Kent Sundling: Mr. Truck 6-27-11
June 27, 2011
Everyone wants cameras – for backing up to trailers, and to watch horses, cargo and even tires. A rear camera on your trailer helps see what you can’t with trailer mirrors. You can see if your horses are eating, drinking, fighting or what saddle fell off the rack. What attracted me to AgWatch was the price – the whole camera system with two cameras cost what just a replacement 7-inch monitor would cost for my old camera system.
If your trailer is 8 or 8.5 feet wide, you know you can’t see the rear corners of your trailer with mirrors. How about watching calving and foaling from your office or kitchen. Today’s large farm equipment needs camera’s just to see it all from the cab. Or just seeing what kind of party your teenagers are having while you’re away from home and even watching the baby sitter care for your pride and joy. We all hope people helping us care, but how do you protect yourself from what you can’t see?
Backing up to a trailer using AgWatch is too cool, the multi-color grid helps you line up the trailer coupler with the ball. The on-screen colored grid can be shut off when you don’t need it for coupling. Remote control makes adjusting camera’s easy on the go without having to reach for the monitor.
AgWatch has camera systems for everything you want watched. From home security to dairies and feedlots. I’m using the 7-inch monitor to watch three cameras, one on my truck and two in and on my horse trailer. I have a corded camera on the truck for trailer hookup, watching trailer tires and seeing if any parts fall off my Ford. One of the two wireless cameras is in my trailer, watching horses and the heavy cargo displays I take to horse expos around the country. The other camera is on top of my deck/hay rack so I can see the trees I get close to and hotel archways I pull under – my trailer is 11-feet-5-inches tall. I tow two trailers often and that third camera helps me monitor the second trailer. You can watch several cameras at the same time on the monitor, but I like a full screen and switch pictures between cameras. All three of my cameras are mounted on magnets so I can move them often to watch what’s needed.
AgWatch is quality equipment with Sony lens and computer chips, wide angle lens, infrared, night vision, and it’s weatherproof. The wireless receiver can take on four wireless cameras, has a built-in backup line grid for getting aligned closer to the trailer ball and makes judging distance easier.
Everybody wants wireless cameras, and AgWatch has great wireless systems. But the best picture still comes with corded cameras. You have to run a power cord to the cameras anyway and the corded signal has a power source. So there’s little difference between a corded or wireless installation. A corded camera signal doesn’t have interference from rain, rough roads, snow, wind, batteries or all the electronic equipment in a Living Quarters horse trailer. The connections are quality and easy to disconnect with just a twist when you connect your truck and trailer.
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I like the magnet mounts so I can move cameras around the trailer and the camera on the truck can be moved for backing up to the trailer or pointing at a tire that has a slow leak. Inside trailer cameras point at horse stalls on the rear side so the horses don’t chew the camera, monitor or my cargo on horse expo trips. There is just one cord to unplug the outside camera when I acid wash the trailer and with the 75-pound magnet, the camera is off in seconds. On aluminum trailers I like to bolt on galvanized steel angle iron for mounting the camera.
Interstates are in bad shape. I have broken batteries and headlights hitting potholes, so cameras help me find problems before they become expensive or time consuming.
For more information please contact (877) 277-6540 or visit http://www.AgCamera.com.
Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.