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Old 10-06-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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Back Up camera

Just installed a back up camera in my pick up This is going to make life a little easier. Install a 1" color camera in the rear spoiler on the tail gate. And recess a 7" color monitor in the sun visor. Boy what a difference's. Now on the first shot I'm under the hitch instead of getting out a couple to check alinement Cut a stick the height of the Ball and now just raise the coupler the to the right height and just back under the coupler Well worth the money and time spent to install Took about 6 hours start to finish.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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You did a great job with installing it. Pretty clear picture for a backup camera. I like the markers too. Do you have a pic of the hitch in position under the coupler? Just curious since it took a bit of getting used to with my after-market backup camera.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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Nice job.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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Nice job.

I also installed a back-up camera in my truck. I have been thinking about installing a switch to turn on the camera anytime I would need it, not just in reverse. I'm thinking all I need is a switch and a hot wire. I believe I would need a diode between the reverse hot and the camera hot so when the switch is "on" and not in reverse, the reverse lights don't come on.

I have also been thinking about putting a little white paint on the end of the TT coupler. It should make it easier to see. Sometimes with the black hitch and the black coupler, it is hard to tell when I am at the sweet spot.
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Hey Russ That's a good Idea. I just just wondering if you could get away with a 3 way switch. The ones that have off in the middle and 2 on's this way the reverse lead to go to one terminal and constant on would go to the other terminal Just a thought. And painting a white line on the couple would be the way to go would be a lot easier to see at night and during the day.
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Very nice. I like the camera that came with my SuperDuty, but it takes some getting used to. And of course, it's kinda worthless with a 5th wheel, but backing to my boat trailer is great. I just need to get a camera for the bed of the truck for 5th wheel hitching. I've seen others that have done it, but just gotta get the gumption to get it done.
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we have one on our Sunseeker, and at 32' it's a must! Also have one on a Toyota Highlander (OEM), and it was a real eye-opener as to what you're missing when you back up.
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Looks good BillT.
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Agree that it can be hard to see especially in shade on blacktop. I look for movement from the chains as a clue too. I drapped the chains over the frame by the coupler while backing up until I need to hook them.
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I installed a switch today for my camera. Taped into the hot for the backup monitor, ran that to the switch then to the hot for the camera by the hot wire from reverse light. Installed a diode from the reverse hot wire to the camera hot. Works good, camera comes on when truck is in reverse or with truck "on" and switch "on". The diode keeps the reverse lights from coming on unless the truck is in reverse.
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