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Rearview Camera (Again)

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18 Nov 2017 @ 12:09:01 pm
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Greetings all!
I have installed a reasonably cheap rear-view camera on the van and the screen is a portion of a clip-on rear view mirror.
It is difficult to see much due to the glare on the glass of the mirror. (Even if I aim it as low as possible)
I asked at a couple of cell phone shops for a non reflective film that I could use, but with no luck.
Any ideas?
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18 Nov 2017 @ 14:32:21 pm
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John, what about the film that they put on vehicle windows, like the tinted smash & grab. They cut off the excess & throw away, so could give you a little piece for your rear view mirror/screen face...
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18 Nov 2017 @ 17:58:43 pm
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John

I threw my clip-on away due to that problem. Got a "flat screen TV" and connected it. Dashmount ok against the windscreen. Paid R500 at fleamarket. Works little better but I am considering to throw the whole system out. Not what I expected. I see much further with a tow mirror

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19 Nov 2017 @ 06:30:17 am
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I believe that the anti smash / tinted film is glossy and will just make the image darker.
In my mind I see a slightly 'frosted' glass effect.
In fact, while I'm typing this, I thought of going to the glass people & get an off cut of non reflective glass, the type they use on pictures & framed photos.
I'll report back if it works.

Failing this, I'll just do what G/H has done & gooi weg!
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19 Nov 2017 @ 13:42:48 pm
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Why not get a better monitor?

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19 Nov 2017 @ 14:45:49 pm
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The monitor is not the problem. The sun's reflection on the front of the caravan through the back window into the mirror is the main issue. To reduce this you can do the following things:

  1. Tilt the mirror away so you do not see that reflection. This is what I do and it works just fine for me. Yes sometimes the road is at such an angle with the sun  that tilting does not help but it is for short period of times.
  2. Pull a dark ladies-stocking over the monitor. This will also help if the monitor you have cannot adjust in brightness.
  3. Darker smash and grab in the rear widow works wonders.
  4. Place a sun screen (those you use when vehicle is parked in the sun) in the rear window.  When the caravan is behind you looking at it through the rear window is actualy of no significant value.

The rearview camera is a great asset for me and provides me with better vision to the rear when towing my caravan wich is about 180mm wider than a Jurgens. Here are a few things to think about:

  • I don't what to see 400m behind me as 50-75m is more than enough to make a driving decision on.
  • I don't want to see if it is a red Ford Mustang 5 Liter V8 of which the driver has blue eyes. I want to know is there a vehicle behind me and what is it doing.
  • The middle mirror clip-on-monitor works best for me because if I need to know what goes on behind my vehicle that is the place (centre mirror area) I will be looking at normaly (when not towing) so why would I put it somewhere else?
  • Monitor standing on the dash is subjected to excatly the same glare through the rear window. But also has to be adjusted to iliminate the direct sun falling on the dashboard during midday traveling.
  • Lastly observing ahead is probably more important as that is the actual way you are traveling. The larger the monitor chanses are that you do not have the normal visibility facing forward if that monitor is on the dashboard maybe even attached to the mirror.  Think twice before going to large.
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19 Nov 2017 @ 17:37:34 pm
Anonymous

John, I agree with what Leon is saying, and would add, I will never again tow without a mirror, if I can help it.

The Penta does not have a back window, I have lost count of the number of mirrors I had, gave a few away after a number of the tie up bands broke. I have moved my camera upwards, just aboth the number plate, and have less glare in the camera now. This, I beleave, is propebaly your problem? 

My reasoning is, if the sun reflects into the monitor,  it would also reflect into the mirror.

As far as the monitor is concerned, I honestly can't see how the sun can reflect on it,  however, if you have that problem, why not try to move it a bit?

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19 Nov 2017 @ 17:50:12 pm
Anonymous

Sorry, I need to add, I have a 7" dash mount (non-reflective) monitor.

What if you get a size bigger than your monitor, non-reflective sheet, and just cut it to size with a scissors or sharp blade?

Obviously, this will have to be the soft sheets.

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20 Nov 2017 @ 12:49:24 pm
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Leon praat waar.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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20 Nov 2017 @ 13:23:27 pm
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I have a 7inch dash mount monitor, which I have mounted in the centre of my dash, I turn it at about a 45deg angle off centre towards me. Doing this has eliminated most window glare. I have also got a travil blanket which also reduces some glare from the back. I like Leon's idea of puting a coating on the rear window. I think I will go put some 30% smash and grab tint on the rear canopy window.

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21 Nov 2017 @ 06:45:10 am
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The reflection is definitely due to the shiny glass of the mirror/monitor.
I have tilted it right down and it does help, especially if we are wearing dark clothes.
Unfortunately there is no place for it to mount under the dashboard.
Leon, I like your idea of a ladies stocking.
Now, to find a lady who wears stockings and get one off without being klapped stukkend!
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