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    Rig Security Cameras

    New Reflection owner, new to the site and absolutely brand new to the full time RV life.

    All that aside, I firmly believe in the goodness of people but also know I need to balance that with common sense and a healthy dose of paranoia.

    I live by security in layers, and recently purchased and installed several IP based wireless cameras on the new rig. First impression (post setup and running the product through its paces) is that I am ecstatic in the function, ease of setup and general image quality.

    I typically used wired IP based cameras on stick/brick structures, and this was my first foray into battery/solar powered options and I can say the initial installation is 10x easier (albeit, I know there are limitations and they come with their own set of unique problems).

    I am on the fence about pairing these up with a "dedicated" monitor mounted somewhere in the rig, but so far it doesn't seem to be necessary (as long as I don't move my phone or tablet to a safe resting place and then forget where I put it).

    Curious with other's experiences with camera products and any feedback/advice.
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    What camera(s) did you go with? I have toyed with the idea but haven't pulled the trigger yet on any.
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    I went with the Reolink Argus series. Not knowing how long the battery pack might/might not last, I also picked up the solar panels.

    The one camera that is deployed without the panel is still sitting at 99% 32 hrs later.

    Probably estimate about 5 minutes to unbox and layout, 10 minutes to setup (download app, pair cameras) and about 15 minutes to install. I can say it probably took me longer to plan the mounting locations than it did to get these things working.

    Edited to add this camera screenshot taken right before sunrise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbygreenwell View Post
    I went with the Reolink Argus series. Not knowing how long the battery pack might/might not last, I also picked up the solar panels.

    The one camera that is deployed without the panel is still sitting at 99% 32 hrs later.

    Probably estimate about 5 minutes to unbox and layout, 10 minutes to setup (download app, pair cameras) and about 15 minutes to install. I can say it probably took me longer to plan the mounting locations than it did to get these things working.

    Edited to add this camera screenshot taken right before sunrise.

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    While I applaud your effort and accomplishment, just curious how valuable a nice shot of the top of someone's head would be if they did try to break in....especially if they were wearing a hoodie or hat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xrated View Post
    While I applaud your effort and accomplishment, just curious how valuable a nice shot of the top of someone's head would be if they did try to break in....especially if they were wearing a hoodie or hat?
    Valid question, but I am not sure if you understood that the shot provided is not the only camera (or only viewing angle).

    I included it to help someone else get an idea of clarity and angle coverage, not to demonstrate what/how I personally employ security layers.

    Thanks for the input!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbygreenwell View Post
    Valid question, but I am not sure if you understood that the shot provided is not the only camera (or only viewing angle).

    I included it to help someone else get an idea of clarity and angle coverage, not to demonstrate what/how I personally employ security layers.

    Thanks for the input!
    OK....gotcha now....Thanks for sharing your info with us.
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    @xrated .... Absolutely!

    I do see how that particular angle could be a limiter, but honestly if someone is already that close, "Does a camera really matter?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbygreenwell View Post
    @xrated .... Absolutely!

    I do see how that particular angle could be a limiter, but honestly if someone is already that close, "Does a camera really matter?"
    If someone is that close, it certainly requires some attention/investigation as to their purpose for being there. Of course, your action plan will vary depending on whether you are in the trailer or gone away from it. I would have plans for either scenario.
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    @xrated As we all should.

    I am sure we probably have a lot of those plans in common.

    Appreciate you stopping by.
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    When the trailer is home are those cameras still accessible to you?

    I have a home camera system and it would be nice to add trailer cameras to the home system when the trailer is at home.

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