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post Oct 9 2012, 11:45 PM
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Hi there fellow RVers. First off, let me clarify; with the item I am about to bring to your attention, I have no connection to the manufacturer, distributor or any other part of a company. The nearest claim I must admit to, is that I am from that damp, foggy lump of rock on the western edge of Europe, more commonly known as Great Britain.

Several years ago, while reading a news article from the UK my attention was drawn to what can best be described as a 'police type dashboard camera' available to the general public. This camera, or Total Event Data Recorder as they prefer to call it, is about the same size as a stick of deodorant and records what is taking place outside the front of the vehicle, the speed, time, direction, audio (inside the vehicle) and any g forces imparted on the vehicle. When connected to a computer and the information is transferred it is possible to plot the location of where the vehicle has travelled by linking in to Google maps. This data is stored on an SD card with up to a 32gb capacity.

This TEDR is known as the Roadhawk RH-1 (super-ceded by the improved DC-1). There is also a model (RH-2) that simultaneously records the interior of the vehicle too. I have an RH-1 and an RH-2 in my two vehicles. They can be hard wired to the ignition but I prefer to have mine plugged into the 12v auxiliary outlet.

So far I haven't had the necessity to call upon the recorded material but it is comforting to know that in the advent of a collision where I was the innocent victim, I have video images to corroborate my side of events. This is more relevant due to the likelihood of being sued in the advent of a collision. I have captured numerous motorists running red lights in front or from my side and a couple of near misses when vehicles have barreled through 'stop' signs, cutting straight across my bows.

Earlier this year I took the TEDR with me to Phoenix and installed it inside the rental car, just as added protection.

It has been shown to also modify driver behaviour (UK spelling).

A buddy of mine has purchased one for his Class A and I also persuaded the company I work for to buy them for our fleet of vehicles in Canada.

At a cost of 200 (U$320) it might save your insurance premiums or prevent you from being sued. Mention it to your insurance company and they may even reduce your premium. Some may feel this is a little eccentric but then as I stated at the beginning, I am from the UK. You may feel this isn't for you or it smacks of big brother. Ok, I accept your opinion, I just thought I'd share this with the wider public beyond the UK shores.

Here is a link to the site for more information about them;


There are also numerous clips on You Tube.

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post Oct 10 2012, 03:39 PM
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Nifty. Thanks for the info. I always like learning about stuff like that. Not so fond of it capturing the audio though.

I wonder if the data would be admissible in court if you happen to catch one of those morons who pass stopped school buses or whatever.

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