal mirror, ask yourself this question: "how much can I see out the back of my 4x4 WITH the standard mirror?" The answer (if you're fair dinkum) is : "bugga all". This is compounded when we start adding cargo barriers, fridges, spare tyres on the back etc.

Try this experiment sometime with your standard mirror/s.......

In an open space (eg: carpark), place a witches hat or a milk crate or similar height object, on the ground immediately behind your vehicle, near the towbar. Now, drive slowly forward with one eye on your mirrors, until you can see the object. I'm guessing you will be about 10 meters away before you will see it.

Now, if you were living near me, I'd invite you to do the same experiment and you'll soon be convinced by the merits of a camera and see just how useless your internal mirror actually is.

The downside is that the camera is NOT much good to see what is behind you more than about 40 meters......for that you must rely on your external mirrors (just like a semi trailer driver has to anyway).

Cheers

Roachie
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 11:30

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 11:30
Four to five inch is probably ideal, got a no name camera and 7" monitor in the Humvee, camera suffers from flare in bright light but the Polaris system in the 34 seater bus is great with a 4" monitor and the camera also works well in any light condition, both cams have infrared for night time.
Both camera's look the same but the polaris one is streets ahead in picture quality.
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Reply By: Ted G - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 12:38

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 12:38
I have the same setup as shown on my Prado used the same on my old 100 series, can't go past the waeco system.
Regards
Ted
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 15:32

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 15:32
There has been several threads in the last couple of weeks

Heres mine again Polaris 3 1/2 in screen for car cam and 8in for navigation and van cam.

Can have both on all the time or only in reverse. Tried infra red and binned them Have a Polaris minicam on car and an Ebay on the van

Pics below the van cam is mounted in a 40mm Poly pipe bend for protection and to stop flaring in bright sunlight

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Follow Up By: farouk - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 17:20

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 17:20

This is a brash Imports rear vision mirror monitor adapted because of reflection clipped on to mirror. Works just great here
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Follow Up By: farouk - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 17:23

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 17:23
ObviMonitorously my link did not work!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 23:04

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 23:04
Still doesnt




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Follow Up By: bbowie - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:41

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:41
I have a system similar to these above using a 5" monitor from Brash Imports (who I've found really good to deal with) and a camera from Jaycar, their 7" monitor would not physically fit where I wanted it mounted on the center console (I have found Jaycar very good to deal with also) but I need a camera that will focus further up the road as I use it for rear vision all the time when towing the caravan. If my wife stands 10 mts behind the van she can only just be seen, and a car is very small any more than about two white lines behind. has any body got any ideas? thanks for your help. bb

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Follow Up By: farouk - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 15:22

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 15:22
Great site!!! Spent 15 minutes writing up a description of my camera setup AFTER I had logged on and when I clicked submit was told I had to be logged on!!! did that AGAIN and guess what lost the information. If anybody is interested in seeing photo's and an explanation email me direct and I will furnish same. Have had no success in inserting photo's (Whatever happened to the old Copy & Paste)
Farouk
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Reply By: WRVA - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 20:10

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 20:10
Ray,
I carry the full range of Polaris ,the CV-10 not talking + gps ,Colour monitor 140mm x 115mm x 25 mm ,mini camera for Crusier and white infrared = day and night operation ,remote + all cables,,can be roof/dash or supply a photo re other mounts .I know a lot of auto elecy's will blue tack mount ,but they come with sticky back tape.This will give you every thing you require .I look after Exploroz members.Plus we carry Waeco units and the Advanced brand models started from being used in the mines.I can't say prices ,but please email for photos or any info I can assist you with.
WRVA
Steve
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