Being a solo full-time RVer with a travel trailer, the bane of my existence has been hitching up without an RV hitch camera. I used to have to hitch up horse trailers back in my TEENS (without any hitch cameras), and STILL I had not perfected this chore. In fact, I seem to have become worse and worse at it. 4 attempts. Then 6 attempts. Sometimes EIGHT attempts to hitch up without a trailer hitch camera. NINE!! UGH.
It called for serious eye rolling action. It can also be mildly embarrassing. The more people around, watching, the more attempts it took.
When I first launched, in lieu of getting an RV hitch camera , I got a stick with yellow balls on one end and a magnet at the other end. That, well, NEVER worked. I tried all of once. That's all it took to realize that it works about as good as it looks like it would.
Enter 2+ years of frustration of hitching without an RV backup camera about every two weeks. I couldn't live any more without a wireless RV backup camera. It finally boiled over, and with that, I broke down and got myself an RV wireless backup camera called iBall.
Best Little RV Wireless Hitch Camera!
The iBall is the little RV backup camera that could. The only negative I can find about it is that I have to put this RV camera on my bumper (magnetic attachment) and take it off for each use. However, this is also a good thing- it can't get damaged in the elements, nor can someone steal the trailer camera right off the bumper. If it was installed, it would likely be pretty easy to get off.
The monitor couldn't be easier to "install". You simply plug it into your 12v "cigarette lighter" port in your vehicle.
Because I am a destroyer of all nice things, I still might damage it since it did not come with a carry case. I just sort of throw it in the truck and hope for the best! But so far, so good.
How Does It Mount?
Even with installation and uninstallation required every time I hook up, it's just SO easy to install and uninstall this RV backup camera, it really doesn't bother me. The hitch camera mounts on the steel part of my bumper with a magnet. Whap- it connects nice and firm.
Next, I plug the monitor into a cigarette lighter plug in my truck, and that's it! There's nothing to actually "install". Simply power the monitor on, and it connects quickly to the camera (which you also have to power on and off for usage). The screen view is EXCELLENT, and after about the third time I used it, I knew exactly how it looks on the monitor when I am perfectly lined up over the ball.
Re-Learning To Back Up
The first time I tried backing up with this hitch camera, (as you will see in the video) I am not sure what I was looking at- the monitor or out my back window, ??♀️ but it threw me and I ALMOST hit the coupler with my bumper.
It would have not been the greatest way to start my new RV back up camera adventure. But, I didn't hit it. I pulled forward, backed up again, successfully lining perfectly up over the ball. I just overshot it a bit in the video since I was not familiar with what it should look like on the monitor just yet.
Today, I can get it right pretty much the first time every time and now the iBall hitch camera really is my new best friend when it comes to RV gadgets.
Kelly Reviews the iBall Trailer Hitch Camera
If you don't have a "way" with electronics and don't want to deal with any wiring or hardware issues, the iBall hitch camera is what you need to make hitching up your RV SO MUCH easier. I am as lazy as they come with installing things. It's no secret that I wouldn't ever consider installing a wired rear view camera for my truck by myself.
The iBall is easy on, easy off. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. Thanks, iBall hitch camera, for being the best trailer hitch backup camera out there for my vehicle!
Author: Kelly Beasley
Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.