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Old 09-19-2012, 09:55 AM
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THRC MOD (Tailgate Handle Rear-view Camera install)

Tailgate Handle Rear-view Camera mod....

Wanted a discrete rear-view that looked factory, searched around to see if anybody had done this and there are one or two "similar" but not like this. Fairly straight forward and not too bad as long as you already have a head-unit that has rear camera input...and you don't lock your tailgate often. I’ve had this truck for almost 5 years and have never locked it so it was a no brainer....
It’s not 100% perfect and you can’t dock a trailer with it, but it sure is better than what I had before.


The size of the camera is almost a perfect fit to the key hole. Round file and about 20 minutes and it was snug!! SLIGHTLY bend the four metal securing tabs on the camer so they hold with the thickness of the handle. Tied power from the camera, simple 2-wire red and black, into the reverse back up lights so the camera ONLY has power when in reverse and got the trigger wire behind the passenger side kick panel. It’s the black and pink wire and yes. I saw my splice had popped loose and fixed it after I took the picture…


Parts listing was easy and got it all from Amazon.

Camera:
Amazon.com: Night Wide Vision Car RearView Reverse Color Camera: Car Electronics Amazon.com: Night Wide Vision Car RearView Reverse Color Camera: Car Electronics


25 ft. video cable - one that comes is too short if you run behind the dash through the firewall and under the truck.

Amazon.com: 1 RCA Male / 1 RCA Male, Audio or Video Cable, 25 ft: Electronics Amazon.com: 1 RCA Male / 1 RCA Male, Audio or Video Cable, 25 ft: Electronics


Has very similar backup grid/ lines as does our Edge.















Most time was spent running the video cable through wire loom and securing it in the frame channel under the truck. Getting it in there by the tank was fun but a straightened out clothes hanger taped to it did the job. Then a hole drilled in the bed and rubber grommets and we were good to go. The hole in the side of the tailgate is already there. Just had to drill it a bit bigger.


Hope this helps someone willing to try it. Again, I didn’t see anyone else showing one done like this so no offense if one has been done. It’s not a factory rear camera by any means, but I’ve become so use to it now I don’t think I could drive the ole’ girl without it…
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That's awesome thank you for this.
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Nice Job!!!

I added a camera to my tailgate handle, but I still wanted to be able to lock it so I drilled a hole for the camera. It won't aim down enough to see the trailer ball, but it helps alot and has great visibility!

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Thanks guys!!
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Add a lock actuator that is wired into your doors for the tailgate?? Seen it done in a tool box must be possible for the tailgate


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Anyone put one in the hole for the spare tire access? Been thinking about this, if it would fit, and could be easily removed for spare access.
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Add a lock actuator that is wired into your doors for the tailgate?? Seen it done in a tool box must be possible for the tailgate
they actually sell a kit for this about 60 bucks. I lock my tailgate every night they come up missing a lot around here heck I even have a Master brand tailgate hinge lock .

I can't see adding a camera if you cant see the hitch ball while backing up?

I wish someone would come up with a replacement handle housing that was like the 08 setup but would fit ours .

Mine is on top of the rear bumper and below the tailgate because IN AZ you can not block any of the State letters like a plate mounted camera would

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I can't see adding a camera if you cant see the hitch ball while backing up?
Last time I checked, back up to a trailer wasn't the only time I backed up....

And not trying to start a pissing match, but it's probably one of the few activities per week I do in regards to backing up. And I typically tend to have several people/friends/family/kids going with me if I'm trailering either toys, camper or a piece of work equipment. Parking lots, pets, kids toys left behind the truck, etc.... make it worth it to have it vs. not having it simply because I can't see the ball. It resolves 90% of the "need" for one on MY ride..... The 10% for trailering I can still live with live help.

They do however make a swivel type pin-hole camera as well as as angled housing camera that would fit in the same hole. But with 8" lift, 37" tires and I'm sure a decent drop hitch to accomidate, even with an angled housing, would you be able to see the ball on your ride?

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And time to eat crow..... Had to load my New Holland 3040 yesterday to do some dirt work for my mother-in-law and had no help. So had to hook the trailer solo. Will be redoing this MOD to be 100% to view the ball......

Will update once completed.....

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Subscribed Ive always wanted to do this just worried about not seeing the ball
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