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I did a search on this and only found people complaining about the quality of the camera. This is not my problem. I think the quality is plenty good for me to see where I need to point my rear end. My problem is that i can't keep the darn thing clean. This is my first winter with the truck and while i don't rely on my camera for parking the times when i would like to use it it's covered in grime and dirt and i can't see anything.
So i guess my question is, has anyone figured out how to keep this thing clean while driving through snow??

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Honestly, it is close to impossible. We got a couple of inches here in NC and it obstructed my camera. If it rains heavily it will obstruct the camera. If you tried to rig some kind of roof over the fish eye camera, it would just limit your viewing angle. Eventually some engineer will figure out how to do these better, but for now they are what they are. You can clear it off before getting in the truck, but if precipitation is actively falling, it will get obstructed again really quick.
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I think its Volkswagen that has a retractable camera that hides behind a panel, so its only exposed when its actively being used.

I could picture problems with that too though. For one, it would freeze shut in icy conditions. Depending on how delicate the mechanism is, I could imagine it getting gummed up with dirt & dust, etc.

I don't really have a problem with my camera. Sometimes, the picture is a little obscured, but I can still usually see enough for what I need. I wipe it off when I'm standing back there and I think of it.

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I did a search on this and only found people complaining about the quality of the camera. This is not my problem. I think the quality is plenty good for me to see where I need to point my rear end. My problem is that i can't keep the darn thing clean. This is my first winter with the truck and while i don't rely on my camera for parking the times when i would like to use it it's covered in grime and dirt and i can't see anything.
So i guess my question is, has anyone figured out how to keep this thing clean while driving through snow??

There was a previous thread on this which I cannot find right now. One of the members stated that they used Rain-X on the backup camera and it did wonders for keeping it clean. Evidently there are several types of Rain-X...make sure to use the one that is for plastic. I plan to hunt some down this weekend for the same reason.
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There was a previous thread on this which I cannot find right now. One of the members stated that they used Rain-X on the backup camera and it did wonders for keeping it clean. Evidently there are several types of Rain-X...make sure to use the one that is for plastic. I plan to hunt some down this weekend for the same reason.
Awesome idea
Thanks I'll give it a try today

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There was a previous thread on this which I cannot find right now. One of the members stated that they used Rain-X on the backup camera and it did wonders for keeping it clean. Evidently there are several types of Rain-X...make sure to use the one that is for plastic. I plan to hunt some down this weekend for the same reason.
So the lens is plastic?

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So the lens is plastic?
the bubbled cover over the lens is

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Uh no....never use pledge on plastic, it will dull it. I know this is a rumor going around but can tell you first hand from my buddy using pledge on his raptor fuel tank...it does not work well.

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Uh no....never use pledge on plastic, it will dull it. I know this is a rumor going around but can tell you first hand from my buddy using pledge on his raptor fuel tank...it does not work well.
We used pledge on the Plexiglas windshields on our helicopters for years and never had an issue. Guess it depends on the type of plastic? Plexiglas is probably OK Vs regular plastic. Maybe Plexus? That stuff works wonders on all plastic, great for cleaning up motorcycle fairings.
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We used pledge on the Plexiglas windshields on our helicopters for years and never had an issue. Guess it depends on the type of plastic? Plexiglas is probably OK Vs regular plastic. Maybe Plexus? That stuff works wonders on all plastic, great for cleaning up motorcycle fairings.

Plexus is awesome stuff. Originally designed for the B1 bomber windscreens which are a plastic composite. It works on paints as well. Expensive though.
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Went to Wal-Mart today as well as a local auto store. All of their rain replant products say not to use them on plastic on the back of the bottles

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Yea, seems decent but, why do they have to make it in a 12 oz bottle? One of those breath spray little spritzers would last a lifetime.

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from my buddy using pledge on his raptor fuel tank
Good Gawd Man..!
Your buddy actually Pledged/waxed his fricken FUEL TANK!?

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Plexus is awesome stuff. Originally designed for the B1 bomber windscreens which are a plastic composite. It works on paints as well. Expensive though.
Used to use it on the windscreens on road racing bikes.
Cleaned off everything from 170mph bug-splatter to melted tire rubber.
Definitely good stuff.
You can get it at motorcycle dealers/Cycle Gear etc.

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I noticed that they did change the camera a bit from my 15 to 17. The 15 cover is flat and 17 is much more rounded. Definitely better but still needs to be cleaned regularly. I have got in the habit of just running my finger across it every time I walk around to get in.
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Found mine to be nearly useless with the snow we've received over the past 2 days. I've cleared it before leaving to or from work. By the time I arrive at my destination I can see nearly nothing through it.


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I don't have a problem with the camera getting dirty, but backing up at night is awful, even after changing backup bulbs to LEDs. Any suggestions on replacement (HD maybe) cameras that could be replaced by a novice?
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the bubbled cover over the lens is [plastic]
Has this ever been confirmed or is it assumed it's plastic?
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Just make it a habit of wiping it off every time you get out the car. No way you will keep it clean during winter months.

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