So, I recently bought a new-to-me 2010 F150 to replace my ailing 2002 F150. When I was test driving one of the newer trucks I liked the rear view camera that popped up on the mirror when put in reverse. My truck didn't have this, but I found myself lusting after a setup like that. Well, I don't have it in the mirror, but I do have a camera that I can use to hook up the camper or boat or whatever. I researched, googled, read pages of forums, etc. I now have it all mounted up and it looks good, as close to OEM as I could make it without buying the mirror(the expensive part!). I did the entire set-up for less than $70...not including the zip-ties and tape I already had.
In a nutshell, you need a camera, somewhere to mount the camera, the power and video lines, a monitor and somewhere to put it.
In my truck there's a few options for mounting the camera. I could put it in the Ford emblem on the tailgate, in the tailgate handle or on the license plate. If you're into drilling holes in your vehicle you can put it where ever you want to...like in the bumper! I opted for the handle mount.
I ran the power for the camera to the 7-pin trailer connector using the reverse line and the ground. This way, the camera only comes on when I put the truck in reverse.
The AV line I zip-tied right along the main harness and took it up into the cab through a grommet under the kick plate on the driver's side door jamb.
From there I ran the AV line under the kick plate and into up into the panel by the E-brake....then under the dash to the right side of the steering wheel. Just under the 4X4 switch there's a little 'cubby' hole that I was going to mount a 3.5" monitor over just like this guy did:
I didn't love that....looks kind of gawdy to me. So, I pulled the trim off and removed the little cubby box and mounted the monitor under the trim with double sided mounting tape. Looks great and clean and, if you didn't know any better, factory.
I wired in the monitor power & ground to 'something' in the connectors in the kick panel by the E-brake. I have no idea what specifically though. I just used my multimeter to find the ground and then I did the same to find a 12V line when the key was on(dead when off so as not to drain the battery). I didn't have a helper to hold the brake or I would have put the power in the reverse line up there too, but I don't trust the E-brake(even though it works just fine) to be laying around, half hanging out the door with the truck running and in gear. Now that I think about it, I guess I didn't need to have it running, just in reverse. I'll probably find the reverse line tonight and change it actually.
All the lines are tucked and zip-tied in place so there's nothing hanging or even visible without looking up under the dash. Took me about two hours to do the whole thing. Now I just need some more light out back for hitching up in the dark, but that's another day!
Hope you enjoyed this little write up. I imagine you could do something similar with virtually any vehicle. Camera and monitor might be a little different, but I did find in all my searching that there is a tailgate handle with a camera hole available for almost every truck out there. I did this strictly for hooking up 'stuff' for towing. I don't need a big field of view back there, just a view of the ball and a little behind and it works great for that! One other note, these aren't pics of my truck...I grabbed them from various other forums since I didn't take pics of my install. If anyone has any questions about doing this I'd be happy to help out since I feel comfortable with it. I know some guys are reluctant to tap into vehicle wiring, but it's no big deal if you have a little knowledge and the right tools....honestly, all you need is a multimeter to verify...a test light will work too.