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Best RV Backup Camera in 2021

(Camp Addict does NOT accept payment from any company to review or endorse their products.)

An RV backup camera lets you see behind your rig whether you are backing into a tight campsite, or you are wondering if someone is tailgating you.

Want to end the yelling and screaming that happens when you have someone 'helping' you back into a spot because you can't see what's behind you?

Get a rearview camera and eliminate the middleman.

We review wired rv backup camera and wireless.

We also review one, two, and three backup rv camera systems.

Below you find the best RV backup camera reviews, which will help you figure out which system works best for your setup.

RV Backup Camera Guide

There's a lot to think consider when looking for the perfect backup camera for your RV.

Wired or Wireless? CMOS or CCD sensor? How large of a display?

Read our Rear View Camera Guide to learn everything you need to know to pick the best system for your rig.

Why Only Two Manufacturers Reviewed?

In the following backup camera for RV reviews we include products from just two manufacturers.

If you've looked at RV rear camera systems, you know the options are mind-boggling.

Why did we only choose two RV backup camera manufacturers? We explain why here.

Best Wired RV Backup Camera Reviews

Wired RV backup camera systems offer the best quality and the most stable picture.

However, they are harder to install than a wireless system.

If you have a metal-skinned RV (e.g., Airstream) or a toy hauler with a metal reinforced ramp (back wall), then a wired RV rear camera is your best bet.

Best Wired 1 Camera System

Rear View Safety RVS-770613-NM

Rear View Safety RVS-770613 monitor and rv backup camera

Best For All types of RVs looking for an RV rear camera with the most stable image.

Pros

  • Camera has the highest waterproof/dust proof and shock/vibration rating
  • Not susceptible to interference
  • Version available with trailer quick disconnect wiring harness

Cons

  • One-time installation of your RV rear camera can take some time

The RVS-770613 is Rear View Safety's single camera, wired backup camera for RVs.

It has a 7-inch digital LCD screen and comes with a single rearview camera that offers a 130-degree viewing angle.

This RV rear camera system can handle up to 3 cameras, should you decide to expand.

Continue Reading Rear View Safety RVS-770613-NM Review

Best Wired 2 Camera System

Rear View Safety RVS-770614

Rear View Safety RVS-770614 monitor and camera

Best For: Motorhomes looking for 2 rear view camera angles.

Travel trailers, 5th wheel and toy hauler (trailers) that want one rearview camera at the rear of the RV and one rearview camera mounted at the rear of the truck.

Pros

  • System includes 2 rear view cameras for RVs
  • System expandable to 3 cameras
  • Cameras have the highest waterproof/ dust proof and shock/ vibration rating
  • Not susceptible to interference
  • Version available with trailer quick disconnect wiring harness

Cons

  • One-time installation can take some time
  • Only one camera can be displayed at a time

The RVS-770614 is Rear View Safety's dual camera wired backup system.

It has a 7-inch digital LCD screen and comes with two rearview RV backup cameras, each offering a 130-degree viewing angle. 

This system can handle up to 3 cameras, should you decide to expand the system.

Continue Reading Rear View Safety RVS-770614 Review

Best Wired 3 Camera (Rear & Side) System

Rear View Safety RVS-770616N

Rear View Safety RVS-770616N monitor and rv backup cameras

Best For: Motorhomes looking for a rear view camera and 2 side view cameras.

Pros

  • System includes 3 cameras - 2 side view and 1 rear view camera
  • Cameras have the highest waterproof/ dust proof and shock/ vibration rating
  • Trigger wires allow appropriate camera to be displayed when necessary
  • Not susceptible to interference

Cons

  • One-time installation can take some time
  • Only one camera can be displayed at a time

The RVS-770616N is Rear View Safety's three camera wired backup system. 

It has a 7-inch digital LCD screen and comes with a single rearview camera.

Additionally, it has a 130-degree viewing angle and two side view cameras, each with a 120-degree viewing angle.

Continue Reading Rear View Safety RVS-770616N Review

Best Wired System with Side Cameras and Quad Monitor

Rear View Safety RVS-062710

Rear View Safety RVS-062710 monitor and motorhome backup cameras

Best For: Motorhomes looking for a rear view camera and 2 side view cameras with the ability to view all cameras at one time on the monitor.

Pros

  • Able to view up to 4 cameras at one time
  • System includes 4 cameras - 2 side view and 2 rear view cameras
  • Cameras have the highest waterproof/dust proof and shock/vibration rating
  • Trigger wires allow appropriate camera to be displayed full screen when necessary
  • Not susceptible to interference

Cons

  • One-time installation can take some time

The RVS-062710 is Rear View Safety's four-camera, wired RV backup system. It has a 7-inch digital LCD screen and comes with two rear view cameras that have a 130-degree viewing angle and two side-view cameras, each with a 120-degree viewing angle.

Continue Reading Rear View Safety RVS-062710 Review

Best RV Wireless Backup Cameras

RV wireless backup camera systems offer the easiest installation because they are wireless.

However, because it is wireless technology, they are susceptible to interference causing loss of signal. 

Therefore, wired systems offer the best, most stable image, but are harder to install as a result of needing to be wired.

Toy Haulers And Airstreams Beware

If you have a metal-skinned RV (e.g., Airstream) or a toy hauler with a metal reinforced ramp (back wall) then wired RV backup cameras are your best bet because metal interferes with the wireless signal.

Best Wireless 1 Camera System

Rear View Safety RVS-2CAM

Rear View Safety RVS-2CAM monitor and rv wireless backup camera

Best For: People looking for a wireless backup camera for RV with relatively easy installation. Because of the metal interference, this is not recommended for Airstreams/metal-skinned rigs (use a hardwired system).

Pros

  • Able to view up to 2 cameras at one time
  • Can add second (optional) camera
  • Camera has the highest waterproof/dust proof and shock/vibration rating
  • Digital signal for the best signal quality

Cons

  • Not for use with metal-skinned RVs
  • Possible interference (as happens with any wireless backup camera system)

The RVS-2CAM is Rear View Safety's single camera, wireless RV backup system.

It has a 7-inch digital LCD screen with the split-screen capability (if you install the second, optional camera)

This wireless backup camera for RV comes with a single rearview camera that has a 130-degree viewing angle and can support a second camera (optional purchase).

Continue Reading Rear View Safety RVS-2CAM Review

Best Wireless 1 Camera System Runner-Up

4UCam 9901Digital

4UCam 9901 monitor and rv camera

Best For: People looking for a rear view camera with relatively easy installation. Not recommended for Airstreams/metal-skinned rigs (use a hardwired system).

Pros

  • Optional Furrion bracket to mount to factory installed Furrion mount
  • Digital signal for best picture quality

Cons

  • System not expandable beyond one camera
  • Not for use with metal-skinned RVs
  • Possible interference (as happens with any wireless backup camera system)
  • No sun shield for camera or monitor

The 9901Digital is 4UCam's single camera, wireless RV backup system.

This system has a 7-inch digital LCD screen and comes with a single wireless rearview camera that has a 130-degree viewing angle. 

The digital signal has an unobstructed range of 100 feet (though this is reduced when you start putting an RV between the monitor and camera, as is the case with all wireless RV backup systems).

Continue Reading 4UCam 9901Digital Review

Best Wireless 2 Camera Quad View System

4UCam 9901Digital Quad View

4UCam 9901 Quad View monitor and rv cameras

Best For: People looking for multiple camera angles and relatively easy installation. Not recommended for Airstreams/metal-skinned rigs (use a hardwired system).

Pros

  • Able to view up to 4 cameras at one time
  • System expandable to 4 cameras (comes with 2)
  • Optional Furrion bracket to mount to factory installed Furrion mount
  • Digital signal for best picture quality

Cons

  • Not for use with metal-skinned RVs
  • Possible interference (as happens with any RV wireless backup camera system)
  • No sun shield for camera or monitor

The 9901Digital Quad View is 4UCam's multi-camera (comes with 2), wireless RV backup system.

It has a 7-inch digital LCD screen. BUT,  you can display 1, 2, or 4 cameras at one time if you buy extra cameras.

This system comes with two wireless rearview cameras that have a 130-degree viewing angle. 

The digital signal has an unobstructed range of 100 feet. 

Continue Reading 4UCam Digital Quad View Review

Best Backup Camera on a Budget

4UCam 8909 WiFi

4UCam 8909WiFi complete backup camera

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Easily mounts to license plate frame
  • Inconspicuous

Cons

  • Picture quality is not so great
  • Small screen (dependent on phone/device size)
  • Smaller viewing angle (100 degrees)

The 8909 WiFi is 4UCam's simplest wireless RV backup system.

This system differs from all the rest of the reviewed backup systems in that it doesn't come with an external viewing monitor.

Instead, it displays on an iOS or Android device via the viewing app (free download). 

Also, it creates its own WiFi network to broadcast the image to your iOS or Android device.

Continue Reading 4UCam 8909 WiFi Review

Best Hitch Camera

Backing up to connect to your trailer is not such an easy task when your vehicle doesn't have an integrated trailer backup camera and you don't have a helper.

Heck, even if you did have a helper, you might be better off using a trailer backup camera and avoiding any potential arguments.

Know what we mean?

The wireless trailer backup camera reviewed below is not intended for permanent installation nor is it intended to be used as an RV rearview camera.

It has one job and one job only - to help you line up your tow vehicle's hitch ball with your trailer so that you can easily hitch up for towing.

Once your trailer is connected to your tow vehicle, the wireless hitch cam is removed from your tow vehicle and stored until you need to hook up again.

Best Trailer Hitch Camera

iBall Hitch Camera

iball trailer backup camera complete

Best For: All types of RVs occasionally needing a backup camera (not intended for full-time use).

Pros

  • VERY easy to install this trailer backup camera
  • No wiring
  • Magnetic base allows for installation almost anywhere
  • Can use on multiple vehicles

Cons

  • A bit pricey - but what price do you put on ease of hitching up?
  • Possible picture breakup if distance is too great between camera and monitor

The iBall wireless trailer backup camera is incredibly easy to use.

Simply plug the included 3.5-inch monitor into a 12-volt (cigarette lighter) outlet inside your vehicle.

Then, place the included trailer camera on your tow vehicle so that it gives a clear view of the tow ball (camera has a magnetic mount). 

Camp Addict Kelly's Experience With The iBall

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Continue Reading iBall Trailer Hitch Camera Review

Conclusion

There you have it!

Now, you know how to select a backup camera system with confidence.

You will wonder how you ever lived without it if you didn't have one before. 

If you have a question about any of these cameras, or your own system, please read the comments below and make sure the answer is not already there. 

If it is not, pop your question down there! We are happy to answer all intelligently asked questions that are relevant to backup cameras, within reason. (AKA we are not going to do hours of research to find an answer you don't feel like doing yourself.)

Otherwise, if we can answer a question you have, we definitely will!

Stay safe on the road.

Camp on, Addicts!

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Kelly Beasley

He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.


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Marshall Wendler

Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit. 

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  • I have a 14 ft camper that is all Aluminum. The tow truck is a Tundra. First would the Iball monitor be able to get a good reception since the trailer is Aluminum and second where would I mount it for backing up since there isn’t any steel? I called an installation guy here and he pretty much poo poo wireless set ups saying they have too much delay times and distortions.

    • Hi Beth,

      While the iBall could definitely be used by temporarily mounting it to the rear of a trailer while backing up, that isn’t its primary purpose. It is primarily a hitch camera, to be used on your tow vehicle (that doesn’t have its own backup camera) while hitching up to a trailer.

      Because of the aluminum construction of your trailer, it isn’t a candidate for mounting the iBall on the rear. The low mounting position means the wireless signal would have to penetrate a lot of metal (aluminum) and it’s not going to be happy doing that. This is assuming there was a place to mount it, which apparently there isn’t.

      As far as a wireless camera being a poor option, that is true if you purchase a system that suffers from delay and distortion. However, there are wireless units that perform just fine.

      And you can use a wireless camera on an aluminum trailer. For example, Airstream installs wireless backup cameras on their travel trailers.

      The key is to mount it up high so that the signal doesn’t have to ‘shoot through’ the aluminum rig. Instead it goes over the top of it. But this is a permanent installation. Not a temporary one like the iBall would be.

      So for your situation, you want to look at mounting a quality wireless backup camera up high on your trailer, or go with a wired version (which is a lot more time consuming and potentially difficult to install).

  • Thanks for posting a thoughtful and comprehensive review of RV backup cameras. One question: will the iBall hitch camera be suitable for hooking up a 5th wheel if mounted on the back of the pickup truck cab pointed at the 4th wheel hitch?

    • Hi David,

      Sure! That would be a fine use for the iBall camera.

      The possible uses are pretty much limited only to your imagination. It can ‘view’ anything you can point it at, so a fifth wheel hitch is definitely a use case.

  • So glad I found your site!
    Have a Thor Majestic 19’ Class C. Wasn’t sure if I needed to add backup camera. First trip hit a tree with right rear bumper and my new toy spent 5 days in the reel air shop!
    Your reviews have helped narrow my search.
    Do I need 3 cameras or would a back up 120 degree properly placed let me see the back sides when backing into a campsite? Don’t have deep pockets, but that one repair bill convinced me spend now to save later.
    Thanks for your input.

    • Hi Georgia-Dee,

      Ouch! Sorry to hear about your first trip’s mishap!

      A single camera should work just fine, and would be a lot easier to install. Once you have a backup camera installed, practice backing up so you ‘understand’ what the camera is showing you.

      For example, try backing up into an empty(ish) parking lot, into a lined space. And see how well you do.

      Learn how to use the camera before you try backing into a tight spot.

      And (I’m sure you’ve figured this one out on your own now) ALWAYS stop, get out and put your eyeballs on a situation if there is ever any doubt about what you are backing up into.

      I hope your Class C motorhome brings you many years of happiness exploring!

  • I have a 2017 Coleman 25′ toy hauler. A magnet does not stick to siding.I Assume it is aluminum sided . Would this
    be OK to use wireless cameras?

    • Hi Ed,

      Yes, I’d agree that it has aluminum siding.

      If it’s a toy hauler, you also have the rear ramp issue mentioned on this page. In that the ramp most likely has some metal in it that might cause problems with the wireless transmission.

      You could probably get away with using a wireless camera if you were smart with where the camera, and thus the antenna, was mounted. Mount it high so the rear ramp isn’t causing a transmission issue. And since it’s not an incredibly long trailer, the fact that there is aluminum skin probably won’t cause too much issue. Famous last words, right?

  • Great reviews. However, my needs are primarily viewing traffic behind my 1963 Aloha trailer as I travel down the road. Don’t want mirror extensions so I thought a camera I can mounted to the back of the trailer would be a good alternative. Do you have any suggestions that might meet my needs.

  • I’m sorry to say I have the Voyager wireless system and I must say I’m very happy with it’s performance. I installed the system on my travel trailer on my own. The travel trailer is metal and I don’t have any problems connecting the camera to the monitor..

    • No worries Roger, no need to be sorry! As we mention in the article, Voyager just costs twice as much as comparable systems that use better technology (CCD). We could find nothing particularly wrong with them aside from that.

      We are glad it’s working for you and hope it continues to!

  • In your research, was there any backup cameras that integrates with the monitor provided by the O.E.M of the vehicles backup system?

    • Hey Jon,

      I focused on backup cameras that came as a complete system as this is the most universal way to do it.

      The problem with integrating with OEM monitors is that each scenario is going to be different. So it’s near impossible to review useful (key here is ‘useful’) solutions for people wanting to use an OEM monitor.

      Though I did poke around a bit to answer a couple of comments below. You can check out my response to Clint (5/14/19) and Edward (4/29/19) to get an idea of what you possibly could do.

      Best of luck and Camp On!

  • Hello!

    What a great article about the almost overwhelming world of rear view cameras. I recently got a job where I would be driving a different box truck for each day of work, usually 16 feet long, throughout the city and sometimes I won’t be having someone there to help watch my blind spots for me so I think getting a camera would be necessary. I’m looking for a camera that can be one where I can show up to my job site, quickly install the rear view camera, and go about my day. And then at the end of the day, I would have to take it off quickly and bring it home. Then on the next job, I would have a different truck to work with so I would then have to quickly install it again and then take it off at the end of the day.

    From my understanding from your article, it would probably be best to have a wireless camera with CCD functionality. However, since box trucks are essentially completely metal, I’m worried about the connection issue. I think a camera that can link directly to an app on my phone might be the easiest but an external monitor will work fine too if it’s just as quick. I’m not worried about the quality of video as long as I can see behind me. Price also isn’t really a problem as I’m willing to invest in it if it will work well for me. I was looking at that 4UCam 8909 WiFi you suggested but judging by the amazon reviews I don’t think it’s something I can just take on and off? All I need to do is reliably see and have it be easy to take on and off. I’m willing to sacrifice almost anything else. Do you have any specific examples that might be useful?

    Thanks so much for responding to these comments after so much time!

    • Hi Lou,

      Yeah, you definitely want a self-contained portable backup camera. The 4UCam 8909 WiFi is definitely not going to work here, as it’s made to be permanently mounted (the WiFi portion of it requires you to hardwire it into a 12-volt power source).

      The only unit that we review that would work for your situation is the iBall Hitch Camera. This requires you to have a 12-volt outlet to plug the monitor into, but otherwise the camera is battery powered and mounts magnetically. It goes thru metal truck beds (Kelly used her’s with her previous tow vehicle, a Toyota Tundra), so it should work with a box truck.

      I’m sure there are other self-contained backup camera solutions. Just need to check the reviews to make sure they go thru metal. I can’t recommend any since I haven’t looked into them, but like I said, I’m sure there are some that will fit your needs.

      Thanks for the comment and best of luck finding a solution that works for you!

      • Oh this is great, thank you so much! I just looked up this product and it seems like it’ll work great for me. Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

  • Thank you for your product information.
    I hope to see the image around my RV, do you have a good camera system recommended?
      I am seeing the SZDALOS brand Bird View camera System for RV in youtube, It meet my expectations. But it seems that the installation is very complicated, is there a place to provide camera installation service for the RV?

    • Hi Steven,

      Yes, on this page, we list the camera systems that we recommend. If you aren’t comfortable installing yours, take it to your favorite RV dealership that has a service department. Or, you can try to find a mobile RV mechanic. Also, a custom auto accessories place might also do this type of work.

      Good luck and get out there and camp!

  • Thank you for this, but what about a wireless camera only? I’m sure I’m not the only guy with a higher end head unit stereo that has a camera port. SO what I’m looking for would be a wireless camera and a receiver at the head unit that would plug into my Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX.

    • Hey Clint,

      While you certainly can purchase just a wireless backup by itself (without a monitor), the key is making it ‘talk’ to whatever monitor you want it to display on (in your case, the Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX). This could be tricky (and a pain).

      Rear View Systems sells their wireless backup cameras on their site (runs around $150) but you have to pair them to a compatible monitor (it would have to be able to accept a wireless signal). Or you can purchase a kit from them for around $190 to give their wired cameras wireless capability. However, you then need a monitor with RCA connectors to accept this signal.

      Your Pioneer system seems to use a single input that won’t accept this, so it’s trickier. I have no idea if there is a wireless camera that is compatible with your system (I did not locate one with a quick search). Pioneer doesn’t sell one. They only sell this wired camera that is compatible. So maybe this is your best option. Unfortunately you’ll need to run a wire.

      If there is an easy wireless solution, I couldn’t easily locate it.

  • Good morning, fantastic article on backup cameras.

    Can you recommend a camera to install in my High Top Promaster?

    I already have an existing Sony Car Play (6.4 inch display) stereo with Backup Camera connection via yellow RCA plug.

    So I would just need the camera and wires.

    Given your recommendations…

    CCD
    Infrared
    Waterproof
    130 degree view

    What would be your recommendation for just buying the camera and wires only?

    Also should I mount the camera on top or bottom?

    Thanks so much for your great articles and insights!

    • Hey Edward,

      Glad you like the site!

      You’ve got several choices, depending on if you want the tried and true, or want to save some money.

      You can get the same camera that comes with the Rear View Systems wired backup cameras that we review above. They have an RCA connection option and choice of cable length. You order directly from them. A bit pricey, but it’s known to be a good unit.

      If you poke around on Amazon you can come up with some cheaper options (though not sure about how good, but definitely save money).

      I’d mount up high. Better field of view and out of the way. This is where you’ll see the backup cameras mounted on RVs and commercial vans.

      Thanks for the question and best of luck with your backup camera solution!

  • I have a 2019 Winnebago Minnie Winnie. It is pre-wired for the Voyager camera.
    Is this my best choice for a camera backup?

    • Hey Kent,

      Voyager would work, but they are pricey and don’t have the best cameras, etc. You can read more on that here.

      What exactly does ‘pre-wired’ mean? There is a power supply where the camera goes? Or there is a Voyager-only mount also?

      Depending on the situation, I’d see if another brand (i.e., less expensive) system will fit,

      Best of luck seeing backwards and Camp On!

      • Marshall, thank you for getting back so quickly I will be investigating and let you know what we end up with. Thanks again

  • Great article, thanks. Please check the review for the Rear View Safety RVS-2CAM. You said it has 9 infrared LEDs for a range of 50 feet. That doesn’t sound right compared to all the other reviews. Shouldn’t 9 be between 10 and 25 feet? Or does it actually have more than 9 LEDs?

    • Hey Ken,

      Great catch! We reached out to Rear View Safety to verify those specs are correct (this is what they have listed on their website). Their response was that there are two different cameras in question (one with 9 LEDs and one with 18 LEDs). They share the same night vision range (or basically the same). Due to design differences, one can do it with less LEDs.

      Hope that helps! Thanks for the question and Camp On!

  • Thanks for this review. Unfortunately I found it a little late. I just purchased a 7″ 1080p system and it has a major problem you did not address. The LCD polarization axis is the wrong way so you must turn your head 90 degrees to see the screen if wearing polarized sunglasses. Most computer screens and monitor devices have this the right way. They offered to send a filter but I am sure that will degrade the brightness and resolution. Mostly, I am disgusted that the design would be so careless and would like to replace it with another monitor. How universal are the round 4 pin screw connectors coming from the camera. I cannot redo the wire run, it was a huge job.

    thanks,
    Fred

    • Hi Fred,

      Ugh! Sorry to hear about the polarization issue! I hate going to gas pumps wearing my polarized sun glasses as with most I have to cock my head in order to read them. “Fun!”

      What brand of RV backup camera did you purchase?

      Not sure how universal the connectors are. Probably going to need to find a monitor that has the right polarization and see what type of connector it has and go from there.

      But for simplicities sake, I’d take up the offer of a filter and see if that does the trick without degrading the image quality too much. It’s just a backup camera, so you don’t need 1080p worth of resolution. As long as you can see what’s behind you, then good enough. And sure would eliminate a lot of hassle of having to mess with finding a compatible monitor.

  • First, thank you for providing all this great information! I’m still unclear which option would best fit my needs though. When I’m triple towing down the road, with a car on a flatbed behind a 40′ 5th wheel, I’d like to view what’s going on behind the RV while going forward. Many have said that these wireless camera systems have distance limitations of less than 50′, (interferences, unuseful displays). Ideas? Suggestions?

    • Happy to hear you found the wireless backup camera information useful!

      Range is definitely an issue with any wireless backup cameras. So many factors come into play with a wireless signal (especially what type of material the signal has to ‘shoot’ through in order to go from the camera to the display) that being able to nail down an exact range isn’t really possible.

      I suspect that the less than 50 feet range issue may have to do more with the type of signal the camera uses. An analog signal (older technology) has less range than a digital signal. All the wireless backup cameras reviewed on this page use a digital signal. The Rear View System RVS-2CAM has a claimed range of 70 feet while the 4UCam models claim to have a 100 foot range).

      Assuming your 5th wheel is standard RV construction (not metal skin) then either of these units should be sufficient.

      Hope that helps! Camp on!

  • Thank you. Very helpful for explaining what the options mean when I have no clue what to look for. One of your answers said that the monitor should only be used for the camera. Since I also need a navigation tool as well as a stereo of some kind I was hoping I could get it all in one. Sounds like it’s not an option? I have a Roadtrek 170.

    • Hey Carol,

      As you know, we don’t review all-in-one solutions here (it’s waaaaaaay beyond the scope of this page as there are so many variables), but I’m pretty sure they exist. I’m thinking a new head unit (the bit that goes into the dash) that not only offers a radio option (heck, you could even get satellite radio if you wanted), but navigation, and an input for an external (backup) camera. I’m pretty sure something like this exists, but you are going to have to poke around and see what works for your exact situation.

      Also, something like this is most likely going to require the use of a hard-wired (not wireless) backup camera. Not a big deal with your rig, since you are just hanging the camera on the back of the same unit (you don’t have a trailer). But you are going to have to run the wire from the front to back. This could be ‘fun’ and might actually require professional installation, unless you are a whiz at these sorts of things.

      Best of luck and Camp On!

  • I would like to have a system where i can have a camera mounted on my truck bumper AND be able to move it to the end of my hitch extension under my 10 foot camper. Is there a camera that you can disconnect and add a short extension like 30 inches? Maybe a magnetic base on the camera?

    • Hey Kevin,

      The iBall hitch camera has a magnetic base so that may fit your requirements. It is wireless, so no extension required. Just keep in mind that it isn’t meant to be permanently left attached to either your truck or any RV. Instead, it is something that you ‘install’ ONLY when you need to backup, then immediately remove it.

      Thanks for the question, and camp on!

    • Hey Tony,

      Assuming the Rockwood Windjammer has a fiberglass skin, any of the wireless backup camera systems should do the trick. Pick which one you feel offers the features you need and you should be all set! It really comes down to a personal preference, but either of the one-camera systems would be more then sufficient (assuming you only want/need one camera, which is the case for most installations). The Rear View Safety RVS-2CAM offers the ability to add a second camera should you think you need that in the future, but most people don’t have the need for multiple cameras.

      Thanks for the question, and Camp On!

    • Hey Keith,

      I believe that trailer has a metal skin. Assuming this is correct, a wireless system may not be your best best at the metal skin will interfere with the wireless signal transmission. If possible, a wired backup camera would be a better choice. We don’t personally have experience with a metal skinned RV, but it may be possible to mount the camera antenna high enough so that it has less metal between it and the monitor. BUT this is no guarantee that the wireless signal will be uninterrupted due to the metal skin.

      Can you tell that we are hesitant to recommend a wireless camera in your situation? ? Sorry I don’t have better news for you.

      Thanks for the question and Camp On!

  • We have a 27′ motor home. Is there a wireless back up camera that you can adjust to see the hitch area then remotely adjust to see tow car and traffic?

    • Hi Lynn,

      I am not aware of such a camera – one that you can adjust the up/down angle of the unit. They may exist, but I’m not aware of them. Traditional backup camera units are a compromise as far as to what you set them to view. May have to play around with the angle until you setting on something that works for what you want to see. Thanks for the question and camp on!

    • Hey Rob,

      I’m not sure what kind of backup camera prep it has, as the Jayco website only says “Backup camera prep”. Not too helpful.

      A common backup prep is for the Furrion system (so it comes with a Furrion mount). If this is the case in your trailer, you could go with the 4UCam 9901Digital, which is our runner-up single camera wireless system. The 4UCam has an optional Furrion adapter plate that allows you to use an existing Furrion mount on your trailer (assuming this is what your trailer has).

      Thanks for the question and Camp On!

  • What I need is what you described in your anecdotal comment at the end of your report. I’d only use the camera when I’m parking the trailer at the site. I’d need, though, just an inexpensive camera that I can wirelessly connect to my cell phone (not monitors). Do you have a list or recommendation for those type of backup cameras? Thanks!

    • Hey Yaco,

      I personally have the 4UCam 8909 WiFi that we review on this page. It isn’t the best quality, but does get the job done. It connects via it’s own WiFi network to a cellphone app, so no external monitor necessary.

      Best of luck and Camp On!

      • I have a 2008 36` Georgetown Class A. I was wanting to go to a wireless backup camera. I have a budget of about $500 and have the ability to install it myself. Question, is a wireless recommended in this motor home?

        • Hey Terry,

          As long as your Georgetown is fiberglass without any metal skin (I believe it’s a fully fiberglass skinned RV) then a wireless RV backup camera would be a good option. Wireless should work pretty well as the signal is only really needing to go thru either the back wall or roof (as opposed to a metal tow vehicle).

          Thanks for the question and Camp On!

    • I don’t know of any off the top of my head, but there are SO MANY backup camera solutions, one may exist. However, why would you need that high of resolution on such a small screen? The backup camera solutions that we list on this page have more then adequate resolution for you to see very clearly what is behind you. Higher resolution on a small screen is not at all necessary.

  • I am so glad this site came up in a search. I was so hesitant to spend so much on a backup system when they are riddled with issues in the comments of various reviews. I have (had) many unanswered questions but this info is certainly helping me narrow it down a bit. “CAMP ADDICT”, you are forever book-marked and can’t wait to read on further.

    • We are so glad you found Camp Addict, Tim! Happy to be able to help with your backup camera search. And THANK YOU for bookmarking Camp Addict. Kelly and I greatly appreciate it!

  • How far should you backup camera go?
    I have a top mounted camera on my Class A, and it is pointing almost straight down, and I think it should be point back a way, I can see my “TOAD” but after that, not much. Thoughts?

    • Hey Jeffrey,

      The answer to that is another question – what do you want to see? Point the backup camera at whatever angle you need it to be in order to see what you want to see. Big help, right? ?

      But seriously, if you want to be able to see as you are backing up into a spot, angle the camera to make it so. Since you have a toad, you are probably going to want to be able to keep an eye on that while you go down the road. If it’s possible to see both the toad and far enough behind your rig to aid in backing up, then that would be ideal. If not, pick your poison – decide which is more important.

      Thanks for the question, and Camp On!

      • I currently have a Class A motorhome with a hitch and a two wheel tow dolly that I tow my car with so I can get around town better, but I don’t see much past the back bumper of the tow car, so to see more traffic than that, I am wondering if I should reposition it better, but do I want to see my tow car to see if anything is going on with it, or should I try to see more traffic beyond it?

        • That’s going to be a personal preference for you. You really need to see what’s going on with your tow dolly incase something goes sideways, so that would be my top priority. You cannot see behind your rig with the RV’s side mirrors? You should be able to see traffic behind your RV at a certain point, though I totally get how you might not see someone right on your toad’s rear.

          I cannot see someone that is right behind my trailer, but I don’t worry about it too much. If they are driving like an idiot, by being too close to me, then they are on their own. However, I can see down the side of my rig to make sure the lanes are clear before I change lanes, so I’m never in danger of hitting someone. It’s just the people right on my rear that I cannot see.

    • If you camera is low (bumper) it will likely see 50% sky and 50% dark ground. The camera will struggle with the contrast, favouring the sky light and stopping down(to much darker). If you mount it higher and point it down so that you see 100% ground the sensor will have an evenly balanced lightt input and will open up, giving you an better exposed image.

      • Hi Einar,

        Exactly! Which is some of the issue I have with my bumper mounted camera. Especially when backing into the sun – things get very over exposed. Of course, the camera itself isn’t great to start with, so having the bright sky there doesn’t do it any favors.

        Thanks for the comment and Camp On!

  • Wow! Great article. I knew nothing about backup cameras. Now that I have read (and reread) the article I feel confident enough to order and install one to replace a 15 year old, nonworking, unit on my RV. Thank you very much.

    • You are most welcome, Charles! Best of luck with the replacement of the ‘dead’ backup camera. Piece of cake! ?

    • There are lots of backup camera solutions on the market. You mentioned one of the better brands out there. The backup camera landscape really can be overwhelming but we hope that this page shed some light on what to look for when it comes to a high quality, dependable backup camera system.

      Glad we could help, Michael! Best of luck and Camp On!

  • Great information. I have one question concerning the cameras. Do they all display a typical mirror image like a rear view mirror? Does the recommended Rvs wireless product display a mirror image. I am afraid that an image different from a mirror image would making backing up difficult for me! Thanks Ron B

    • Glad to hear you find the backup camera information useful, Ron! RV backup cameras work in the same way that backup cameras on cars do – they show the same image you would see if you were looking backwards. In other words, NO, the image is not reversed. Yeah, that would definitely make backing up harder then it already is! ?

      Camp On, Ron!

  • Thanks for this article was just helping someone look for a backup camera. Backup cameras are great and should have been required years ago. Likewise other safety features such as blind spot detection.

    • Hi Nikhil,

      We completely agree! Back cameras certainly take the worry out of not being able to see behind you.

      I hope you found the page useful and Camp On!

  • Great info..tnx. Have 40′ Class A diesel…Must have side cameras, so any thoughts? Also I see blind spot warning sensors and those would be a good addition while installing. I already decided on Rear View Safety so you have reinforced that decision. +1

    • You are welcome, Tommy. Glad you found this page useful!

      I’d look at the 3-camera RVS-770616N system (reviewed above) that has two side view cameras and a backup camera. This Rear View Safety unit fits what you are looking for.

      As far as blind spot detectors, I haven’t looked into these so I’m not sure how feasible they would be for motorhomes, but it sounds like you’ve seen something that might work?

      Thanks for reading and Camp On!

  • I have a 2005 Class A RV with a Weldex rear view monitoring system (WDRV-3407M). It is not working correctly.. image fades in and out.. it’s not reliable. Can this be replaced with one of the recommended wired RVS systems without having to rewire everything?

    • Hi Ray,

      Great question! I highly doubt it is a straight plug-and-play situation as the wiring harness connectors are most likely incompatible. There is a chance that you can purchase an adapter harness that allows one of the Rear View System harnesses to connect to your existing harness, but I’m not sure. I did a quick Google search and nothing turned up.

      In each review for the wired backed cameras there is a link to the appropriate manual that shows what harness it comes with, and the wiring connector layout. This may be of some help to you in determining if you can use your existing harness or not.

      You might be better off going with a wireless system if you don’t want to run a new harness from the front to the rear of your rig.

      Thanks for the question and Camp On!

  • I see some units offering Bluetooth capability, but I have no idea what this would be for or why I would choose to include it in a system.

    Any idea?

    • Hi Bob!

      Yeah, so about that whole Bluetooth thing. Bells and whistles. Bells and Whistles. Of the type that makes you scratch your head and say, “Why would I want this feature?” But hey, give the manufacturers an “A” for effort in trying to differentiate their products from the competition by adding stuff you don’t want.

      Some backup camera manufacturers add Bluetooth capability to their monitors (the displays). This allows you to connect your phone to the monitor so you can stream music and/or received phone calls through the backup camera monitor’s built-in speaker and microphone. So you have the “pleasure” of listening to music through a very small speaker that is part of a pretty small screen. Or you can talk on the phone through the same.

      Doesn’t sound like the best of options to me, when it comes to sound quality, etc. And you’ll notice that none of the recommended systems offer Bluetooth. That’s because we strongly feel that a backup camera should do one job, and do that well – show you a picture of what is behind you.

      If I wanted to stream music via Bluetooth from my phone, or make phone calls via Bluetooth, I’m pretty sure that there are some much better options that most likely integrate with your car’s speaker system so you can actually hear something. Call me crazy!

      Thanks for the question and Camp On!

      • I’m trying to figure out if I can get a backup cam (preferably wired for power) that will connect to my iPhone (via Bluetooth?), so that I can then route the display to a much larger truck monitor. Thoughts?

        • Hey Stephen,

          The only one that I’m aware of off the top of my head is our best backup camera on a budget. I personally have this camera but am not in love with the image quality, etc. It doesn’t come with its own monitor, but rather attaches to an app on your phone via WiFi (it creates it’s own WiFi network you connect your phone to in order to view the picture).

          There may be a backup camera system that does what you want, but I haven’t run across it.

          Thanks for the question and Camp On!

  • You need to clarify “metal” RVs please.
    There are several variations:
    a. Aluminum frame w/ composit siding.
    b. Wood or aluminum frame w/ aluminum/metal skin.
    c. All aluminum (Airstream etc.)

    • Thanks for the input, Calvin!

      I have updated that sections that said “If you have a metal RV (e.g., Airstream) or a toy hauler with a metal reinforced ramp (back wall)…” to “If you have a metal-skinned RV (e.g., Airstream) or a toy hauler with a metal reinforced ramp (back wall)”.

      It’s the metal skin that messes with wireless signals. The more metal between the camera transmitter and the camera monitor, the more potential issues with the wireless transmission.

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