Are RV Backup Cameras Worth It?
Backup cameras have become an industry standard for vehicles because they make driving and backing safer for you and the people around you. In fact, since May 2018 all automobiles sold in the United States are required to have a backup camera. That means your new cars and large RV’s will all have backup cameras already installed.
So what do you get from a wireless RV backup camera on the back of your travel trailer or RV besides increased safety? First off, you get to see what cars are doing behind you while driving down the road. You can use your backup camera like a review mirror that you check before slowing down to make sure the vehicle behind you slows down too.
They also make backing a trailer or RV into a tight spot much easier when doing it alone and even if someone is helping you. A lot of bumpers have been saved from rocks and stumps because of backup cameras. Some backup camera kits come with multiple cameras and you can see all sides of your trailer at once if you want.
There are so many reasons to get an RV backup camera and now they have crystal clear HD wireless RV backup cameras that transmit the video to you, no cables necessary. That means the set up is very easy especially if you have an old travel trailer or RV that didn’t come pre-wired for a backup camera. You just wire the camera to one of the lights on the back of your RV to give it power and you are good to go.
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Wireless RV Backup Camera Reviews & Info
Furrion is one of the most popular wireless RV backup camera brands in the United States. A lot of major RV companies will pre-wire their trailers for Furrion cameras. All you have to do is buy the pre-wire version of the camera and bolt it into the pre-installed bracket. For more information on installing the Furrion pre-wired backup camera and which version to buy,check out this article here.
For this article, I’m going to review the wireless Furrion S RV backup camera for trailers that have no pre-installed brackets. This wireless camera comes with a mounting bracket that has a marker light on it. When installing a backup camera you normally splice into a cable powering one of your marker lights on the back of your RV or travel trailer. Furrion has made it so you simply replace it with the light+camera bracket.
The backup camera is IP65 waterproof, has infrared night vision with 8 infrared lights, live streaming, IR cut filters and a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The wireless part of it uses a 2.4 GHz signal that digitally locks to the camera systems making it safe to use for all vehicle sizes and trailers including semi-trailers. The signal has been tested and works properly at high speeds up to 50 feet so you can even use this camera while driving on the freeway. The range is 492 feet in open spaces.
The Furrion Vision S is compatible with trucks, large buses (skoolies), RVs, semi-trucks, tractors, and pretty much anything else. There is even a microphone so the person helping you when backing your trailer can communicate with you. There is also a motion detector that will automatically wake up the display when the backup camera detects movement. This is especially useful if you have side cameras or a security camera over your door. Note that this feature only works on RVs or is you have wired your camera to work when your trailer isn’t connected to your truck.
The camera only connects to the included monitor. The monitor displays in HD 720p and has an anti-glare screen. There are park assist marker lines which you may be familiar with if you have a car or truck with a backup camera. The monitor comes in 3 different sizes. The 4.3 inch, 5 inch and 7 inch.
The monitor comes with two different kinds of stands, a table mount, or a suction cup that mounts on a windshield. The table mount is useful if you use your RV backup camera system as security cameras as well and want to have the monitor on the table of your RV when you aren’t driving. You can also connect up to 4 Furrion cameras to it.
The Furrion Vision S Wireless RV Backup System is one of the best RV backup cameras you can buy. This version only comes with a rear view camera for the back of your RV, travel trailer, or 5th-wheel but if you want the entire system with side view cameras, a backup camera, and a front door camera that is available as well. If you want to buy side view cameras later you can also purchase them separately and add them to your RV backup system later.
- Most New RVs Come Pre-Wired For Furrion
- 3 Monitor Size Options
- Side Cameras Available
- Easy Installation (Just Place Over Existing Marker Light)
- Motion Detection
The Amtifo wireless RV backup camera has everything you need to see what’s going on behind your RV or trailer when backing or even when driving down the freeway. A very cool feature is the camera’s ability to record in a loop. A lot of people have dash cameras just in case they ever need proof of something when in an accident. Why not have the same capability on your backup camera? You will be able to see exactly what happened in a fender bender which can protect you.
Aside from the recording capabilities the Amtifo can put out a signal up to 984 feet and can even give a reliable signal at high speeds up to 60 feet. The camera records and live streams in HD 1080p and has a high waterproof rating of IP69, which is slightly better than the standard IP65 rating.
The wide-angle viewing lens gives a 150-degree image so you get a good look at what’s behind your trailer or RV and a little bit of what’s around it as well. The backup camera has night vision as well with 18 infrared lights for a clear image in the dark. There are backing guidelines which can be turned on and off.
The monitor the camera comes with is 7 inches and has a shade frame around it as well as anti-glare technology. You can pair up to 4 cameras with this monitor. If 4 cameras are paired it will show all 4 in a split-screen, you can also record from all 4 cameras. The monitor does come with a pre-installed SD card for recording but you can remove it and use a larger one if you will be recording from all 4 cameras and want a little more recording time.
Two mounts come with the monitor. A table base or a bracket you can mount to your dash. There is a suction cup windshield mount available for purchase if you prefer that style instead.
The Amtifo Wireless RV Backup Camera is a great option if you want an affordable backup camera for your RV, travel trailer, 5th-wheel, or skoolie. The monitor is very large and the DVR recording feature is very useful and a fantastic idea for a backup camera. All-in-all the Amtifo is an awesome camera for the money and a useful tool for RV owners.
- DVR Recording
- Can Connect Up To 4 Cameras
- IP69 Waterproof
- Large Monitor Included
The Haloview is one of the most impressive cameras on this list and it’s very affordable to boot. It has all the features of the higher-end cameras and more. Unlike the Furrion backup camera, the Haloview has recording capabilities. The only slight downside is you have to purchase your own SD memory card but it can also be a positive thing because you may want to buy a larger SD card if you are planning on hooking up 4 cameras and recording from all of them.
Speaking of 4 cameras the Haloview can connect to up to 4 cameras and can display all 4 using split screen on the 7 inch monitor. The wireless rear view camera records in HD 720p and has a signal range of 984 feet and a view angle of 120 degrees. The camera has the highest waterproof rating possible (IP69K) and has a night vision mode with 4 infrared lights. There is also a built-in image filter which makes the image more realistic and has different settings for day and night.
There are only a few wireless RV backup cameras on this list that have microphones so you can hear audio from the camera to the monitor. That means if you have someone behind the trailer helping you back you can hear them in the cab of your RV, truck, or semi.
The monitor is 7 inches and has multiple display modes to choose from. It uses an IPS panel so you can see a clear image from any angle. There is also a detachable sunshade to reduce glare. You get 2 monitor mounting options with purchase: a table stand, and a mounting bracket. If you prefer a windshield suction cup mount there is one available for purchase.
Now for the coolest thing about the Haloview, the adaptor. Most pre-wired travel trailers, 5th-wheels, and RVs are for Furrion backup cameras. Haloview has an adaptor so you can connect their camera to a Furrion mounting bracket and power cable. A lot of people do this because the Haloview is affordable and has all the same features of the Furrion and more.
The Haloview MC7108 Wireless Backup Camera Kit is one of the best options out there when it comes to backup cameras and for good reason. The amount of features they’ve packed into one camera kit is impressive and they even have side view cameras specifically built for RVs and trailers available. You can have a top-notch set-up without breaking the bank.
- Microphone On Camera
- Can Connect Up To 4 Cameras
- DVR Recording Function
- IP69K Waterproof
- Large Monitor Included
- Adaptor For Furrion Pre-Wire Available
The DoHonest HD rear view camera is a little different than the other backup cameras on this list but I wanted to include it because it’s so easy to install and an excellent option for van, RV, and truck owners. This is not the camera you want to buy as a rear view camera for a travel trailer, 5th-wheel or semi-truck but it is perfect to use as a hitch camera for your truck or SUV.
This is a license plate mount backup camera. All you have to do is place it above your license plate and use the existing screws and holes to mount it. Then you use the power cable for the license plate light which is mandatory on vans, RVs, and trucks to power it. This is a very affordable backup camera for an RV or van and an excellent hitch camera for your truck. You can use it to back and hitch up to your bumper pull trailer without needing help from anyone else.
The camera can transmit up to 100 feet so it even works on longer RVs. The image quality is HD 1080p and uses 6 layers of glass for a crystal clear distortion free image. The camera is IP69 waterproof and even has night vision. There are also backing guide lines. The view angle is very wide at 150 degrees.
The included monitor is 5 inches which a good size since you can’t connect any other cameras to it and you won’t have to worry about a split-screen. There are three mounting styles for the monitor included: a flat stand, bracket, and suction cup windshield mount.
The DoHonest HD Wireless RV Backup Camera is a very affordable option for those who don’t want to drill any extra holes in their RV or van or truck. It’s also very affordable and an easy way to make it possible to hitch up a bumper pull trailer fast and without any extra help.
- Very Easy Installation
- 3 Monitor Mounting Options
The LeeKooLuu is a great wireless RV backup camera if you don’t have a pre-wired trailer and if you want a great affordable camera that is powerful enough to be used on the back of a travel trailer or 5th-wheel.
The camera is IP96K waterproof, has a 150 degree viewing angle, night vision, and streams video in HD 720p. There are parking guide lines that can be adjusted and turned on and off. The wireless range is 900 feet and can stream high-quality video at high speeds up to 60 feet.
The monitor is 7 inches and can connect with up to 2 cameras which are viewed in a split screen. There is a table stand and a bracket mount included for the monitor.
There’s not a ton to say about the LeeKooLuu Wireless RV Backup Camera. It’s an affordable option for those who want a backup camera that has the signal strength to be installed on the back of a trailer. It’s very minimalist but it has a good monitor and streams in HD so the image is clear and perfect for backing or seeing what’s behind your trailer or RV while driving.
- Can Connect Two Cameras
- Works On Trailer
- Large Monitor Included
- High Waterproof Rating
The Haloview has everything other wireless RV backup cameras have and then some. The two main features which elevate this wireless backup camera above the rest are the recording option, which can be very important in an accident. And the microphone, which can be used to communicate with the person in the cab or an RV or truck.
You can also buy the adaptor and use this camera on a pre-wired Furrion bracket. It’s a more affordable option and the Furrion doesn’t have the recording capabilities of the Haloview.
All the features of the Haloview add up and make it one of the best RV backup cameras on the market today. It’s strong enough to be used on long trailers and even semi-trucks. And being able to connect 4 cameras to one monitor is an excellent feature that is so useful in the RV and trailer world.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do wireless RV backup cameras work?
Wireless RV backup cameras use a signal to transmit video from the camera to a monitor inside the cab of your truck or RV. When backing the camera sends delay free video with guide lines so you can see where the back of your RV or trailer is going. While driving at high speeds you can also see what is behind you. These cameras make backing and driving much safer because they eliminate blind spots and let you know what’s behind you at all times.
How to install a wireless RV backup camera.
Installing a backup camera on your RV or trailer isn’t difficult especially if you have a pre-wired trailer. If you have a Furrion pre-wired trailer or RV check out this post for more information about which Furrion camera you need and how to install it. If you have a pre-wired trailer and don’t know what camera is compatible with it check out this list.
If you don’t have a pre-wired trailer or RV and you want to install a wireless backup camera make sure you install it near a taillight so you can connect using the lights power cable to power the camera as well. Once you’re done both the taillight and the camera will work so you don’t have to worry about losing a light.
If you buy Furrion’s RV backup camera with the rear marker light mount you can remove the center marker light on your trailer or RV and just put the entire light+camera setup where the light was. It makes the process a little easier and you don’t have to split the power cable.
Here is a fantastic video showing how to properly install a wireless RV backup camera on a travel trailer.
Why won’t my wireless backup camera turn on?
A lot of people find that after installing their wireless backup camera to their RV or trailer the camera won’t turn on even though the trailer is plugged in or the RV is running. Most of the time your backup camera is powered through a tail light. If the lights of your vehicle aren’t on the camera won’t be either. Try turning on your lights and the camera should start receiving power.
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