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Here is my reverse camera install that I did. I had already run the video cable when I did my stereo install. The camera I bought from ebay for $15 and it has night vision and guide lines. I used Posi-Taps which are real cool because it makes the install so fast and works perfectly and it is removable and leaves no damage to the cables.
I did not install a cable from my pioneer headunit to the reverse cable inside the cabin, since on my headunit I can control the camera when to turn it on.



The line i used to fish the cable without removing the back seat

The cable running from the cabin out to the license plate

This is the whole i punched from the rear to the inside so the cable would fit

Here is a look of where i ran my cable, well it cant be seen and that was my intent

Here the video cable comes out of the taillight

Here you can see the taillight without a bulb and my multimeter which i used to find which was positive and negative.
Green cable is positive and the orange cable is negative

Here is the best product for easy install without damaging cables which works like a permanent connection but works like a temporary


A close up of the green which is positive and orange which is negative, when it comes to the reverse light

No cables hanging around from the passenger side to the license plate

The video cable in the rear and the power cable in the front

the cables with electrical tape, just to prevent any rust and water and from maybe becoming loose

All the cables tucked away looking like it did before

And here it is, how it looks at night




If anyone knows how to connect the reverse camera to the break light and it does not cause any problems, let me know, I wanted to be available to turn on the reverse camera when im in drive since my pioneer lets control the camera.
 

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I guessing that there are several photos that are not showing up?
Would love to see them, especially one with the field of view from a liscence plate mounted camera.

Why would you ever want the camera hooked to the Brake light?
 

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I guessing that there are several photos that are not showing up?
Would love to see them, especially one with the field of view from a liscence plate mounted camera.

Why would you ever want the camera hooked to the Brake light?
I forgot to take that picture but ill post it later and some of before and after of how dirty the inside was.

The reason I wanted to hook it up to the break light is just so I can turn on my lights and be able to see the rear
 

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I guessing that there are several photos that are not showing up?
Would love to see them, especially one with the field of view from a liscence plate mounted camera.

Why would you ever want the camera hooked to the Brake light?
I would love to see a photo of the rear of the truck with camera installed - LOL
 

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The reason I wanted to hook it up to the break light is just so I can turn on my lights and be able to see the rear
the brake lights won't give you the ability to turn it on anytime, only when you apply the brakes. If you want to be able to use it any time then simply find a constant 12v wire. Of course then you'll have to manually turn it on when you back up. There are ways to have it work both ways but I don't know how handy you are with wiring.
 

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Do yourself a huge favor and coat the camera with silicone. Water will leak in/fog it up every time it rains. With silicone it's dry 24/7.
 

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Do yourself a huge favor and coat the camera with silicone. Water will leak in/fog it up every time it rains. With silicone it's dry 24/7.
I've had no issues with mine over 2 years, but sounds like a good idea.

I am using a Boyo VTL425 CCD cam. I don't use the distance markers. I also have a ScanHitch sensor. Between the two I can navigate nicely when backing into spaces with cars on both sides.

If I could have only one I would take the HitchScan. Works amazingly well. Many of us were lucky enough to get the early ones under $50 when the company was going out of business. Now that they were taken over they are going for around $150-200. I still think they are worth it at 1/3 to 1/2 of the factory bumper system.
 

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I just found the "attach" button today - So, I added the image above. LOL - I'm such a slow learner.
 

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Ah - I just thought of something. You could set the switch up as a foot switch like the old head light switches. Camera at the press of a foot...or just put it in the dash...
 

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Do yourself a huge favor and coat the camera with silicone. Water will leak in/fog it up every time it rains. With silicone it's dry 24/7.
This is exactly what I was going to say. I have the same camera the OP installed. It's made by Koolertron. I got it for $13 on Amazon. I didn't want to spend a pile of money on the camera because I figured even if I got a year out of it, all I'd need to do is get another one and swap it out. The first thing I did was silicone the back where the wires go into the camera, the sides where the plastic casing fits together and also carefully around where the plastic and lens cover meet. The silicone has held up wonderfully, only needing one "touch up" this spring. I've had the camera now for nearly two years and have not had any trouble whatsoever. I wired mine into the reverse light because I have no need to have it operational any other time than backing up. OP, I would highly suggest you use silicone. Otherwise, what Slider said WILL happen and will ruin the camera in no time.
 

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This is exactly what I was going to say. I have the same camera the OP installed. It's made by Koolertron. I got it for $13 on Amazon. I didn't want to spend a pile of money on the camera because I figured even if I got a year out of it, all I'd need to do is get another one and swap it out. The first thing I did was silicone the back where the wires go into the camera, the sides where the plastic casing fits together and also carefully around where the plastic and lens cover meet. The silicone has held up wonderfully, only needing one "touch up" this spring. I've had the camera now for nearly two years and have not had any trouble whatsoever. I wired mine into the reverse light because I have no need to have it operational any other time than backing up. OP, I would highly suggest you use silicone. Otherwise, what Slider said WILL happen and will ruin the camera in no time.
Yeah that is the one I got, thanks for the info I was not sure where to put silicone but now that you mentioned it with detail I know where
 

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Here are some changes that I made and been running this setup for about half a year, and I love it because now I dont have that attention grabbing camera and no one will know I have a double din inside.

 

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Here are some changes that I made and been running this setup for about half a year, and I love it because now I dont have that attention grabbing camera and no one will know I have a double din inside.
Seems like a good idea. Just curious, though, do you get more dirt, dust, mud, etc. that gets on the camera because it's more exposed to the underside of the truck? I don't think that would work very well up here in the snow belt in the winter. Wouldn't survive a month.
 

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I agree, while it might need more cleaning, it is away from any glare it might get at night form license plate/tail lights.
I not sure many would use a rear cam as a sign you have a double DIN. They would probably just look inside?
 

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So far I have not cleaned it, just removed some dust but it will get dust anywhere. Works great, just another idea if someone does not want to spend the extra money buying a tailgate handle and wondering if a camera will fit.
 

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I agree it's another good option if you don't want to use a license plate cam. It looks more vulnerable, but anything that would take it out would damage your rear bumper anyway, and that will cost a lot more to fix than replacing the cam.
 
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