Thread: Dash cams?

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    Dash cams?

    Sorry if this isnt technically General chat rules but just want some input. There are a lot of crazy drivers where I live and want a Dash cam but my Jeep has soft upper doors so they can easily be unzipped from the outside or even slashed with a knife. I dont want my camera to get stolen so I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has soft tops and uses dash cams and how you secure it or if anyone has found a camera that can be like bolted in somewhere. If I cant find one I was just going to buy a GoPro and remove it every day when Im done driving thanks.


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    Re: Dash cams?

    Cant comment other than only leave in a vehicle what you are willing to have stolen. If someone wants it bad enough they will take it. Soft top or not.

    Maybe look for a quick mount you leave in place snd clamp to.


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  3. Re: Dash cams?

    I use a go pro. It comes with multiple mounts I believe. I have one of the spares mounted to the right of my rear view mirror. It’s a simple bolt to unthread to mount the GoPro.

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    Re: Dash cams?

    I've had a dash cam for a couple of months (christmas present). Haven't had a problem, however I don't really go anywhere anymore :-(
    It's the Garmin Dashcam Mini, so it doesn't have a screen, and is pretty small.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R638L8N

    along with the install kit

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTBPYS2
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    Re: Dash cams?

    I've had a dash cam for years and it's mounted behind my rearview mirror and has never been stolen. I ran the wires around the windshield frame to help not draw attention to it. Also, I run over 6 months a year without doors and windows and have never had any issues.

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    Re: Dash cams?

    My Garmin mini

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    Re: Dash cams?

    Quote Originally Posted by TerryMason View Post
    My Garmin mini

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    Wow that thing is tiny hows the picture look on it?


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    Re: Dash cams?

    It's 1080p, so pretty good. It's smaller because there is no screen to it. If you want to review footage, you can use the app on your phone - the software itself works, but is a bit clunky, so I just pop out the SD card and put it in my laptop.
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    You don't necessarily need to put it on the exterior. I place mine just at the back of my rear mirror. You could choose the one where you could turn it on even when the car is not just so it would still record while you are parking somewhere not safe.

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    My $150 dash cam comes on every time I start my jeep and turns off with the jeep. I have the option to have it record on motion (jeep is bumped), but I don't do that. I absolutely forget that I have it, and I bet if I had to manually turn it on I wouldn't remember. I'm pretty happy with it, and would recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryMason View Post
    My $150 dash cam comes on every time I start my jeep and turns off with the jeep. I have the option to have it record on motion (jeep is bumped), but I don't do that. I absolutely forget that I have it, and I bet if I had to manually turn it on I wouldn't remember. I'm pretty happy with it, and would recommend it.
    does yours have the capibility of inside the cab as well ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gennybro View Post
    does yours have the capibility of inside the cab as well ?
    My Garmin is inside the cab only. It won't work (for long) mounted externally.
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    Re: Dash cams?

    On the way to work this morning I came a couple of feet from broadsiding an F150 that pulled out of chick-fil-a right in front of me. From the look on his face it scared him as much as it did me. The noise from my mud tires skidding on the pavement is something you don't hear much anymore what with antilock brakes on everything now.

    I wanted to show the wife what happened so when I got to work I connected to my Blackvue dash cam and nothing! There was plenty of video from yesterday but nothing on the drive in today. This has happened before and I've noticed sometimes it start recording mid drive when it should boot up with the car. I'll update the firmware and check the connections but I'm going to blame this post for me already shopping new dash cams!

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    I can imagine you explaining to the officer how "the dashcam didn't work this time - isn't that weird?" at the scene of the fender bender.
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    Dash cams?

    Dang!
    Your camera liked you too.
    Jealous thing quit on you when you needed it most.
    Serves you right for looking at other cameras.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryMason View Post
    I can imagine you explaining to the officer how "the dashcam didn't work this time - isn't that weird?" at the scene of the fender bender.
    Yeah, that wouldn't be suspicious at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPNinPA View Post
    Dang!
    Your camera liked you too.
    Jealous thing quit on you when you needed it most.
    Serves you right for looking at other camera.
    Haha, sounds about right.

  17. Re: Dash cams?

    My dodge has rear view camera which I just replaced weeks ago with 2016-2020 Dodge Durango Rear View Camera 68367610AB | Jeeps Are Us mopar one. I'm trying to figure out if I could turn this on even when my engine is not running.

  18. Re: Dash cams?

    Quote Originally Posted by TerryMason View Post
    My $150 dash cam comes on every time I start my jeep and turns off with the jeep. I have the option to have it record on motion (jeep is bumped), but I don't do that. I absolutely forget that I have it, and I bet if I had to manually turn it on I wouldn't remember. I'm pretty happy with it, and would recommend it.
    What brand is it?

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    Re: Dash cams?

    Quote Originally Posted by tondestr View Post
    What brand is it?
    It's the Garmin Dashcam Mini. There are some photos of it earlier in this thread

    Amazon.com

    along with the install kit

    Amazon.com
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  20. Re: Dash cams?

    Quote Originally Posted by TerryMason View Post
    It's the Garmin Dashcam Mini. There are some photos of it earlier in this thread

    Amazon.com

    along with the install kit

    Amazon.com
    Thanks for letting me know.

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