Reversing Camera

Hi Syncronauts,

 

I would like to install a reversing camera and parking sensors with a GPS included. I had a look at Jaycar -

not sure about their quality. I would rather go for reliability over price.

Has anyone gone down this path?

 

Cheers,

Theo

 

 

Hi Theo,

I bought a VMS GPS with the plan to upgrade to sensors and cameras.

They gave me misinformation when I first bought it.
It has broken down three times and I have sent it back twice.
I'm now looking for something that I can trust.

Peter


--Original Message Text---
From: Theo Weiss
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:34:16 +1100





Hi Syncronauts,



I would like to install a reversing camera and parking sensors with a GPS included. I had a look at Jaycar -

not sure about their quality. I would rather go for reliability over price.

Has anyone gone down this path?



Cheers,

Theo









Jaycar tends to sell crap.
Keep your invoice! 

Sent from my iPhone

On 17/11/2013, at 3:34 PM, "Theo Weiss" <teows@melbpc.org.au> wrote:

Hi Syncronauts,

 

I would like to install a reversing camera and parking sensors with a GPS included. I had a look at Jaycar -

not sure about their quality. I would rather go for reliability over price.

Has anyone gone down this path?

 

Cheers,

Theo

 

 

I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.
The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.
I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro straps to reduce the problem.
One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a generic camera for $79 which works fine.
I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.
I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.
I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch. That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare hatch].
Any other ideas?
Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.

Hi Roger B,

 

Good idea with the hatch handle. I just worry that  it gets knocked-off. Drill a hole and have it flush mounted, it doesn't need to be in the centre or?

Thanks also for all the other the comments - more homework needs to be done.

I picked up a few things -  no wireless camera for me, no rear view mirror type system either.

 

Cheers,

Theo

 

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Bayley
Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 9:00 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera

 

 

I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.

 

The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.

 

  I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro straps to reduce the problem.

 

  One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a generic camera for $79 which works fine.

 

  I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.

 

  I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.

 

  I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch. That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare hatch]. 

 

  Any other ideas? 

 

  Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.

  

Hi all,
I have an Asus Android 10.1" tablet (Transformer) set up on the dash, with the free Memory Map app loaded including the 1:250,000 Austlig Topo map of Aus. In my opinion it's better than all the Hema maps and it's free! Memory Map also offers 1:100k & 1:25k maps at a reasonable cost. It's brilliant.
For street nav I have Metroview, a $19 download. Also brilliant.

Both are also available for iPhone & iPad.

Best on the market for value and performance. Forget VMS and Hema etc. Overrated an overpriced.

Check it out. http://memory-map.com.au

Bruce.


------------------------------
On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM AEDT Theo Weiss wrote
>Hi Roger B,
>
>
>
>Good idea with the hatch handle. I just worry that it gets knocked-off.
>Drill a hole and have it flush mounted, it doesn't need to be in the centre
>or?
>
>Thanks also for all the other the comments - more homework needs to be done.
>
>
>I picked up a few things - no wireless camera for me, no rear view mirror
>type system either.
>
>
>
>Cheers,
>
>Theo
>
>
>
>
>
>From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>[mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Bayley
>Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 9:00 PM
>To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera
>
>
>
>
>
>I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription
>promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.
>
>
>
>The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it
>suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the
>fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.
>
>
>
> I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro
>straps to reduce the problem.
>
>
>
> One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The
>VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a
>generic camera for $79 which works fine.
>
>
>
> I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.
>
>
>
> I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried
>it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which
>is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which
>can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.
>
>
>
> I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the
>vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place
>is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch.
>That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare
>hatch].
>
>
>
> Any other ideas?
>
>
>
> Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.
>
>
>
>
>
Hi All,
I'm glad that this matter has been raised,
because I've been sitting on a VMS that has given up the ghost,
and only thinking it time to find a replacement.

Have done a search and have had an initial look at the HEMA HN6.
I think the screen is the same size as the VMS, but it comes with features I used to enjoy with my Magellan Crossover.
Hema don't manufacture them, but they have them custom built to their specs.

Hema is also a mapping company which boasts that it actually checks out the details of tracks we are likely to travel.
Hema has a broad range of Aussie, etc., maps, both hard copy and digital.
Hema is also compatible with Naviextras' maps, something VMS claimed when I bought it,
but was not so till Naviextras themselves helped me only hours before I flew overseas.
I had to copy the hard drive of the VMS and E-mail it to Naviextras so that they could adapt their maps to the VMS.

You can link your HEMA HN6 to your PC and transfer data in each direction.
This means that you can plan your trip on the big screen and then transfer the route to your GPS.
Alternatively you can down load your journey to the PC.

It can be fitted to a reversing camera.
This is done by wire.
Hema advise that when you are considering a new camera,
that you check the camera out by connecting it to your GPS before buying,
but they have good reports from users of the Polaris brand.

I feel positive about Hema because Hema maps are often mentioned in 4WD magazines.

http://www.hemamaps.com.au/Home/HN6/Hema-Navigator-HN6


I've got a bad dose of the flue right now,
but when I feel better I'll be dropping into my local ARB to have a look and a demo.
It is not cheap, but a new one will cost me less that the VMS 700HD did a couple of years ago.
Recommended retail seems to be $699, but I've seen $599, so we need to shop.
The beauty of the HEMA is that as far as I can see,
it comes with all the Aussie maps I will probably ever need.

Interested in hearing any experience you may have had with Hema.

Peter






On Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:35:00 -0800 (PST), Bruce Morphett wrote:

>
>
>Hi all,
>I have an Asus Android 10.1" tablet (Transformer) set up on the dash, with the free Memory Map app loaded including the 1:250,000 Austlig Topo map of Aus. In my opinion it's better than all the Hema maps and it's free! Memory Map also offers 1:100k & 1:25k maps at a reasonable cost. It's brilliant.
>For street nav I have Metroview, a $19 download. Also brilliant.
>
>Both are also available for iPhone & iPad.
>
>Best on the market for value and performance. Forget VMS and Hema etc. Overrated an overpriced.
>
>Check it out. http://memory-map.com.au
>
>Bruce.
>
>
>------------------------------
>On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM AEDT Theo Weiss wrote
>>Hi Roger B,
>>
>>
>>
>>Good idea with the hatch handle. I just worry that it gets knocked-off.
>>Drill a hole and have it flush mounted, it doesn't need to be in the centre
>>or?
>>
>>Thanks also for all the other the comments - more homework needs to be done.
>>
>>
>>I picked up a few things - no wireless camera for me, no rear view mirror
>>type system either.
>>
>>
>>
>>Cheers,
>>
>>Theo
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>>[mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Bayley
>>Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 9:00 PM
>>To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>>Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription
>>promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.
>>
>>
>>
>>The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it
>>suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the
>>fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.
>>
>>
>>
>> I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro
>>straps to reduce the problem.
>>
>>
>>
>> One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The
>>VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a
>>generic camera for $79 which works fine.
>>
>>
>>
>> I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.
>>
>>
>>
>> I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried
>>it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which
>>is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which
>>can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.
>>
>>
>>
>> I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the
>>vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place
>>is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch.
>>That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare
>>hatch].
>>
>>
>>
>> Any other ideas?
>>
>>
>>
>> Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
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Peter,
I you've got an iPad or Android tablet, go for Memory Map. VMS and Hema are expensive because you have to buy their device which fixed and single use and the rearview camera can only be used in reverse. With a tablet (or phone or iPad mini etc.) you've got a multi-function device. Tablets with GPS can be bought for as little as $400 or so. Add the free app and the 1:250k map and you're well on the way to a complete package. This can also be used in any vehicle. I have compared the Hema maps to my 1:250k Topo map. I prefer mine. Both use the same Austlig data. 
Ozi Explorer, I get the impression the app is getting a bit old & out of date, unless you go for one of the open source apps such as Androzic http://androzic.com/ The new iOS and Android apps for mobile have far better features and use the capabilities of the new technology much better. Aftermarket products like the VMS and other dedicated devices will be superceded within 5 years or 10 at the most. They mostly use Windows CE or similar which is getting pretty long in the tooth.
This way, you've got the best of both worlds, and you can use your rearview camera anytime.
With mine I can display the rearview in one half of the screen and use the other half as a normal mirror

It's a no brainer.

My two bob's worth.

Cheers,

Bruce.



On Monday, 18 November 2013 12:45 PM, Peter Schweinsberg <peter@peterandval.com> wrote:
 
Hi All,
I'm glad that this matter has been raised,
because I've been sitting on a VMS that has given up the ghost,
and only thinking it time to find a replacement.

Have done a search and have had an initial look at the HEMA HN6.
I think the screen is the same size as the VMS, but it comes with features I used to enjoy with my Magellan Crossover.
Hema don't manufacture them, but they have them custom built to their specs.

Hema is also a mapping company which boasts that it actually checks out the details of tracks we are likely to travel.
Hema has a broad range of Aussie, etc., maps, both hard copy and digital.
Hema is also compatible with Naviextras' maps, something VMS claimed when I bought it,
but was not so till Naviextras themselves helped me only hours before I flew overseas.
I had to copy the hard drive of the VMS and E-mail it to Naviextras so that they could adapt their maps to the VMS.

You can link your HEMA HN6 to your PC and transfer data in each direction.
This means that you can plan your trip on the big screen and then transfer the route to your GPS.
Alternatively you can down load your journey to the PC.

It can be fitted to a reversing camera.
This is done by wire.
Hema advise that when you are considering a new camera,
that you check the camera out by connecting it to your GPS before buying,
but they have good reports from users of the Polaris brand.

I feel positive about Hema because Hema maps are often mentioned in 4WD magazines.

http://www.hemamaps.com.au/Home/HN6/Hema-Navigator-HN6


I've got a bad dose of the flue right now,
but when I feel better I'll be dropping into my local ARB to have a look and a demo.
It is not cheap, but a new one will cost me less that the VMS 700HD did a couple of years ago.
Recommended retail seems to be $699, but I've seen $599, so we need to shop.
The beauty of the HEMA is that as far as I can see,
it comes with all the Aussie maps I will probably ever need.

Interested in hearing any experience you may have had with Hema.

Peter






On Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:35:00 -0800 (PST), Bruce Morphett wrote:

>
>
>Hi all,
>I have an Asus Android 10.1" tablet (Transformer) set up on the dash, with the free Memory Map app loaded including the 1:250,000 Austlig Topo map of Aus. In my opinion it's better than all the Hema maps and it's free! Memory Map also offers 1:100k 1:25k maps at a reasonable cost. It's brilliant.
>For street nav I have Metroview, a $19 download. Also brilliant.
>
>Both are also available for iPhone iPad.
>
>Best on the market for value and performance. Forget VMS and Hema etc. Overrated an overpriced.
>
>Check it out. http://memory-map.com.au
>
>Bruce.
>
>
>------------------------------
>On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM AEDT Theo Weiss wrote
>>Hi Roger B,
>>
>>
>>
>>Good idea with the hatch handle. I just worry that it gets knocked-off.
>>Drill a hole and have it flush mounted, it doesn't need to be in the centre
>>or?
>>
>>Thanks also for all the other the comments - more homework needs to be done.
>>
>>
>>I picked up a few things - no wireless camera for me, no rear view mirror
>>type system either.
>>
>>
>>
>>Cheers,
>>
>>Theo
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>>[mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Bayley
>>Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 9:00 PM
>>To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>>Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription
>>promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.
>>
>>
>>
>>The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it
>>suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the
>>fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.
>>
>>
>>
>> I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro
>>straps to reduce the problem.
>>
>>
>>
>> One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The
>>VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a
>>generic camera for $79 which works fine.
>>
>>
>>
>> I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.
>>
>>
>>
>> I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried
>>it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which
>>is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which
>>can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.
>>
>>
>>
>> I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the
>>vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place
>>is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch.
>>That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare
>>hatch].
>>
>>
>>
>> Any other ideas?
>>
>>
>>
>> Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
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Hi Bruce,

I ended up with a Asus Nexus 7, big enough for us. The Memory Map is a bargain for zilch. We tested it in the nearby Wombat Forest with plenty tracks to get lost in. It is a bit short on details but it always lets you know if you are going the wrong way.

We also bought the Metro view for $20 and has given it a good workout. A very clear voice for directions; Recalculate,Recalculate - so we had a bit of fun. :)

Amazing technology for the price of 5 cups of coffee.

Thank you.

Cheers,

Theo

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Morphett
Sent: Monday, 18 November 2013 8:35 AM
To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera

 

 



Hi all,
I have an Asus Android 10.1" tablet (Transformer) set up on the dash, with the free Memory Map app loaded including the 1:250,000 Austlig Topo map of Aus. In my opinion it's better than all the Hema maps and it's free! Memory Map also offers 1:100k & 1:25k maps at a reasonable cost. It's brilliant.
For street nav I have Metroview, a $19 download. Also brilliant.

Both are also available for iPhone & iPad.

Best on the market for value and performance. Forget VMS and Hema etc. Overrated an overpriced.

Check it out. http://memory-map.com.au

Bruce.

------------------------------
On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM AEDT Theo Weiss wrote

>Hi Roger B,
>
>
>
>Good idea with the hatch handle. I just worry that it gets knocked-off.
>Drill a hole and have it flush mounted, it doesn't need to be in the centre
>or?
>
>Thanks also for all the other the comments - more homework needs to be done.
>
>
>I picked up a few things - no wireless camera for me, no rear view mirror
>type system either.
>
>
>
>Cheers,
>
>Theo
>
>
>
>
>
>From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>[mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Bayley
>Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 9:00 PM
>To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera
>
>
>
>
>
>I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription
>promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.
>
>
>
>The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it
>suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the
>fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.
>
>
>
> I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro
>straps to reduce the problem.
>
>
>
> One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The
>VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a
>generic camera for $79 which works fine.
>
>
>
> I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.
>
>
>
> I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried
>it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which
>is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which
>can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.
>
>
>
> I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the
>vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place
>is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch.
>That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare
>hatch].
>
>
>
> Any other ideas?
>
>
>
> Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.
>
>
>
>
>

Send again

 

From: Theo Weiss [mailto:teows@melbpc.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 30 December 2013 6:18 PM
To: 'Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera

 

Hi Bruce,

I ended up with a Asus Nexus 7, big enough for us. The Memory Map is a bargain for zilch. We tested it in the nearby Wombat Forest with plenty tracks to get lost in. It is a bit short on details but it always lets you know if you are going the wrong way.

We also bought the Metro view for $20 and has given it a good workout. A very clear voice for directions; Recalculate,Recalculate - so we had a bit of fun. :)

Amazing technology for the price of 5 cups of coffee.

Thank you.

Cheers,

Theo

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Morphett
Sent: Monday, 18 November 2013 8:35 AM
To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera

 

 



Hi all,
I have an Asus Android 10.1" tablet (Transformer) set up on the dash, with the free Memory Map app loaded including the 1:250,000 Austlig Topo map of Aus. In my opinion it's better than all the Hema maps and it's free! Memory Map also offers 1:100k & 1:25k maps at a reasonable cost. It's brilliant.
For street nav I have Metroview, a $19 download. Also brilliant.

Both are also available for iPhone & iPad.

Best on the market for value and performance. Forget VMS and Hema etc. Overrated an overpriced.

Check it out. http://memory-map.com.au

Bruce.

------------------------------
On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM AEDT Theo Weiss wrote

>Hi Roger B,
>
>
>
>Good idea with the hatch handle. I just worry that it gets knocked-off.
>Drill a hole and have it flush mounted, it doesn't need to be in the centre
>or?
>
>Thanks also for all the other the comments - more homework needs to be done.
>
>
>I picked up a few things - no wireless camera for me, no rear view mirror
>type system either.
>
>
>
>Cheers,
>
>Theo
>
>
>
>
>
>From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>[mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Bayley
>Sent: Sunday, 17 November 2013 9:00 PM
>To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Reversing Camera
>
>
>
>
>
>I received a VMS touring 700HD GPS unit as part of a magazine subscription
>promotion, as I was looking to update from my old Garmin unit.
>
>
>
>The VMS has a large screen, which I thought would be easier to use, but it
>suffers from reflections which makes it difficult to see, exacerbated by the
>fact that the mount doesn't swivel to reduce glare.
>
>
>
> I intend to solve this by mounting it behind the sunvisor with Velcro
>straps to reduce the problem.
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> One advantage of the VMS unit is that it accepts a reversing camera. The
>VMS camera retails at $199, which seems a bit steep, so I purchased a
>generic camera for $79 which works fine.
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> I have not permanently mounted it to the car yet.
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> I cannot recommend the VMS off-road navigation software, as I have tried
>it side-by-side with the optional Oztopo software fitted to my Garmin, which
>is vastly superior. However, VMS carries sample Ozi Explorer software which
>can be purchased. I haven't tried it yet.
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> I was thinking of mounting the reversing camera in the centre of the
>vehicle to aid with connecting up to the trailer, but the only obvious place
>is above the number plate, in place of the handle on the inspection hatch.
>That means I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the Syncro [as I have a spare
>hatch].
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> Any other ideas?
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> Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.
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