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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Hopkins backup camera part number HM50002 or order online at Free expert support on all Hopkins products. Great prices 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

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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.


  • 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


  • 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

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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System - HM50002

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (803 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.


This backup camera is excellent quality and super easy to install. The pre-wired plug made it simple to install to the existing trailer harness. Routing the cable was easy following existing framework and cables. I had plenty of wire to be able to mount the display in the center of the dashboard. The image quality is amazing.



Excellent!!! A year later and it’s like the day I installed it


I bought this back up camera for my 2005 Chevy Tahoe for the sole purpose of hitching up to my trailer. It has met all my expectations beginning with ease of installation. Best of all, in hitch mode, the hitch ball and trailer coupler are displayed. No more getting in and out or banging into the coupler. Just back up until the ball is directly under the coupler. Get out once and hook it up. It's great when a product delivers!


Straightforward installation in to an older vehicle - wired in to one of the reverse lights for power. Surprisingly good image quality. Object detection (sound) works well. Has withstood harsh vibrations from many miles of pot-hole and washboard unpaved road. Adhesive on camera base didn't stick to my dash - installed in the cold, used heat gun to warm adhesive prior to sticking to dash - but solved that with a screw.


I purchased my first smart hitch back-up camera about 10 yrs. ago and love it.
The license plate camera electronics failed due to seal failure and water intrusion. I could not find the stand alone camera unit for sale so I purchased the complete system.
When I received the new system I applied RTV around the outside of camera assembly where the electronics are assembled together. Not sure if the new units seal has been improved so hopefully this will help to prevent water intrusion.
First unit worked flawlessly for years so I am very pleased.


Bought it for ny husband to help hook up camper. He likes it and it makes our hookups easier. Our daughter has a narrow drive so it is essential when backing out. Our truck doesn't have really bright backup lights so adding some to the camera attachment would have been helpful.



Great. Thanks for asking.


Camera still works fine. Not really designed for trucks or taller vehicles with a drop hitch. I had to angle (block) out top of my plate more than an inch for it to pick up the hitch.

Timothy J.


Still working fine, lot easier to hook up my trailer.


Been wanting a backup camera for years. Finally bit the bullet and got one. Easy install and works like a charm. No more jumping in and out of the truck to hitch up a trailer. Also makes backing into close spaces much easier.


Such a great addition to an older truck! Easy to dial in, cut my trailer hook up time in more than half.


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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.

Ron H.


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.


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 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.

Carl M.


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.


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.



Gary how did you mount the camera to the pocket on the dash above the radio? To keep it from moving?



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.


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.

Richard S.


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!


Excellent back up camera. I have purchased 3 of these for our family's car and they are outstanding and definitely improve safety when backing up


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!

Jim M.


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

Bob P.


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!


Here are some photos of my install on a 2006 Toyota Tundra.


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)



Back-up lines are very accurate. Love it. My employer installed on his dump truck.


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.



Works as it did day 1, Should have done this long ago


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



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.


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.



Excellent. Easy to install.


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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.


Easy to install. Hardest part is running the wires. Install videos are a great help. Just enough wires to mount on the dashboard or lower console on Mega Cab. You will need the extension, separate order, if you want to put the monitor above the center mirror and you have a looonge wheelbase vehicle. Adapter had to be cut off as stated for my year, 2006. Red and black wires are light gauge. So I made the cut on the thicker wires off the adapter.


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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  • Troubleshooting Blue Screen on Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System
    If the monitor for your Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 is all blue this means that your monitor is getting power but it isn't receiving the signal from the camera. Try checking all of your connections making sure they are all securely connected and they aren't damaged anywhere. It would help to also check where the camera tees into your vehicle wiring for any corrosion or debris that may be interrupting the signal. Let me know if you are still having...
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  • Material of License Plate Bracket Included with Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera
    The license plate bracket (Part C) of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 is made of 1/2 inch plastic so cutting it wouldn't cause any camera issues. Although it might not be necessary. The camera can easily be detached from the bracket and the sensors can be too using a screw driver. So it might work better for you to install it this way.
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  • Are the Camera and License Plate Bracket from the Hopkins # HM50002 Available as Replacement Parts
    I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and the license plate bracket/camera part of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 is not available as a replacement part. You will need to purchase a whole new system to replace the camera and license plate bracket parts.
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  • Troubleshooting Sensor Issues on Smart Hitch Backup Camera System
    It sounds like you have the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002. With this system the monitor has a button on the side to press in and adjust your volume up and down. It sounds like this may have been disabled accidentally or the system has been switched from everyday mode to towing mode. I've attached the instructions to assist as well as a video review to help.
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  • Hopkins Smart Hitch Back Up Camera Compatibility With 1997 Ford F-150 Lariat
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 is compatible with a 1997 Ford F-150 Lariat if you have the factory 7-way. If you do not, then you can still use the camera system, but you will need to hardwire it instead of using the simple US Car Connector.
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  • Can the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 Install On a Vehicle without 7-Way
    I attached an install video that shows the # HM50002 being installed on a vehicle that does not have a factory 7-way that would give you an idea on how the camera would need to install on your truck since it would require hardwiring. It sounds like you ran the camera to the running light circuit which would mean the camera would come on with the running lights. You would want to run the camera to the reverse light circuit instead so that it comes in when in reverse.
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  • Troubleshooting No Sound On Hopkins Smart Hitch When Backing Up
    I assume you are familiar with the operation of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera, part # HM50002. On the right side of the unit there is a button that has 3 volume levels and mute. It is possible that mute could have been engaged. There should be a display on the screen that shows what volume level you are at on the unit.
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  • Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera/Sensor System Hitch Not Aligned to Hitch
    There are 2 modes for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002, everyday mode and hitch mode. Everyday mode shows a box on the monitor while hitch mode shows the lines that would typically help you line up your hitch ball. It sounds like you simply keep choosing everyday mode. The camera can be adjusted up and down but not side to side. If you wanted a camera that can be mounted in a more general location (if your license plate is off-center from your hitch...
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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 Ram...
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  • Will Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Fit a 2008 Honda Ridgeline
    If you look at the back of the 7-Way trailer connector on your 2008 Honda Ridgeline you should see that there is a wiring harness with a round plug and is plugged into the back of the connector. If you release the locking tabs and pull that plug off, it should look like one of the connectors in the backup camera # HM50002. I have included a picture of what it should look like. If it looks like the picture then the backup camera will plug in line with the 7-Way. If it does not look like...
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  • Factory 7-Way Trailer Connector Does Not Come Apart to Install Hopkins Back Up Camera
    Actually I have heard of this before. On some Toyota Tundras that have the factory 7-Way there is no way to take apart the 7-Way in a manner that would allow you to plug in backup camera # HM50002. In that scenario you would have to hardwire in the camera to the tow package wiring. You will need to use a circuit tester such as # 40376 to test the tow package wires to determine their functions. I have included a link to a video that should help.
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM5002 That Doesn't Come on In Reverse
    Sounds like you really checked everything and it's still not working. If you can verify that the monitor has power and ground and the camera is getting the reverse light circuit and the monitor is STILL not coming on then the problem could then be the transmitter wire that runs from the camera to the monitor. You might check to make sure it's making a solid connection. If that's not it the monitor is most likely damaged.
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  • Troubleshooting Blue Screen on Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera After Car Wash
    The blue screen on the monitor for your Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 indicates that the unit is receiving power but it's not getting a signal from the camera. I'm wondering if the recent car wash may have knocked a wire loose. I recommend inspecting the wiring coming from the camera to make sure they are securely connected and there aren't any damaged sections that need to be replaced. Check to make sure the camera still looks to be in good condition and there isn't any visible...
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  • Does Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System Fit 2015 Nissan Xterra
    You might have to remove the factory license plate bracket of your 2015 Nissan Xterra but the Hopkins Smart Hitch part # HM50002 would be a confirmed fit for the Xterra and would work well.
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Smart Hitch Alignment Camera System Monitor Flickering
    It sounds like you may have some debris in one of the connectors for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002. Try disconnecting the connector for your monitor as well as the 7-Way tee and double check to make sure that everything is clean and free of any foreign pieces. If everything looks good but your monitor is still flickering then you would want to utilize the 1-year limited warranty that comes with the unit. You would either need to contact the company...
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  • Viewing Angle of Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System
    I reached out to the manufacturer, Hopkins, who told me their Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 has a 110 degree viewing angle and that it is an analog system and not digital. As for the water problem you mentioned, they said that occasionally they have heard of this but there is a silicone seal inside the plate that should prevent this and that if it does happen within the first year they will replace the system for you. I have added a link to a couple...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Backup Camera with Blue Screen on Monitor
    It sounds like one of two possible problems. First, since you did the hardwire method, make sure that you also grounded the wiring to a clean and corrosion free bare metal surface. Check that the splices are good and secure along with all plug-in connections. It is possible that power is being interrupted and that could be what is causing the problems. The other possibility is that there is something wrong with the unit and it will need to be replaced. If there is something wrong with...
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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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  • Would a Brake Controller Interfere with a Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera
    A properly installed brake controller would not interfere with a properly installed Hopkins Backup camera part # HM50002. The two use totally different circuits so unless there was a short somewhere on the wiring between the two everything would work just fine.
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  • Why is There a Blue Screen With Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on 2011 Chevy Silverado
    What the blue screen on your Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002 means is that you have an issue with the monitor receiving a connection. This could mean that your wiring is somehow damaged so start by going over any visible wiring to see if there is an issue there which would indicate exactly what the problem is. The other possibility is that the monitor for one reason or another has simply worn out. If this is the case, or the wiring is damaged then...
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  • Will the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Allow Brake Signal To Pass Through
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System part # HM50002 will not interfere with the electric brake circuit on your trailer connector. Therefore, the electric trailer brakes will still work just fine while using the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. I have attached a photo to better show how the unit installs in regards to the trailer connector portion. If this is not what you are asking please just clarify this for me so I can further assist.
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  • Can Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera be Set Up to Monitor a Trailer While Towing with Alerts Off
    I actually own the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 and the way it is set up it is hardwired to the reverse light circuit (this is permissible if the vehicle does not have a 7-Way to tee into). In order to turn it on when you want to you would have to hardwire it into the running light circuit or to a switch connected to the vehicle battery. Wiring it into the running light circuit would be easiest. The volume of alarms can be adjusted or muted with the button on side of the...
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  • Will Hopkins Backup Camera HM50002 Fit Honda Ridgeline
    Yes, the Hopkins backup camera part # HM50002 can easily be used on a Honda Ridgeline as long as it has a 7-way installed on it. The license plate bracket is also the standard plate bracket size so it would work in that regard as well.
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  • Back Up Camera Recommendation for a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagon
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 that you referenced can be installed on basically any vehicle as it is a universal fit item that would work well for you. To see how it would install on a vehicle your 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen check out the install video I attached. Virtually any qualified mechanic could install it as it isn't a difficult to install item.
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