Reversing with a caravan is a tricky task, so anything that makes the job easier is always welcome by those who dread reversing into a tight campsite.
Reversing cameras can assist in these situations and can also be helpful for identifying any potential hazards directly behind a caravan that may not be visible in the car’s mirrors. Reversing cameras for caravans work using a camera fitted to the caravan that transmits an image to a monitor in the car. The main decision to make when purchasing a reversing camera for caravans is whether you’d like a wireless or non-wireless setup. Some wireless systems can experience interference from other signals.
When looking for a camera, features such as sealed and waterproofed cables and a waterproof camera (as a guide, a waterproof rating of IP68 is desirable) should be on your list of things to look for. It can also be a good idea to purchase a camera that is a similar colour to your caravan to ensure it blends in and is less visible to potential thieves.
What you’ll be using the camera for will determine the field of view you’ll need. Cameras that offer a field of view between 90-95 degrees are best for using in place of rear-vision mirrors while driving as they have the most natural depth of field, allowing you to assess how close other vehicles behind you are. If you simply plan to use the camera for reversing, then a camera set at 120 degrees or higher will suit. There are systems that enable you to install two cameras on your caravan and switch between them on your monitor, depending on whether you are driving or reversing.
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