Have used it during salting already and it works great. Can see alot to the rear and can see the feed and spread rate great. Now I can use my side mirrors to look for obsticles and not looking to the salt spreading. As with any camera there is not depth perception but you can at least see when there is something back there.
I do love the center discharge too. One run in the direction of travel for each traffic lane is perfect. Leaves a nice over lap in the middle and does not salt blast the cars, sidewalk, or grass on either side. I have cut my salting time down and reduced amount of product.
The brand it S A V V you can find them on E-bay. $400.00 all total can the install about 30 min, just had to fab a mount. Like the garbage trucks but alot smaller both in the camera unit and the monitor.
If you look hard you can see it is on, you can see the spinner on the lower right corner. It is brighter than than when you are inthe cab. I will try some pictures at night. The Camera kept changing focus when the light from the monitor came on.
Not sure where you would mount the camera to clear the pull blade but with some time you could make it work. Maybe mount the camera on the rear of the cab and remove the tailgate? The angles the camera pick up is awesome like 130 left and right and 270 top to bottom.
Motorhomes have had these cameras for some time now . Most of the screens have calibrated increments for distance from the rear bumper ,but this would be tough utilize and to mount unless it was at the top of a spreader (most point downward) . I think they would be great for general viewing of the area behind you .
Yes, general viewing, and like I mentioned nice to see the spinner and feed rate and use the side mirror to actually see things other than looking for the salt pattern.
I hope it help with the trailed hook up too. Hard to see inthe pic but right not I have a mud flap covering the trailer rec'r for obvious reason, but I am sure I will be able to see the ball and hook up when I change out for summer.