For the type of car we have, a 1995 Ford Aerostar Van, installation was fairly complicated. I had to remove the tailgate liner for the hatchback door and then carefully route the wires through the same flexible tubing all the other electrical is carried through into the tailgate. A car without the taillights separated from the backup lights would be infinitely easier.
Once the wires were in place in the hatchback door, I identified the wires that controlled the back-up lights and made the connection there. That’s the only wiring that takes place. Using the wiring harness from the back-up light I simply connected the pigtails – one connects to the transmitter and the other to the camera which I mounted to the license plate frame. It was necessary to drill a hole through the tailgate, just behind the license plate frame, to get the wires to the camera.
The rest of the installation in wireless. The transmitter is powered by the reverse light circuit so when you engage the car in reverse; it powers the transmitter, which sends the signal to the GPS unit. The unit switches from whatever navigation screen you’re currently on to a view from the camera. The camera quality is phenomenal. Even in dark and rainy conditions the picture is clear and very useful.
The added safety a back-up camera adds is worth the investment. The blind area near our bumper is now readily visible and at the best it’ll save us from striking a pedestrian and at the worst it’ll keep Connie from backing into a rockery or garbage can. It also shines in parking lots when tight spaces can be a problem, especially with children and shopping carts adding to the mix. Our van is large, a 7-passenger van with extended body and the camera gives us access to a great amount of area that until now has been hidden. I feel much more confident with Connie driving the van knowing she as the added benefit of the back-up camera.
Steve is a Lieutenant for a county Fire Department with 30+ years in the fire service. He also owns and operates a small business as a finish carpenter and he's a wildland fire fighter. He's a reluctant home DIY pro as his home is from the 70s - not the best era for building. He's a meat-loving, hunting and fishing outdoor enthusiast married to a a peace-loving vegetarian. Somehow they've made it work for 30 years. Read all of Steve's posts