Which Of These Three Mounting Positions Will Work For Your Rear View Camera?

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How and where you mount your rear view camera will play a big role in its efficiency. Here are a few of the most common mounting methods to help you decide which will best suit your needs:

Flush Mounts

The flush mount, also known as remote mounts or bullet mounts, are cylindrical rear view cameras meant to be embedded inside a car’s chassis.

These are the most common mounts for reverse cameras due to their low profile as well as the way they are better protected against the elements thanks to the camera being embedded instead of exposed. Some models are even designed to be painted over, further reducing their profile and making the camera less exposed.

The downside, however, is that you’ll need to drill a hole into your car. This will be relatively easy if your reversing camera kit comes with its own hole saw, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a completely compatible one if the saw doesn’t come with the kit.

Another downside is that these cameras usually have a very narrow field of view, meaning that you won’t be able to see much. This is unless the lens protrudes from the surface. You’ll then have to choose between a low-profile camera or one that sticks out like a sore thumb to get a better FoV.

License Plate Mounts

These plate mounts come in two flavors – you either mount a long rear view camera on top of the plate, or you install a full license plate frame to replace the current license plate frame you have installed.

The primary advantage here is the ease of installation. No need to drill holes in your car, just fix the mount in place. You may spend a little more time for the full license plate mounts, but you still won’t have to damage your car just to install your rear backup camera.

The downside, however, is that a top-mounted camera will be quite unstable if it is not properly installed as it may be shaken loose over time. If you go for a full license plate frame mount though, you get a lot more support thanks to four screw mounts providing maximum stability.

Hitch and Tailgate Handle Mounts

These mounts will only work for compatible vehicles (i.e. pickups with tailgates and vehicles with hitch mounts), but they offer quite a few advantages over the other types of mounts listed here.

Hitch mounts replace your average hitch; allowing you to tow vehicles and trailers as needed while giving your camera an even better field of view thanks to the hitch protruding from the car’s rear. Tailgate handle mounts replace the tailgate handles; making them very discreet and hard to spot at first glance.

The downside, however, is a more complicated installation process. This is especially true for tailgate handle mounts, as you have to unscrew and pull out the existing handle while replacing the new handle in the process. Another downside is that not all vehicles can supply the necessary horsepower to tow vehicles, and not all drivers want to install a tow hitch mount on their car.

Keep all these in mind, and you’ll have a much clearer idea of what kind of rear view camera mount will best suit your needs and preferences!

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Source by Rose Zhang

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