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Installed my $20 camera (bought on Amazon) yesterday...
Mounted camera on license plate bracket & ran wires up and under the gray plastic bumper cover thingy (technical term), then pried the weather strip loose, ran the wires inside and under the strip, put strip back, and ran video cable on the side - tucked under the trim. Took the door sill plastic panels off (they pull up and pop off easy) and ran wire under them. At the front driver side I ran the vid cable under the vertical inside weather stripping at the front of the door, and to my Edge CTS which is mounted on the driver side windshield. J-u-s-t had enough cable to reach!
A tip: If you have RCA connectors from the camera to the video cable and power cord, be sure to tape the heck out of them so they don't pull loose and corrode.
The backup light wire on my '03 Excursion is the pink-black one, and the ground wire is the fat black one. I patched in to the wire on the passenger rear, in the compartment where the jack is stored. If you want the camera running whenever, and not just when backing up, wore it into the running lights, and it will work whenever the lights are on.
The cheapo camera works great, by the way, and if it gets ripped off I'm not out $200 for an edge camera.