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Old 04-23-2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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Rear Camera at Roof Height

Has anyone successfully fished in a rear camera to the roofline? Either through the rear clip or ceiling?

I don't want anything to show exterior and not sure how it's going to get done. I debated installing on the deck below the rear window, but bikes are going to be in the way most of the time.
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Old 04-23-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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I hope someone chimes in on this. I have the camera, and everything to do the install, but wasn't sure where to run the wires. I thought about running my fish tape through the marker light and down to see where it comes out. I already did my hitch camera, installed it on the bottom of my Bakflip tonneau cover pointing at the hitch and displaying on my GPS.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:14 PM   #3
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The marker light was my thought Could probably fish down as well as across to center, providing there is a big enough hole behind those lights. Doesn't sound fun.
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Pm Rollie & Laurie, he's done it, but I don't know for sure how. I am sure he would be glad to share.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:25 PM   #5
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Steve & I are looking into purchasing the wireless unit. I thought below the rear window also but didn't think about the bikes like Atom mentioned hmmmmm
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:30 PM   #6
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The wireless unit would be easier to do, you could tap into the marker light for power and not have to run any long video cables. I have heard that it is hit or miss for the wireless on our units due to height and length.
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I've heavily considered wireless, and not giving up, but I'm just not seeing where they work well in the reviews. Some offer a an extension wire to move the antenna closer to the truck, but then it is no longer as simple as powering the camera off of the marker light, rather its back to running wire from the roof.

I've got the garmin wireless for my nuvi in my "shopping cart", but it just seems like its $150 smacks down the drain if it doesn't work well. It already has several strikes such as very low resolution, no night vision, and no real mounting hardware other than the license plate. However, I have not ruled it out for a try.

I'm looking at the Safety cam with the clip on mirror monitor.
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I was in the same boat. Decided on a wired system. Have the quick releases for the RW and truck. I am either going to use my Garmin's video port for the camera or my Lockpick. My only dilemma now is where to put the camera. I have fabbed up a mount that attaches to my hitch extension, it would put the camera right above my bike rack.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:19 PM   #9
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On edit, I meant Rearviewsafety.com, not safety cam

Will the Garmin nuvi accept a camera other than their own? I don't see where I would plug it in.

What do you mean your hitch extension?
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:24 PM   #10
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My Garmin the DZ series has a small video port on the base. I bought a video cable adapter from GPS nation. The hitch camera plugs right in and when my backup lights come on, the Garmin switches to the camera view. For the hitch extension, I bought an extender to push the bike rack away from the RW. It is a simple male/female extension piece. I fabbed up a aluminum socket that accepts an aluminum square pipe (from the winegard antenna when I replaced it). It is just taped up right now trying to decide the best approach. I would love to mount it up high facing down.
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