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Tailgate camera use with tailgate off?

What are folks doing?

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#11 Jack


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 12:41 AM

Hey Fernweh, beat you too it (well, maybe. but who cares). You are right, this is a great idea so i went and ordered one. Installed it today.. I have been looking for a solution for the last year (actually, since 2005 with our Eagle and Tacoma) and this does the trick.


The Camera Source camera provides its own backup lines, and they don't curve as the steering wheel turns. Minor issue.


It is vastly better than the alternatives that require a second screen. Put the Ranger into reverse, and the image is on the Ranger screen.


Because the tailgate is down, installing the camera on the bumper was not viable - and who knew FWC already had all the makings for a rear camera mount. That's a piece of 1/16 Al plate bent with an offset to hold the camera.


FWC Camra 1.jpg FWC Camera 2.jpg

Edited by Jack, 28 June 2020 - 09:10 PM.

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#12 WjColdWater


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Posted 02 July 2020 - 10:55 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.

Very nice! That’s exactly the camera setup I need! Calling tomorrow. 

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#13 larryqp


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Posted 03 July 2020 - 06:44 PM

I like it. I have a camera which I think is from Camera Source on my F150, with a Hawk, I got it from the FWC dealer in MT, but I put mine on the license plate and since I made a "step" over the license plate area, the view looks similar to a periscope view. Very weird to say the least.


I think I'll move mine, like Jack has his, but I'll add some plastic self adhesive wire conduit. I can be clumsy at times and could see myself catching the wire and ripping it out. 


Thanks Jack, what a great location and pretty simple, which of course is the best.

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2016 F150, FX4, XLT super cab

2019 FWC Hawk Shell

2009 Ford Ranger 4x4, XLT, Supercab total loss on 7/30/19

2014 FWC Shell total loss on 7/30/19

Towed behind our home which is a 2005 Kountry Star Diesel Pusher

#14 Mthomas


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 06:20 AM

Have the camera source camera. Originally mounted at license plate, but it is too low to be really useful, and would now be hidden behind a spare on a carrier. Ran it along the door frame and mounted above the door. It gives a great birds eye view of what is behind me when backing up. Added bonus of no moving par5s in the form of flexing wires, which will fail eventually.

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