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Old 10-10-2013, 11:12 PM
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Has anyone put in an aftermarket backup camera? If so what kind and how easy of an install? I'm looking at one on eBay that has monitor in the mirror for $53. Yeah, I know, cheap. Any help would be appreciated.

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I put one in awhile back. It wasn't hard, but it was a pretty major PITA. Here is the thread that I started on it. It's not really a how to though.

I tied into my right reverse light, and I added a fuse just to cover the bases. I tied the camera into that wire, then I ran both the video cable and the power wire up into the, ran the wire underneath my Bed Rug. I did this to keep it out of the way, and to avoid trying to figure out where to run the wires underneath the truck. I've got a hard toneau cover on so it's not really an issue for me. There are holes on each corner of the bed that allow pretty easy access.

I used wire loom at any point where the wires might be passing through somewhere. At the front of the truck I passed 'em down through the hole to get underneath the truck, and found a plastic plug type of thing that leads up into the storage compartment under the rear seat. I have the sub under the passenger side, so once I pulled it out it was pretty easy to access. Anywhere the wires were exposed either passing through somewhere, or out in the open underneath the truck I encased 'em in wire loom. It's just a little piece of mind for myself.

Once I was inside the truck, I worked the wires underneath the carpet and kick plates of both the front and rear doors. I passed the wires up under the dash and then behind the A pillar. The monitor that I purchased (actually the 2nd monitor as the first one was too washed out during the day) had wires and leads that were long enough where I could make all of my connections behind the A pillar to it makes for a fairly clean install.
the monitor in the thread I linked is not the one that I have on now, the first monitor wasn't quite as clean of a look. All in all I've been pleased with the results.

I would make sure that when you order your set up, you also order a video cable that will be long enough to go where you need to go. The ones that come with the kit won't be anywhere near long enough for our trucks.

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Thanks Exco for the input. I was wondering if the wires would be long enough.

I hope to do this soon, but will see since we are heading into winter.

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Here's the one I'm looking at getting. I've seen it in action and really like it. Mounts to your license plate bolts. It's wireless and comes with a monitor that mounts to the dash or windshield.
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I installed the oem tailgate handle version along with a lockpick to enable it on the radio. Works great, but maybe not what you're looking for.
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Here's the one I'm looking at getting. I've seen it in action and really like it. Mounts to your license plate bolts. It's wireless and comes with a monitor that mounts to the dash or windshield.
That "kit" has the same camera that I'm using, and it works great. The problem that I had was my original mirror monitor. I've since fixed that issue.

Everything that I've read says to be weary of the wireless systems. They're known to have lots of interference. I wish you luck

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That "kit" has the same camera that I'm using, and it works great. The problem that I had was my original mirror monitor. I've since fixed that issue.

Everything that I've read says to be weary of the wireless systems. They're known to have lots of interference. I wish you luck

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So I'm still looking and found one that has backup camera, gps and Bluetooth in the mirror. I like this idea, but does the original mirror have the thermometer and compass in it or is that else where? Has anyone replaced the factory mirror? I have what appears to be Dodge's version of on star. Thanks
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My 2010 1500 has the factory unit, but I added the licence plate frame type to the Alpine in my 3500 years ago and it's been going strong. Even under water multiple times a year (launching jetskiis). Was inexpensive and easy to install (but that is assuming you have a Monitor/NAV screen to connect to.) Sorry, I do not remember the name, but if you really need it I can find it. I'm guessing Google would be just slightly faster.
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