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Cab mounted backup camera?

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Is this possible or has anyone done it? I'd also like to be able to turn the bu camera on when driving down the road.
 


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Almost anything is possible. I'm not sure you'll get the view you need from there. Those things usually have such a wide field of view. It will look like you're zoomed way out. Might not be very helpful for lining up in a parking spot or hooking up to a trailer.

They are usually activated by a signal from the reverse light circuit. You can supply a 12volt signal from a switch and turn it in any time you want. If you do that in parallel. With the backup switch, you'll need a diode to preventvturning on the reverse lights when you don't need them.
 

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I bought a fleabay backup camera kit for the escape, the monitor is just a bigger mirror that shows the camera veiw when camera is on. I do wish I had put a switch on it vs tapping into the reverse light bulb for the power. Sometimes when hooking up a trailer its nice to see the veiw when still in D or N, not just R. The camera is on a bracket mounted to the top license plate screws. I think I paid under $50 for the kit, took a few hours to put in. Was funny the first time I was hooking a trailer up & had the hatch open, forgetting the camera was on the hatch, got a good veiw of the sky!
The mirror in this kit has spring loaded clips & just fastens over the stock mirror. A bigger monitor would be nice, theres kits for otr trucks that have a bigger monitor, probably too big for a ranger though. It uses rf signal from camera to the monitor, it would be neat to have a 4x6 monitor & multiple camera for trail use, see just where each tire is , ect. Maybe something like that is already out there.
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I don't need one, my truck has mirrors.
 

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Almost anything is possible. I'm not sure you'll get the view you need from there. Those things usually have such a wide field of view. It will look like you're zoomed way out. Might not be very helpful for lining up in a parking spot or hooking up to a trailer.

They are usually activated by a signal from the reverse light circuit. You can supply a 12volt signal from a switch and turn it in any time you want. If you do that in parallel. With the backup switch, you'll need a diode to preventvturning on the reverse lights when you don't need them.
I’d use a single pole double throw switch. Wire the common to the unit, one of the outputs to the reverse light circuit, and the other to key on 12 volt. That would eliminate the need for a diode, give you an always on option, an always off option, and a reverse option.
I bought a fleabay backup camera kit for the escape, the monitor is just a bigger mirror that shows the camera veiw when camera is on. I do wish I had put a switch on it vs tapping into the reverse light bulb for the power. Sometimes when hooking up a trailer its nice to see the veiw when still in D or N, not just R. The camera is on a bracket mounted to the top license plate screws. I think I paid under $50 for the kit, took a few hours to put in. Was funny the first time I was hooking a trailer up & had the hatch open, forgetting the camera was on the hatch, got a good veiw of the sky!
The mirror in this kit has spring loaded clips & just fastens over the stock mirror. A bigger monitor would be nice, theres kits for otr trucks that have a bigger monitor, probably too big for a ranger though. It uses rf signal from camera to the monitor, it would be neat to have a 4x6 monitor & multiple camera for trail use, see just where each tire is , ect. Maybe something like that is already out there.
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Our MRAP has a monitor with 3 camera inputs (reverse, left side, and right side). The side ones are controlled by the blinkers. When you put the right blinker on, the monitor switches to the right camera… etc. The rear is obviously controlled by the reverse light circuit.

The thing freaks out when you put the hazards on. It just hyper flashes between the left and right cameras.
 

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Yes, you can mount a camera anywhere you want

If you have a dedicated display for the camera just turn the display on or off, lol

And if using a radio units display the yes, as said, you could use a switch and diode to trigger 12v IN to the unit to activate the rear camera display but that can turn off the radio(MUTE) when that happens so check the specs on your radio

Reverse switch 12v------------>|------/--------Radio
Dash switch 12v----------------------/

>| is the diode, which is a one-way valve for electricity
> indicates direction 12v will travel
| indicates blocks incoming 12v from that direction
 
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