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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2013 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2013 Ford F-150

Today in our 2013 Ford F150, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch backup camera and hitch aligner system, part number HM50002. Right now, we have it in hitch mode. It's going to give us this V shape. It's going to help us line up the ball, which you can see right here at the bottom of our screen, to our trailer. Now, as we back up, you'll see it starts to go from the green to the yellow, which means we're getting within five or six inches of our target. As we get closer, it's going to go to red, and that's going to let us know we're very close to our target, within about an inch and a half of our target. Now, we're going to take it from our tow mode and put it into everyday mode, which will change our lines in the back to a more squared off pattern.

As we start to back up, we'll have the same reaction as you get closer. It'll start flashing, get a little closer. That way, we know we're about an inch and a half away from our target. This is what your kit is going to consist of. We're going to have our three and a half inch monitor, it's going to glue either to your dash or any place on the dash that you'd like it to go.

We're going to have our cord to connect our camera. This is going to plug in between our factory seven way 00:01:23 connector in the back of our vehicle so we can get power from the reverse lights to operate it. Then we're going to have this license plate bracket. It's going to have our two backup sensors, and it's also going to have our camera. Our first step is going to be to go ahead and mount our camera. It's going to fit where your license plate would go, and then your plate is just going to slide up inside, and we'll install it onto the back of the vehicle.

This particular application, the holes are a little bit larger than the screws are supplied, so we got some other, larger diameter screws, and we're going to install our plate. Once we have that tightened up, we're going to take our wire from the back of our camera, and we're going to press it behind the bumper. Then, we can go underneath and start doing our attachments. Now, if your vehicle does not have a factory seven way connector, you're just going to take this black and red wire here, you're going to cut them off, and you're going to run them right through the back of your taillight, tying into the reverse light circuit. We'll just go ahead and cut those off, and we'll just set this plug aside. Now, we're going to take our female side of the plug, you have an arrow on this side, an arrow on this side, we'll line them up. Press it into position, and we're going to wrap with some electrical tape, help keep out any dirt and corrosion.

Now, we're going to mount our black and red wire, run those up through our taillight, and we're going to take a little bit of airline tubing to help route our wire through the frame rail here. Now, the other wire, the long wire is going to run to the front of the vehicle and attach to our monitor, so we're going to need to route that along the frame as well. Now, we can go ahead and remove our taillight. We're going to take an eight millimeter socket, take out these two bolts, slip it forward, and we're going to need to gain access to the reverse light, which is going to be the center plug. Just go ahead and take the whole bulb out. We'll press down on that tab, and we'll slide off our bulb and socket. Now, we're going to put the key on, put the brake on, and we can put our vehicle in reverse without it running, and we're going to test for our inaudible 00:04:11 side of our wire. It's going to be the blue with the white tracer. Now, we can turn off our ignition switch and put it back into park, and we can cut into our wiring. We're going to go ahead and clip this wire. We're going to actually use a butt connector to attach it instead of the quick connectors that came with it. It's going to give us a better connection. Now, we're going to take our red and black wire, and we're going to run them up into the taillight housing area. We're going to take the red wire, and we'll strip it back about a quarter of an inch. We're going to strip back that blue with the white tracer so we can tie all three of these wires together. We'll go ahead and twist these two wires together. Now, we're going to be using inaudible 00:05:06 butt connectors. If you don't have any, you can pick them up at our website, part number DW05744-10. That's going to be for 16 to 14 gauge wires. We'll place that in there. Real nice crimp. The other side is going to get the red wire that we've already stripped back, and we'll slide that into the other half of our connector, and we'll crimp it as well, and we'll shrink up 00:05:43 the connector, sealing up our wire. The other side of the wire is going to be our ground, so we're going to do the same thing with that. We're going to go ahead and cut it. We're going to strip it back, place on another inaudible 00:06:03 butt connector, and we'll take that black wire, and it'll go on the other side. Now, we're going to take a little electrical tape, and we're going to wrap up our wires that we've just heat shrunk, just for a little extra protection. We can take our excess wire, and we'll just kind of bundle it up here. We'll take a zip tie and attach it to the wire, just to keep it up from falling down on the bottom of the vehicle. We'll trip off our excess, and we can reinstall our bulb and socket. You hear it click, and we can just twist it back into the back of our light. Put our two bolts back in. Now we can go ahead and route our cable to the front of the vehicle. Now, as you're running it, you want to make sure you keep away from any heat sources or anything that's going to be a moving object, or anything that's sharp, so we don't want to cut our writing. Just follow this inaudible 00:07:27 zip tying it evenly all the way up until it comes out in the engine compartment. Now, on this vehicle, being it's an extra cab, we're going to need to use an extension wire as well, which is available on our website. A five foot extension cable, it's going to be part number HM3100504060. We're going to go ahead and take our extension, our five foot extension. We're going to line up the arrows, plug it together, and we'll take a bit of electrical tape. Now, our F150, on the top of the factory wiring grommet, there's a little cover, a little rubber plug. We just gave a little slice in that, and we're going to feed our wire through there. It's a nice pass through channel. We'll just go ahead and feed all of our wiring inaudible 00:08:27 down to the inside. Then we'll take the large part of our plug, and we're going to push it in, and that's going to seal up our hole. Now, with that sealed up, we can go to the inside, and we can route our wire up to the top of the dash, and we'll install our monitor. We're going to go ahead and pop off our side panel here. Take your finger inside the hole there, pull it out of the way. We'll take our wire that we routed up and pass it up to the top, here. We'll put a zip tie on that to keep it from dropping down and getting caught on our feet or into the emergency brake cable. We can take our wiring, I'm going to tuck it nicely in behind. We want to clean off our dash with some rubbing alcohol. It's going to ensure that all the dirt and grime, any kind of oil that's on there is going to be off there. We'll take off the backing on our two-sided tape on our monitor. We're going to install it onto the dash with some steady pressure. Take our wire from our monitor, and plug it into our cable, and we'll tuck it all back down into the dash. After we have our wires all bundled up and everything tucked away neatly, we'll put a zip tie on here, and we'll cut off the excess, and we can reinstall our dash panel. Now, we can go ahead and test our system. Start up our vehicle, and we're going to put it into reverse. Now you're going to see our system has come live. When you take it out of reverse, it goes off. The first thing that I want to do is set your senors. You want to look at your instructions. It's going to tell you, depending on the measurement from the ground to the center of your sensor, there's going to be a chart. You take your measurement, and on the sensor, there's going to be numbers, one, two, three and four. There's a little pointer on our sensor, so you line up your pointer on your sensor with the number that corresponds to your chart. Once you have it set, you just want to hold it and snug down the two set screws on the side. You'll do that for both of them. That's going to do it for our look at an install of the Hopkins Smart Hitch backup camera and hitch aligner system, part number HM50002 on our 2013 Ford F150.

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