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  • Can etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar Be Used with Anti-Rattle Device
  • If you are referring to an anti-rattle device that actually tightens down over the accessory shank like the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch # RM-061, it's not going to be compatible with the etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar # e98942. The collar will take up the same space on the shank that a stabilizer like this would need to use for proper installation and performance. An alternative anti-rattle device that would work great with the etrailer Collar is one that does its work on the inside...
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  • Recommended Observation System for Enclosed Car Hauler to Monitor Traffic
  • The Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 is a good camera, but it is not the best system for monitoring the traffic behind you as it is intended for simply connecting to the trailer. My recommendation for an observation system like you are seeking is the Rear View Safety Wireless Backup Camera System - Cigarette Lighter Adapter # RVS-091406. The camera power will be wired to the running/clearance light circuit (so you will have constant power to the camera when connected)...
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  • Best Backup/Observation Camera System for a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • I have the perfect option for you in the the Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System part # RVS-83112-WIFI. The reason that the Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System is the perfect option for you is because it can be used with either tablet, is battery powered so you can move it from the truck to the trailer, and it can be left on for use as an observation system. This is one of the only systems we have to my knowledge that meets all three of these requirements. The...
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  • Recommended Camera System to Monitor Trailer Tires During Travel
  • You can pretty much mount the camera for the RVS System # RVS-83112 anywhere you have a flat surface on the truck or trailer, so I'm confident you can find a good spot that allows you to monitor the tires. The system creates its own WiFi signal so interference from mountains or potential loss of connection in remote areas shouldn't be an issue. If you have any reservations about this style though you can always lean on the reliability of a hardwire system like # RVS # RVS-770614-213, which...
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  • Hitch Pin Alignment for 1-1/4 Hitch Receiver Accessories
  • Great question. I don't know how long until the 1-1/4 inch option is available. We have focused on the 2 inch option because the accessories are so much heavier. You can use the Gen-Y Anti-Rattle Clamp for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers # 325-GH-013 as you referenced or the Pro Series Anti-Rattle Device for 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" Trailer Hitch Receivers # 63090 flipped backwards for the same function. One final option is the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch # RM-061-125 which can be used to give you that stop...
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  • Parts Needed to Make Single Camera Swift Hitch Camera Setup 10 Hour Battery
  • To get a 10 hour, single camera Swift Hitch setup you'll need the part # SH02DIGITAL and then replace the battery with the # PB06.
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  • Backup Hitch Camera with Night Vision
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System # HM50002 does not have the infrared operation necessary for night-vision capability. But we do offer cameras that have this feature, such as the similarly-priced RVS Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112. The RVS system is shown in detail in the two linked videos I included for you. It features a magnetic base on the camera, which gets power from a 9V battery instead of from wiring you need to install. The camera includes a power-saving auto-off...
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  • Backup Camera Recommendation for 2005 Toyota Tundra with 7-Way
  • For a vehicle like your 2005 Toyota Tundra that has a factory 7-way the Hopkins backup camera part # HM50002 would be your best option. It installs by plugging inline with your 7-way and activates anytime the vehicle is put in reverse. For a truck you would want to go with the extension piece as well part # HM3100504060 and you'd be set.
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  • Camera for Vehicle Stereo that Uses RCA for Camera Connections
  • The camera of the # HM50002 does not use a standard connector to attach to an aftermarket stereo so it wouldn't work for you.
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  • How To Secure a 7-Way Harness Connector Without Grey Clip
  • I have a solution for you, but we don't carry the replacement grey clip you referenced for securing a 7-way connector together. Instead you would want to return the grey clip to the 7-way at the rear of your vehicle and then use a zip tie to secure the 7-way connectors together like the picture I attached.
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  • Recommended WiFi Wireless Backup Camera System for Trailer To Use with Tablet
  • The best wireless backup camera we offer which can be viewed on a mobile device is the Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System part # RVS-83112-WiFi. This unit is battery powered so there will be no wiring involved and it will work just fine with a tablet as it is WiFi capable. The app which is required to use this camera is free and you won't need an active internet signal to use the system.
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  • Which Rear View Safety Camera System is Comparable to the RVS-83112-BA
  • I have a solution for you, but we do not carry the RVS-83112-BA with the rechargeable battery. However, the camera you asked about is exactly the same as the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 with the exception that this one uses a 9 volt battery and not a rechargeable battery. This camera has all of the same features, including the automatic shut off. There is also a WiFi version of this camera system that interfaces with your cell phone available with the Rear View...
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  • Can the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera part #RVS-83112 be Wired Directly to Power
  • I have a great solution but the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera part # RVS-83112 is not designed to be hard wired. Instead use the Rear View Safety Wireless Backup Camera System part # RVS-091406 this is designed to do exactly what your are looking for. Check out the video below showing the connections.
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  • Aligner to Make Lining Up Bike Rack Shank with Hitch Pin Hole Easier
  • It's not a great idea to go with a thinner hitch lock but we have the collar hitch aligner part # e98942 which would help you get the exact same alignment everytime so that you can keep using your current hitch lock.
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  • etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar Compatibilty
  • Our hitch alignment tool # e98942 is only for 2" accessories. If you have a 2-1/2" hitch receiver and want to use our alignment tool, all you need is an adapter like # BWRHXA2182. You will have to reduce your hitch to be able to use our current alignment tool. In the future we will be making a alignment tool for other size accessories.
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  • Battery Life of Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112
  • The 9V battery for the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 will last for around 3-4 hours of use according to the manufacturer. Keep in mind that the camera does have an automatic shut-off after 15 minutes of inactivity. I have attached a short video demonstration on this camera that you can check out as well.
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  • Is etrailer e99039-9 Hitch and Coupler Lockset Available for a Class V 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
  • Unfortunately, we don't offer a kit like the # e99039-9 for a 2-1/2 inch class V receiver. This being said, you can get the same coupler lock, part # e98884, coupler lock # e98881 for a 2-1/2 inch hitch and the # e98900 storage bag separately. For the locks, just choose the 'keyed alike option' from the drop down menu.. We don't offer the alignment collar in a class V compatible version yet.
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Backup Camera HM50002 Whose Monitor Blinks
  • Thank you for your purchase of (among many other things!) a Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002. Since the monitor component blinks we know that it has power so the thing to check is the connection at the reverse light circuit. If your vehicle has a 7-way then you will use the included round U.S. car connector to access the reverse light signal. Check that the contacts for that circuit, both on the vehicle plug and the Hopkins plug, are not bent or damaged; this would prevent...
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  • Recommended Hitch Alignment Camera for 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • The hitch alignment and back-up camera I highly recommend for your 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD is the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002. This system uses a camera that can be switched from Hitch Mode to Everyday Mode, uses sensors to alert you to any potential issues, plugs into your 7-way, and uses a 3.5" color monitor. Th Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera is almost universally loved by the customers who have used it, with over 400 giving it a rating very close...
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  • Does Swift Hitch Portable Water Resistant Wireless Camera System SH03D Include a Carrying Case
  • The Swift Hitch Portable Water Resistant Wireless Camera System # SH03D does not include a padded carry case that is part of their single-camera system # SH02DIGITAL. Both of these water-resistant cameras offer night-vision capability and rechargeable lithium batteries (with a charging cord). Cameras offer either magnetic base or mounting hole installation options.
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  • Recommended Wireless Observation System with 2 Cameras
  • I reached out to my contact at Rear View Safety and she did say that you wouldn't be able to use two of the Wireless Hitch Camera Systems # RVS-83112 at the same time. The signals may interfere with each other and you would also have to find a way to power 2 monitors as you would not be able to view both cameras on a single unit. For a wireless system that can handle 2 different cameras with a single monitor I recommend taking a look at the Rear View Safety # RVS-2CAM along with an...
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  • Solution for Lining Truck Up with Gooseneck Trailer that has Fuel Tank in Bed
  • I definitely agree that you will want to take extreme precaution when lining up your Ford F-250 with a gooseneck trailer for hookup with a fuel tank behind the cab. The Easy-Hitch Telescoping Hitch Aligner # JE00600 that you referenced is a good idea to help with this process. You can mount one of the telescoping rods onto the gooseneck ball in your truck bed and when the gooseneck coupler hits the rod you know you are lined up and you don't need to go any further. The rod can telescope...
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  • Wireless Backup Camera Compatible with Smartphone for Real-Time Streaming
  • For a wireless backup camera to use with your smartphone you will want the Rear View Safety WiFi Backup Camera System # RVS-83112-WiFi. The camera installs on the back of your RV and transmits WiFi so you can use your phone as the camera's monitor through a free app called GoVue (Available on Android and iOS). And there's no need for an existing WiFi connection because the system comes with a transmitter.
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  • Can the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 be Used to Monitor Horses Inside Trailer
  • You could use the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 to monitor your horses, but the camera for the system automatically turns off after 15 minutes to help save the battery. Unless your trip is less than 15 minutes I would look at another system that will stay on for extended periods of time. For a similar system that has a camera with a longer power life I recommend the Swift Hitch Wireless Camera and Monitor # 04928. The radio frequency can transmit up to a distance...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on 2013 Ram 2500
  • To install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 referenced in your question, I do recommend making the 7-way in your Ram 2500 fully functional and connecting the Smart Hitch this way. I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he did state that the 2013 Ram has 9.6 volts on the reverse light voltage. This system needs 10 volts to run properly. Connecting via the OEM connector in your RAM will solve this issue and be a much simpler installation. If your...
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  • What Anti-Rattle Device Should I Use For My 2 Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver?
  • The correct anti rattle really all depends on what kind of accessory you are using. If you are using a hollow shank accessory, I recommend using the Curt Anti Rattle Kit Part # C22321. All you have to do is insert the bracket into the shank of your accessory, then insert the threaded hitch pin, tighten it down and your accessory will be as solid as the hitch. You will need to have a wrench whenever you install or remove the accessory. Here at etrailer we use Part # PTW38106-24 in the...
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  • Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera
  • The camera you asked about is exactly the same as the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 with the exception that this one uses a 9 volt battery and not a rechargeable battery and the same features, including shut off, apply to both. You also cannot rig either to an external power source and neither will work reliably inside a trailer, they are designed to be used outside a trailer. The option that I recommend over the Rear View is the Swift Hitch Wireless Camera and Monitor...
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  • Troubleshooting Rear View Safety Wireless Camera Turning Off Quickly
  • Have you paired the camera and monitor yet? According to the instructions for the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 when you put the camera in "pair" mode it is only in that mode for 10 seconds. It also takes 3 seconds to turn the monitor on so you would need to be moving pretty fast to get from the back of your pickup in time to pair the monitor. If pairing is the issue then you can simply sit in the cab of your pickup with the camera in hand so that you don't have...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Observation Camera for 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Long Bed
  • Everything you need is available for your 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty long bed so you can hit the road and enjoy your time at the campground. For a 5th wheel hitch I highly recommend the Curt A20 because it is high-performing but not excessive in cost compared to similar hitches. It is also has a sturdy dual jaw system which makes full contact with your king pin to give you a comfortable ride, as well as a color-coded lock indicator which makes the hitch easy to use. The right Curt A20...
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  • Available Types of RV Camera Systems for 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You ask a good question, one we get often, but sadly no, the aftermarket backup and observation camera systems we have are either all-inclusive with their own monitor or they use a smartphone as the display. No systems are meant to integrate into an RV's or a vehicle's in-dash display setup. The camera systems that use your smartphone as the display appear on the linked page. These include the RVS system # RVS-83112-WiFi. All other types of cameras appear on the other linked page. Among...
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  • Availability of Gooseneck Loading Assist Flag
  • We don't have any flags to assist in hooking up a gooseneck trailer, but we do the vehicle and trailer aligner # PTW1276 which helps in coupling to a bumper pull trailer and could possibly be used for a gooseneck trailer. We do have camera setups as well which would allow you to see when the coupler is directly over the hitch ball. If you're interested in this option then I recommend using a Rear View Safety wireless camera. We have part # RVS-83112 which comes with a monitor that you...
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  • Best Backup Camera System for Towing a Gooseneck Trailer
  • I have a great option for you that will assist with both coupling your gooseneck trailer as well as seeing behind the gooseneck trailer while in tow. For this, I recommend the Swift Hitch Digital Wireless Hitch Aligner System part # SH03D because it is wireless and you don't have to mount a bulky monitor on your dash. The Swift Hitch cameras also have night vision so you would not be limited by the time of day when using them.
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  • Comparing Screen Display of Swift Hitch Alignment Camera Setup SH04 vs SH02Digital
  • I attached a picture that shows what the display of the Swift Hitch Digital Wireless Hitch Alignment Camera and Monitor # SH02DIGITAL looks like, but while I think the display is very clear and would work great you won't be able to beat the display clarity and size of a modern smart phone like what the Swift Hitch Wi-Fi Camera for Smartphone or Tablet # SH04 is designed to work with. Especially if you were to use it with a tablet which would be much larger.
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  • How to Pick Between Rear View Safety Back Up Cameras RVS-83112 and Wifi Model
  • Essentially the two camera kits have the same cameras but have different monitor options. The # RVS-83112 comes with a monitor that plugs into a cigarette lighter port. The # RVS-83112-WIFI connects with your phone or tablet with a wifi signal that allows for communication. Realistically that will be the only difference. If it were me I would go with the one with the monitor though as I wouldn't want to use my cell phone as the monitor since it would also require a mount too. Reception...
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  • Recommended Wireless Hitch Alignment Camera That Uses Phone for Display
  • We do carry a hitch backup camera system that allows you to use your phone as a display. The Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System # RVS-83112-WIFI works with iPhone or Android, has a 50' range and only requires you to download the iRearCam app. This system creates its own WiFi hotspot as well so you can use it anywhere. The camera with this system has a viewing angle of 120 degrees and even has infrared night vision up to 30'. The camera also has a magnetic base so you...
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  • Recommended Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for 1-1/4 Inch Ball Mount and Carrier
  • The etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Bike Racks, Cargo Carriers, Ball Mounts, and Tow Bars # e98942 is currently only available for the 2 inch receivers, but we have found an option for the 1-1/4 inch products. It is the Gen-Y Anti-Rattle Clamp for 1-1/4" Hitch Receivers # 325-GH-013. This works as an anti-rattle if desired or can be flipped around to be just an alignment collar. The same is true of the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch for 1-1/4" Trailer Hitches # RM-061-125 which can be...
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  • Can the Auto Shutoff Feature on the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera Be Turned Off
  • I do have an option for you but there is no way to override the auto shutoff feature on the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera part # RVS-83112. If you wanted a similar camera system that does not have a shutoff feature then you can use the Swift Hitch Wireless Hitch Alignment Camera and Monitor part # 04928 which has a four hour battery life as well as night vision. If you want to mount the Swift monitor to ether your windshield or vents you can use the Windshield Mount and Vent...
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  • Hitch Alignment Camera To Make Hooking up Fifth Wheel Easier
  • There is a camera you can add to your 2017 Ram 2500 that will make the hook-up process of your fifth wheel a simpler process. The Swift Hitch Wi-Fi Camera # SH04 will link to your iPhone so there is no need for a monitor. It is a portable camera with a magnetic base so you can mount it wherever you like, though it does come with screws for permanent mounting if you choose. The Swift Hitch has a mode which will allow you to use the camera even without internet access, night vision that...
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  • Difference Between the Swift Hitch Digital Wireless Hitch Alignment Systems
  • The Swift Hitch Digital Wireless Hitch Alignment Systems save for the part # 04928 (SH01) all use the same camera. The only difference is in regards to the number of cameras included, battery life, and monitor type. The SHO1 system uses an analog system as opposed to a digital system on the other three. The Swift Hitch Digital Wireless Hitch Alignment System part SH02 was replaced by the part # SH02DIGITAL which comes with one camera, has an 8 hour battery life, and uses its own monitor....
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  • Recommended Wirelss Backup Camera with Airstream Trailer
  • Aluminum trailers, like your Airstream can interfere with a wireless signal. What we have found to work best is to mount the camera towards one side and the signal is generally stronger when the monitor (with this system your phone) is on the same side of the truck. For a full time back up camera that uses a wireless signal I suggest the Rear View Safety WiFi Backup Camera System # RVS-83112-WiFi. This camera system installs without any power from your trailer so no wire splicing is...
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  • Recommended Backup Camera for GMC Truck Dash Monitor
  • There is not a camera system that will connect to their dash monitor system through Bluetooth. All of our manufacturers who carry a Bluetooth system only are compatible with their monitor or the app for a phone like the Rampage Wireless Backup Camera for Smartphone or Tablet - iOS or Android # RA7710. Another similar option is the Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System - Wireless # RVS-83112-WIFI. To utilize your dash display, you would need to hardwire the camera to the...
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  • Wireless Camera Recommendation for Rear Of Camper Towing a Boat
  • We have two completely wireless options that would work well for you. The first would be the SwiftHitch Portable Camera w/ Night Vision, part # SH02DIGITAL. This wireless system the camera uses has a 300 foot range which will be reduced somewhat by the trailer, but it would be an excellent choice for the rear of your camper. The batteries will last up to 10 hours. If you have an Andriod or iOS smart phone, Rampage offers the Wireless Backup Camera System, part # RA7710. The camera would...
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  • Recommended Extension for Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System
  • I have just what you need to extend the cable on the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System part # HM50002, the part # HM3100504060 for 5' long or the part # HM3100504061 for 25' long.
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  • What is the Best Hitch Aligner System for a Salt Water Environment
  • The ball and stick set # PTW1276 has a chrome finish but that would not last all that long in a salt water environment. None of the other options would fare much better in that environment. So you have a couple of options. First, the ball and sticks like this are not all that expensive so you could get one to see how long it lasts to determine if staying with it is a worthy investment. Or second you could go with a backup camera/hitch aligner # HM50002 and not worry about salt water...
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  • Will the Hopkins Backup System Part # HM50002 Work with a Jayco 28BHBE
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System part # HM50002 is not a good fit for your Jayco 28BHBE due to the fact that you will not be attaching a trailer to your trailer and that the license plate mount on your trailer is offset under the passengers taillight. This means you will not have a very good view of what is behind you trailer trailer expect on the passenger's side. Instead, I recommend Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera part # RVS-83112 which is a wireless...
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  • Battery Life For Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera
  • The battery life for the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 is estimated at around 3-4 hours, but will vary based on how many times the camera is used. My technical contact at Rear View Safety was able to tell me that the camera is designed to turn off after 15 minutes to conserve the battery power. The exact battery life will depend on the battery used, outside temps, how many times the camera is turned on and off, and how long it is used each time.
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  • Can a Larger Monitor be Used with Switch Hitch Digital Backup Camera # SH02Digital
  • There isn't a larger monitor specifically for backup camera # SH02Digital but you can run the video feed out to a different monitor if you wanted to. I have included a link to a video review of this backup camera system for you.
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  • Can the Camera Angle Be Further Adjusted on Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Hopkins backup camera system # HM50002. There are a couple of things you can try. First, you may be able to adjust the camera up higher where it attaches to the main body of the bracket. The brackets are fragile so you will need to be careful. And you might be able to turn the whole assembly upside down. However, the ball will be even more in the way and the sensors could potentially detect the bumper. Please note that any modifications made...
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  • Will Vehicle And Trailer Aligner Work For A 5th Wheel?
  • Yes, the Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball # PTW1276 will work for a 5th wheel application. You can put the magnet on your pin box and the top of your 5th wheel hitch to help you align in the same way you would for a hitch ball and coupler.
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  • Is There a Replacement T-Connector for the Hopkins Smart Backup Camera Part # HM50002
  • The Hopkins Smart hitch backup camera part # HM50002 currently doesn't have a T-connector replacement. You can hardwire a Pollack T-connector part # PK11932 but it hasn't been tested. This connector will plug into your OEM harness and requires no splicing or drilling. Position 1 is left turn/brake, position 2 is ground, position 3 is electric brakes, position 4 is right turn/brake, position 5 is the black wire, position 6 is tail lights and position 7 is reverse lights. See diagram to...
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  • Backup Camera that Will Plug In Line with a 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 2005 Toyota Tundra
  • We actually have a backup camera that you can plug in line with the 7-Way trailer connector. Take a look at # HM50002. I have linked a video showing an installation for you. As you can see, it will just plug in line with the 7-Way and retain all the trailer connector functions. If your 7-Way on your 2005 Toyota Tundra is not a US car connector type that accepts the plugs then the wiring does have provisions for being hardwired in.
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  • Replacement Camera and Monitor Battery for Swift Hitch Camera SH02DIGITAL
  • The monitor battery for the Swift Hitch part # SH02DIGITAL is the part # PB01 which shouldn't have affected the camera assemblies powering on. But the replacement battery for the camera is then # PB06. Is it possible it was the camera battery that had the problem and you replaced the wrong one?
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  • Are Wireless Back Up Cameras Powered With Trailer Connector
  • All of the wireless back up camera systems we offer are a really easy installation but do not plug into the 4-way trailer connector. A system like the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera, part # RVS-83112. The monitor plugs into a 12V outlet and the camera is powered by a 9-volt battery.
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  • Will Rear View Safety WiFi BackUp Camera Work and Transmit From Inside a Fiberglass Camper
  • Rear View Safety WiFi Backup Camera # RVS-83112-WiFi has a transmitting range of 50 feet (unobstructed) so in the obstructed distance between the cab of the vehicle and the trailer, which is less than 50 feet hopefully, you shouldn't have any issues. The closer you can get the transmitter to the tow vehicle the lower the chance of losing the WiFi signal.
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  • Recommended Swift Hitch Alignment Camera with Night Vision and Monitor
  • To get the wireless camera similar to the # SH04 along with a monitor, you will want the Swift Hitch Wireless Hitch Alignment Camera and Monitor - Night Vision - 4-Hour Camera Battery # 04928. This is the only separate monitor that will work with the Swift Hitch camera unless you use the smartphone or tablet app. The monitor is not currently available separately. You may also be interested in the Storage Case for the Swift Hitch Wireless Camera System # PC02 which is a nice way to...
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  • Turning Off the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112
  • The Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 automatically shuts off after 15 minutes or you can manually hit the power button on the monitor and camera for a faster shut off by holding down the power button for 3 second on each. It is not designed to be used as an observation system, so the camera turns itself off to extend the life of the 9 volt battery it uses. To use again you will need to hit the power button on the camera and make sure the monitor is paired to the camera....
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  • Do Any Wireless Observation Camera Systems Integrate with OEM Vehicle Dashboard Display
  • Although we do offer many brands and styles of backup/observation camera systems these are all either complete free-standing systems that have their own monitor or they are designed to use a smartphone as the display. None of the aftermarket camera systems we offer are designed to integrate with OEM vehicle displays. This is a good question that is asked often. The system I tend to recommend for owners of longer travel trailers is the SwiftHitch # SH03D wireless dual camera system with...
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  • Recommended Rear View Camera System For Back Of Trailer For Rear View While Driving
  • The Swift Hitch Wi-Fi Camera for Smartphone or Tablet - Wireless - Night Vision - 5-Hour Battery # SH04 only has a 5 hour battery life. For a trip more than 5 hours, I recommend the Swift Hitch Wireless Hitch Alignment Camera and Monitor - Night Vision - 8-Hour Camera Battery # SH02DIGITAL. For a powered without battery option with wireless connectivity to your monitor, I recommend the Rear View Safety Wireless Backup Camera System - Cigarette Lighter Adapter # RVS-091406. This camera...
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  • Recommended Back Up Camera To Help With Trailer Hookup
  • We have back-up cameras that help guide you when you are backing up to connect to your trailer. The camera I recommend is the Hopkins Smart Hitch # HM50002. This camera features color-coded displays that indicate the distance from objects and work great for lining the vehicle up to a trailer. This system has a 3-1/2 inch color monitor that has a button that allows you to go from Hitch mode to Everyday mode. I have attached a link to an installation video that shows how the camera...
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  • Installing Backup Camera on Ford F-250 without OEM 7-Way Connector
  • It sounds like you have a backup camera like the Hopkins Smart Hitch # HM50002 that can plug in line with a 7-Way trailer connector. This will plug in line with an OEM 7-Way as long as it has the round, US car connector type that accepts the round plug. Since your Ford F-250 has the rectangular connector, the camera system will just need to be hardwired in. There should be specific instructions on how to do this in your manual, since many vehicles do not come equipped with this type of...
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  • Backup Camera System for a 2018 Ford F-150 and Jayco RV
  • I do have a solution for you but to my knowledge there isn't a camera you can add to your Jayco that will integrate into the video system on your 2018 Ford F-150. To add a camera to the Jayco it will require a separate display. I recommend something that doesn't have to be permanently mounted. Take a look at the Swift Hitch system # SH04. With this system the camera will transmit to a smart phone via Wi-Fi. This will allow you to add a camera without having to have a separate display;...
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  • Can the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera Be Used on an RV?
  • Yes. The Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 can be mounted on the back of your RV and used as a backup camera. This system has a 3.5" monitor, will work up to 70' away from the monitor and the camera has a 120 degree viewing radius. However, since it uses batteries (not included) you may want to consider a similar model that is powered by a 12v power source such as your cigarette lighter. I recommend looking at the Rear View Safety Wireless Backup Camera # RVS-091406...
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  • Does External Antenna Have to be Used for Swift Hitch Back Up Camera System SH03
  • The camera with the short antenna for camera system # SH03D has a transmission distance of 200 feet if the path from the camera to the monitor is unobstructed. A 40 foot trailer should not be a problem. The second camera and the antenna would allow you to put the camera where it would otherwise have the signal obstructed but you do not have to use it. It does come with a shorter antenna as well that mounts directly to the back of the second camera.
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  • Recommended Backup Camera with Wireless Ability for Tractor Trailer
  • Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 has up to a 70 foot range. Depending on the amount of aluminum in the trailer, that distance may be shorter. This system uses a 2.4 GHZ transmitter/receiver. For a WiFi Camera that uses your smart phone, I recommend the Swift Hitch Wi-Fi Camera for Smartphone or Tablet - Wireless - Night Vision - 5-Hour Battery # SH04. This will use the same 2.4 GHZ transmitter/receiver but will allow you to change the antenna location for better...
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  • Why Doesnt Rearview Safety Wifi Backup Cam App Have Reference Lines
  • I spoke with my contact at Rear View Safety and they recommended you try using the app "irearcam" in the appstore of your iPhone and it will have gridlines.
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  • Recommended Camera System for Use with Truck Camper and Horse Trailer
  • Since you have both a slide-in truck camper and also a horse trailer what I suggest to give you the best possible visibility is a wireless 2-camera system. The Swift Hitch Wireless Digital Camera System # SH03D features two cameras that you can position where you need them (say, one on the camper and one inside the horse trailer) and includes night-vision capability. The hand-held monitor will let you keep an eye on the horses even while you're tucked inside the camper at night and the...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Signal to Monitor
  • Have you checked the wires themselves? I recommend starting there to ensure the wiring for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 is not crimped or damaged in any way. It would be unusual for the unit to just stop working and it sounds like it has to be a wiring connection somewhere, or a damaged wire. If you cannot find any issue with the wiring the unit will still be under its 1-year warranty since you mentioned you only got it a few months ago.
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  • Viewing Range of Wireless Battery Operated Backup Camera System # RVS-83112
  • The Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 has a 120 degree viewing angle and provides connection for distances up to 70 feet. It can be adjusted to see all the elements you stated as you back up your large pop-up camping trailer. It has infrared to even give you 30 feet of viewing at night. This system will work very well for your application. It will automatically shut off after 15 minutes so you just want to be aware of that time frame when using the camera.
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to Monitor in Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera HM50002
  • Both the camera and monitor portions of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 receive their power from the vehicle's reverse light circuit. This circuit is accessed when the round U.S. Car connector is plugged in at the factory 7-way. Both the camera and monitor should turn on and off when the truck is shifted into and out of reverse gear. If your truck's reverse lights work then no other fuses or relays should be required. The monitor's cable plugs in to the camera assembly...
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  • How Does Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera Attach to a Surface
  • The base of the camera in wireless backup camera # RVS-83112-WiFi is magnetic. So you would just place it on a metallic surface and it will stick there. For more permanent installation you would have to drill into the mounting surface to secure it with hardware.
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  • What Is The WiFi Range Of The Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System?
  • There is an uninterrupted distance of up to 50 feet. The installation details for the Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System - Wireless, # RVS-83112-WiFi reference this. I've attached them for you to further assist.
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  • Can Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera Be Used To Monitor Hooking Up Gooseneck Trailer
  • It sounds like you are wanting to use the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera, part # RVS-83112 as an aid when you are hooking up your gooseneck trailer. This woudl work great for you. Since it has a magnetic base you will want to make sure you have a solid metal area to mount the camera to. Since it is wireless all you have to do is make sure you have a good battery for the camera. The monitor plugs into a 12V power source like a cigarette lighter.
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  • Can Monitor For Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera be Left in Truck During Summer Months
  • I spoke with my contact at Rear View Safety regarding the Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 referenced in your question. She stated that leaving the monitor inside your truck during the summer months is no problem at all. The monitor can absolutely withstand any type of heat that will build-up inside the cab. This is a really nice system that will attach to the rear of your truck and features wireless connectivity with an uninterrupted connection for distances up to 70 feet. The 3.5...
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  • Backup Camera Recommendations for a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500
  • I have a couple of great options for your 2017 GMC Sierra 3500. One of my favorite wireless backup camera systems is the Swift Hitch line. I recommend the version with the 8 hour battery life # SH02DIGITAL to ensure plenty of worry-free operation once the camera is turned on. I have linked a video review of this camera system for you. For a wired system I had the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System Item # HM50002 on one of my vehicles. This guy plugs in line with...
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  • Preventing Water From Damaging Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and HItch Aligner System # HM50002 features a camera that is designed to be used out in the elements. If you are worried about water getting into the license plate camera system over time, then using a clear sealant over the screws, where wires go into the unit, and around the entire casing will protect it even further. We have had customers do exactly this upon installation. If you live in a wet climate this is a great idea, otherwise the camera will...
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  • Battery Life of Rearview Safety Camera RVS-83112-WiFi
  • The Rearview Safety Camera part # RVS-83112-WIFI has a battery capatity of 2,100 mAh and uses 260 mA when running so that means a fully charged battery will last right at 8 hours.
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  • Could Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 Help Pulling Vehicle Up Onto Tow Dolly
  • The camera of the Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 is a 120 degree viewing angle camera so if you mounted on the rear of your RV and then had the display in your towed vehicle you'd be able to watch yourself as you drive the vehicle up onto the dolly. 120 degree cameras have a very wide angle so this would easily be wide enough.
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  • Recommended Rear-View Camera Solution to Assist Hitching Gooseneck Trailer
  • Although many of the camera systems we offer might be modified or altered in some way that would allow the camera to mount to the inside of the rear window glass, none of them are designed to mount that way directly out of the box. My best recommendation for a camera-type solution would be the Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Camera System, available with a 4-hour battery, part # 04928 or a 10-hour battery, as part # SH02DIGITAL. Both systems are rechargeable and the cameras can be temporarily...
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  • Troubleshooting RVS-83112 Wireless Camera and Monitor System
  • The Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112 is designed to automatically shut off after 15 minutes to conserve your battery. Because you are having issues with it shutting off prematurely, you may have a pairing issue or there may be an issue inside the camera itself. Since you put a new battery in it already, that removes the weak battery possibility. If you are having further issues outside of the pairing of the camera and it just shuts down, if you are within the 1 year...
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  • Can Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera # RVS-83112-WIFI be Left on While Travelling
  • The Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera # RVS-83112-WIFI can be permanently mounted to the bumper of your vehicle which would mean that it could be left on while travelling if needed. The magnet of the camera is pretty strong but if you were wanting to travel for a long distance I wouldn't leave it on unless you find a spot for it where it is out of the wind and feels very solid.
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  • Recommended Back Up Camera for 2005 Dodge Ram
  • I recommend the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner, # HM50002. This is a great option for what you are looking for. It has a clear picture and 3 color coded zones with alert. This system connects to your factory 7-way trailer connector for power and has two modes. It has a 3-1/2 inch color monitor. This system will require splicing with your 2005 Ram but it is simply splicing in the reverse function and ground (purple and white wires) to match function. The Hopkins...
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  • Wireless Backup Camera for Hitch Alignment
  • We offer all sorts of camera systems including specialized ones made specifically for hitch alignment. This type can be selected on the linked page. We have items such as the low-cost wired Hopkins Smart Hitch camera # HM50002 that includes a 3-1/2-inch monitor as well as wireless systems that use your Smartphone as the display, such as the RVS Wifi Backup Camera System # RVS-83112-WIFI. RVS also offers a version with an included 3-1/2-inch monitor, item # RVS-83112. Each of these options...
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  • How To Use the Light-Up Telescoping Hitch Aligner with an Aluminum Ball Mount
  • In order to use the Easy-Hitch Light-Up, Telescoping Hitch Aligner part # JE00600 with either your Weigh Safe Aluminum Ball Mount or Rapid Hitch Aluminum Ball Mount you will need to either place the aligner directly atop the hitch ball or on the receiver tube between the bumper and ball mount (see photo). The aligner however will not be able to be attached to the shank because it has a magnetic base that will not work with aluminum. If the above will not work for you then your only...
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  • Can A Larger Monitor Be Used With Hopkins Smart Hitch System?
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 does not have a larger monitor available than the 3.5 inch. They only offer a smaller one with 2.5 inch screen in # HM60195VA. Unfortunately the monitors from other manufacturers are not compatible with this system. If you want a larger monitor you will need to use a different system. I recommend the Rear View Safety Backup Camera System - Built-in Backup Sensors # RVS-5350 which has a 4.3 inch monitor. You...
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  • Wireless Backup Camera that is Android Compatible and Waterproof
  • We have a few wireless cameras that can display on an Android device. First we have Rampage Wireless Backup Camera for Smartphone or Tablet - iOS or Android Item # RA7710. But this camera was not designed to be waterproof or resistant so it doesn't have an IP rating. Next we have Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System - Wireless Item # RVS-83112-WIFI. Unlike the above camera this one carries an IP68 rating which means it is dust tight and it is waterproof up to 3 meters of...
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  • Can a Backup Camera Be Used at the Back of an RV or Trailer
  • You can use a backup camera on a trailer if you wanted to. What I recommend is the 2 camera system, # SH03D. It comes with an additional antenna to ensure the best reception for long distances. This system will only work if you turn the camera(s) on. It does not operate using the running light circuit or reverse light circuit.
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  • Will Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Fit 2016 Ford F-250 with Factory 7-Way
  • Yes, the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 is a direct fit for the factory 7-Way connector on your 2016 Ford F-250. It's actually going to plug inline with the 7-Way harness to maintain function with the 7-Way connector so that you can still plug into a trailer. I have attached an installation video on a previous model Ford truck along with the written manual below so you can see exactly how it works.
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  • Is Rear View Safety WiFi Backup Camera System Waterproof and how Does it Mount?
  • The short answer is yes, the Rear View Safety Backup Camera, # RVS-83112-WIFI, is waterproof. It has a waterproof rating of IP68, which is the highest rating attainable on the IP scale. The first number on that scale tells you how protected the device is against solids; the Rear View's 6 means it is dust tight. The second IP number is protection against liquids, with the Rear View's 8 meaning it can be immersed in water more than one meter deep - not that you would want to leave it...
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  • Wiring Harness for 2003 Toyota Tacoma to Allow Installation of Hopkins Backup Camera HM50002
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 is designed for use with a 7-way-equipped vehicle since that type of connector provides the reverse light signal to activate it when you're backing up. Since your Tacoma has only a 4-pole flat trailer connector (which does NOT include a reverse light signal) you'll need to add one. The Hopkins system uses a round U.S. Car connector format for installation. You will need to install Hopkins Universal Wiring Harness...
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  • Backup Camera Recommendation for a Vehicle with a 4-Way Trailer Harness
  • The reason reverse cameras like the part # HM50002 are available for vehicles with 7-ways and not 4-ways is because 7-ways have a reverse light circuit built into them which makes them easy to use for installing the camera since that circuit is already there. 4-ways don't have reverse light circuits so a camera designed for a 4-way wouldn't be as practical. You can still install the # HM50002 on a vehicle without a 7-way though. You would just need to hardwire the camera to the reverse...
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  • Extension Cable Recommendation for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002
  • We sell exactly what you would need if you needed to extend the cable of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 by about 20 feet. The # HM3100504061 is a 25 foot extension cable that would be exactly what you would need.
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  • Troubleshooting Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System Sync with Smartphone
  • The Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System - Wireless # RVS-83112-WIFI has a power switch on the camera that will disconnect it or you can simply hit the button on your phone under the "information" icon to select disconnect. You will need to scan the QR code in the attached instructions or download the iRearCam app for proper connection.
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  • Recommended Backup Camera That Uses Smartphone Or Tablet
  • The Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera, part # RVS-83112 you asked about is not designed to work with a smartphone or tablet. We do not carry any systems that is capable of using both a monitor and a smartphone. Rear Safety also makes the # RVS-83112-WIFI. This system uses a WiFi signal to allow you to use a smartphone or tablet to receive the signal from the camera. The transmitter on the camera creates a WiFi network that will work with the Safetyeye app you can download for free.
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  • Troubleshooting Black Screen on Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera
  • I spoke with my contact at Hopkins regarding the issue you are having with the Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002. He said that if you are getting a completely black screen (not blue) then one of the pins inside the connector plugs may have been bent when connected. You can inspect the plugs coming from both the monitor and camera to see if any of the tiny pins may have been bent a little. You can try straightening out the pin and reconnecting to see if it resolves the issue. If the...
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  • Backup Camera Systems with Night Vision to Hook Up to Trailer at Night
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 does not have night vision but I can tell you from experience that when I backed up the reverse lights of the vehicle provided adequate illumination for the camera and I could see well. Camera systems that have night vision or that have a light that can be turned on and off include the following: # RA7710 # 04928 # SH02Digital # SH03D I recommend the entry level Swift Hitch camera # 04928 because you will get great performance...
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  • Comparing Swift Hitch and Swift Hitch Digital Wireless Backup Cameras
  • The difference between the Swift Hitch camera system # SH02DIGITAL and SH02 is the transmission signal. The SH02DIGITAL sends a digital signal so as to avoid any interference with other wireless devices including Bluetooth. Interference is a common problem with many wireless systems. The digital version solves that issue. There is an AC to DC adapter that you can use with these camera systems, # PP01. Another option is the Rampage wireless camera # RA7710. It transmits via WIFI to...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Grid Lines Display
  • The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 you will simply press “IN” on the side button and press up or down on the button to activate hitch mode from “OFF” to “ON”. Repeat process to go back to Everyday Mode. I've attached the installation details to assist.
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  • Can Additional Camera be Added to the Hopkins Smart Hitch System # HM50002
  • The alarm on the Hopkins Smart Hitch # HM50002 that you currently have can actually be muted via the button on the lower right part of the monitor. I do have some options for you to utilize an extra camera but it will involve adding a new system or swapping out what you have since the Smart Hitch is only compatible with one camera. If you don't want to get rid of the Smart Hitch but you do want to add a camera to your trailer then a great solution for you would be the Rear View Safety...
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  • Recommendation for Wireless Backup Camera System for Use with 29-Foot 5th Wheel Trailer
  • A wireless backup camera can make hitching your trailer, backing into a parking space or even just going down the road easier and give you some peace of mind that all is well. For your 5th wheel application you might want to consider a dual-camera system that allows you to have each camera positioned with a different angle - or to have one on the truck to simplify hitching and one on the rear of the trailer for a clear view of the road behind you. A perfect solution for this application...
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  • Why Would Hopkins Smart Hitch # HM50002 Have Grid Lines Disappear
  • I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and what you are seeing is from the previous model of the Smart Hitch Backup Camera. In the past they had a small programming glitch which has since been corrected. How long ago did you buy the camera? The current versions of the # HM50002 should have this issue taken care of.
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