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So I decided that I didn't want to screw with installing an after-market deck on this truck but I do really miss my backup camera from the Tundra. That said, I set out to find a set up that retained the factory look but didn't break the bank. Ended up going with a flush mount camera and a 6" LCD screen got both from Amazon for ~$100. It's not quite on par with the Tundra set up but it'll work. There aren't many installation pics as I was in a bit of a hurry. Pretty straight forward though with lots of Dremel work. Here's a summary:

Parts list
-6" LCD screen
-flush-mount camera
-smallish toggle switch from Radio Shack (sorry no linky)
-variety of installation stuff like wire, tape, zip-ties, soldering supplies, etc.



I started by removing the tailgate handle and trimming off all excess plastic from the backside where the camera is to mount. After that was done I used the Dremel to shape an access hole to fit the camera. Because the camera sits at a fairly steep angle the hole ended up needing to be rather oblong.

Next I proceeded to modify the mounting sleeves provided with the camera to allow for the additional angle needed to "see" the back of the bumper. Without this modification the camera only gets to about 8" from the rear bumper. I like to park close so... Little Rustoleum to turn everything black and we're in business.







The power and video wires were routed to the cab along the frame rail and into the cab via a small plastic knockout located under the carpet in underseat storage area. This was modded into a make-shift grommet so I didn't have to drill holes through any sheet metal.

To mount the screen I removed the sun visor, popped out the existing mirror and used the Dremel to clear out enough space for the screen to fit. I got lazy with the wiring and just drilled a hole and fitted a grommet into the visor right above where the screen mounted. This will rarely be seen so its fine for me. Epoxy was then used to fix the screen in place.

mirror removed


mock-up


Power for both the screen and camera is obtained by tapping the positive lead for the ACC 12V outlet. This tap was routed to a small toggle switch that I fitted into one of the blanks available next to the inverter power control switch. Using this set up allows me to turn the camera/monitor on or off at will. The dash was easy to get into. There are 3 hex head screws that need to be removed. One is located behind a plastic benzel surrounding the 110V outlet, the other two are located under the "pencil holder" above the stereo. Just pop the small insert out and they are readily visible. After these three screws are removed the assembly pulls straight out. The blanks turned out to be a PITA. It seems the whole bank of switches are run into a single board. This leaves very little room to work with behind the blanks hence the use of the crappy little toggle. Hard to describe, should have snagged some pic's. Maybe after I get back from DC if anyone is really interested.



So thats about it. Here's the finished product:

Visor up



Visor down, power off



Power on


Close-up
 

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Looks great, any pics of the camera view/quality?
Im looking for a cheap cam to use with my My Gig for the back up cam....
 

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Sorry, the last photo's didn't upload right. Should be on there now. For a sub $30 camera it's not too bad. Definitely not a true wide angle lens like I had on the Tundra but all I really care about is seeing the trailer hitch and anything directly behind me so this works.
 

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not to hijack the thread but can the factory camera be installed and used? anyone know how much it costs? Can you use the camera with a non nav mygig or do you have to get a lockpick?
 

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Nice clean install BioMan! Looks good.
 

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not to hijack the thread but can the factory camera be installed and used? anyone know how much it costs? Can you use the camera with a non nav mygig or do you have to get a lockpick?
No clue. Sorry :confused013:

Nice clean install BioMan! Looks good.
Thanks!
 

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Non-nav radios require lockpick.
 

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Looks good!

I should have you install one on our next camping trip!

Just don't taco the bed on this truck while fixating on the screen :)
 

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I should have you install one on our next camping trip!
I'm sure we could arrange something...

Just don't taco the bed on this truck while fixating on the screen :)
That was a sad day. No clue WTF I was looking at but it sure wasn't the trailer.:doh:
 

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the visor video would be a cool place to use the Flir night vision camera.

Anyone every try the night thermo night vision?
 

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Where exactly did you route the cables into the cab from in the floor? I find myself wanting to do this more and more each time I back into my trailer.
 

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There are plastic knock-outs under the carpet in the bottom of the storage bins under the seat. I punched a hole through one on the drivers side and ran the cables up through. From there I just ran them under the plastic molding along the bottom door seal area up to to the dash.
 

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just saw this, heck of a job! nice handy work!! I may stick one of these setups on my truck, nice to know whats behind you!
 

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Where exactly did you route the cables into the cab from in the floor? I find myself wanting to do this more and more each time I back into my trailer.
HAHA...not funny if it messes up the truck but I was intensely reading this and was all serious and this caused me to die laughing...lol
 

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Looks good, I should install one in the front of my truck so I'm not 4' parked from another vehicle or so I don't keep smashing into shopping carts lol


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I have the factory back up cam, but this would be great for the front of my truck...
 

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Just pulled the trigger on these items:
1 of: PYLE PLHR79 7-Inch Widescreen TFT Headrest Monitor [Electronics]
Condition: New
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
$59.86

1 of: Pyle PLCM39FRV Universal Mount Rear & Front View Camera [Electronics]
Condition: New
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

When I get around to the install I will let you know how it goes, as of right now it looks like I will be making my own brackets.
 
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