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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System

Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System

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This backup camera takes the guesswork out of hooking up your trailer and driving in reverse. Visual cues on the color monitor and audible alerts ensure that you can back up safely and hook up without a hassle. Simply plugs in for installation. Call 800-298-1624 to order Hopkins backup camera part number HM50002 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Hopkins products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Backup Camera reviews from real customers.
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Hopkins Backup Camera - HM50002

  • Hitch Alignment Camera Systems
  • Hardwired
  • 3.5 Inch Display
  • Dash Monitor
  • Hopkins

This backup camera takes the guesswork out of hooking up your trailer and driving in reverse. Visual cues on the color monitor and audible alerts ensure that you can back up safely and hook up without a hassle. Simply plugs in for installation.


Features:

  • Backup camera lets you clearly see objects behind you as you drive in reverse
    • Great for hooking up to your trailer
  • 3.5" Color monitor provides large, static-free image with crystal clear definition
    • Displays color-coded fields to indicate distance to objects
      • Red: 0 to 1-1/2'
      • Yellow: 1-1/2' to 3-1/2'
      • Green: 3-1/2' to 5-1/2'
    • Mounts with foam tape to your windshield, dashboard, or center console
  • Camera switches between Hitch Mode and Everyday Mode with the push of a button
    • Hitch Mode includes center-line assistance for easy trailer hookup
    • Everyday Mode provides easy-to-follow visual cues
  • SmartZone sensors beep to alert you of distance to and direction of objects behind your vehicle
    • Increase in intensity as you get closer to objects
    • Work in coordination with visual cues on monitor for safe trailer hookup
    • Volume of alarms can be adjusted or muted with button on side of monitor
  • Adjustable camera and sensor angles ensure maximum visibility and object detectability behind your vehicle
  • Plug-In Simple installation - plugs inline with your existing 7-way trailer connector with no splicing
    • Lets you retain use of your factory 7-way plug at your bumper
  • License plate frame with camera and sensors mounts to your vehicle with included hardware
  • Extension harnesses available (sold separately) for vehicles that require more length to connect the monitor to the camera mounting bracket


Specs:

  • Monitor face dimensions: 4-1/4" wide x 2-3/16" tall
  • Monitor and pedestal height: 3"
  • Wire harness length: 19' 7"
  • Screen resolution: 480 x 234 pixels
    • 300 TV lines
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Note: If your vehicle is not equipped with a factory tow package, you will need to hardwire the camera to your vehicle's reverse lights. 2013 and newer vehicles may require connection to an external power source.


Designed for towing but great for everyday use, the Smart Hitch backup camera improves safety by providing you with visual cues and audible alerts when you are backing up. It also simplifies the towing process by making it a one-person job to align your trailer hitch ball with your coupler.


Push-Button Controls and SmartZone Sensors

Switch between Hitch Mode and Everyday Mode by simply pushing a button on the side of the monitor. In Everyday Mode, the monitor will display a grid in red, yellow, and green that alerts you to the distance of objects on the display with red indicating that the object is very close to your vehicle and green indicating the object is at a safe distance. This grid works in conjunction with SmartZone sensors that beep to alert you of objects and distances. The beeps intensify as you get closer to an object.


In Hitch Mode, the monitor provides center-line assistance for easy hookup to your trailer coupler. The grid creates a target as you back up, ensuring that you keep your vehicle in line with the coupler as you get closer. This allows one person to hitch up to a trailer without the need for a spotter.


Easy Installation in 3 Steps

The Smart Hitch camera plugs inline with your factory 7-way, RV-style trailer connector, maintaining the function of the trailer connector at the rear of your vehicle. If your vehicle is not equipped with a factory tow package, you will need to hardwire the camera to your vehicle's reverse lights.


The camera and sensors are connected to a bracket that installs behind your license plate. Simply remove your license plate, mount the bracket, and re-install the license plate using the included hardware. You can adjust the angle of the camera and the sensors to ensure maximum visibility.


To complete installation, run the wire from the camera mounting bracket to the monitor in the cab of your vehicle. This wire provides power to the monitor. The monitor can be mounted to your windshield, dashboard, or center console with foam tape. Remember to mount the monitor somewhere where it will not obstruct visibility as you drive. Some vehicles may require an extension harness (sold separately) to complete the connection between the monitor in their cab and the camera mounting bracket at the year of their vehicle.



50002 Hopkins SmartHitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System

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Customer Reviews

Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System - HM50002

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (744 Customer Reviews)

This backup camera takes the guesswork out of hooking up your trailer and driving in reverse. Visual cues on the color monitor and audible alerts ensure that you can back up safely and hook up without a hassle. Simply plugs in for installation.

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First of all let me say my experience with etrailer had been great, excellent service. I purchased this product for my 2003 Lexus LX 470. The T in trailer harness connecter is a great idea, but unfortunately does not work with my truck. So I took the next best choice. Splice in the wire to back up lights. The instructions are clear. I routed the monitor cable from the tailgate inside the vehicle, clean look. Monitor sits on top of the dash, driver left corner. Perfect fit. Hooked up everything, put the car in reverse. Picture quality is excellent, it works great. I was a little concerned about the monitor size, but now after using it, it's just right. Factory setting at 3 were right for my truck. Very happy with this purchase. I also purchased another unit for my other car. Now a couple of tips. One little thing which is my suggestion. I did use a little beefy rubber grommet, available at HD. To mount the license plate I used black Alan head screws, look nice . All the best with your project.


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Working great, its been about a year now. Excellent product, size perfect, picture quality very good and back up sensors work good. But wait the best of all is etrailer is truly remarkable company. I continue to recommend etrailer to my family and friends.
Shahzad - 12/06/2020


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I had researched backup camera systems for my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. I had gone in to one of the electronic stores to actually see what my options were. When I came to etrailer.com and saw the Hopkins Smart Hitch, I was impressed with the price and the features of the camera. I had looked at Garmin, Rand McNally, and a few others that were over twice the cost and had fewer options. I called etrailer to make sure the unit would fit in my truck, Michelle was very helpful and took my order. The unit was shipped that day and was delivered within 3 to 4 days. I had it professionally installed, though I know I could have done it myself. I am really pleased with all aspects of this camera. The audible signal (not available on some of the higher priced cameras) is really helpful - and the green, yellow, red bars give a true perspective of the proximity of obstacles. Being able to toggle between trailer hitch mode, and everyday backup mode is as easy as pushing a button. I really don't think you'll find a better camera for the price. And, etrailer's customer service is excellent.


Comments
Thank you for the follow up. I do like the camera, and it has worked really well. The only thing that has changed is that I dont get the visual marker lines showing up any more. They come on for the first few seconds and then turn off. The camera works perfectly other than that.
Carl M - 11/15/2017



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Code Product HM50002 Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System Absolutely best purchase I've ever made! I own a 2004 F-150 Ford Lariat and pulled a 30ft. Travel trailer for 10 years without this product. I didn't find out about it until I traded for a Motorhome with a backup camara. I kept my truck but still had difficulty backing in & out of parking spaces. This camara is a life saver. My truck has the new wider wheel base and equipped with the trailer tow pkg. and the bed has a tonnal cover on it, so it's difficult to judge how close I am to something when backing up. It comes with easy installation instructions and works fantastic. I'm 77 yrs. old and installed it myself. It would be a lot easier if I had a lift but no such luck. The installation instructions are very simple if you have any kind of "do it yourself " mechanical experience. The hardest part is running the 20 Ft. Wire under the truck and zip tying it up. That's where a Car Lift would make it a snap. Scooting around on your back at my age is not recommended. There are videos on YouTube that show you how to remove & replace almost any part or trim piece on almost any vehicle. I mounted my camara on the left drivers side dash right by the windshield post. Perfect position for my truck. I have a dash cover and the screen mounting has a glue attachment, not a suction cup. I removed the adhesive cover on the camara and the same on a piece of Velcro and I stuck it to the fabric of the dash cover for a secure mounting that I can lift off if needed. I've showed it to a couple of friends who are going to buy one even though they don't tow anything. It's an amazing amazing Back Up Camara well worth the price.


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Its still working like brand new! Fantastic back up camera! The camera and sensors work great especially when backing in or out of parking spaces. I wish I had it the 10 years I was towing a travel trailer. Lining up the trailer hitch would have been a piece of cake! It has been a life saver any time I have to backup anywhere. Especially in large parking lots with other cars nearby or distracted people walking behind me. Wouldnt go anywhere without it.
Ron H - 01/11/2017



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Followed the installation instructions from the video provided on the website and it was a breeze. I recommend using conduit to protect the wire at the beginning and end of the feed through the frame. I also used it to protect the wire and connections at the rear of the vehicle (tape connections as suggested in video). I mounted my camera in the center dashboard console and hid the wire for a custom installation. I ran the wire along the knee console under the steering column and fed the wire upwards. I pulled the front dash console which requires using a plastic tool so you don't mess up the dash (very easy to do-check youtube). I drilled a hole in the top of the center console and fed the monitor wire down and connected the wire coming from the camera and tucked above the radio. This can only be done if you remove the face of the radio. Again, make sure you use a plastic tool to remove the radio face and watch a video. It looks great in the vehicle.


Comments
Gary how did you mount the camera to the pocket on the dash above the radio? To keep it from moving?
-- comment by: Scotty - 12/14/2015


Comments
Hello Scotty,The unit comes with double sided tape to mount. I trimmed the rubber mat around the base of the unit that lays in the pocket. You cant see the base as it is hidden by the raised edge of the pocket. Thanks.
-- comment by: - 12/19/2015



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Easy kit to install! Great picture as it's a wired system so no flickering. Simple to unplug the factory harness and plug the Hopkins harness in. Then run the wire up under the bed/cab and zip tie in place to keep from flopping around. I have an '04 Silverado Crew cab with a 6 1/2' bed and I ran the wire up into the engine compartment and thru a grommet in the upper drivers side of the engine bay. Mounted the screen in the center console area by the cig lighter and had about a 1/2' of spare wire left... Great value!


Comments
I have an 07 Classic Silverado Crew with a 6.5 bed. Did you need the extension cable to connect the wires to the cab? Thank you
-- comment by: Jim M - 11/27/2014

Comments
No, did not need the extension cable. Placing the screen up on top of the dash and Im betting you would....I did ask for and receive the extension tho, just didnt need it. But - I think Ill use it as Im planning on modifying the camera location by putting it up on the tailgate handle to get more of a downward view of the receiver. The lens as it is now is too level with the receiverbumper so it has to be real close before its there... System is still a great bargain!
-- comment by: Bob P - 12/01/2014


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It took longer than expected for me to install. I would like to see a little more wire length in the adapter between the two plugs. I did use conduit as well. The overall product worked good. I was happy.



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For the price, you can't beat it. I just installed it. Other than the sensors and distance lines being a little wacky, I can back straight to my trailer hitch, and that beats getting in and out of the truck 20 times. Relatively easy install on my 2001 Chevy.



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Back-up camera has performed very well with no problems. It was super easy to install and I love the ability to switch between regular back-up view and trailer hitch view. It makes hitching my trailers super easy and backing up safer. Thanks for the great service and value.


Comments
Excellent! If you tow a trailer very often, you absolutely will love this camera. I use my two trailers a lot and this makes the hook-up effortless. It is a must have!
Richard J - 02/21/2018



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Here are some photos of my install on a 2006 Toyota Tundra. Notes: Photo 1 is of my front plate with an uncut license frame. Photo 2 is the back plate with the frame cut to accommodate the camera. Photo 3 shows the location I choose to mount the display. Photo 4 close-up (the device to the right is an aftermarket Bluetooth hands-free phone interface)


Comments
Back-up lines are very accurate. Love it. My employer installed on his dump truck.
Par-T-foul - 03/08/2020



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Has been a great help with trailer hitch alignment and especially after I spray painted the trailer hitch silver. It shows up great. Thanks



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worked great on my 2013 silverado. only issue i had was the adhesive for the mounting pad did not hold up very well in the heat. used some double backed gorrilla tape to fix it



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The T Connecter makes for a VERY EASY install! The system does exactly what it was intended for and makes trailer hook ups a breeze, the only down side to this system is the monitor size, not really a deal breaker, it is still large enough to see what's is going on behind the truck just wish it was larger. Had to do a little modification to adjust the camera angle, but over all a great product.


Comments
Works as it did day 1, Should have done this long ago
Daniel - 04/25/2020


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This Unit is exactly what I needed, this unit has sensors for distance detection and warns you with beeps as your getting closer to an object, the camera unit installation is Farley easy and holds the License plate (Plate needs to be alone frames wont let you install the camera / Sensor unit what's nice of this unit is if you have and EOM 7 way Then you can use the tee adaptor that comes with it which lets you tap into the backup circuit without having to go into the rear taillight and tie into the backup light. the sticky part is running the wiring from the back to the front of the truck but with patience I got it done, had to drill a small hole under the drivers seat ( actually there is a existing hole through the metal part the seems to be sealed by some black sealer) I sealed around the wire I installed with black silicone sealant, then ran the wire under the carpet over to the driver side door up the molding and to the let side of the dash as shown in the photo. it works great now I can backup in the drive way without fear of hitting the garage door as it beeps as I get close to the door, and it can be switched to a tapered sense so you can use it to line up with a trailer hitch without getting in and out of the truck to do so. I like the unit.



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Well I finally got around to do the review, and let first say install took a little while couple of hrs only because I wanted to hide everything ,I am mechanically inclined and have the panels tools to remove everything and do it correctly. I purchased the extension wire for 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited and actually not needing it the length of cable it was definitely long enough (with about 1 ft) extra tucked under the driver door panel, but guess depending on where you locate the monitor I mounted mine in corner of the windshield. Wish they would of have extended the Red wire for the reverse light (8 -10 inches ) longer I don't like extra splicing. Then finished the install and start it up throw that sucker in reverse and nothing on the screen!! My Bad reverse light wire had a bad connection!! (Lol) corrected it and Presto works great , whatever ground, power you hook up leave that area open to double check your connections... As far as backing up this thing is awesome gets me right under the coupler ( wife thinks I'm a bad***) ..I drive a Tractor trailer for a living little different hooking to a pin on a trailer, but anyhow this camera system is great beats getting out of the truck 3-4 times!! And night time is just as great!! Oh Thank you etrailer for the instructional videos, very detailed...I wouldrecommend this back up system to a friend!!



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I purchased the hard wired back up camera because I wanted a good clear picture and did not want to worry about wifi or Bluetooth interference. The camera took about an hour total to install. I adjusted the sensors, screwed the camera and sensor assembly along with the license plate onto the back of the truck. Pushed the tab on the 7 way plug connecter to take the OEM coupler apart, put the jumper in place and then just routed the wires towards the cab. I cut a "Plus sign" slit in the grommet in the floor, this grommet was about 8" from the sill plate and about even with the front edge of the front door opening. I had to pull the LH front sill plate off as well as the LH kick panel, and pulled the floor matt back. I do not have carpet in my truck but the process would be the same. I ran the wiring through the grommet and then up the LH A-pillar and above the headliner. I had to use the 5' jumper wire in order to run it up the A-pillar. I mounted the display screen in the top left corner of my windshield, very convenient yet out of the way. The display is very clear and the sensors read very well, when the beeps go to a "constant on" I am about 4" from an object. This seems close but the bumper is about 4 to 5" deep where the plate and camera assembly are mounted. The only thing I that gave me trouble was squeezing the OEM 7 way coupler onto the jumper wire that was provided, I originally installed the entire unit and it quit working, vibration when driving had caused the coupler to pull apart just enough to kill the camera. This was an easy fix and it works perfect now. I would definitely recommend this camera to a friend.



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I just installed the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera system and like it very much. I have a fishing boat & trailer, a utility trailer, and a RV camping trailer and this will make hooking up to them a breeze. My neighbor also has a fishing boat & trailer and I showed it to him. He had to get his wife and show it to her also. He said it was going on his Christmas wish list! It took me about 2 hours to install, with 90% of the time used to run the wire from the back to the windshield. I then had to adjust the camera position as it showed clearly the hitch and about 20 feet behind the truck, but I wanted it to show more distance behind the truck. I was in a parking lot last night and it did not give me as good a look behind me as i desired, so I loosened it and tilted it up a little more. It works great now. It did pick up the hitch ball with the backup sensors and sounded a constant alarm, so I loosened them and tilted them up a little also, but they do not move nearly as easily as the camera does. I had to move them rather forceably and tighten the screws before letting them go to prevent them from dropping back to their original position. The instruction sheet shows some adjustment positions for the sensors, but does not give enough information to tell you how it is suppose to be done, so I just had to guess. I probably did not do it the way they intended, but they did not say, so it works anyway. My truck is a Dodge Ram 1500 and I watched the video on your web site showing how to install it on different vehicles, and it was really helpful. I probably would not have figured out how to get the wire inside the cab without the video, but it was "spot on". My photos show the camera installation, the installation on the front windshield, the wiring connection to the factory installed wiring harness, the attachment of part of the wire, and the entry of the wire into the vehicle below the driver"s seat. As your video showed, I then ran the wire beneath the carpet to the rubber door molding, and behind the plastic to the left of the windshield and out at the top. I had planned to install it beside the rear view mirror, but I could not hide the connection so I stopped by the side and installed it at the top instead. I was initially concerned about the small size of the monitor, but it is color and shows up very adequately.



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I Installed camera #HM50002 in my 2002 F150 supercrew. Ford does not have the relay in the fuse box for the trailer backup light to work with the factory 7 pin connector on the 2002 models. You will need a relay for the older Fords. I got mine at Pep Boys. ( BWD accessory relay Part no. R3146 for $15.00.) I hooked it up to the OEM 7 pin connector with the T adapter connector furnished with the camera. I zip tied the cable to the frame rail and removed the floor thresh hold for the front and rear doors. They come off easily with a large flathead screwdriver. There is a grommet in the thresh hold box section you can see from under the truck that you can run the cable thru once you remove the grommet. The grommet hole is about 4 inches from the rear end of the rear door threshold. I Ran the cable through the hole and pushed it from the rear to the front inside the box section. I sliced the grommet about half way down for the cable and pushed the grommet back in. I then removed the front left kick panel and pulled the weather stripping away from the floor up to the dash and ran the cable to above the dash. From there I ran the cable under the front of the headliner and placed the camera just above the rear view mirror since I had plenty of cable to mount it there. The cable slides under the front of the headliner easily with a gentle push with your fingers. I pushed the weather stripping in place, and snapped in the plastic floor threshold covers and left kick panel. I then zip tied the extra wire length from the T connector up out of the way. All wiring and cables completely hidden! Since mine is a lifted 4X4, I had no need for a lift as I had plenty of room to run the cable from under the truck. Be careful with the license plate as it is a close fit. Make sure you push the wires out of the way on both sides so you don’t pinch or cut the wires in the license plate mount. In the middle of fuse box picture you will see 2 relays, a blank space and another relay. The blank space is where the R3146 relay goes. It's an great back up camera. I love it!



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This camera system has been the greatest addition to my 14 years old truck! Super easy to install, works flawlessly and makes connecting to any trailer super easy. BUY IT!!


Comments
Still going strong, no issues. Just buy it already!
Back T - 04/29/2021


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Installed back-up camera on 2010 Toyota Tundra. For under carriage, I used the 1/4inch protective wire wrap from Harbor Freight and videos made install easy.Just take your time and use flex ties to keep wires against the frame.Mounted to top of inner windshield,behind rear view mirror and works great!!


Comments
Back up camera is still working great.Trick is to do a quality install and take your time to do it right.
Alan J - 08/20/2020


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As always, etrailer purchases arrive quickly. I installed the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on my 2016 Ford F-150 after watching the excellent installation video on the etrailer web page. I highly recommend watching the video. The installation process went well, and the monitor has a very clear picture. The only challenging aspect of the installation process was the alignment of the camera so the hitch ball was at the "red" line level on the monitor screen. My trailer hitch ball is at the same level as the the license plate (see photo), making it necessary to angle the camera up higher than its upper limit. To correct the problem, I had to angle the license plate upward. Once that adjustment was made, the entire system worked great! My only suggestion to the manufacturer would be to change the camera housing so there is a greater range of camera adjustment.



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A wire snake makes this installation a breeze. The 5' extension was not required on my short box Nissan Titan Crew Cab. I really can't believe how inexpensive this system is for its quality. This is a no-brainer upgrade for any vehicle (especially large ones) without a factory backup camera.


Comments
The double-sided tape did not hold up to the rigors of the Colorado sun. I bought some 3M double-sided 30-lb tape, and affixed two layers of it to the camera mount. Its held rock solid since then. Additionally the pivot that the camera sits in has become a little loose. Still, performance per value is unparalleled. Would still unwaveringly recommend this product.
Jeff F - 09/26/2020


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Like product, but not longevity. Like many others, mine stopped beeping long ago and camera intermittent. Ordered this new one for replacement. Took old one apart, full of rusty water, components falling out. RTV'd the crap out of new one! Poor design for sensor plate.


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Still working since I did what factory did not...seal the unit from water intrusion.
Donald M - 10/24/2020


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Not sure how I survived without the back-up camera. Was easy to install and works like a charm. Saves me a lot of time and leg work when hooking up either my boat or camper. Would definitely recommend it for anyone who hails any type of trailer, boat or camper.


Comments
Still working like a charm, best investment we ever made to our truck.
Time S - 12/24/2020


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The produce itself was easy to install and set up. Camera still functions great. Issue is the adhesive used for the camera to mount to the windshield has failed. Now every time i come out to my truck the camera has fallen and I have to put it back just fir it to fall again at some point.



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This is a great little camera that makes hooking up to the trailer a much easier and safer endeavor. I got a slick little dashboard mount for the screen that keeps it out of the way, but still easy to see when backing up. If you don't have a backup camera on your vehicle, this is very useful and low cost improvement


Comments
I still have the truck and camera. Its still working...the only issue I have is the back up guide lines dont display when backing up to the trailer.The camera and screen work as a visual guide, but I miss the guide lines. Its odd that they come on when I start and shut off the truck, but just for an few seconds, then dissappear. Strange, I dont know if its a setting, or an issue.
Jim - 07/28/2017


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    For a vehicle like your 2005 Toyota Tundra that has a factory 7-way the Hopkins backup camera part # HM50002 would be your best option. It installs by plugging inline with your 7-way and activates anytime the vehicle is put in reverse. You would not need the extension.
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    The hitch alignment and back-up camera I highly recommend for your 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD is the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002. This system uses a camera that can be switched from Hitch Mode to Everyday Mode, uses sensors to alert you to any potential issues, plugs into your 7-way, and uses a 3.5" color monitor. Th Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera is almost universally loved by the customers who have used it, with over 400 giving it a rating very close...
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  • How To Secure a 7-Way Harness Connector Without Grey Clip
    I have a solution for you, but we don't carry the replacement grey clip you referenced for securing a 7-way connector together. Instead you would want to return the grey clip to the 7-way at the rear of your vehicle and then use a zip tie to secure the 7-way connectors together like the picture I attached.
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  • Preventing Water From Damaging Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and HItch Aligner System # HM50002 features a camera that is designed to be used out in the elements. If you are worried about water getting into the license plate camera system over time, then using a clear sealant over the screws, where wires go into the unit, and around the entire casing will protect it even further. We have had customers do exactly this upon installation. If you live in a wet climate this is a great idea, otherwise the camera will...
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  • Troubleshooting Sensor Issues on Smart Hitch Backup Camera System
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  • Troubleshooting Black Screen on Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera in 2013 Ford F-150 with OEM 7-Way
    I reached out to my contact at Hopkins and they suggested testing the center pin on your 7-way with the help from a friend who can shift the vehicle into reverse while you test. You can use a tester like the Pollak LED Tester # PK12741 which is super easy and simple to use. If no power is going to the center pin then check your fuse box as it may be missing a fuse and/or relay to activate the trailer tow backup lamp circuit. This is very common on Ford trucks like your 2013 F-150.
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on 2013 Ram 2500
    To install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 referenced in your question, I do recommend making the 7-way in your Ram 2500 fully functional and connecting the Smart Hitch this way. I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he did state that the 2013 Ram has 9.6 volts on the reverse light voltage. This system needs 10 volts to run properly. Connecting via the OEM connector in your RAM will solve this issue and be a much simpler installation. If your...
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  • Can A Larger Monitor Be Used With Hopkins Smart Hitch System?
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 does not have a larger monitor available than the 3.5 inch. They only offer a smaller one with 2.5 inch screen in # HM60195VA. Unfortunately the monitors from other manufacturers are not compatible with this system. If you want a larger monitor you will need to use a different system. I recommend the Rear View Safety Backup Camera System - Built-in Backup Sensors # RVS-5350 which has a 4.3 inch monitor. You...
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  • Backup Hitch Camera with Night Vision
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System # HM50002 does not have the infrared operation necessary for night-vision capability. But we do offer cameras that have this feature, such as the similarly-priced RVS Wireless Hitch Camera # RVS-83112. The RVS system is shown in detail in the two linked videos I included for you. It features a magnetic base on the camera, which gets power from a 9V battery instead of from wiring you need to install. The camera includes a power-saving auto-off...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Backup Camera HM50002 Whose Monitor Blinks
    Thank you for your purchase of (among many other things!) a Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002. Since the monitor component blinks we know that it has power so the thing to check is the connection at the reverse light circuit. If your vehicle has a 7-way then you will use the included round U.S. car connector to access the reverse light signal. Check that the contacts for that circuit, both on the vehicle plug and the Hopkins plug, are not bent or damaged; this would prevent...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System
    Yes, the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 should be delivering 12V signal to the camera and monitor when the reverse lights are activated. It sounds like you have the reverse lights functioning correctly on your truck, so I recommend checking the red wire between the trailer connection and the camera for power using a circuit tester like # PTW2993. If you have power there, then I recommend checking the wire between the camera and the monitor. If you need a replacement that...
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  • Wireless Camera Recommendation for Rear Of Camper Towing a Boat
    We have two completely wireless options that would work well for you. The first would be the SwiftHitch Portable Camera w/ Night Vision, part # SH02DIGITAL. This wireless system the camera uses has a 300 foot range which will be reduced somewhat by the trailer, but it would be an excellent choice for the rear of your camper. The batteries will last up to 10 hours. If you have an Andriod or iOS smart phone, Rampage offers the Wireless Backup Camera System, part # RA7710. The camera would...
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  • Backup Camera that Will Plug In Line with a 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 2005 Toyota Tundra
    We actually have a backup camera that you can plug in line with the 7-Way trailer connector. Take a look at # HM50002. I have linked a video showing an installation for you. As you can see, it will just plug in line with the 7-Way and retain all the trailer connector functions. If your 7-Way on your 2005 Toyota Tundra is not a US car connector type that accepts the plugs then the wiring does have provisions for being hardwired in.
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Signal to Monitor
    Have you checked the wires themselves? I recommend starting there to ensure the wiring for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 is not crimped or damaged in any way. It would be unusual for the unit to just stop working and it sounds like it has to be a wiring connection somewhere, or a damaged wire. If you cannot find any issue with the wiring the unit will still be under its 1-year warranty since you mentioned you only got it a few months ago.
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  • Backup Camera for Double Din Aftermarket Stereo
    I do have a license plate mounted backup camera that has the ability to work with an aftermarket stereo but the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System part # HM50002 is designed specifically for the monitor included with the kit so I cannot confirm it will work with your aftermarket stereo. For a license plate mounted backup camera that can be used on select aftermarket stereos you will want to look at the Rear View Safety License Plate Backup Camera part # RVS-778....
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  • How to Install Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on Vehicle with a 7-Way that Doesn't Come Apart
    If the 7-way at the rear of your 2006 Toyota Tundra does not come apart you could hardwire the Hopkins Camera part # HM50002 to your current 7-way. You would need to separate the reverse light circuit from the harness leading to the 7-way. This wire can be purple and will be the center pole of your 7-way. This wire will run to the red wire of the camera's harness. The black wire will need to be grounded. You can run this to the ground of the 7-way (5:00 position), or could be grounded to...
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  • Backup Camera Recommendation for 2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    I recommend going with the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, # HM50002, for your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. This backup camera lets you clearly see objects behind you and works great for hooking up a trailer. This is a fully wired system so no worries about any interference from a wireless device. Although we do not offer a wired backup camera with night vision, customers have been very satisfied with this camera even at night. Here are a couple of their comments....
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  • Backup Camera Recommendation for Ford E-350 Van
    The Hopkins Backup Camera part # HM50002 will fit your 1995 Ford E-350. If it has a factory 7-way trailer connector it would plug in-line with that for installation. Otherwise, if you do not have a 7-way you would need to test the vehicle's taillight wiring to find the reverse light circuit like in the install video I attached. Due to the length of your vehicle you will want the extension wire part # HM3100504060.
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to Monitor in Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera HM50002
    Both the camera and monitor portions of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 receive their power from the vehicle's reverse light circuit. This circuit is accessed when the round U.S. Car connector is plugged in at the factory 7-way. Both the camera and monitor should turn on and off when the truck is shifted into and out of reverse gear. If your truck's reverse lights work then no other fuses or relays should be required. The monitor's cable plugs in to the camera assembly...
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  • How to Install Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera HM50002 on Chevrolet Silverado
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 that you referenced will install on your Silverado at the rear license plate as shown in the linked video. The system allows you to choose either Hitch Mode, which provides visual help for hitching your trailers, or Everyday Mode. It also has beeping sensors that tell you how close you are to the objects behind you. Installation consists of plugging in the harness at your existing 7-way and mounting the license plate frame with camera and...
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  • Backup Camera System for a 2018 Ford F-150 and Jayco RV
    I do have a solution for you but to my knowledge there isn't a camera you can add to your Jayco that will integrate into the video system on your 2018 Ford F-150. To add a camera to the Jayco it will require a separate display. I recommend something that doesn't have to be permanently mounted. Take a look at the Swift Hitch system # SH04. With this system the camera will transmit to a smart phone via Wi-Fi. This will allow you to add a camera without having to have a separate display;...
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  • Recommended Back Up Camera To Help With Trailer Hookup
    We have back-up cameras that help guide you when you are backing up to connect to your trailer. The camera I recommend is the Hopkins Smart Hitch # HM50002. This camera features color-coded displays that indicate the distance from objects and work great for lining the vehicle up to a trailer. This system has a 3-1/2 inch color monitor that has a button that allows you to go from Hitch mode to Everyday mode. I have attached a link to an installation video that shows how the camera...
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  • Is There a Replacement T-Connector for the Hopkins Smart Backup Camera Part # HM50002
    The Hopkins Smart hitch backup camera part # HM50002 currently doesn't have a T-connector replacement. You can hardwire a Pollack T-connector part # PK11932 but it hasn't been tested. This connector will plug into your OEM harness and requires no splicing or drilling. Position 1 is left turn/brake, position 2 is ground, position 3 is electric brakes, position 4 is right turn/brake, position 5 is the black wire, position 6 is tail lights and position 7 is reverse lights. See diagram to...
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  • Can the Camera Angle Be Further Adjusted on Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera
    I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Hopkins backup camera system # HM50002. There are a couple of things you can try. First, you may be able to adjust the camera up higher where it attaches to the main body of the bracket. The brackets are fragile so you will need to be careful. And you might be able to turn the whole assembly upside down. However, the ball will be even more in the way and the sensors could potentially detect the bumper. Please note that any modifications made...
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