Some motorhomes come with reversing cameras as a part of their sales package, however, not all of them do and there are tons of motorhomes already on the road that lack this feature as well.
You don’t have to purchase a brand new motorhome in order to get a reversing camera. The fact is, there are plenty of them out there on the market and you can buy one easily.
A reversing camera on a motorhome makes far more sense than it does on a Toyota Corolla. Motorhomes are generally pretty blocky, wide, heavy, and long. Having a reversing camera device on your motorhome is a great new safety measure.
Reversing cameras are so common on everyday vehicles that they are almost an unthought-of addition to something like a motorhome, despite the fact that they make more sense as a safety feature on a motorhome, in addition to several other uses.
Benefits of a Reversing Camera on a Motorhome
The benefits of having a backup camera on a motorhome go well beyond just seeing behind you as you reverse.
- Backup Assistance
- Road Safety
- Wireless options
The first and most obvious feature is the reversing assistance that reversing cameras provide. It doesn’t mean that you should be wholly dependent on reversing cameras. Your side mirrors are invaluable as well, enabling you to see a much wide field around the motorhome, especially while you’re in reverse.
Once you learn how to use a new backup camera and your side mirrors in tandem, you’ll realise just how much value the reversing camera brings to the table. It essentially completes the centre portion of your field of view, while also alerting you if you are close to colliding with something else.
Adding a reversing camera means that you can also use it while you are moving down the road. Its often true that the closer someone is to the back of your motorhome, the easier it is to disappear in your blind spot.
With a reversing camera installed, you can get a wide view of everything directly behind you. No one will be able to get in your blind spot again. In terms of built-in backup cameras, you typically can only activate them when you are in reverse.
If you have luggage attached to the back of your motorhome, or you hear strange noises at night, you can turn on your reverse camera and use it as a form of security. While it’s not mounted in an ideal position, you should always be able to see the street adjacent to the lot that you’re parked in.
Lastly, you don’t have to have a hardwired third-party option. Many reversing cameras are designed for wireless communication, simplifying the installation process so you don’t need to hire a professional or take your motorhome in for the installation.
How to Choose the Best Backup Camera for Your Motorhome
There are two options to choose from and much of the decision-making process will revolve around what you need or want for your motorhome.
- Ease-of-use and installation
- Budget friendly
- Best for smaller motorhomes
- Two-types of technology
The wireless option is the best way to go if you want to avoid the hassle and cost of getting a wired version professionally installed. It’s almost as simple as slapping the cam on the back with the viewer in the cab.
In reality, the camera bolts onto the back and the screen is installed in the cab. You will generally find that the wireless options are just as feature-rich as the wired version. The only real difference is the occasional lag you may get with the transmitter, especially with analog variations.
You have two choices with wireless backup cameras: analog and digital. Digital versions are far superior to analog in terms of lightning-fast communication and very little lag, if ever. With analog wireless, you’ll often find that there is a frequent and persisting lag between the camera and the receiver.
Wireless backup cameras are always weatherproof to one degree or another and in most cases, you’ll find that IP68 is about normal across the board.
You always want to ensure that your wireless camera is going to be compatible with your smartphone—most of them should be compatible with and have available apps for iOS or Android devices—so there are no issues.
- Long-term solution
- Superior dependability and resolution
- Can install yourself or don’t mind paying
- Frequently travel
- Best for larger motorhomes
Wired options are going to be there forever, unless you meticulously go through and pull the wires and camera back out. Once its installed, you have a long-term, backup solution that will essentially be inseparable from your motorhome.
With wires, you never have to worry about communication capabilities, lag, resolution loss, or bad connections. Wireless tech depends on a strong signal and whether its WiFi or Bluetooth, there are things that can interfere with the transmission of the signal.
With wired, that’s never a concern. Unless the wires are cut, you will have instantaneous communication from camera to viewer, without lag or a drop in resolution quality.
If you don’t mind drilling holes in your motorhome or if you already have a setup that’s conducive to tying a reversing camera into an existing ecosystem. If you’re comfortable with dishing out some extra money to have one installed for you, then that option is available as well.
A long-term, reversing camera solution is the more viable option if you are frequently on the move in your motorhome. It simply makes sense as an option for those who are going to spend a significant amount of time in their motorhomes.
If you’d like our recommendations on reversing cameras, check out our Top 3 Best Products for a Reversing Camera for Your Motorhome (threeasabird.com) blog post!