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Rear View Camera and Monitor Replacement

by Pierce Stewart 1993' U300

There has been a lot of posts on rear view cameras, monitors. I wanted to share how and why I did my installation.

Why did I choose this particular camera? There are well over six thousand cameras listed on ebay so I just went through a few hundred until I found the largest camera that would fit in the hole left by the old one. I wanted the maximum number of LEDs for night vision and good resolution.

The camera I selected is a T3 with 18 LEDs for $23.74 delivered, no duty, no tax, etc.
Check the seller info for feedback rating, warranty info, etc. You will need a PayPal account to buy most anything on ebay. Expect 10 to 18 days delivery. They usually provide excellent shipping date info by email.

The monitor I purchased $59.26 delivered.

Installation

1. Clear off bed, put old sheet over linens, get flashlight, screwdriver, etc., open compartment, remove wooden camera access cover and unplug old camera.

2. Climb ladder and remove old camera.

3. Make cover plate out of 1/8" aluminum stock using measurements from template. Make sure camera fits through the cover plate hole (see photo).

4. Modify new camera included mounts by cutting and then bending so they look almost exactly like the photo.

5. Using a pencil, mark above, below and to the side of the old mounting holes, hold the alu template up and trace the outside so you won't go outside plate when grinding on fiberglas.

6. Hold camera with modified mounting tabs up on the outside and mark tabs so the holes to be drilled will line up with the old holes. Use pencil to trace around tabs for the area to be ground down approx. 1/16 or so.

7. Drill holes in the mounting tabs and then countersink with a larger drill so a flat head philips screw will fit fairly flush after installation.

8. After putting an old towel on the inside of the compartment to catch the fiberglas dust and putting on a long sleeve shirt and particle mask, use a air grinder, Dremel moto tool or like device to grind down area as shown in the photo. Don't fall off the ladder.

9. Install the camera with flat headed philips screws, place the cover plate in position and pencil mark the location for the four plate mounting screws in the fiberglas. Drill using a small bit and then secure plate with four self tapping screws. Use soft dumdum to go under the plate to keep water out. Would have used silicon but wanted to be able to easily take plate/camera off in the future.
10. Take a shower, wash shirt and then make the two 12V and video connections in the compartment. You may need a trip to Radio Shack for the adapter for the 12V connection. I cut and soldered the connection but easier to buy the adapter.

I sanded the mounting plate, epoxy primed it and then used epoxy appliance white to match it with the U300. Had spray cans already or probably would have just used any old white.

The location/installation for the monitor is optional. I put mine in the middle as I wanted to also mount a camera on the right side to catch the blind spot below the passenger where the mirror does not see. I wanted to be able to look at the mirror and then catch the monitor image without changing my line of sight much. I painted a steel strap, ran the center table all the way out and after pre drilling the strap (one hole for the monitor mount, two holes for strap to dash), reached up and screwed it into place making sure to leave enough sticking out to screw the monitor mount to. Connections EZ under fold up dash top especially if you use the Foretravel schematic.

Nice to have a label machine to identify wire codes. This monitor does inverted image, reverse image so camera can be turned upside down and work. Make sure to use the default video input so when the monitor comes on, the rear camera is displayed. Switch cables until image is on when the monitor starts up. Easy to switch to second camera using monitor buttons or supplied remote control.

Lots of other cameras available for optional second side mount installation.

I think this camera installation looks pretty factory and am pleased with the final outcome. I did make some mistakes so that's why I included the fiberglas dust stuff.

Camera Template drawing

 

Camera mounting tab

Camera mounting tab

Camera mounted

Camera mounted

Monitor and Plate

Monitor and Plate

Monitor mounted on dash

Monitor mounted on dash

Monitor Image

Monitor Image

Final product

Final product

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