I posted this in my deck install thread HERE
as well. But I figured for people searching for something like this it's easy to be able to find it in the title rather than looking through an entire thread. So here's the post:
I figured since I have a full double din deck that's capable of having a back up camera hooked up to it I might as well add one. It will definitely make life easier backing into parking spots where the car behind me is too narrow to see in the mirrors or hooking up to trailers.
The unit I bought is the Audiovox Cmos2 5-In-1 Multi-Mount Back-Up Camera. Yes there were cheaper ones available on Amazon but I liked this one because of how small it is and how much it looks like the OEM one. Found it through another members thread on the forum, his install looked good and easy so that's what sold me in this camera. I also bought a 25ft RCA video cable with my purchase. Paid $69.54 for the two... can't really go wrong with that. Here's the link:
Installing the camera itself was fairly simple. I removed the access panel on the tailgate and then removed the two bolts holding the tailgate handle on. From there I used a hole saw to cut out the hole (the handle had a ridge where the OEM camera would be located). I cleaned up the hole with an exacto knife and file to ensure that the camera would sit nice and flush. From there I installed the camera into the handle and then reinstalled the handle into the truck. I covered all the wiring from the handle to underneath the cab in lum for protection against sharp edges or rubbing.
I hooked up the power for the camera to the reverse wire on the 7 pin trailer plug (it's the middle wire, white with a red tracer I believe), and the ground to one of the bumper bolts. I hooked it up with a two prong connector to be able to easily disconnect it all if I need to remove the tailgate. From there I ran the RCA cable up along the drivers side frame of the truck along the main wiring harness and then up through the grommet in the firewall right beside the power wire for my amp. Obviously from there it went straight to my deck.
Went into the backup camera settings on the deck and turned on reverse interruption and BAM! It worked. Obviously it was crooked at first.... I ended up taking a 2x8 that I had laying on the side of the house and layed it on the ground 6 ft back from each tire. Then I just played around spinning the camera until it was happy with how straight it was.
Overall the install time probably took be about 2.5 hours. The worst part was running the wire all the way up the frame of the truck and making sure it was tied up nice and neatly, and then getting it through the firewall grommet. But for $70 I'm definitely happy with this mod!!