Backup Cameras... Yes? No? Maybe?

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PanamaExpat's Comment
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I have been wondering why no one on here mentions the use of backup and or blind spot cameras. It sure would be nice to see that clown tailgating you or make positively certain nothing is sneaking up on your right before you change lanes. Also knowing exactly what is off the right rear corner of your trailer so you don't scrape down a wall, hit another parked truck or that light pole you didn't see. Probably would also make sure that you didn't catch an open door on anything as I read of so many new drivers doing. I have looked on the net and see that there are many single and multi-camera wireless systems available and they are priced from about $250 up to about$1000. Looks like if you had the monitor installed in your cab it would only take a couple minutes to magnet mount or clamp on the cameras and battery packs. Some of the monitors even allow for split screening up to for cameras. To me it seems that for the price they could save you a possible preventable accident and maybe even your job.

Anyone have any experience or thoughts about using this tech?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

DeJuan J.'s Comment
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Where would you install the camera when you're constantly swapping trailers?

PanamaExpat's Comment
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Where would you install the camera when you're constantly swapping trailers?

That is why you would use magnet or clamp mounts and a battery pack. The systems set up for tractor/trailer come this way for exactly that reason.

Chris L.'s Comment
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I want one for blind side backing. Guess I'm to cheap to spend the money. I recently got a dash cam but only after I had enough points to get it for free.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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My Ford Escape came with a back up camera and distance Radar (ultrasonic ? ) Love it, but ,,,, drove thru the I70 tunnel 2 days before Thanks Giving snow storm and the snow/ road dirt made it useless until I cleaned the lens

Jopa's Comment
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I have been wondering why no one on here mentions the use of backup and or blind spot cameras. It sure would be nice to see that clown tailgating you or make positively certain nothing is sneaking up on your right before you change lanes. Also knowing exactly what is off the right rear corner of your trailer so you don't scrape down a wall, hit another parked truck or that light pole you didn't see. Probably would also make sure that you didn't catch an open door on anything as I read of so many new drivers doing. I have looked on the net and see that there are many single and multi-camera wireless systems available and they are priced from about $250 up to about$1000. Looks like if you had the monitor installed in your cab it would only take a couple minutes to magnet mount or clamp on the cameras and battery packs. Some of the monitors even allow for split screening up to for cameras. To me it seems that for the price they could save you a possible preventable accident and maybe even your job.

Anyone have any experience or thoughts about using this tech?

You know, there are a lot of things we all thought about before we actually started driving . . . then the job consumes your time and many of those ideas turn out to be not so practical . . . I think the dash cam is as far as I will go for gadgets . . . you get used to knowing what is off the port side and I don't really care who is tailgating me as long as they don't hit me . . . you will find that that "there is nothing new under the sun . . . " applies to truck driving every bit as much as other things . . . once you start driving, you'll see a lot of "good ideas" fade into the rear view mirror . . .

Jopa

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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