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I have a 2010 Ram 1500 with the RES radio that I'd like to replace with an REN.

My goal is to tie in a backup camera to it. Should I shell out the bucks and get the stock tailgate camera?

I have a locking tailgate, but I believe I'll still have to replace it with one to accommodate the camera.

While I'm at it, why not go for the Lockpick too?

Will I be happy with this configuration or, for the money, is there a better solution?

I have to say, that I really want the camera tied into whatever radio I end up with. I don't want to install a separate LCD.

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I had The Res radio when I first got my truck. After regretting not going with the Ren w/ a back up cam I done some research on aftermarket radios or going with a factory set up. My conclusion was with after market for the money you def get more bang for the buck. IE features,Nicer user interface,etc. But when you factor in all the adapters you need to make your steering wheel controls work,evic display and satelite radio it comes out to about the same price as going with the factory REN and everything is just plug and play. also keep in mind that aftermarket touch screen radios are double din wich dont fit in our dash, so it needs a kit and doesnt look as clean when installed IMO. So i decided to go factory threw my dealer and ordered a brand new REN w/ the tailgate cam in the handle(locking) they coded my same key to work. The total cost with parts and labor was 1500 bucks and I am also now covered under warranty if any problems, witch I wouldnt if I went aftermarket. PIoneer makes a nice radio that cost about a 1000 bucks then when you add the cam and all other parts you are about at the same price I paid unless you are handy enough to install this on your own. So It really is going to come down to your personal preference. I been happy with my choice
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Thanks for the info, Ray.

It's not a cheap upgrade and I wanted the opinion of people that have done it (either OEM or aftermarket).

I'm guessing that a dealer can't install a lockpick with the radio though.
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Your welcome, yea it's def not a cheap upgrade but I do love the camera for backing up it comes in real handy. The radio is really nice as well for factory, has some good features. My only negative thing I can say about the radio is the user interface is a little drab and appears out dated. It would of been nice if they used some more colors then just the blue and yellow. Other then that it looks great in the dash and works fine with the iPod and all other factory options.
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