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Old 06-20-2013, 09:41 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Black Hills, SD
Age: 39
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Vehicle: 2012 Ram 3500 Outdoorsman
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Installed the power tailgate lock last night. Thank goodness that Asur had the instructions for the newer trucks in the forums. I would have been hunting wires for a long time as the kit I was sold did not have any of the updated 2011+ wiring changes. Everything works perfectly now though so I am all smiles.

While I was running the tailgate lock wiring, I also ran the rear winch power cables. I was able to get both the front and the back power cables setup so that they can be tucked behind the bumpers and out of sight unless needed. It was after midnight before I finished so I will take pics today and get them posted.

Additionally, I stole the new 2013 ideas on a third brake light mounted camera and drilled a hole in my third brake light to mount up a camera for hooking up the gooseneck trailers. There was plenty of room to run the wiring and still let the lights work. I may still switch the bulbs to LED to just reduce the potential for any heat, although if I am on the brakes long enough to heat up that bulb that means I am driving in the wrong places, we just don't have that kind of stop and go traffic in South Dakota.

This is the camera I am installing. I had a different camera that I started working with but couldn't adjust the angle to work with the position. This one has the marking lines on the image for distance gauging and is completely adjustable for angles. One of the nice things about having the lockpick is the ability to add extra cameras. Then when you choose that camera view the left stereo controls on the steering wheel can allow you to toggle through the cameras you have added. Once I get them all finished up, I will try and do a short video that shows them off.

I also bought a couple of wireless transmitters for cameras and will try and hook them up with the idea that I could put it on the back of the trailer and have wireless backup camera on the trailer. The literature on them states that there is a 50M range (approx 164 feet). I don't plan to pull anything more than about a 40 foot stock trailer so there should be plenty of range. Hopefully the strength to cover that kind of range will overcome any physical barrier signal loss from the trailer to the truck.

I will be towing the gooseneck while helping a friend move tomorrow so I am going to connect it up and see how it works.

Again I will post up some installation and finished pics after I get home from work to show what I am talking about.
Current Truck = white 2012 3500 Outdoorsman

2012 Build Thread
My old 2011 Build Thread
My first Dodge photo thread

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