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I finished installing the camera.
It is a PLCM7700 by Pyle. Got it off Amazon for $67. It has a 7in screen and is the wired camera.
The thin coax that came with the camera proved to be too short. It was 17ft, but still 3ft short. I got a 20ft male-male RCA audio cable at Radio Shack for $9. This wire gives good signal, as compared with some internet instructions that say otherwise. Go figure...
I routed the wiring, power and signal through the grommet to the left of the brake pedal on the firewall. I did not poke a hole in the rubber, so I took a screwdriver and pushed it aside and inserted both cables.
The power connection (12VDC) came from the switched lighter. I want the camera to be on all times, as here, some smart Bozos love to tailgate. I had to make a power buss, from this power connection with 3 power access, one for the camera, one for the screen and another to plug into the lighter. All was done with some spade connectors male/female from Home Depot.
I removed the dashboard bezed and inserted all of that wiring covered with a piece of thin carpet for a rattle free ride. I routed the screen cable through the top, so that can place the screen on the dashboard. This worked fine, but I had to be really careful of screwing it back so that it does not totally pinch this cable.
The camera is wired to the back of the truck, and I inserted the wire conections of the camera, signal and power in a small tupperware box, that is tied to the frame, so no water and protection from disconnection.
Camera works well, but it is cheap a**. Nothing more than a webcam on a waterproof enclosure. Good image during daylight, at night not so good. Was a pain to mount as when the tailgate is lowered it did interfere with my mount, so had to make another one so that the camera is lowered, it sits now covering the state name of the license plate. That was the best location, bolted to an aluminum mount on the upper screws of the plate. Using the lower screws gave too much view obstruction from the bumper.
The screen has two modes, 16:9 and 4x5. The image is quite distorted, like squished when using the panoramic setting.
Total work about 3 hours, not counting trip to Radio Shack to get the cable. Again, the image is not that sharp nor great due to this thing being cheap a**. You get what you pay for. When prices go down, I will get a higher resolution camera. I anticipate that this one can really get your eyes tired. But at $67 total, who is to complain. PepBoys sells a 3.5in screen for much more than that.
Thanks to all that have helped me in this forum.
2010 6.7L 2WD
Almost completely stock.
Dropped useless engine and exhaust parts on bumpy road.