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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 800-298-8924 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

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

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

Item # HM50002

Installation Details HM50002 Installation instructions


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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   (727 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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installed on a 2008 dodge ram standard cab with 6 foot bed, still needed about 2 feet more of cable for top of windshield mount so glad I ordered extra cable. This is mostly for trailer hook up so I wired with a switch in cab to turn on when I wanted. This will also allow me to turn on when driving so I can check may trailer load and make sure everything on trailer is secure a feature I think is really good. Ran wiring inside frame no problem. etrailer videos are really good for learning how to do things as instructions from Hopkins is only 2 pages. very happy so far and plan on trailer hook being a snap from now on. 150935


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How did you do the wiring? Did you somehow use the T-adapter at the 7-pin connection, or do it all custom? Id like to do a similar set-up but dont want to reinvent the wheel if someone else has figured out how to do it! Thanks
-- comment by: Jeff K - 12/17/2014

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I cut off the T adapter, for my hook up only needed to ground camera like in video, and power to it which I ran from a switch in the cab of truck, make sure you use a fuse where you come off of battery for power. I do not remember which one of the videos show not using the T adapter I believe it is for the dodge as mine cannot use it anyway more questions let me know
-- comment by: - 12/23/2014

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So you just ran a ground and power from a switch so you can turn it on and off when you want?
-- comment by: Kevin S - 06/13/2015

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for kevin s. yes just power from battery to switch then to camera and ground any handy place on frame then their cable form camera to screen in cab, one thing I learned was do not try to stick screen on the rough stuff that is around some of the windshields nowdays will not stay. am thinking of moving camera to top of my topper to give better view as license plate is pretty low but show hitch okay for hookup
-- comment by: vern z - 06/15/2015

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I still like my backup camara system
vern - 09/15/2015

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Installed my smart hitch camera today and it was easy to do, even for an old guy. The hardest part was getting under the truck to run the monitor cable. Whole process took about an hour. I have an 05 Ram 1500 with factory tow package, however my 7way has a square plug behind the bumper so I had to splice my wire instead of using the T-plug but was still easy to do. The camera works great and I am very pleased with it. Now when I hookup my boat or my RV I won't have to have my wife help. I also won't have to get out and check where the ball is 2 or 3 times again. The videos etrailer have up shows exactly what you have to do in great detail so if you are thinking about getting one and installing it yourself, go for it! 173389


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Did you need any extra cable to install on your ram?
-- comment by: Brad - 04/15/2015

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Brad,No, I needed no extra cable. I mounted my monitor in the upper left top of windshield. I ran the cable up thru the molding left of the dash and up inside the molding left of windshield.
-- comment by: Mike B - 05/10/2015

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The camera and monitor are great. However, I’m having issues keeping the monitor stuck to my windshield. The heavy duty tape supplied with the kit is not strong enough. Disappointed. 572835


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I never could get the tape to work in the windshield. I rerouted the monitor so it sits on the dash. If your install requires a windshield mount on two cars now, I wouldn’t recommend this product.
David - 10/10/2019

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This camera works great, makes it easy to back up to things, trailers, tight parking spots or walls. The only complaint I have is the monitor needs a better ball mount, it does not stay in the position you put it in, you constantly have to adjust it. 565855



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The installation instructions were easy enough , the product works good .The screen was smaller than I thought it would be ,but it has a good picture and it turned out to be perfect for the size of the dash area without blocking visability . I called Hopkins MFG. support because I thought I had a malfuntioning unit, they were eager to send a replacement , but I found the problem was low electric power while I was setting up the unit ,battery went to low for camera to operate . With vehicle running NO more problems . I bought and installed 2 units I like them both . 167430


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Just great , I depend on it alot in parking lots
Howard B - 12/31/2015

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This was my first time installing a backup camera and it went pretty well. I installed it on a Dodge Ram 2500 to make it easier to hitch up my trailers and see if anyone is behind me when I'm backing up like my 7 year old grandson. I did need several tie wraps to secure the cable to the underside of the truck and made one small hole in the floor pan under the driver's seat to feed the cable to the monitor. Pretty straightforward. Pretty happy with the whole thing. Works good at night and has a decent color image with guiding lines when used to hook up the trailers. Recommended! 571113


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Works great! Recommended.
Carl - 10/03/2019

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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. 161844



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Just got the back up cam and was eager to put it in. Instructions were very clear (i have restored a few vintage mustangs in the past 5 yrs so this didn't look too hard!!). Only problem i ran into is that my particular 7 pin plug DID NOT separate as in the videos (I have a 2004 Toyota Tundra). I actually unplugged the harness from the truck and took it to my friend who is the parts guy at the Toyo dealership. He wasn't sure either and had to take it back to a service guy-negative on mine separating and being able to T-in with the supplied hardware :( So that was a bummer, but since i had the the harness out, it made it easier to splice in the wires for the camera (instructions were clear how to do this as well). I opted not to use their crimp splice connectors and instead used my own connectors with shrink tubing which i felt would be a bit better. As others have said, longest part of the job is getting under the truck and routing the wire which isn't a big deal (wear some glasses so you don't get crud in your eyes!). I ordered the extension cable as i wasn't sure if i was going to need or not. Didn't need it (i have the crew cab) and after much contemplation i decided to mount it on the small area below the radio that looks like a sunglasses cubby. It was perfect, as the cubby just popped out, so i was able to take it to the workbench and drill it/install it there, then just bring it back in the truck and pop it in!. So, as far as the backup camera goes, I've had a backup camera on our previous rig, a 2010 silverado, that the stealership put in, and we have a factory b/u cam on our 2015 corolla. This camera actually puts both of those to shame. It is WAY clearer than the corolla cam, and about twice as clear as the one we had on the silverado (which by the way was over $500 5 yrs ago!) I am not really impressed by much as i enjoy working on cars for fun, but this camera really exceeded my expectations as far as clarity. the b/u cam in the corolla doesn't have the warning beep, which i totally like. i also like the trailer feature (i have a boat and the silverado didn't have that view, so i'm excited to try that out). So, if i didn't have to remove the harness and take it in for a double check, probably would have taken about 1 hour and i am anal about the way stuff looks/installs. So, GREAT product-more than satisfied! 236164



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This is the best invention since the shirt pocket, Kinda got tired of trying backing up 10 times to hit the trailer ball or taking had signals from the wife is even worse, until This little gadget came along.. It works great!!, main video wire is a little too short so you guys with 4 door trucks are gonna probably come up short if you're mounting the monitor by your rear view mirror, I have a 02 Dodge standard cab w/9' flat bed and it took every bit of the video cable to make the stretch, might go ahead and buy an extension cable if they make one. Other than that gripe ,,, I love it!!! 147529


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Camera is a year old now and working great, had some problems with hot temps melting the glue from the adhesive which caused it the camera to fall off the windshield but good epoxy fixed that. performance of the camera is great for the low cost. i would recommend this product if youre looking for and inexpensive back up camera.
Farmer J - 08/19/2015

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I found that the video of installing the HM50002 on a 2009 GMC Sierra at Etrailer.com was more useful than the written instructions that came with the product. Step 1, item 1) of the written instructions that applies to vehicles with OEM 7 Blade Tow Package Connector is in error, e.g., item1) Connect installation cables (D) to monitor (A) and route the installation cable (D) to the back of the vehicle stopping at the back side of the OEM connector on vehicle (Fig. 2). Note: One should not connect the installation cable (D) to monitor (A) at this point. The video shows the proper method starting at the back of the vehicle, as shown in Step 2. Install the license plate bracket and camera. Once these are installed then one should continue with Step 1, items 2), 3), and 4). Before one begins routing the Installation cable from rear to front of vehicle, a leader, such as, an 8" zip tie should be securely taped to the monitor end of the cable. At this point, one must then route the end of the cable that goes to the monitor from the rear of the vehicle to the front of the vehicle following the existing cable until one locates a grommet on the floor of the vehicle just in front of the driver's seat. One should use zip ties to secure the installation cable to the existing cable as one proceeds forward toward the front of the vehicle. Make a hole on the edge of an existing grommet, and route the cable inside the vehicle. Remove the tape and zip tie from the monitor end of the cable. Pull in the rest of the cable. Route the Installation cable to the monitor's cable, and plug them together. Based on the amount of cable inside the vehicle determine where to locate the monitor. Secure the monitor to the desired location. Remove backing from foam tape and press down firmly to ensure the monitor is secure. One can also use Velcro to secure the monitor. Proceed to Step 3, item 1). Note: When running the Installation cable from rear to front on my 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Z71, I had to remove and reinstall the driver side rear tire, so that I could secure the Installation cable with a zip tie next to the existing cable. 275058


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It is still working great.
Ronald C - 07/22/2017

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I installed a wired backup camera in my 2013 Silverado. There was an excellent online video which took me through every step. The camera works beautifully. The installation was easier than I expected. My only problem was in figuring out how to release the latch holding together the two parts of the seven pin connector on the truck. 224363


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The beeper stopped working and then the camera. I called and was send a new one. That is working fine.
Matt C - 09/06/2016

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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. 575488



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Well the install was easy I only have the 4 pin attachment plug so I had to cut the 7 way connectors off and just used the two leads red and black spliced the red into the reverse light +feed. Grounded the Black negative wire to the chasee ran the cable to the camera .Installed the license and camera unit adjusted the sensors and it worked as far as rating goes I gave it 3 stars. Now shipping I paid for two day shipping on the 23 a Wednesday and it arrived on the 28 that Monday I informed them that I could have just did the free shipping and could have kept me [$] and it would have arrived the same time on the 28 . I received an e mail telling me they will add the [$] back to my account . It was that simple .Now we just have to see how the system preforms . I'm happy 426485


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its been a year and the camera is working like the day I installed it . Ill recommend it to anyone who need one . pull in front of my trailer back right to the ball jump out wind the jack down hook up lights and chains and im on my way 5 star it
Ernest - 08/30/2018

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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. 173009



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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! 143120


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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

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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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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!! 527096



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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! 238396



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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. 167508


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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

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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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Being concerned about what was blocked backing out in my 2013 Nissan Frontier. I have a very active 4.5 year old granddaughter and I would be devastated if she was in my blind spot while backing out of her driveway. Looked at several options and felt the etrailer model was best option. It only took 2 days to get it delivered to my door. The next day my son-in-law and I studied the video instructions and installed it in just under one hour. Camera is very clear and has more features than I expected. A Great value and must have for vehicle owners without a Backup Camera. 896728



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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. 894910



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This product does exactly what the description says. Easy 20 min install. Works as advertised. But.... about every 10 seconds the screen flashes. It does not affect the way it works, it’s just annoying As always etrailer is awesome to do business with. 894904



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Excellent backup camera system and easy to install. Had it installed and working in less than an hour. The installation video was extremely helpful. 884107



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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 869184



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works great and easy to install took less than an hour 864762



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This product works great as a hitch alignment camera. Installation was fairly simple on my Silverado (the video on the website was helpful) but it is time consuming if you want to do a good job of zip tie the cord up and out of the way. I suggest dropping the spare tire as gives you more room with which to work. Note that while its great for hitch alignment do not buy it if you think it will also double as a back up camera. The field of view is not wide enough to show the span of the bumper and the screen is really too small for a back up camera. However I don't ding it for that as it is sold as a HITCH ALIGNMENT camera which works great, after setting it up i was able to hitch up to my trailer in one shot in the dark. Happy with my purchase. 850560


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  • Backup Camera Recommendation for 2005 Toyota Tundra with 7-Way
    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. For a truck you would want to go with the extension piece as well part # HM3100504060 and you'd be set.
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  • Does Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera Kit Fit 2008 Toyota Tundra
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 would easily fit your 2008 Toyota Tundra since it has the standard 7-way style connection like your truck would have. This is a really solid camera design that will work better than your other one!
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Hitch Alignment Camera for 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD
    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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Will Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Work With 2010 Toyota Tundra
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part # HM50002 will work great on your 2010 Tundra. This system comes with a license plate frame that includes all the needed mounting hardware and plugs into your existing wiring. It has connectors that install between the vehicle trailer wiring harness and the 7-way you have on your Tundra, so you can retain the use of your 7-way connector. The wire harness length is 19 ft 7 inches long. If you need more length you...
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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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  • Recommended Extension for Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System
    I have just what you need to extend the cable on the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System part # HM50002, the part # HM3100504060 for 5' long or the part # HM3100504061 for 25' long.
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  • Will the Hopkins Backup System Part # HM50002 Work with a Jayco 28BHBE
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System part # HM50002 is not a good fit for your Jayco 28BHBE due to the fact that you will not be attaching a trailer to your trailer and that the license plate mount on your trailer is offset under the passengers taillight. This means you will not have a very good view of what is behind you trailer trailer expect on the passenger's side. Instead, I recommend Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera part # RVS-83112 which is a wireless...
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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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  • Would the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 fit a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 would have no problem being installed on your 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The 7-way connector on your truck would have the same round connector behind it that this camera is designed to fit so it would work well.
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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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  • Installing Backup Camera on Ford F-250 without OEM 7-Way Connector
    It sounds like you have a backup camera like the Hopkins Smart Hitch # HM50002 that can plug in line with a 7-Way trailer connector. This will plug in line with an OEM 7-Way as long as it has the round, US car connector type that accepts the round plug. Since your Ford F-250 has the rectangular connector, the camera system will just need to be hardwired in. There should be specific instructions on how to do this in your manual, since many vehicles do not come equipped with this type of...
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  • Do Any Wireless Observation Camera Systems Integrate with OEM Vehicle Dashboard Display
    Although we do offer many brands and styles of backup/observation camera systems these are all either complete free-standing systems that have their own monitor or they are designed to use a smartphone as the display. None of the aftermarket camera systems we offer are designed to integrate with OEM vehicle displays. This is a good question that is asked often. The system I tend to recommend for owners of longer travel trailers is the SwiftHitch # SH03D wireless dual camera system with...
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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 Camera System for Use with Truck Camper and Horse Trailer
    Since you have both a slide-in truck camper and also a horse trailer what I suggest to give you the best possible visibility is a wireless 2-camera system. The Swift Hitch Wireless Digital Camera System # SH03D features two cameras that you can position where you need them (say, one on the camper and one inside the horse trailer) and includes night-vision capability. The hand-held monitor will let you keep an eye on the horses even while you're tucked inside the camper at night and the...
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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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  • 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 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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  • Wireless Backup Camera for Hitch Alignment
    We offer all sorts of camera systems including specialized ones made specifically for hitch alignment. This type can be selected on the linked page. We have items such as the low-cost wired Hopkins Smart Hitch camera # HM50002 that includes a 3-1/2-inch monitor as well as wireless systems that use your Smartphone as the display, such as the RVS Wifi Backup Camera System # RVS-83112-WIFI. RVS also offers a version with an included 3-1/2-inch monitor, item # RVS-83112. Each of these options...
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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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  • Recommended Back Up Camera for 2005 Dodge Ram
    I recommend the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner, # HM50002. This is a great option for what you are looking for. It has a clear picture and 3 color coded zones with alert. This system connects to your factory 7-way trailer connector for power and has two modes. It has a 3-1/2 inch color monitor. This system will require splicing with your 2005 Ram but it is simply splicing in the reverse function and ground (purple and white wires) to match function. The Hopkins...
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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 Camera Recommendation for a Vehicle with a 4-Way Trailer Harness
    The reason reverse cameras like the part # HM50002 are available for vehicles with 7-ways and not 4-ways is because 7-ways have a reverse light circuit built into them which makes them easy to use for installing the camera since that circuit is already there. 4-ways don't have reverse light circuits so a camera designed for a 4-way wouldn't be as practical. You can still install the # HM50002 on a vehicle without a 7-way though. You would just need to hardwire the camera to the reverse...
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