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Old 02-12-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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Question Backup camera

My Toyota Tacoma has the standard radio therefore no video screen. How do and what do i need to add backup camera?
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:31 PM   #2
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I was given a 'wireless' camera and receiver by my daughter. It required me to mount the camera, run a cable through a hole drilled behind the license plate after removing the upholstery panel. Connect that cable to a box ( transmitter ) wired into the brake lights. Then I would mount the monitor somewhere on the dash and plug it into the power outlet ( competing for space with my GPS and Sirius satellite radio.
I called a local shop to inquire about having them do the install. Would be at least $200 and they didn't recommend doing it, because in their experience, the wireless cameras were lousy.

I had it returned to Costco and she got me this Swift Hitch instead. Camera attaches with its magnetic base to your tail gate and the monitor is either hand-held or you can Velcro it to your dash. Has built in lithium batteries and a charger that charges camera and monitor at once. It does provide a clear image and has night light.
Field of vision is designed to see your approaching hitch and the ball.

I've yet to use it, but my brother-in-law has had one for years so he can hitch up his ski-boat on his own. He demonstrated the range for me and it is very good.
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If you are interested in a "permanent" camera, both single & two (or more) camera systems are available from Rear View Safety. I added one to my RAV4 & Escape 17 that has been useful over the last 3 years...
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:32 PM   #4
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Another option, if you routinely use a separate GPS, is to get one that accepts a camera signal; the GPS screen then serves double-duty, as a monitor (no GPS) when reversing, and as a normal GPS (no video) otherwise. I don't have one of these, I just noticed them as available when looking at GPS options.

Example: Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:45 PM   #5
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I originally used a Peak wireless camera for over a year in my full-sized Tundra truck. All-in-all it did a fair job at best. I got the larger Peak with the 3 1/2" screen, which I consider too small, so I can't imagine the smaller 2 1/2" screen as being useful at all. I replaced the wireless Peak outfit with a wired camera and monitor and I've used it now for about two years. Total cost was a little bit over $50, and it wasn't a difficult install

This is the monitor I ordered from Amazon ($35.68): Amazon.com: 7 inch TFT Color LCD Car Rear View Camera Monitor Support Rotating The Screen and 2 AV Inputs: Car Electronics
And this is the camera ($15.26):
Amazon.com: Waterproof Car Rear Vehicle Backup View Camera High-definition Cmos 170 Degree Viewing Angle E363: Car Electronics

The image is clear, sharp, and NO flickering interference. Also, it's large enough that it is actually useful. Pictured with my old 3 1/2" Peak unit. The new camera didn't come with a license plate mount so I cut a piece of cheap aluminium ruler to size and drilled appropriate holes to fit - not much work, really. I was worried about wiring it, but found plugs under the carpet in the front of my cab and there was plenty of cable supplied to reach with no problem. I simply zip-tied the cable to the truck frame.

So far, after two years, and unlike with the Peak, there has been no sign of it leaking, and I'm very happy with it.
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Thanks for the description, Ray. That big monitor would be nice - I want a GPS that size in our motorhome, but I don't know about it in the trailer tug. Where and how did you mount it in the truck cab?
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Where and how did you mount it in the truck cab?
In the center of the dash on my Tundra there's an open storage bin - possibly where the ashtray used to be. I cut some wood to fit in the opening and used Velcro to stick it in place. I simply fastened the screen mount to the wood with a bolt.
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I bought the same unit because I wanted a back-up camera on the back of the truck and on the back of the trailer. With the two camera inputs, this was perfect.

I bought the monitor and two cameras on ebay for about $50. I like the hard wired installation because it's reliable. Bit of a nuisance to run the cable but worth it to me.

The best place to put it was in front of my radio. I used spring loaded hinges so I can flip it down to access the radio.

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I saw where someone had stuck the monitor to the back window of his truck where he could see it in the rear view mirror.

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I saw where someone had stuck the monitor to the back window of his truck where he could see it in the rear view mirror.

Dick"
That's what we do. We have the Peak camera setup and put the camera in the back window of the Escape and the monitor on the back window of the truck cab...easy to just look in the rear view mirror to see it.
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