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Innovative uses for backup cameras

Taking rearview beyond the license plate

In this article... we explore innovative vehicle camera solutions beyond just backup cams. Check out what a Crutchfield advisor added to her truck and trailer combo and explore even more options.

Horse trailer backup camera system


issy, a Crutchfield Advisor, is one busy person. When she’s not helping our customers, she’s competing in rodeo events. That means a whole lot of horse trailerin.’ And while Missy is a pro at parking her rig, she was excited to add a new view to her current rear-view camera system. If you regularly haul something big like a boat or a full-size camper, don’t miss Missy’s camera setup...

The hard part about hauling

Backing up a big dually pickup has its own challenges, but add a gooseneck-style trailer with room enough for two horses and a sleeping cabin, and blind spots become blind regions. For Missy, having a 3-camera array helps immensely.

Truck and trailer backup camera system

Missy’s truck & trailer camera system

Two cameras on her truck

Missy’s multimedia in-dash receiver has two video inputs. She uses one for a backup cam, and one for a camera mounted near her third brake light that gives her a view of the truck bed. This second reverse camera makes easier work of aligning her horse trailer with the truck hitch.

Third brakelight camera on a truck

And a reverse camera for her trailer

After her trailer is connected to her pickup, Missy can enable her Brandmotion Trailer Rear Vision kit, which includes its own 7" mountable monitor. Brandmotion’s rugged rear-view camera sports a universal mount for perfect placement on the trailer. And the provided 140° rear view takes the guesswork out of rodeo parking.

Trailer backup camera

Find the right vehicle cameras for you

A system like Missy’s can work for anyone using a big truck to haul pretty much any kind of trailer. The extra views help make maneuvering easier and safer (especially when you have to do it alone). Missy uses an older Pioneer stereo with dual camera inputs for her truck cameras. Many models also sport dual inputs for a pair of cameras (along with the latest in-car entertainment, of course).

Explore all of our vehicle camera solutions like:

Find out what fits your vehicle to find the right match for your needs and your ride. Or reach out to a Crutchfield expert for help!

Missy riding

Missy competes in Cowgirls’ Barrel Racing at rodeo events hosted by Oakland Heights Farm in Gordonsville, VA.

  • Thomas V. Van Auken from Henrico County

    Posted on 12/16/2020

    Question: Is Missy's camera system wired or wireless? This topic isn't addressed in your article about her pickup and horse trailer system.

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 12/16/2020

    Thomas, it is a wired system. You can find out more about the latest version here.

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