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Anyone own and use a truck with a factory rear facing camera?

Discussion in 'Snow Management Safety & Training' started by Buswell Forest, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I manage to back into things with a high degree of regularity..so far, just trees.
    I love my 2012 F250 except for the mirrors..they are not adequate for the task of plowing commercially. I just can't see enough with them, particularly the windshield mirror, which offers a postage stamp sized view of things that appear to be 4 miles behind the truck.

    So, I am thinking the next truck will have the big center dash mounted view screen and the camera...it's got to help, right?

    Anyone have one and find it useful?
     
  2. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I have an aftermarket dvd player in dash with reverse camera. I use it often. it is better with the 7" screen. Another thing that saves me from backin into stuff is the reverse sensors.
    You could upgrade the factory headunit to one that displays in the screen. Ford sells them or search ebay or a salvage company. I have installed a Ford headunit with camera system in a truck that had the rearview mirror camera display so I know it can be done. The sync system will not work but the camera and everything else will.

    :mechanic:
     
  3. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,986

    You are the first person I've ever heard of that doesn't like the 08+ ford tow mirrors! Get an aftermarket head unit that should solve your small display problem- if you already have the camera it's a relative straight forward install
     
  4. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    Here's a couple pix of my camera system. The white blotches on screen are the LED reverse lights under my bumper.
    I can see everything behind me and the very top of my ball for hitching my trailer.

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  5. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,863

    I use my factory installed rear facing camera in my F250 all the time, love the thing! I got it as a "free" option but now owning one I will have to buck up for all new trucks to have this option.
     
  6. VIPLandscaping

    VIPLandscaping Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I used to have one on my old truck it worked great for the begining of the storm, but as you continue to drive around the camera lens would get to dirty to see out of. Not sure if they have improved on them yet or not.
     
  7. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    Anytime I'm out of the truck I just wipe it off with my finger. I'm usually grabbing a shovel out of the back anyway.
     
  8. Take some rainx and put 2-3 coats on the lens and you wont have any problems
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    The factory back up cameras are awesome but blaming backing into things on the mirrors is funny. How about you turn your neck around and see what's there and be aware of your surrounding. The tree might be a person some day.
     
  10. V_Scapes

    V_Scapes Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    My backup camera is a life saver for plowing driveways, if i didnt have it with this truck im sure my bumper wouldve been smashed already this winter. not to mention you can back up real close to objects for more turning room. oh and hooking up to trailers is a breeze!
     
  11. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I wish I were perfect like you.
     
  12. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    If you plow commercially, chances are you backed into something before. Every plow truck I see has a scrape or dent somewhere. Except JD Dave.

    I don't know what it is, but the mirrors on my F250 just don't seem to cut it. The side mirrors are OK, but not super. The windshield mirror is useless for plowing.
    My truck is an XL, it does not have the electronic gizmos. But my next truck will have the biggest baddest camera and screen combo they make.
    Mean time, I think I will try to find some aftermarket nirrow like the school bus drivers use, something that doesn't have the "objects are closer than they appear" thing going on.
     
  13. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    Easy on Dave. He gives wise advice. I have banged into more than I care to admit to in my 40 plus years of residential and commercial snow plowing. Generally always happens when I choose not to turn and look look behind me and rely only on the mirrors.
     
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Like I said things happen but if you have no salter in the back of your truck why aren't you turning your neck. I can honestly say I've never used the rear view mirror when backing up. I look over my shoulder and use my side mirrors. I'm giving you some advice, take it for what it's worth. When I train guys to plow or run farm machinery I tell them your neck better be sore after your first day or night or your not looking back enough.
     
  15. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    The design of the seats make it very difficult to turn around and look like that. I have tried, believe me. I wish it had the one piece bench seat like my old 1969 F250 had.
    I run a grapple skidder, looking back while going backwards is what I do all day when I am not plowing snow.
    I will be removing the head rests from the middle and passenger side when plowing from now on, that is a good start.
     
  16. V_Scapes

    V_Scapes Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    Only thing ive backed into was a pear tree with my mason dump a couple years ago which doesnt matter cause of the dump tailgate. Honestly ive never backed into anything with my pickup, dont plan on it either cause i dont plow like an *******.
     
  17. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,005

    My factory backup camera shows up in the left 1/3 of my rear view mirror. It's more of a distraction then helpful when i'm plowing.
    I'll like it for lining up my trailer tho.