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rear camera

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Makndust, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Any one here ever tried or thought of getting a rear video monitor? I was looking on e-bay and saw 2 for a starting bid of $200 each. It has a small weatherproof camera that feeds a monitor in the cab. I thought that if the camera was mounted in the right place it might cut down on the stiff neck after plowing several hours. I guess I would have to train myself to trust it though (just like rear view mirrors). I don't know why I'm worried about it, we haven't seen any snow for a month.
     
  2. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,830

    i have seen them mounted on pickups and hummers with a flat monitor in the truck
     
  3. Crockett

    Crockett Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Not sure about other states laws, but it is illegal in Pennsylvania for a video monitor of any type to mounted, and used, in a place which is visible to the driver.
    Also, I don't know if I would trust the limited view that most of these cameras would offer. I've never tried one, but I think I would be a bit nervous to try and explain that accident if I hit something while using it.
    Something to think about for insurance purposes.
     
  4. elite1

    elite1 Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    around here, most garbage trucks have them. I have driven cars that come stock with them. That law was ment for enertainment.

    4 problems.

    1 video sytems are limited in distances from a close and fare object- you could not tell the difference.

    2 Keeping it clean, snow, salt

    3 backing though your piles, might damage it

    4 to elminate these probelms most are mounted up high, pointing down, great for trailer hitches, not for high speed backing. They only see 4 feet behind the truck, from that position.

    The best that it would be is as a safety to get close to things with out hitting them.
     
  5. BigZ1001

    BigZ1001 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    We use video systems on our rock trucks. These can be a great improvement and I find them to help greatly with visibility, as well as backing up.
     
  6. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    I drove a mini van with a camera once. its good for backing and you can see alot. I would have a really hard time trusting something i see on a tv screen. It would be great if i had a dump truck but i don't see the need for one on a pickup.
     
  7. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Fyi alot of the cameras that are being sold today have heaters in them to melt the snow...Rob
     
  8. gcroo

    gcroo Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Large, higher end class A motor homes use these cameras and they are very effective. Many also have audio so you can also HEAR what's behind you, i.e. someone yelling, a horn sounding, etc. They are not a substitute for mirrors; they are just another layer of protection. They certainly WOULD require some practice and testing getting used to before trusting the camera. And, like everything else, there are probably cheap systems that would yield lousy results but every motor home operator I've talkeded to has said they'd never want to be without a rear camera once they got used to having one.
     
  9. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    I know a guy who put one on the back of his enclosed lawn care trailer. Got it at Wal Mart for 100.00. seams to work good, and is very effective in low light(at night)...Chuck
     
  10. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I seen a camera system at a computer show I went to that was just incredible! The camerae was the size if a 1/3 of a bic lighter. It ran on a 9 volt battery, broadcast to a receiver. Another 9 volt battery to power it. Just hook it up to a VCR /TV setup in the truck, wallah tapes of snow plowing or whatever! it was $100 for the setup of camera and receiver.
     
  11. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

  12. QMVA

    QMVA Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Hey Crockett how is Pennsylvania able to do that. Some SUV s have built in cameras that come standard. Does the dealer have to rip it out or is it OK if its factory installed.<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/3/3_2_116.gif' alt='Mechanic' border=0></a>