You said, "Clearly, I am not about to try and take a scenic picture with a camera in one hand and continue trying to drive with the other hand." I assume that the same applies to trying to operate other electronic equipment. When you start manipulating electronics while driving down the road you create a hazard to yourself and others. Many people fail to recognize that making decisions about what to press and when to do it takes attention from the road. If you are traveling 60 MPH you are covering almost 100 feet in a second. Thinking about other things slows down your reaction time. Even talking on a no-hands cell phone call can distract and slow reaction time. You are driving a 20,000 to 40,000 pound vehicle on a road that allows little tolerance. Drift too far to one side or another and you are in danger. Your stopping distance is huge and a moments inattention is also dangerous.
I don't see any solution above that meets your needs without putting you at risk. In addition, a dash mounted camera can be pointed somewhere but the scenery may be somewhere else. There are fantastic buttes out the left window, look at those snow capped mountains out the right window. Point it straight ahead and you get road. Take a small piece from the image to the side of the road and your resolution drops off. Fail to activate the camera in time and the wonderful view is gone. Yes, you can get something but the risk is great in messing around with equipment to control a camera for minimal results.
I am an amateur astronomer. I've been to eclipses and spent the time during a total eclipse taking pictures, messing with cameras for that precious two or three minutes of totality. Sometimes I have to look up from the camera and just enjoy the view. I think that is where you are when driving the motor home. You could be punching buttons and manipulating gadgets instead of just enjoying the view. See what you can, if it is truly spectacular, take the toad and go back and photograph it. Take the time to frame the picture to get the best presentation and then it will remind you of what you saw with your own eyes.
Tom and Louise Butler
2004 Monaco Windsor, Cummins 400 ISL
Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar, Brakemaster, GMC Acadia, BikeE Recumbent Bicycles
After 9 1/2 years full time in our motor home and being Winter Texans we are now living at Sandpipers Resort in Edinburg, Texas. Now we are Summer Chickens!
"The tipi is much better to live in; always clean and warm in winter, cool in summer, easy to move... If the Great Spirit wanted men to live in one place he would have made the world stand still." -- Flying Hawk, South Dakota Oglala Sioux