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Reversing cameras

Hi Im new to all this and need some advise please? Two questions .

If fitting a reversing camera _ I've been recommended an Autovox one - Is it better sited high on the van or at number plate level. Ive had conflicting advice.

Second Im about to decide on one of two Fiat Mobilvetta motorhomes . One is 1999 with 48 K on clock and a 2.3 Diesel engine ( possibly JVD or something like ) or a 2001 1.9 turbo diesel version with only 25 K on clock . What may be the better all round choice balancing engine size against mileage done already. Im assuming MPG will be similar at around 30?
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Welcome to the forum artist.

I have a dual reversing camera, set high on the rear. I've not heard of them being set low down but wouldn't think they'd be very useful at that height. High up you'd get a much better overview of the space behind you.

Also I'd imagine a camera low down would get pretty filthy pretty quickly - and therefore not be of much use.
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Hello and welcome,

If mine wasnít so high up, I wouldnít be so easily able to reverse VERY close to some of the overhanging obstacles on our drive where we park to load and unload it. The downside is that I have to carry a metre long stick with a sponge attached to clean the lens when on our travels. Lower mounting would be easier to clean, but probably need cleaning more often 🧐.

On balance, Iíd say that higher is better.

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Camera at high level.

At that age either of your choices will be less than scintillating performance wise.
Only you can decide which is best for you, go by general condition, specification and perhaps service history.

MPG despite what you may see ref what some people claim for mileage from my experience over many years of doing miles in various motorhomes of the coachbuilt variety the average will be at best around 23 mpg.

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The 1.9L will feel very underpowered. Maybe thats why it has such a low mileage.

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My advice would be to forget the 1.9 Litre, grossly underpowered.

Reversing camera, high level every time, you will have a better viewing angle.

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It depends on how you drive and how much clobber you take.

Our last van was a two berth 2005 2ltr turbo diesel AutoTrail Tracker, and it had no problems taking us all over Europe. It crossed the Alps, and drove the Michelin white roads along the tops of the Pyrenees without issue.

Our little van returned 29-30mpg, which pleased me as I'd expected less.

If we had driven with four people on board, then it would have been under powered as the others confirm.

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Good point - thanks
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many thanks - the 2.8 seemed good but haven't driven the 1.9 so having to rely on comments from those in the know .
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