Trailer Eyes Experience?

I did a lot of hauling this past year. We went to countless shows, clinics, trail rides, and just fun vacations. I am working on a post about just how many miles the adventures Annie and I went on accumulated to. Throughout the year I have been adding things here and there to my trailer essentials. Something that I have been giving a lot of thought lately is a camera system for the trailer.

I think there are probably a lot of benefits to having a camera but I know it isn’t a necessity. As it is I plan my stops to check on Annie, let her have a break, offer water, etc. It would be really nice to be able to check on her without having to actually stop though.

Do any of you all have experience with camera systems for horse trailers? Do you recommend wired or wireless?

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  1. I’m really curious to see what kind of responses you get. I’ve heard mixed reviews about some of the popular brands, and rave reviews of some really random systems (like using a GoPro haha). I really want to get something set up in my trailer by next year!

  2. If you get it, I hope you do a review! That system is something I’ve thought on and off about getting, but I don’t travel as far as you do- we usually go no more than 2-3 hours away.

  3. I’ve always been interested in them, too, because gadgets are fun. The only reason I haven’t bought one is because I can see the horses pretty well through my trailer windows… makes a camera pretty unnecessary. If I had a solid front wall I’d probably already have one though!

  4. I love mine! I would highly recommend it as a Christmas request (i.e. don’t know I’d spend hard-earned money on it, but very happy to receive as a gift). I have the deluxe trailer eyes with the bigger color screen, but I suspect the standard would be just as effective. We hard wired the camera into the trailer, but it connects via antenna (wireless) to the truck monitor. It’s fun to see how the horses are doing. My one horse really over-compensates around turns, so it’s helped me drive even slower than slow as I see his reaction. So far the biggest emergency I’ve dealt with is a hay net that was hogged by one horse so the other couldn’t get it and a few ties that I’ve shortened because the horses are fighting. It does give good peace of mind to glance and see that they’re traveling well. On a side note, I will definitely make an extra effort to have nice windows on my future trailers given how my horse stares out them 90% of the ride.

  5. I definitely recommend getting something hard wired in. My experience with the wireless is that they just plain do not work as well. The picture tends to come and go quite a bit and is not as clear.

    I have a hardwired system I picked up on clearance that I love, it has sound, color, and night vision. If I am driving another trailer or truck I really miss having it, I have definitely come to rely on being able to glance down and see exactly what the pony is up to when she starts rocking the trailer back there!

  6. I’ve been thinking about getting a camera installed since the colic nightmare… let me know what you find out!

  7. I actually use a backup camera. It’s way cheaper than trailer eyes. It’s not as clear, but gets the job done. I had a HORRIBLE trip back from Wellington last year when one of our horses stuck its LEG through the trailer and I saw it in my side view mirror! Thank God, she was ok, but it made me want to have the option to see them at all times.