scca.com AUGUST 2018 35
ld school works for many
things, but when it comes
to lining up your tow rig’s
receiver with your trailer’s tongue,
“old school” can become a chore.
There is, however, a solution in
the form of aftermarket back-up
cameras. As with everything, there
are a variety of product offerings
in the world of rear-view cameras,
with options ranging from $100
wireless kits to $500-plus fully
integrated systems, and we’ve
tested them all.
OK, it’s disingenuous to say
we’ve used every back-up camera
setup, but we have tested enough
of a range to sample what the
market has to offer. But before we
could conduct a real evaluation,
we needed a baseline. For that,
we looked at band-new vehicles.
All new tow rigs come equipped
with back-up cameras, and from
Chevy Silverados to Toyota
Tundras, they’re all fantastic. Click
the vehicle into reverse and the
stereo head unit shows what’s
behind you. The cameras are
usually mounted high in the hatch
or tailgate offering a fantastic
view, and the image quality is
topnotch day or night. Counting
this as the baseline, only one
aftermarket setup we tested
came close – but it wasn’t cheap.
Want the ultimate crib sheet of
our testing? It’s hard to go wrong
with any aftermarket back-up
camera setup, although there
are caveats with each system.
Want the details? Read on.
Hitching up with an older tow vehicle doesn’t have to be a
chore, and with aftermarket back-up cameras, it isn’t
WORDS & IMAGES Philip Royle
Once you’ve used a tow rig with a
back-up camera, it’s hard to go without.
Simple tasks like hitching up the trailer
become much more time consuming
without that little piece of tech.