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If you only need to check bikes occasionally ...
heh -- i can see why you might infer i wanted to look at the bikes, but actually it's the opposite: i want to look at the stuff that's behind me that the bikes are obscuring. they make putting it in reverse a _lot_ more stressful. :-)

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There's some great info here. Any more advice on a reliable rear view camera system to use while driving?

I have the backup camera visible in Sync 3 with Navigation. But it would be nice, because of the rear door frames, to see better out the rear while driving. A camera in one of the third brake light kits (by Rear View Safety, Vardsafe, TadiBrothers, and maybe more) would be great as it would be easy to install and would look stock. But Alarmist and Budsky, if I remember correctly, had quality issues with the RVS one and I haven't found reliable info on the others.

Maybe mounting a more standard camera is the way to go.

And it would be nice to have a monitor that clips on to the existing mirror, but maybe I should mount something just above it.

So, do any of you have good solutions -- while driving -- that have been working fine for many months or longer?

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I checked these third brake light camera system on (by Rear View Safety, Vardsafe, TadiBrothers, and maybe more) , I found that vardsafe seem like a manufacturer with better price.
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[quote=Nacy;322305]I found that Vardsafe also sell this camera on Ebay ,and I bought the complete system for my Ford Transit 2015,works fine.

the third brake light camera for Ford transit on their own site offer very better price and free shipping than eBay store, check this
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have done some searching but have not found a thread where someone installed this transit rear brakelight/camera that is available from vardsafe and others. has anyone tried it? is it decent?

also curious how the side camera that joefromga installed maintains a seal to keep water out? it appears it is sold by boyo also but it seemed like it would be best to have a camera that has a hollow threaded rod that went into the van so you could sandwich some rubber washers around the hole to seal it up. something like this https://visiontechamerica.com/collec...p-mount-camera or this https://visiontechamerica.com/collec...p-mount-camera

i am testing a weivision 360 birdseye camera system ($150 on ebay) that is a pretty cost effective chinese made setup. i saw someone on the sprinter forum use one. so far it looks pretty good but the side cameras would not make a very good seal and the back camera is not pretty so i thought i might find better cameras. i found a very nice 10" 720P samsung monitor that i plan to mount where the mirror would be and switch between the 360 system and an HD Camera that is pointed straight out the back for a proper rear view mirror.

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have done some searching but have not found a thread where someone installed this transit rear brakelight/camera that is available from vardsafe and others. has anyone tried it? is it decent?
I installed this brake light backup camera: http://www.ebay.com/itm/TovGear-Ford...item4afd74b8ac on my low roof Transit.

I use it in conjunction with an aftermarket double-din head unit installed in conjunction with the Metra install kit discussed elsewhere on this forum.

My take on this camera is that it is OK, but not great. It is very useful for seeing how close the middle of your bumper (or bikes on bike rack) is from the objects behind you. It is very useful to see cars, bikers and pedestrians moving behind you. Fortunately, these are the key scenarios in my case. Although the camera can see the corners of your bumpers, it is hard to figure out what is really going on. It is not good at seeing curbs. (The passenger side mirror is good for watching curbs, but it doesn't work so well in the dark.) It is great for keeping an eye on my bike rack. The picture quality in daylight is OK, but not great. The picture quality in the dark use useful, but I wouldn't really call it a picture.

I installed the camera with a manual switch that allows me to turn it on and off at any time because, at the time, I thought it would be useful to see the camera image while I was driving on the highway. After using it on the highway, I've found that the fisheye view doesn't allow you to see far enough behind you to be useful in anything but stop-and-go traffic. On the other hand, after I put on my bike rack, I discovered that it is useful for keeping an eye on the bikes.
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have done some searching but have not found a thread where someone installed this transit rear brakelight/camera that is available from vardsafe and others. has anyone tried it? is it decent?

i am testing a weivision 360 birdseye camera system ($150 on ebay) that is a pretty cost effective chinese made setup. i saw someone on the sprinter forum use one. so far it looks pretty good but the side cameras would not make a very good seal and the back camera is not pretty so i thought i might find better cameras. i found a very nice 10" 720P samsung monitor that i plan to mount where the mirror would be and switch between the 360 system and an HD Camera that is pointed straight out the back for a proper rear view mirror.
I have been working on something similar.
A 4 camera mobile DVR for the van. I sourced each component separately and have received most of them, but still waiting on the head unit. I will be replacing the basic radio, first by installing the ddin kit from Metra. The 4 cameras connect to the DVR. One camera will face forward. It's a 720p system with 700 line CCD cameras.
It will still take some time before I will/can install it, but you can follow the installation on my website CargoVanConversion.com

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night vision backup cameras, i have not priced it yet, perhaps a cool new toy!

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I bought a cheap pos analog IR mini dome camera. They run about $40 for one with an IP rating for water intrusion. Range on the IR is probably about 50', more than enough. About the size of a cupcake. I doubt it will last all that long rattling around on the end of my conduit tube, but we shall see. No pun intended.
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I decided to get one of those 7" screens that looks like a rearview mirror and mount it between the actual RV mirror and the overhead shelf (just the right amount of room). I'll use whatever cheap camera comes with it, but will eventually get some sort of CCD camera with not TOO much wide-angle, so it will be closer to the distance/size disparity of natural vision. The 170* wide angle cameras that seem to be standard are deceiving; a car that looks like it's 20 car-lengths behind you is only about 3-4.

I'll have my rear camera/monitor on a switch rather than connected to a reverse gear indicator (backup lights, usually) so I can use it when I have a bunch of stuff blocking the view out the rear window.

Since these monitors are about $30, often including a crappy camera, it would be feasible to have three in a row and cameras pointing to either side as well as the rear for a 270* view, 360* if you count your eyeballs and the front windshield.

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