Should I fit an aftermarket reversing camera to my van?

I'm thinking of spending money to fit an aftermarket rear-view camera to my medium-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. What's your view of these cameras? Will they make life easier when it comes to reversing my van?

Asked on 21 December 2017 by John

Answered by Dan Powell
I always favour sensors over cameras. A set of sensors mounted to the bumper provide a much better level of awareness when reversing a big van with a full-size bulkhead, with audible bleeps warning you of approaching objects. The shorter the bleeps the closer you’re to an object, like a tree or car.

Cameras, on the other hand, provide a narrow view of what's behind and usually have a couple of blind spots that make it easy to clip a small wall or hidden post when reversing. The lens of the camera is also prone to getting dirty, which means the rear-view is obstructed by grime and water in the winter months.

If I was going to spend money on an aftermarket upgrade, I'd choose a set of sensors every time.
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