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Old 08-27-2015, 10:06 AM   #51
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As long as you have to run a wire for the "hard wired" backup camera, why not run a second for camera power ( only need one conductor for power side) . Open the junction box ( mounted to tongue) and connect it to the wire ( from trailer plug) that is normally used for backup lights. This also allows you to add backup lights should you ever decide to do so. Much cleaner and straight forward approach.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:03 PM   #52
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As long as you have to run a wire for the "hard wired" backup camera, why not run a second for camera power ( only need one conductor for power side) . Open the junction box ( mounted to tongue) and connect it to the wire ( from trailer plug) that is normally used for backup lights. This also allows you to add backup lights should you ever decide to do so. Much cleaner and straight forward approach.
Ditto what Flyboy said, and if you look at the 7 pin wiring diagram, the center pin is for Aux. This is the pin for Back up lights.
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So if I am understanding what Flybob and Scotty are saying, don't attached the bare terminated red wire from the camera to the rear running light, but rather add an extension and run them forward with the video wire to the wire from the trailer plug? Or do I have this totally wrong?
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:30 PM   #54
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But it is the #7 pin that is for your back up camera.
the switch has to be on AND the TV put in reverse for it to be hot.
I can't speak for others, but I don't want my trailer's back-up camera to be powered only when my TV transmission is in reverse (back-up lights on). I want my back-up camera on all the time the trailer is on/hot. I can take my back-up camera monitor inside my trailer and watch (and hear) what's going on behind my trailer even with the TV unhooked.

Now, I DO need to know which circuit/pin is hot in reverse in case I ever want to add back-up lights to my trailer as 1l243 documented in Added Back Up Lights
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It's a 2004 Durango. I do have a voltmeter. How do I check the 7 pin plug? I am a bit of a dolt when it comes to electrical, in case you can't tell.
BTDT. I did it in my 2005 Durango. I can't recall exactly which fuse was blown but it's in the fuse block under the hood. It wasn't obvious. Keep looking.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:49 PM   #56
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Hook your back up camera to the clearance lights, that way it is on all the time you are going down the road and backing into wherever. Simple no extra wiring.
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So if I am understanding what Flybob and Scotty are saying, don't attached the bare terminated red wire from the camera to the rear running light, but rather add an extension and run them forward with the video wire to the wire from the trailer plug? Or do I have this totally wrong?
Depends on if when you want the camera on. If you just want it for backing up, then connect as I mentioned previously.
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