Team FIN member Tom Henry, who has a farm near Westhope, ND, tested the Swift Hitch camera made by Two Loons Trading Company. Here is his report.
Why I wanted to buy it
I purchased the camera, from Two Loons Trading Company, to give my wife Roberta some assistance in backing up our pickup to anhydrous ammonia (NH3) tanks. We do have a hitch on the pickup that you can adjust in and out and from side to side, but the camera provides additional aid.
How I’m using it on my farm
Besides using it for the NH3 tanks, I have used it to help in hooking my pup trailer behind my semi. We also have strapped it to a pole and let the kids look in bird nests. I’m sure there are many other uses.
What I like
The camera is very mobile and can quickly be moved to any vehicle. I also like the single charging cord. It has two ends, so it can charge the camera and the monitor at the same time. Purchasing installed backup cameras on new vehicles can be very expensive and they are tied to that vehicle.
What I dislike
The battery does not stay charged very well on my monitor, but maybe I have a defective battery. When you are using the camera, it is hard to judge distance on a 2-D screen. This makes it more difficult to line up exactly when you have a hitch lying on the ground. It works perfectly when the hitch is jacked up off the ground. With our telescoping hitch on our pickup, we can compensate if we are a little off when the NH3 hitches are lying on the ground.
What would make it better
I think it should have a little more transmission range, and the magnet on the camera should be stronger.
I would recommend it. It can serve many purposes and it’s fairly inexpensive.
List price: $259
For more information, contact Two Loons Trading Company, 76 Augusta Rockland Rd., Windsor, ME 04363, 207/445-5744, or visit www.swifthitch.net.