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Accele RVC1150T

Flush-mount multi-view rear view camera with distance guide lines

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Item #: 074RVC115T

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Accele's RVC1150T rear-view camera can help you back in or out of parking spaces, day or night. This tiny, metal-cased camera mounts "OEM-style" — once you drill a mounting hole and snap it into position, it'll look like it came with your car from the factory. The sensitive 0.2 lux camera picks up clear images, even in low-light conditions. Accele includes the hole saw drill bit, along with a 16-foot RCA video cable that connects to your video screen up front.

A camera that looks like it came with your car

Accele's RVC1150T rear-view camera can help you back in or out of parking spaces, day or night. This tiny, metal-cased camera mounts "OEM-style" — once you drill a mounting hole and snap it into position, it'll look like it came with your car from the factory. The sensitive 0.2 lux camera picks up clear images, even in low-light conditions. Accele includes the hole saw drill bit, along with a 16-foot RCA video cable that connects to your video screen up front.

Plenty of viewing options

You can mount the RVC1150T in a license plate recess and get a wide-angle view of what's behind your vehicle. You can configure the RVC1150T to show guide lines in the rear-view display, so you can better judge distances while backing into a parking space. Or, you can mount this versatile camera high on a roof line or tailgate handle pointing straight down, to see what's directly behind your vehicle's rear bumper and wheels, so you won't run over anything. You pick the viewing mode for your application by re-configuring a wire in the camera harness.

Note: A rear-view camera provides an additional view when reversing your vehicle. It is intended to be used in conjuction with your rear- and side-view mirrors to give a fuller picture of what's behind you. It is not intended as a replacement for your mirrors.

Perfect for mounting on a truck next to the tailgate handle.

Anonymous, Concord, NC

What's in the Box:

  • Rearview camera (w/ integrated flush-mount bracket and attached 6' cable)
  • 22' Power/video cable
  • 23.5mm Hole saw
  • Programming Instructions

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

Product Highlights:

  • rear-view flush-mount camera
  • water-resistant, black cast-metal case
  • can be configured as rearward or downward facing
  • distance guide lines can be displayed in rearward facing mode
  • 23.5 mm hole saw drill bit included
  • 0.2 lux CCD-based camera sees clearly, even in low-light conditions
  • 165-degree wide viewing angle
  • 22' power/video cable included
  • dimensions: 1-3/8" x 1-3/8" x 1-3/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Accele RVC1150T Reviews

Average Customer Review:

35 Reviews

Awsome camera

Written by: Nathan from Georgetown Ky on May 25, 2016

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The picture is clear and very wide. It works well so far in low light with just the reverse lights of the truck. I really like the fact that you can add the parking distance lines and flip the image. It makes it compatible to almost any head unit and really easy to install. The only problem I had was the wiring instrctions were not very clear on which wires went where. They just said which ones to cut to flip the image or put in the parking lines.

Pros: Easy to install and operate, clear picture.

Cons: The instructions were very vague on which wires went where.

Back up Camera

Written by: Anonymous from Concord, NC on April 6, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect for mounting on a truck next to the tailgate handle.

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Rear view camera upgrade for a Porsche 911

Written by: Claudio from ponce, PR on March 28, 2016

2009 Porsche 911
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install, excellent image, both during the day and night. Fits perfectly between the two license plate lights.

Pros: Easy to instal, good quality of image at night, The included drill makes installation easy.

Cons: none

Doesn't fit or work great for price

Written by: Rob H. from Lake of the Ozarks, MO on February 14, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product just isn't "right" for our 2001 Ford Excursion. First, it has an angled camera that unless you have an overhang on the rear of your car there isn't anywhere to mount it correctly. For us, it would have been on the underside (or topside) of the Class IV towing hitch and I am not about to drill a hole in that. I tried mounting it into one of the license plate light holes in the bumper, but it didn't point the correct way. The other issue we had with this unit is that the image is backwards (reversed). You also may have to cut wire loops to 'program' the unit, but we didn't make any cuts since it was clear this wasn't going to work. I am planning to send this back to Crutchfield and get a standard license plate mount camera.

Pros: None

Cons: Expensive and doesn't really fit. Angled camera limits places that you could place the camera. Reverse (backwards) image.

No Support

Written by: Anonymous from cape coral, FL on February 9, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had purchased this camera from Crutchfield in November installed camera first of December. Worked great for One Month called Crutchfield they will not refund the item. Referred me to the manufacture which only offered an exchange, no refund. I have already replaced this camera with the Pioneer ND-BC8, much better resolution and clarity. Save your money the Pioneer camera is available for less money and better quality. Will not make another purchase from Crutchfield. Negative five star rating for experience. Thank you

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Yukon XL success

Written by: Mike P from Massachusetts on November 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in rear lift gate of Yukon XL to left of rear wiper and lift glass button. Even though it's off center slightly, it was easy to pivot to get a full level view. It doesn't quite show the horizon to the rear so it doesn't make a great rear-view mirror alternative, but it's great for backing up as you can see a bit of the bumper to gage distances and can see at least a car length and a half behind you. Very clear view and works decently well in low light conditions as backup lamps provide enough light. I'm not using the built-in lines as my head unit has configurable lines (Pioneer NEX) so I can't speak to their quality.

Pros: Easy install with included hole saw and ample length, strong metal enclosure, nice sheet metal snap retention. Plenty of signal cable.

Cons: power cable clearly designed to hook into backup lamp wiring rather than having the same length as signal cable to get to head unit (in an admittedly long Yukon XL). Fixed angle requires careful location planning. No weather gasket included with camera so I made myself one out of rubber, perhaps not considered required.

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: Doug N. from Juno Beach, Fl. on November 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation was extremely easy, thank you to the support from CrutchField.

Pros: Went in very easy. Picture is great.

Cons: It does point a little too much to the ground , instead of to the rear. But works very well.

Wide view

Written by: Ralph from California on October 26, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Make sure you test unit before making installation final. If your monitor does not have ability to flip image make sure the image is right side up before making attachment secure. I was surprised and happy with the wide angle view. I have this in a '63 Ford van with no side windows. I can use this camera to view not only my rear view but a large portion of the side view on both sides. Excellent peripheral views. I can see the front of a vehicle coming up on my side before the rear of the vehicle leaves the camera's view.

Pros: Good image . Very wide view. Adequate at night.

Cons: Does not come with much installation guidance. Did not suggest to mount with a gasket (should come with this) which I had to make on my own. Did not suggest to make water tight by coating rear of camera with silicone gel or something else.

Backup Camera

Written by: Old Dog New Tricks from Chesapeake, Virginia on August 18, 2015

Great unit

Pros: Looks like OEM. Clear, bright picture - plug-'n-play setup.

Cons: Fishing wire from rear to front in a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe hatch door. The "hot" wire was too short to reach past the storage area so I had to add wire to make it reach the ignition wire under the dash. Not a big thing but still...

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: SteveC from Missouri on August 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to mount. Great view angle. Plenty of cable length for my 2005 Expedition

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Wrong!

Written by: Anonymous from San Francisco on May 25, 2015

I asked the salesman twice if the camera was adjustable and he said yes. I received the camera and it does not. This is a fixed lens look down camera designed for the top of a camper or box truck.

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Crutchfield response on June 2, 2015 Once we received this helpful feedback from our customer, we set up a return and updated our database to reflect the fact this camera is not adjustable once it's mounted.

extremely dim at night

Written by: mrmilo from hobbs nm on May 5, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this item seeking a "factory look" which it does accomplish. Yet it might as well be useless after sunset picture becomes extremely distorted and grainy as soon as the reverse lights illuminate. Thought it was due to proximity of lights so I moved the camera and still have the same issues. Also instructions might as well be nonexistent.

Pros: Factory look

Cons: Poor night time use, failure of manual for install or use

Do not waste your time or money

Written by: Anonymous from Bennington, VT on April 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Camera was junk. No matter what the installers did the picture displayed upside down. Would now recommend.

Pros: Flush mount.

Cons: Didn't work. Image was screwed up.

Crutchfield response on April 15, 2015 Sorry to hear the camera didn't work out for you. As a Crutchfield customer, you have free access to our Tech Support team. They would be glad to help you or your installer figure out the problem and get it fixed. And of course, if you're still not satisfied, you can return the camera within 60 days.

Works Great, mostly

Written by: Soferio from Ohio on March 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The camera is great quality. However, if you want to flip the image or add in the parking lines you have to cut a tiny wire. Once you cut that wire there is no going back easily. There really isn't enough play to put the wires back together so for my 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 I have parking lines that are completely weird and I can't get them to go away because I don't have enough room to strip and put the wire back together.

Pros: Clear, good nightvision, pretty good wide view. Great even in bad weather.

Cons: The wires to cut to flip the image or add parking lines don't give you any working room if you want to re-attach them.

amazing camera

Written by: Al from California on March 2, 2015

Looks like it was built in from factory

Pros: looks great works very well during the day and at night

Cons: none

Sleek install, decent picture

Written by: Taylor from Alabama on January 20, 2015

Install looks like a factory install. Picture is decent but not great especially at night. Also wish it was zoomed out a little more. Images over waist high get cut off. Instructions are basically non-existent. I found a You Tube video that was helpful in routing wires and figuring out where to get power from. Installed on an 07 4-Runner with Kenwood receiver.

Pros: Factory looking install

Cons: Very little instructions. Grainy picture at night. Not zoomed out as much as I would like.

Great rear view camera

Written by: Gerald from Georgia on January 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this camera in the tailgate of my 2005 Suburban, just below the tailgate release handle. It was the perfect spot, not all that noticeable, and it gives a clear view of everything behind the truck. Plenty of cable to run up the tailgate, across the roof on the passenger side, and across the dashboard to the radio with a couple feet to spare. I have it connected to a Kenwood Excelon DDX8901HD. The two work perfectly together, awesome picture quality. I really like the color coded grid.

Pros: Stealthy install, easy install, great video quality, value for the price.

Cons: None

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: Jimmy from Annandale, NJ on December 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great. Easy to install.

Pros: Clear view, and compact.

Cons: No adjustable angle

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: Bobby H from Soddy Daisy TN on November 3, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Killer cameras , clear and vibrant.

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RCV 1150T

Written by: Ron from Canton MI on September 22, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install. Field of view is a little narrow.

Pros: Ease of installation.

Cons: Narrow field of view

Not for me

Written by: John B. from Indiana on September 17, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Install was nice. Easy hookup. Turned it on and video was awesome, but it was backwards. This I found to be very awkward to use. I hooked it up to a Kenwood receiver, and there is no fix that I could find to flip the image. I hated to send it back but it wasn't right for my install.

Pros: Easy install, excellent image, low profile very clean look.

Cons: No way to flip the image left to right

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: DL from Salt Lake City, UT on September 5, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great camera. Easy to install, looks like a factory camera and the picture quality is great.

Pros: Looks OEM Great Picture Quality Metal Housing

Cons: The instructions to adjust the views were lacking. Have to cut wires in order to get the camera picture flipped and add the back-up distance lines.

Nice factory looking camera

Written by: Timmy S from Waynesboro, VA on August 18, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great camera for the price installed this on my 2010 Nissan Titan and paired it with the Kenwood DNX891HD head unit could not be happier. The reason for the 4-stars is because the instructions are terrible and the picture is not very good when it's dark outside. For those that are wondering how to cut the loops in your wiring here is your answer cut the green wire to add parking lines and cut the white wire to make the image you see on your screen do a 180. All in All very nice camera for the price

Pros: Nice strong metal construction. Flush mount look for a more factory style camera. works great in the daylight.

Cons: Terrible instructions. Grainy dark image at night.

2012 Colorado Upgrade

Written by: Anonymous from Chaska, MN on August 17, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great camera with OEM look. Works great.

Pros: Fits in keyhole, everything needed is included.

Cons: Weak instructions, poor night vision.

This camera is awesome.

Written by: Taurean P from PA on August 17, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Best reverse camera I ever bought. Its clear and easy to install

Pros: easy and fast installation, clear at night when i really need it.

Cons: haven't had any problems yet so no cons for me.

Great add on

Written by: Driller from Westmont, IL on July 28, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is an excellent camera for my 2006 Toyota Highlander. The included hole saw made the creation of the opening for the unit easy. The unit looks like it is original equipment. It is hooked up to a Jensen VX 7020. Image is sharp in daylight and reasonable at night. Parking lines very helpful. Does what I want.

Pros: Fit and finish.

Cons: Instructions poor. Thanks to other reviewers for posting which loop to cut to get the parking lines.

Works great, looks Factory!

Written by: Gadget Man from Baton Rouge, LA on July 23, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in the tailgate latch of a 2007 F-150 Crew Cab. The installation looks factory and the camera works great. I knocked off 1 star for the only two complaints I have. 1) the instructions may as well be nonexistent, they are Horrible. 2) the picture is very grainy under low light conditions (aka dusk/night time). If you are wondering about camera placement, check out the question I just answered for someone in the Customer Q&A section. All in all, I'm very satisfied with looks, quality, and functionality. I even installed a switch in my dash for turning the camera on at any time (downside is it also turns on my reverse lights). This works good if you want to check on a trailer you are towing or that a** hole tailgating you :-)

Pros: Looks Factory Wide viewing angle Metal Casing

Cons: Horrible Instructions Grainy Night Time Picture

Great rear view camera

Written by: james from Annapolis, MD on July 6, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great image with good looking backup lines.

Pros: Looks as if it were factory installed and comes with the required hardware and drill bit.

Cons: If you place it too low on the vehicle you don't have a good view up at vehicles behind you higher than about the mount height.

Worth every penny

Written by: richajam from LV NV on May 31, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Best investment for my 2011 Ford FX4 SCEW

Pros: easy to install. feels much safer backing out of parking areas.

Cons: noje

Good camera

Written by: Garrett P. from Long Island NY on April 15, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great picture and very simple install

Pros: Picture quality

Cons: Price

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: Frank M from Los Angeles ca on April 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install good product

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BACKUP CAMERA...

Written by: Creekman from Texas on April 3, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice unit, 160 degree view, small, the fit and finish is excellent, looks factory. And even comes with its own drill for installation. If I had a comment, the backup camera comes with a 6' cable, plus a 22' cable. I cut down the 6' cable to 1' so when I pulled the bumper valance there was enough to disconnect the cable, but not 6' of loose cable floating around behind the bumper/valance , then ran the 22' cable to the instrument panel which can be cut to length.

Pros: Factory small, good view...

Cons: The 6' attached cable covers the bases for most application, but I like tidy and shorten the cable...

grate product

Written by: favoritmouse from hastings,MN on March 6, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

grate product easy to install worked grate took me about 1/2 HR to install it came with the drill bit and every thing cool ha

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OEM Look

Written by: Jimh70458 from slidell! LA on January 6, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was looking for a rear view camera for my Nissan Frontier that didn't look like an afterthought. Drilling into a vehicle to mount something can make you a little nervous. However, with a little forethought and planning things usually work out well. Overall I am extremely happy with the camera and the view it provides. I would buy this product again.

Pros: Nice OEM look. Great daylight camera.Grid lines for backing up. Simple instructions. Supplied cables were plenty long for mounting on the tailgate and reaching the back of the aftermarket radio and GPS.

Cons: A little grainy in very dark conditions, but does an adequate job. At a higher price point than some other products, but there aren't many options for low lux cameras that look factory.

Accele RVC1150T

Written by: fragout! from APO on November 21, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this camera on a Ford Focus ST. The picture quality is pretty good and has plenty of cable length. I actually had about 1 1/2 foot extra cable that I had to stash. The camera battery is made out of metal and seems durable. However, there are a couple of issues that needs to be addressed. First is the instructions. The instructions are not clear at all. I had to experiment with the camera to figure it out. If you hold the camera by the cable were the camera is hanging, lens is pointed down and no wires (loops)cut, the picture is right side up (normal picture). If you hold the camera the same way and cut the blue wire, the picture is the same except it adds parking lines to aid in parking. This is ultimately what I wanted and the instructions were not clear on this. I don't know what will happen if you cut the white wire. The second issue is that the camera plugs into the cable harness by a small white plastic plug attached to the ends of the camera cable and harness cable. I accidently pulled this plug off by routing it through the car. Use caution when doing this or you will end up having to cut and splice the wires together. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the camera. I hope this helps somewhat because the instructions are not clear. Best of luck!

Pros: Great picture, plenty of cable length, easy to install

Cons: Instructions need updating; plastic connector plug pulls off easily

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What's in the box?

Download the Accele RVC1150T manual

  • Rearview camera (w/ integrated flush-mount bracket and attached 6' cable)
  • 22' Power/video cable
  • 23.5mm Hole saw
  • Programming Instructions

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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Features

Multi-Purpose Camera: The Accele RVC1150T can be configured as a rear-view or downward-view camera. It provides you with a clear wide-angle view of the rear or tow-hitch of your vehicle. This multi-purpose camera features a IP67 waterproof housing.

Note: Image is always reversed.

Composite Video Connector: The Accele RVC1150T multi-purpose camera features a standard composite video output (RCA plug) which makes it compatible with virtually any mobile video monitor featuring a rear view camera input.

Wide Viewing Angle/Low Lux: The RVC1150T's multi-purpose camera offers a 165° vertical and horizontal viewing angle providing an excellent field of vision behind you in your vehicle. The multi-purpose camera provides minimum illumination of 0.2 lux.

Mounting Options: The RVC1150T's integrated mounting bracket allows you to flush-mount this multi-purpose camera to your vehicle. Once the camera is mounted, it is not adjustable. The camera should be mounted to the underside of your vehicle's rear bumper or other horizontal surface for a rear view. The camera will need to be mounted with the lens facing downward on the rear of your vehicle to keep an eye your tow-hitch. A 23.5mm hole saw is included to drill out a hole for the integrated mounting bracket.

Connections: The multi-purpose camera features an attached 6' power/video cable terminated by a proprietary connector. This cable plugs into the included 22' power/video cable which features a composite video connector and power/ground wires on the other end. The composite video connector plugs into your in-dash head unit's composite video-camera input. The power/ground wires need be connected to your vehicle's 12-volt electrical system.

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Why did you buy this?

There are a lot of kids running around our neighborhood these days and I am paranoid I could back into one of them pulling out of the driveway. This camera will give me peace of mind when pulling into and out of our driveway. [ Nathan  May 12, 2016 ]
Nice low profile look and crisp picture [ Dan  Apr 27, 2016 ]
Size & mounting [ Kenneth  Feb 10, 2016 ]

8 questions already asked

I used this camera to hang from under the bumper of an FJ Cruiser. It was a flush mount install with a surface perpendicular to the ground. The effect is that it's not quite high enough, but I can still see what's going on behind the vehicle. There are no grid lines in the display, but that might be a function of the display. This camera only allows for a flush mount, so the 45-degree angle will point the camera too high I believe. Good luck. [ Philip  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I don't have records to know if we have helped someone install it into a VW Tiguan. However, I do know our technicians have many great ideas to help our customers install backup cameras. [ Paul  Nov 10, 2015 ]  Staff
I bought this I tem for my sprinter van. It has STOPPED working! Just over the year warranty! [ Kent  Nov 10, 2015 ]
The camera will always display the line if it is set to do so what needs to be done is line up the lines with the dimention of of your car and the distance of objects behind your car [ DAMON  Oct 05, 2015 ]
When installing the camera most likely the first time you power it on the image will be upside down and no grid lines will be visible. What I had to do was contact Crutchfield support after I installed the camera you need to cut two wires one to flip the image right side up and other to add the grid lines. I cannot remember the two wires but this is a common question and Crutchfield support had me up and running a few minutes by telling me what wires to cut. [ Dorothy  Oct 05, 2015 ]
I mounted the camera in the rear bumper of my 05 mustangs looking down. I can see from just behind the rear bumper up to above the horizon with the car level. You can see higher with the rear view mirror and the camera takes care of what is not in the mirror plus more area. As you plan to mount it higher than mine is should let you see what is behind that you don't want to back over. If you can see above the bumper of the car behind you that most of what you want. Remember you rear view mirror will still be available. I hope this helps. I believe that if you turn the camera you will have to turn your monitor to keep your image right side up. [ Roderick  Apr 07, 2015 ]
I honestly don't know since I haven't installeed the camera yet. I ran out of good weather last fall....:( [ Philip  Apr 07, 2015 ]
Don't know [ RYAN  Apr 07, 2015 ]
Thanks Ryan, but I cannot get to the camera since it is installed already. But I had access to the black cord that runs up to the radio. I spliced it open and it has a red, green, yellow, white, and black wire in it. Would you happen to know which one to cut? Thanks!!! [ CMM1976  Nov 09, 2014 ]
Cut both of the loop wires and tape up [ RYAN  Oct 24, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Aug 09, 2014 ]  Staff
Good question Chris. I have a 2007 F-150 Crew Cab and I did mount it in the Tailgate latch. It does NOT show the bumper or trailer hitch; however I came up with a simple solution. If mounted in the lower left hand corner of the tailgate latch (the only spot you can mount on the latch), it will show the ground approximately 8 inches behind your bumper. I find it looked best as well as looking professional and factory made at that location. I came up with two solutions to the problem. 1) Shim it like you discussed; however I just didn't like the way it looked having been shimmed out so far. OR 2) Take a few zip ties/wire/string/etc. and make a loop, then hook one end on the post that the latch catches on, and the other to the tailgate catch. This allows the tailgate to open a few inches and look right at the bumper and hitch. I don't tow trailers every day, so this was the best option for me. If you do tow trailers on a daily basis and don't want to get out of the truck to open the tailgate a few inches, then shimming would be the way to go. Also, the way mine worked out, the edges of the camera viewing area are in line with the sides of my truck. I just know that when I am backing up, the bottom of the camera screen is approx. 8 inches away from my bumper. It works great for me on my 7 inch pioneer screen. I hope this helps, let me know if I can help you any more. [ Aaron  Jul 23, 2014 ]
I returned this item. Sorry I could not help. [ MICHAEL  Jul 18, 2014 ]
I have an F-150 and a Suburban. I mounted the camera in my suburban at about the same level as the Ford logo on my truck (they park side by side) Tailgate contour is similar between the two at that point. I can see the bumper and hitch when backing. I also clipped the wires to turn on the grid which makes lining up the hitch a breeze. Its a round about answer but I don't think you will need shims I didn't use any on the Suburban. [ Dorothy  Jul 18, 2014 ]
I have a 2008 dodge ram and i put it right below the tail gate handle cas on mine there s no way to out it right at the handle like on the newer trucks that already come with the camera from factory, With this camara u can change the angles so u should see the bumper and the hitch, i like it [ agustin  Jul 18, 2014 ]
You will need to buy additional wire for the trigger and to connect into your reverse light... I found speaker wire was easier since the wire is already connected and u have to run two wires... One that connects to the reverse light then it runs up to ur headunit trigger... Then a wire running from the ACC of the headunit back to the camera for power... The RCA plug is attached to the camera and u run those up to ur headunit with ur trigger and power cable [ BRIAN E  May 23, 2014 ]
I haven't installed my camera yet, but there is a power, ground, and signal lead. You would need to only have power to the camera while you were backing up, Simply find the reverse lamp wire and use that for power to the camera so it's not always on. HOwever, I'm going by memory so I'm not 100% sure. [ Philip  May 22, 2014 ]
Yes. I have installed this on my wife's 2011 Toyota Venza and this is the best camera out there. I would strongly recommend it. Thanks - Sean [ Venture  May 21, 2014 ]
The camera plugged into the back of my unit with the provided cable. Automatically displays when the vehicle s placed in reverse (powered off of back up lights circuit). [ JAMES  May 20, 2014 ]
When I installed mine I powered the camera off of the wire to the backup light that way the camera is only "live" when the vehicle is in reverse. The radio wiring harness will be wired into the vehicle in such a way as to tell the radio that the vehicle is in reverse and it will open the view up to the camera. One other helpful hint with this camera is that if your image is upside down you may need to clip one of the camera feed wires, also if you want a grid on the display you will have to cut a second wire. Crutchfield support can tell you which ones or a web search will tell you. [ Dorothy  May 20, 2014 ]
No. The camera has 3 cables. Positive power, negative power, and video feed. In my situation, the head unit controls the camera operation. My radio had a wire to attach to the backup lights. When the car is put into reverse, the radio switches to the camera aux video feed. I spliced the camera power into my radio power cable so that the camera power is only on when the radio is on. In short, the radio controls what is seen on it, power is controlled by the power source that you choose to splice into. [ Phillip  May 20, 2014 ]
There is a positive and negative for the camera, You can use the 12v power of the the reverse light to signal the camera to come on, I did this. There's 2 other little wires on the camera (blue and white) and the camera comes with instructions on which one to cut if you want to invert the camera and to add the back up lines. Hope this helps [ kristopher  May 20, 2014 ]
Yes the camera will only come on when the reverse is triggered, after that it turns off [ RICARDO  May 20, 2014 ]
Should be a red wire on camera cable both ends. You can hook the wire on the camera end to your reverse signal then just plug the connector into your radio. Depending on your radio you might need a seperate harness to wire in so radio can see reverse signal. [ RYAN  May 20, 2014 ]
There is a short cable that hooks to your backup light and ground and a long cable that hooks to the video input. With my monitor this works very well and the rear view displays as soon as I put it in reverse and goes away when I shift out. The camera words very well. You can have it display with backup guides line or with out. The instructions for changing guide line preference is a little confusing but I worked it out. I am pleased with my unit which has given me no problems so far. [ Roderick  May 20, 2014 ]
It connects to the revers light to get power. [ KEVIN  May 19, 2014 ]
The camera has an integral power and video cable for 3 feet. then it is broken into two cables. One is for power and one for video. I would see no reason that you could not splice the power cable to the rear back up lights power lead. The monitor (in the dash) is triggered by the reverse switch in the cars wiring bundle. I am not sure if this is the same high current line that actually lights the reverse lamps. These might be two different systems. one to tell the monitor that the car is in reverse (low current trigger signal) and one to power the camera (high current 12Vdc source). [ ROBERT  May 19, 2014 ]
Yes. [ JAMES  May 19, 2014 ]
Yes [ KYLE  May 19, 2014 ]
Yes [ KYLE  May 19, 2014 ]
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