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Old 08-13-2015, 11:51 AM   #1
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Adjusted the Rearview Camera

Spent an hour playiing with the rear view camera today. I was having trouble getting the view high enough to see the horizon behind me. For me the camera is more of a driving aid then a parking aid. I use it as a replacement for the rearview mirror and therefore wanted to be able to see the horizon behind me, not the front bumper of my toad.

The problem was the camera was so tight against the rear of the mounting bracket that I could not roatate it to a suitable position. When the center screw was properly positioned the nut on the back of the camera contacted the bracket and prevented pivoting. I was in the process of contemplating grinding an edge of the bolt to give it the room when the brain wave photgraphed below came to me.

The camera no longer pivots... But it still slides within the groove and I was able to achieve the desired camera angle and can now have a clear view of the fool tailgating behind me
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:45 PM   #2
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Don't you sometimes even wish a rear-facing light and message would come on when you had the rearview camera selected to let the bumper-riders know "I'm watching you"! Can't speculate on whether it would change their behavior or not, but it would be interesting to see!

I am stunned periodically to see how close some follow (when I don't have my toad back there), obviously not able to see around me whatsoever and therefore oblivious to what is coming on the road!
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So you've set it up that the camera is on when you are not in reverse? Is that a normal option?
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:22 AM   #4
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No, my camera display defaults to the backup camera whenever I am in reverse. But I can view it any other time I want by choosing that input on my Clarion radio. I can still listen to a CD or Sirius, it just means my screen displays the camera image. Helpful to check on toad (or tailgaters when no toad!).
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To better explain, my rearview camera image can be chosen from the radio menu just like the navigation, CD, Sirius, AM/FM, etc. The feed from camera is always there, just not displayed unless I select it, or the MH is in reverse. Whenever it is in reverse, the camera image is the only thing that shows, you cannot view anything else until you shift out of reverse, then it goes back to wherever it was last.

I like the way it works, others may not.
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That sounds fantastic, thanks!
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:39 AM   #7
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Had the same problem. If you turn the bracket upside down you can aim it the way you want. That's what I did when I mounted mine.

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Old 08-17-2015, 05:53 PM   #8
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Play with your settings

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So you've set it up that the camera is on when you are not in reverse? Is that a normal option?
My rig is a 2015 with the Jenssen Radio. I had to make some adjustments in the stereo settings to be able to watch the video on demand. One of the sacrifices was to turn off the cameras audio feature, no big deal to me as my wife screams STOP just as loudly with the camera on as she did without it. But as noted above now anytime I want the video, which is all the time, I hit the menu button and then select camera and it is on.

One negative is you lose the rear feed as soon as you put on a turn indicator, which is generally the exact moment I want to be able to see what is coming up behind me. I am seriously comtemplating disabling the side view cameras... They are really a marketing gimmick, as they provide the exact same view the mirrors do.
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My '14 Seneca doesn't have camera audio, don't believe I even miss it!

I share the opinion regarding the side cameras, they are slow to activate and the picture isn't as large or clear as what I can see in the mirrors! I too will probably disconnect them in the near future.
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I can't for the life of me figure out why you would turn your head away from your mirrors which when used properly are displaying two different angles giving you a complete view of the side of your rig... To look at a 6 inch video screen which displays only one of those two angles. At least on the passenger side it might simply be part of your "visual sweep" as you move from eyes forward, to the mirrors and back again... But to use the camera on the driver side your are moving your eyes about 90 degrees away from where you should be looking.

The side mirrors to me are one of those Tech cases where just because you can do something doesn't mean you should!!!

The rearview is a different story. Tech here is clearly an advantage. How many times have you been preparing to make a lane change and some twit in a Miata comes screaming up directly behind you and moves at the last second into the lane you were just about to merge with. If your camera is running, you see that twit coming and can hold off on the lane change. Without it you are left with the quick jerk back into your original lane to avoid the colllison he almost caused.

Just sitting here typing has me even more convinced to disconnect the side cameras... Guess I know what the next "Mod" is

On a Tech side note - I discovered today... Even thought the Jessen has a Bluetooth option that connects with my phone and dowloads my contacts... There is not an microphone inside the cabin... I can hear the voice of a person calling but they cannot hear me... So much for hands free calling.
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