After admiring how easy it was for fellow Aframers Greg and Rachel (silver.smith) to back right up to the hitch with the backup camera in their Rav4, I decided to see if I could come up with a hitch camera for my 13-year-old TV. After not much searching at all I came up with this item from Amazon: "7 Inch TFT LCD Digital Car Rear View Monitor With Waterproof Car Rear View Camera Combo" which included both the camera and a 7-inch color monitor. The reviews were good and the price was right (under $50) so I ordered it. Before trying to install it I checked the picture it makes and agree with the positive reviews of the quality for the price.
To install it I only needed to figure out how to mount the camera and the monitor, then run the included video cable between them and power each unit.
I made a camera holder by cutting up an old license plate and pop riveting the camera to it:
I made a little hood for it, although it's supposedly waterproof.
The view from the hitch...
The monitor comes with a variety of mounting options, including a 3-way swivel, a mountable frame into which it can snap, and tripod-mount threads.
I haven't decided how to mount the monitor yet, although one reviewer just fastened his to the visor with bungee cords. Here I'm deciding if that'll work for me by using rubber bands.
I'm in no big hurry so I haven't done the wiring yet, though if I do mount the monitor to the visor I plan to run the wires up to it behind the trim on the window pillar. The video cable from the camera will need to enter the cabin at an as-yet-undetermined spot, then run along the door threshold trim to the dashboard area where they'll all meet up. The 12v power will come from the backup light circuit so the setup is on only when I'm in reverse.