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Posted: 06/14/20 04:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a tadibrothers wireless camera setup . the monitor sits on the dash I have one camera above the rear door of the camper and the second inside the horse trailer so that we can watch the horse while in transit. I should have gotten a 3 camera system and put the third on the back of the trailer for backing and for lane changes in traffic.


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Durb wrote:

I installed this one from Amazon during the off season for my 31 ft. trailer. It works great sitting underneath the carport. Looking forward to the first tow next week. It is wireless and was an easy install. The field of view looks sufficient to cover some blind spots. Maybe I'll check back in a week.

AMTIFO FHD 1080P Digital Wireless Backup Camera,Hitch Camera with 7'' DVR Monitor Support Split/Quard Screen for Pickups,Trucks,Trailers,RV,5th Wheels High-Speed Observation System


I promised a follow up, here it is. I built an adapter so the monitor mounts to my rear view mirror. The resolution of the monitor is very good however the brightness could be better especially when wearing sunglasses. I had a full signal all the time and there was no pixelation or frame freezing with the unit (up to 70 mph). Everything seemed reduced in size, a magnification feature would have been helpful. I could tell a vehicle was behind me and they would be in the camera view well into the point where my mirrors picked it up. I towed in the rain; the camera lens did not clear well and was pretty much useless. Once the rain stopped, the lens quickly cleared. Our site was a pull through so I did not use the camera for backing.

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Which system can I use to replace the tailgate camera on my 2019 F250? I have to take the tailgate off for my TC so I want to plug the replacement camera into the existing wire harness on the truck.

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Which system can I use to replace the tailgate camera on my 2019 F250? I have to take the tailgate off for my TC so I want to plug the replacement camera into the existing wire harness on the truck.


Why would you want to replace camera?
Use it on camper. Here is how I did it





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Why would you want to replace camera?
Use it on camper.


Kind of obvious answer, but most of us don’t want to bother changing out the camera every time we put our tailgates on. For us, simply unplugging and pluging the camper in is a better solution.


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Coastalflyer wrote:

Which system can I use to replace the tailgate camera on my 2019 F250? I have to take the tailgate off for my TC so I want to plug the replacement camera into the existing wire harness on the truck.


Look at Camera Source. I’m sure they probably have a camera that will plug into the existing harness.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Coastalflyer wrote:

Which system can I use to replace the tailgate camera on my 2019 F250? I have to take the tailgate off for my TC so I want to plug the replacement camera into the existing wire harness on the truck.


Why would you want to replace camera?
Use it on camper. Here is how I did it

Interesting idea Kayteg1. Wasn't aware I can take the camera out of the tailgate. My preference would be to mount it on my license plate since it's visible with or without the Palomino on it and I wouldn't need any extra cable length. Will investigate.

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My F250 came with a pair of connectors you're supposed to use when you disconnect the tailgate camera. Looks to me like those plugs will accommodate wires from a third-party camera. So rather than try to fish the original camera out of the tailgate, my inclination is to keep the camera in the tailgate but disconnect the connectors under the truck, taking note of which wires are used. Then buy a license-plate camera and run the wires to the blank connectors supplied by Ford. Will make the tailgate removal/reattachment processes much easier and in theory, make use of the existing display in the cab.

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Coastalflyer wrote:

My F250 came with a pair of connectors you're supposed to use when you disconnect the tailgate camera. Looks to me like those plugs will accommodate wires from a third-party camera. So rather than try to fish the original camera out of the tailgate, my inclination is to keep the camera in the tailgate but disconnect the connectors under the truck, taking note of which wires are used. Then buy a license-plate camera and run the wires to the blank connectors supplied by Ford. Will make the tailgate removal/reattachment processes much easier and in theory, make use of the existing display in the cab.


That’s what the Camera Source products do. Sure, you can roll your own. My suggestion is to make sure you buy the camera with a long enough wire if you will mount it high. Btw, I’m not sponsored and don’t work for them. [emoticon] I just use their product and have been happy with it.

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Beware about different cameras angles.
Cameras design for plate mount have very wide angle.
Ford factory cameras have mid-angle as they are design to be mounted 4-5 ft above the ground.
My Sprinter van has camera mounted 9 ft up on the roof, who will not show much behind, but gives clear view behind the bumper without distortions wide angle cameras give.
You put wide angle camera on top of TC and you won't be able to recognize the picture.

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