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#1 Fernweh

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Posted 17 June 2020 - 06:19 PM

Looking for some advice about tailgate camera use once you have your tailgate off to load and use your camper. My old truck didn't have camera, my new tundra does.  I see some folks relocate while other leave unplugged. What's your recommendation? Thanks


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#2 moveinon

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Posted 17 June 2020 - 07:26 PM

I just went to a junk yard and paid $10.00 for a OEM camera off a totaled truck and made an aluminum mount to attach to my Fleet.  Plug and play and very easy to do.


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Posted 17 June 2020 - 08:58 PM

Same here - bought a camera on ebay off a wrecked Highlander (same part number as my Tacoma) and mounted that to my flatbed with a DIY mount.   With the camper on the back the camera is particularly useful.   


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#4 Fernweh

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Posted 18 June 2020 - 01:25 AM

These are good ideas... Does anyone just leave it discounted? Been driving for years and just recently have had a back up camera.


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#5 trikebubble

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Posted 18 June 2020 - 06:40 PM

Camera Source makes a plug & play unit for the Tundra. Very quick and easy to install, and it comes with a long lead wire. I have mine connected to the right underside of the camper. I ran the wiring up and through the right brake light housing. If I ever take the camper off (which I rarely do) I  can unscrew the camera from the camper, disconnect it underneath (reconnect the oem tailgate camera) and stow it in the brake light housing. It works very well, gives good vision even from right of center.


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#6 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 18 June 2020 - 08:07 PM

Having a camera beats the tar out of backing the camper into a post, rock, tree. I bought a second from Ford.


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Posted 20 June 2020 - 09:35 PM

X2 ... I highly recommend calling Camera Source, excellent customer service, it helped ensure I got what I needed. I was able to reclaim the colored ... green, yellow, red ... camera backup markers, that were original to the stock camera. Below are 2 pics that show my backup camera mounted over the top center of the rear bumper via a handy standard porthole. (2018 F150) This was basically a plug & play into the harness plug that remained after the tailgate removal. Tap to enlarge.

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#8 BrianG

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 09:48 PM

I highly recommend Camera Source also. The camera is so good I leave it on even when I put the tailgate back on! Plus it’s inches away from my hitch for easy alignment during trailer hookups!


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 03:26 PM

Removed camera from tailgate, fashioned bracket, screwed into wood on bottom of camper. It’s a little low but works.
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#10 Fernweh

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 04:28 PM

Hey... These are all great ideas. I ordered a camera yesterday and have a plan to install along the lower edge of the rear bumper.  Should work great. Thanks for the advice and ideas.


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