Anyone out there using a remote-controlled front bumper monitor on a brush truck?
We're spec'ing out a new brush truck (Ford F350-550, 250 gallon tank, CAFS) and there is an argument between those that want to go with a crosswalk between the cab so firefighters can ride there and pump-and-roll and those (like me) that argue that the safest bet is to do away with the crosswalk and put in a remote-controlled monitor. This way you don't have someone riding outside the truck AND should you respond with only one person (which can happen during the day), you still can easily fight fire.
The prime argument against the monitor is the perception of higher cost, actual usefulness, and, mostly, reliability.
So, if you have a bumper monitor, what has been your experience with it as far as reliability and usefulness? What monitor do you use (Akron, Elkhart, or TFT)? Do you use it with CAFS? Any other comments?
Thanks in advance...