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The Pro's And Con's Of A Wired Backup Camera System For Your RV

The Pro's And Con's Of A Wired Backup Camera System For Your RV

RV backup camera, one important decision is whether to get a wireless or wired camera system. Wired camera systems may cost more time and money upfront, but they offer better quality images and typically last longer than wireless systems. Is a wired RV camera system right for you?


The Pro’s of Wired RV Camera Systems

The Pro’s of Wired RV Camera Systemswired RV cameras is that they have no signal interference as the camera is physically connected to the monitor. The camera will deliver a clear, good signal in any conditions.

Wireless systems tend to be less reliable. The image may cut out for a number of reasons:

  • Other wireless devices may interfere with the signal that is transmitted from the camera to the monitor.
  • Transmitters may not be able to point to the receiver or monitor (as required by some systems) while maneuvering the RV at different angles out of alignment.
  • High speeds may affect the signal, which may be ok for slowly backing up but risky when checking blind spots on the road.

The bottom line is that a wireless system may cause loss of connection under certain conditions. However, a wired system will always deliver a clear image.

Better Quality Picture

A camera that is directly wired to the monitor can deliver a signal that contains more data and provides a better quality image. You will have a clear view of everything that is in the camera's field of vision. The picture will be sharp and focused, qualities you need to see exactly what’s going on.

A wireless connection can only support a limited amount of data transmission. This results in an image that is not as clear. When you are backing up into a tight spot, you don't want to make a mistake because you did not have a clear picture of everything that was behind you.

Cons of Wired Backup Cameras

Cons of Wired Backup Camerascompared to a wireless hookup. A wire must be run through the length of the RV and tow vehicle to connect the camera to the monitor. Unlike a wireless system, you can’t just mount the camera and the receiver.

It is possible to install a wired RV backup camera yourself. Most backup cameras come with detailed instructions. There is also a lot of information and resources online to help. You can also consider hiring a professional to do the installation for you.

Higher Cost

Wired backup camera systems tend to be a bit more expensive than wireless backup cameras. The reason is that wired backup camera systems tend to be of higher quality and also come with more installation equipment (i.e. wires, etc.).

Many would agree that the extra cost is worth it for a more reliable product and the clearer picture provided by wired backup cameras. However, keep in mind the additional cost of the installation of the wired system. It will cost you time if you chose to do it yourself, or it will cost you money if you hire a professional to do it. Don’t forget to budget these costs into the total price of the system.

Is A Wired RV Backup Camera Right For You?

If you plan on enjoying your RV for a long time and you’re looking for a reliable addition to increase its safety, you may want to strongly consider a wired backup camera system. Although the initial costs may be higher, many consider it worth it for a higher quality system that will work great for a long time.

Forget signal interference and system failure due to damage or weather. When you’re in your RV, you don’t have time to deal with that. Installing a high-quality wired backup camera system will make your RV experience a lot more pleasant and a lot less frustrating.