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Old 03-08-2013, 10:18 AM
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Back up camera install

Hey gents, I was referred to this chapter by 7.34 ever after he was gracious enough to shoot me a text when my truck decided to play dead. He has been awesome in helping me though everything so a big thank you to him.

Now on to the problem at hand, I have a Pioneer AVH-P4200DVD head unit and installed a back up camera yesterday. The camera is getting power however the head unit does not display the video when I put my truck in reverse. After tearing apart the dash I discovered that the head units back up camera wire from the main harness has not been hooked up to the corresponding wire which lets the head unit know the truck is in reverse to active the backup cam. I'm assuming this is why the head unit will not display the video.
My question is what wire can I splice into up by the head unit that will let the head unit know the truck is in reverse?

My guess was a black/pink just like the reverse lamps back in the rear of the truck that I wire the power for the camera into. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:51 PM
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I have the exact same Pioneer unit also with a backup camera. I think an easier solution is what I did--I just spliced into the backup wire to my left rear backup light. It only gets juice when you put the trans into reverse (obviously). I've had my camera installed for about six months and it's worked flawlessly. Even doing a meticulous do-it-right-the-time job takes about 20 minutes or less and you're set to go--or to backup, as the case may be. Great looking truck, BTW!
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So you ran a wire from the voilet/white wire on the head unit all the way to the tail light to splice into it?
Thanks for the help
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:34 AM
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I don't recall, so a little later today I will crawl under my truck and take a look. Also, I had my stereo professionally installed (I installed the backup cam myself) and the technician did not use the correct port on the back of the Pioneer unit the first time around. So, once I get back to you on the correct wiring, I suggest that you do not button up your dash until you have the camera working correctly. You probably are way ahead of me on that one--just thought I'd mention it. :-)
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I'm about 98% sure the camera is wired correctly as it does get power and kick on when the truck is on reverse. It's grounded obviously and has the power wire ran the the black/pink wire from the tail lights. Are you suggesting that I run a wire from this same power source (black/pink wire I spliced into for the camera) to run to the head unit to let it know it's in reverse.
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