Thinking about installing a backup camera system in your van? Not all back up cameras, and the equipment that goes with them, are created equally. Additionally, the amount and type of equipment you purchase can have everything to do with what you want to add and what’s in your dashboard already.
To help you through the process of choosing the right backup system for your needs, let’s take a look at what’s out there and some determining factors.
Why Get a Backup System?
Even when backing up a van with windows, it’s not easy to grasp a complete view of what’s back there. To get a wide angle, well-lit view of what’s in behind you, don’t just rely on your mirrors – consider a backup system with monitor. One of these systems can help you stop crunching bumpers, keep an eye on what you’re doing, or just make you feel safer. Truth be told, there are dozens of reasons for installing a system of this kind, but what will best suit your needs?
In order to assess which equipment you need or what style of backup system is best for you, we’ll take a look at these three categories:
- The installation of your backup system
- Choosing the best camera for your needs
- Dashboard assessment
The Hardest Part First – Installation
Though not applicable in every situation, a three-part installation should be anticipated – that way you’re prepared:
- First, the installation of the camera. Obviously, it’s mounted on the back of your vehicle and you will need to wire it up for power.
- A video connection will need to be run from your dash to the camera. There are, however, wireless systems available.
- Assuming that you don’t have wireless, after you install your monitor, the video cable will need to be connected to it. You may need to remove and then reinstall, from your dashboard, your stereo.
A Look at the Types of Backup Systems (Cameras)
Generally, cameras are weatherproof and tiny but do vary slightly. Here are a handful of types:
- Vehicle-Specific Mounting
- Bracket Mounting
- Lip Mounting
- License Plate Mounting
- Viewing Angle
- Mirror Image
- Parking Lines
Viewing Your Rearview Camera
Naturally, once you have your camera mounted, you’ll need to install a monitor to complete the system. You will need to take a good look at your dash to see how a monitor will fit in. Your dash will determine which of these three categories you fit into:
Wireless backup cameras – Basically, these save you the hassle of wiring which can be nice if you’re dealing with an RV or a really large truck and have no room for wiring.
Dash mounted monitors – If the other two monitors listed here aren’t your cup of tea, these solid universal options are a favorite of many individuals. Of course, you need room for them.
Rearview mirror replacement – These little monitors are perfectly situated where you automatically look when backing up – your rearview mirror. They are a nifty little system that is cool and seamless, but they can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to insulation.
What a Backup System Isn’t
Rearview mirrors and backup camera systems are much like seatbelts and airbags. One is not meant to replace the other, they simply complement each other. To help you parallel park like a pro, these systems can be a powerful tool. Even if you are the best driver in town, everyone has a bad day now and then. Knowing that your rearview system is there when you need it can be a great comfort.
Mickey Genuine Parts stocks rear view camera setups and an entire collection of other various accessories. Contact us today if you would like to discuss backup camera options with a knowledgeable representative.