reverse camera and towing mirrors for 150 Prado

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Hi, I am in need for a reverse camera and towing mirrors for my GX 150 prado. As it does not come with a reverse camera as standard I would like a system that takes two inputs from cameras for the back of the vehicle and trailer. Currently I already have a camera on the new trailer I bought that has a RCA connector. Can anyone please advise what reverse camera system they suggest. I have a mate that has a Mobiletron system where the monitor is integrated into a rear-view mirror. I do like the look of this but reading the specs on audioxtra website I am not sure if will take 2 inputs. There is also the axis system that appears to take 2 inputs. The other more expensive option is to replace the stereo with a DVD, camera compatible stereo. Any info would be greatly appreciated. It has also been recommended by a mate that a flush mount camera into the bumper mounted in the centre would be the best as off centered cameras (as fitted to the spare tyre of the GXL) make it a little harder to back onto a trailer, especially when you cannot see the ball.

I also need towing mirrors. Ideally I would like them to attach to the vehicles mirrors so I can leave them on and simply move both mirrors in through the button in the cab if required, however I know how easy the vehicle mirrors push back and i am concerned that with a tow mirror attached and passing a semi-trailer may make the mirror push back.
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Reply By: jolo - Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 19:24

Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 19:24
I can recommend Brash Imports for purchasing of reversing camera and monitor. Dave can supply cables to convert to any connectors. I have a butterfly camera for the 4WD which gives a wide angle to see the tow hitch. I have mine mounted next to the numberplate light on a Pathfinder and would recommend mounting higher than the bumper to see down onto the towball. I also have the larger monitor which can take 2 inputs and also can be connected to a portable DVD player if you are desparate enough to want to sit in your car and watch videos. From what I have read on other forums, the reversing mirror monitors do not work too well in some light conditions and I find the extra monitor is good for reversing the car and is very handy when towing with the van. Most people recommend the Aussie Truck mirrors or cheaper equivalents and I also have these and find there is no problems with deflection from passing trucks - although with the rear-view camera I only fit the mirrors for legal reasons as I can see traffic behind the van and my car mirrors then pick up when they are passing.
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Reply By: Member - Netnut (VIC) - Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:19

Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:19
Hello Justin,
As you do your research, have a look at

I have the SD 5.8"Sunshield Package installed in my Hilux SR5. It has inputs for 2 cameras. With the provided instructions, I was able to fit the unit for myself and then have the local auto electrician wire it in so that I can turn it on whenever I need to use it.

I did some research before I bought a reversing camera unit and I found Safety Dave's unit was very good value. I later bought a second camera and cabling from him.

I sacrificed the stop light in the ute's tailgate and bolted the 6" wide number plate camera over the face. The camera cabling was passed down the cable already servicing the stop light; it made for a very neat job. The camera lens can be moved so that I can see well behind the vehicle - ie: over the top of a camper trailer. Turning the lens down, I can get a good view of the towball and also other vehicles in car parks when reversing. So, my suggestion for mounting is mount the camera high if you can.

As for mirrors, ambush some caravanners; it's they who'll give you the best advice. I have the ones that clamp on to the mirrors and use stays that affix to the doors with suction cups. Having used them a few times on the bitumen, I ended up having to add additional stays to reduce vibration. Whatever you buy will depend on where you want to go. If you plan to drive over corrugations, you will need sturdy mirrors, probably the type that clamps to the doors.


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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 07:48

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 07:48
After having tried every type of screen for reversing cameras I use a separate screen on a mount on the dash.

No matter how good the rear vision mirror ones are supposed to be they cant overcome the mirror image. I have darker than legal tint in the rear of my cruiser and it still isnt any good in that mirror.
I have even tried matt finish stick on film to try to get it better without much success.

Safety Dave would be the better place to go.

Have bought off Brash before and found his stuff OK but a little expensive.

You can buy patch connectors or cables from Jaycar cheaply.

My setup has Mini din to Rca.

As for Mirrors Aussie truck mirrors are the go and easier to put on and off than the ORA's with stick on pads. Has been lots of reports of them swivelling on the arm when trucks go past.
No mirror will sit exactly still no matter how goood they are you just learn to live with them. Incidentally it is illegal to drive round with them on the car if you dont have the van attached. They exceed the legal protrudence limit from the side of the car.

There is a place who now make extendable mirrors like on F250's but they arent available for you model yet I dont think

Also they are about $700

They would be the best option but expensive

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