Three Backup Camera Options for the Truck Owner
If you have young children, then you have probably thought long and hard about installing a backup camera on your pickup. Even if you don’t have kids, not knowing what is directly behind your truck while backing up can put butterflies in the stomach of even the most experienced driver. It’s embarrassing to lightly tap a wall or back over someone’s bike, and you can really damage your vehicle if something were to occur with the tailgate down. Likewise, young ones can’t always be counted on make the best decisions while playing near your parking area.
There are many different camera options available for most trucks, including three for the Tundra. The Autero Wireless Backup Camera is a very simple system that uses a waterproof camera clipped onto your license plate in order to wirelessly transmit a clear video image of what is directly behind your bumper while you are reversing – even in the dark, thanks to night vision technology. Priced at around $250, the camera is in full color, and has a crisp resolution that makes it easier to pick out details on the 3.6 LCD screen. Since the entire system is wireless, you can mount the screen where it is most convenient to you.
The Swift Hitch Trailer Camera also employs wireless transmission for easy installation, but instead of using your license plate, the Swift system instead mounts via a magnet onto your tailgate so you can point it exactly where you need to see. Selling for just under $300, the company advertises it as being perfect for when you need to hitch your truck up to a trailer – no more guessing when it’s time to line up the receiver on your hitch.
The Switch Hitch Trailer Camera can also see in the dark, and it comes with a 2.5 inch color LCD screen for monitoring. With a 300 foot range, it conceivably has uses beyond a backup camera, as it is probably perfect for surveillance…or keeping an eye on a load while driving.
The Mito License Frame Backup Camera is priced in the same neighborhood as the Autero unit (a little less than $250), but it doesn’t include an LCD screen. Instead, the camera, which is integrated into a license plate frame, is designed to be wired into an existing screen, such as a DVD navigation unit or an in-truck entertainment system. The Mito has a very sharp resolution and broadcasts in full color. Since it lacks both night vision and an LCD display, the Mito is not quite as attractive as the Swift or the Autero; but those who want to keep their camera installation as clean and hidden as possible will likely appreciate the license plate frame approach.
Each of these backup cameras can save you from a whole lot of hassle and heartache while reversing your truck. For those who live in an urban environment, a backup camera will most likely pay for itself the first time you are forced to back your Tundra out of a tight parking space thanks to the inconsiderate actions of other drivers. These cameras are one more tool to help you keep your cool out on the road.
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