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Review of Hopkins Rear View Camera - RV or Trailer Rear View Camera - HM34FR

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Hopkins Rear View Camera - RV or Trailer Rear View Camera - HM34FR Review


Michael: Hi there. I'm Michael with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to take a quick look at the vueSMART RV and trailer backup camera. This is a wireless backup camera that's going to make it much easier for you to backup your trailer or your RV all by yourself. You're not going to have to worry about having someone spotting back there, trying to yell up commands to you to help you back everything up.It's going to make it much easier. And as far as backup cameras go, this is going to be really nice because it is wireless.

So you're not going to have to worry about running wires up to the front of your RV or tow vehicle. It's just going to connect to an application on your phone, on your smartphone. So you can see a clear video feed of what's going on behind you. So not only is it going to make it easier for you to back up, it's also going to make it safer because you won't have to worry about running into other objects or potentially hurting other people or animals.So it is going to be a great option for you. As far as getting it installed, it's going to be very simple.

It's got two mounting options. One is this universal bracket here, which will sit right behind your rear tail light at the top of your RV or trailer. You basically just pull that light out, get it hooked up, wiring here to your tail light wiring.They do include some heat shrink connectors there. Once you get that connected, you simply just re-install your light in place here. And then your camera will sit underneath it.

You can adjust it to whatever angle you need. Or if you don't have that light or it's not easy to get mounted in that place, you can just cut this top bracket off. There's two mounting holes on the backside of the camera there. So you can just use the bottom portion of that bracket.But the camera itself is going to have a 152 degree viewing angle. So it's going to make sure you don't have blind spots and prevent those accidents and things.

So it's going to give you a nice wide view. We do have six LEDs here that are going to light up to help provide light in those low light conditions. So even if you're backing into your campsite at night, when it's dark, you're still going to be able to see what's back there.This is a nice rugged camera. It's got an IP96 rating so even if you're power washing your RV at the end of the season, you're not going to have to worry about that. It's going to withstand all weather environments and pressure washing and those kinds of things. So it's going to be very convenient to use. The app on your phone will allow you to record video, take pictures and obviously view the live feed of what's going on.They do also include instructions to help get everything installed. It's a very simple process, but there are instructions here to just give you a little bit of extra confidence. And the mounting hardware and everything that you're going to need is included as well. This does have a wifi signal so it's going to connect to your phone using wifi. It does have a range of 150 meters or just under 500 feet. So it's going to give you plenty of range, even if you have a very large RV that you're pulling a trailer behind or something like that. It's going to give you plenty of range there.So this also comes with a one-year limited warranty. So if you we're to have any problems within that first year, you could give us a call. We'd help you out with that. But I really don't think there's going to be any issues with this. I think it's going to be very easy to get installed, and it's going to be very easy to use. Just open up your smartphone and you've got a clear picture to see everything that's going on. So that's going to complete our look for today. Again, I'm Michael with etrailer.com. Thanks for watching.


Questions and Comments about this Video


Mike D.
Does the camper running lights have to be on in order to use the back up camera
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Reply from Les D.

@MikeD The Hopkins # HM35FR VueSMART RV and Trailer Backup Camera will operate when connected to a 12-volt power source. So for instance, if you connected this directly to your truck battery it will continuously transmit video. If you connect the camera to the reverse lights 12-volt line, it will only work when the reverse lights are on. If you connected to the running lights circuit, it will work when the running lights are on. I further tested this unit to verify that it would work as an “observation” (compared to back up only) camera by leaving it hooked up for 20 minutes to see if it would time-out, and it did not. I tested the usable frame rate by passing my arm through the cameras field of view to see if there was any delay in the image, or jitters in the image and it performed acceptably. I also moved the phone, first 20 feet away without obstructions, then 20 feet away with multiple obstructions. Performance was unchanged. Hopefully in 2022 we can test this in the real world with a full size metal trailer moving down the highway. My performance standard is thinking of passing someone while towing my travel trailer and being able to see in real time how soon I can cut back over in front of the person that I just overtook. I want to know what I see is exactly what is happening. I was further satisfied by the build quality and thickness of materials. The only cons I see are; the built in lights are white light (instead of infrared) that may be distracting to drivers behind me. In the phone app you can change the light setting to 0%, 50%, or 100% brightness. Also, I am not a fan of having to use a phone amp. I would rather have a dedicated dash mount monitor that achieves the same good level of performance.

Lorin
If the M34FR creates it's own WiFi signal is there fee involved?
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

Nope, not at all! The VuSMART # HM34FR doesn't provide internet service - just the wireless WiFi signal. This means that you just install the camera and connect your phone to use as the display.

Michael B.
Does the camera have have infra-red sensors, so you don't need the LEDS at night? If not, will the LEDS light up an adequate area to see where you are backing? Lastly, does it ONLY WORK when in reverse and backing up or headlights/driving lights are on, or can you view/monitor traffic behind you while traveling down the road anytime?
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

The LEDs are used for night-time vision and they give a decent view (although we don't have any footage of this). You can connect the power wire to any circuit really. This means that you can connect it to your reverse light circuit, headlight circuit, or a circuit with constant power if that's how you want to use the camera.

Bill
What if you are in Montana or somewhere there is no cell reception? Will it still work?
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Reply from Jon G.

The VueSMART RV and Trailer Backup Camera # HM34FR creates it's own WiFi signal so you don't have to have cell service for your smart device to be used as a monitor.

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