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Old 02-17-2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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Relocating backup camera mod for 5th wheel

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Being I have a 5th wheel and usually remove the stock Ford tailgate and installing a 5th wheel tailgate. I lose the use of my backup camera build into the rear tailgate handle.

I was hoping someone had an idea of relocating that camera or another camera and install it on the outside bed/backup light located above my rear sliding window. This way I can see the 5th wheel hitch when backing up and connecting.
Here is a generic picture of a tailgate camera and my mirror rear view mirrow and LCD display.

Anyone have tried this idea out?
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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That is just too darn cool for words. Good luck relocating it! What a cool feature.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:14 PM   #3
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How can you see anything with that tiny little picture in your rear view mirror. My HD screen in my DODGE truck shows up the whole back yard. :-)

Good idea though

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Old 02-17-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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I just bought a camera that is equal to the one inthe tailgate for about $30 and the rest will be easy. I plan on drilling a hole in the red portion of the lens and inserting the camera there. The camera even comes with a 1/2" hole saw.
The camera is grounded at that location.
The hotwire that turn the camera is from the reverse light circuit which is there already.
The hard part will be tracing the video from the back to the front of the truck and wiring in. I think the harness is on the drivers kick panel.

All this is premature because I don't get my new truck until the end of April or early May but I'm starting to read more on the wiring harness, etc.

We will keep you posted but was hoping someone else has already done this.

Here is the link to the place I bought the camera.
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Iggy, I would recommend placing the camera in the bed light assembly. The reason is so if you sell the truck you can just replace the lens and no one will know. Being where the lens is located you should be able to run the cables inside the truck. The nice thing is it's located in your backup mirror. You can run new video cables from front of truck to rear of truck hidding it in the head board/top *unsure what it's called. I would order a new camera, And new video cables. If you get new video cables you will have factory ends on both sides(where connects to mirror and connects to camera). Then you just chop and splice the middle of cable to make the length what you need.

This is 10x easier said then done. Good luck.
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Iggy, I would recommend placing the camera in the bed light assembly. The reason is so if you sell the truck you can just replace the lens and no one will know. Being where the lens is located you should be able to run the cables inside the truck. The nice thing is it's located in your backup mirror. You can run new video cables from front of truck to rear of truck hidding it in the head board/top *unsure what it's called. I would order a new camera, And new video cables. If you get new video cables you will have factory ends on both sides(where connects to mirror and connects to camera). Then you just chop and splice the middle of cable to make the length what you need.

This is 10x easier said then done. Good luck.
Yes exactly. The origianl tailgate will be put pack on with the camera if I sell the truck in 3-5 years.
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How can you see anything with that tiny little picture in your rear view mirror. My HD screen in my DODGE truck shows up the whole back yard. :-)

Good idea though

Terry
Terry it is help when I hookup my 5th wheel. See I will remove my regular tailgate and install my 5th wheel tailgate. I should still see your backyard when not hooked up to the trailer.
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Camera specs

Here is the camera specs.


Back-up your vehicle safely!

This CM326 rearview camera is ideal for use with large vehicles such as RVs, Vans, Campers, etc...The color 1/4-inch OV7725 OmniVision lens features a 150° horizontal angle and 420 TV lines resolution.

The CM326 is designed to be mounted on the rear of your vehicle, such as above the license plate and its small size makes it easy to conceal from view.

Please note that a monitor and power adapter are not included, that will have to be purchased separately, however, once you have all the necessary components you'll be able to back-up your large vehicle with ease!

The CM326 makes an ideal replacement or additional camera! Order today!






Features/Specifications:
  • 1/4-inch OmniVision CMOS 420 TV Line Color CCTV Rearview Camera
  • General Features:
  • 1/4-inch OV7725 OmniVision lens
  • Resolution: 420 TV Lines
  • Video system: NTSC and PAL
  • Minimum effective pixel: NTSC: 510 x 492, PAL: 628 x 582
  • Gain control: automatic
  • Minimum illumination: 0.5 Lux
  • Horizontal viewing angle: 150°
  • Vertical viewing angle: 120°
  • Video out: 1.0 Vp-p. 75 Ohm
  • Anti-fog glass
  • Image reverse: left-right mirror
  • Connects to your vehicle's DC12V power system
  • Unit Dimensions:
  • 0.8 x 0.8 x 1.1-inches (H x W x D, approximate)
Package Includes:
  • 1/4-inch OmniVision CMOS 420 TV Line Color CCTV Rearview Camera
  • Video cable
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