View Poll Results: How did you solve backup visibility w custom bumper, tire swingout and accessories?
I added aftermarket backup camera 9 69.23%
My original backup camera works well enough (Top/left of license plate) 0 0%
I added backup proximity sensors to new bumper 1 7.69%
I dont need no stinking sensors 3 23.08%
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:04 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by carringb View Post
Quick vid of the Buckstop-Reunel bumper after installing a pair of Bi-LED backup/brake lights.
Oh, that's just great--one MORE thing I just can't live without now!

Okay so follows a few photos of my stand-alone back up camera system:

Reference only---showing what I am most concerned about backing into something with:

This shows the actual camera mounted above the raised roof taller door lintel:

Monitor view from the drivers seat. Red horizontal line is 19" from the rear of the step, green line about 11 feet from the step.

I don't know this system could be added to an aftermarket "entertainment center" with its own large display screen.

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Old 07-22-2020, 12:26 PM   #12
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I was backing out of a parking lot and stopped backing up for a pedestrian who I saw in a side mirror. Some lady had thought I had stopped to let her back up but I was looking in the opposite mirror at the guy walking and continued to back. We met mid way. That bumper really destroyed her little car. After that I had backup sensors installed. That was over 10 years ago. With the advancements in wireless cameras and GPS units, I'd suggest looking into one of those. My rear windows have always been blocked and I often pull a short SMB trailer. I'm quite used to backing trailers via side mirrors only. YMMV

The box is custom to fit a larger generator than the stock Aluminess brand. Aluminess also beefed up my bumpers hinges (3 on one side, 4 on the other) and added the skid plates for the swing arms. I'm running 315's and had to change the original spare tire mount to allow for the larger box and spare tire.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:26 AM   #13
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Backup camera was needed for solo trailer hitching. Mounted on the rear door license plate holder, just above plate. Custom aluminum rear bumper with carrying space (tarps, extension cords, towing gear) and swing arm.

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Old 08-01-2020, 10:25 AM   #14
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Here ya go! Home Built. Tire & box swing out, tire swings down in the ladder cradle for flat tire replacement.
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:30 PM   #15
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I reused the oem sensors in our bumper with box. They are a little over sensitive now but still warn of impending doom.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:44 PM   #16
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Sad that our SMB is just sitting there waiting for the pandemic to pass. The bag hanging on the tire is from Blue Ridge Outlander Gear.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:58 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Ruthless View Post
Sad that our SMB is just sitting there waiting for the pandemic to pass. The bag hanging on the tire is from Blue Ridge Outlander Gear.

It doesnít have to just sit there....plenty of remote areas to get out there and explore!!
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Old 08-02-2020, 03:00 PM   #18
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Here is my set up. Galley box on the passenger side for our kitchen stuff with bike racks above. An older Aluminess box on the driver side that houses misc gear and water/fuel jugs. This box also has the fold up bike rack for the kids' bikes
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:13 PM   #19
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Bumper built by a neighbor of mine - because I haul a quad inside the van I needed to be able to open the rear doors all the way. No commercially made bumper does that, that I know of.
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If I had to do it over again I'd have the bumper made smaller because it does drag when I cross a deep washout. Lots of storage in the current one, though!
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:50 AM   #20
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The stock backup camera works fine but the spare tire makes the backup alarm come on falsely. I havenít yet figured out a way to permanently disable it. Iíd welcome advice on that.


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