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Sold my 08 F250 and picked up an 08 F450 to pull our horse trailer. Thought I could get away with swapping my camera to the new rig, but it didn't have the factory installed wiring. Ended up going with 2 more 120deg cameras to add on to the hard wired system setup for the trailer. The monitor allows 1,2,3, or all four cameras on the screen and allows you to flip the picture depending on how the camera is facing.








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Cool, but those cameras are HUGE!

Why not just mount some tiny ones and hook them up to a video head unit? I have front and back on mine, and you wouldn't know they were there unless I point them out.
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Cool, but those cameras are HUGE!

Why not just mount some tiny ones and hook them up to a video head unit? I have front and back on mine, and you wouldn't know they were there unless I point them out.
I already had the Head unit for the camera setup I have in my Gooseneck Horse Trailer. Plus, I wanted Hi Def 120deg color cameras with night vision.

Do you have any pics?

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Those are pretty cool cameras. I was thinking it would be cool if you could figure out a way to hook up a camera facing backward looking at the bed, for when hooking up a gooseneck/5th wheel. I'm surprised that Ford hasn't done this yet, Ram thought it was a necessity with their setup.

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I already had the Head unit for the camera setup I have in my Gooseneck Horse Trailer. Plus, I wanted Hi Def 120deg color cameras with night vision.

Do you have any pics?
I don't think I have any pics, but they are just the regular small vehicle ones that attach to your license plate. They are about the size of a sugar cube. Color, wide angle, very clear, but no night vision. I have Headlights, reverse lights, and auxiliary rear lights, so I wouldn't need night vision, although it sounds cool. The rear one is connected to the dedicated camera input on my head unit, so it comes on any time I put the truck in reverse, or I can manually select it if I want. The front one is connected to my AUX video input, so I just tap the screen.
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Those are pretty cool cameras. I was thinking it would be cool if you could figure out a way to hook up a camera facing backward looking at the bed, for when hooking up a gooseneck/5th wheel. I'm surprised that Ford hasn't done this yet, Ram thought it was a necessity with their setup.
Great idea. It wouldn't be difficult. You just have to decide where and how you want to mount it. For a really clean look, you can make a hole and do a flush mount. You could probably even work it into the third brake light lens to avoid drilling into your truck. If it were me, I'd probably just mount it on the bed rail that runs along the back window and run the wiring down between the bed and cab and then into the cab through one of the access grommets under the truck. That would be super simple and again, not noticeable at all unless you point it out.

My rear camera is great. Almost a necessity.

I like the front camera so I can see how much room I have when parking. Every inch counts in some parking lots.
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Those are pretty cool cameras. I was thinking it would be cool if you could figure out a way to hook up a camera facing backward looking at the bed, for when hooking up a gooseneck/5th wheel. I'm surprised that Ford hasn't done this yet, Ram thought it was a necessity with their setup.
I have them on the horse trailer as well. One inside the horse stalls and the other as a back up cam for trailer itself. Having NV makes all the difference in the world and the wife can watch the horses while we're crusin down the highway. Its all hard wired with a 7 pin style connection on the front of the trailer and the rear of the bed on the truck.
On the long beds its pretty easy to look out the back window and see your connection. I had a small wireless, magnetic cam to throw in the bed on my short bed, but got I used to the placement after awhile. Always a fun solution to figure that out though.

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Cool, but those cameras are HUGE!

Why not just mount some tiny ones and hook them up to a video head unit? I have front and back on mine, and you wouldn't know they were there unless I point them out.
If you're using the bottle of Jim Beam for size reference, it's only a 5th

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