How To Install Truck Backup Camera On Your Truck

With different technologies coming up to improve the safety on the road, especially for you as the driver of a truck, it is important to move with times and ensure that you install a back camera for your truck. When you have one, it enhances your safety as the driver, warn you to take precautions and to predict a collision. It is a technology which is becoming readily available for various types of trucks. Some are affordable while others are high end and you will need to invest heavily in them. It is very easy to install an aftermarket backup camera and thus, no need to get scared as my step by step is a simpler version of them all that you will follow easily. But if your camera comes with a manual, I will advise that you use that one.


  • Truck camera
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Cables

Step By Step Installation Of A Wired Backup Camera On A Truck

There are very solutions which have been developed to ensure that you can easily view your truck’s surrounding. If you get the right one, you will be able to have a real time scan of your environment and you will be able to make the right decisions on the roads. As the owner of the truck, you will be able to cut costs on insurance premiums which will go down due to mitigation measures that are in place and in case of the truck being repaired in a garage, there will be no wasting of time.

If the license plate is located at the bumper then the installation will not be a tough one. In such vehicles, it is possible to do the wiring under the truck. In such trucks, you will find that the cameras are attached to the reverse lights, making it possible for the system to switch itself on its own. What you need to ensure is that the reverse lights wiring needs to be closer to the license plate, but if it is not, then it will be time-consuming for you.
You will be shocked at how easy it will be to wire the monitor. You will only need to plug the system into a standard twelve-volt power source. It is a very simple process – just like plugging in your phone to charge. Just ensure that the monitor is wired directly as that make it give you a cleaner look. If the wiring in your truck entails climbing under the vehicle, then you will need to do it with your safety glass on.

Step 1: Have The Camera Mounted

You will have to remove the screws that hold the license plate in order to fix the camera unit on top of the license plate by utilizing the same screws.

Step 2: Routing Of The Cables Of The Camera

Due to the fact that the camera is bigger than the license plate, you will need to route the cables in a more careful manner to avoid them obstructing some information on the license plate.

Step 3: Locating The Reversing Light

You will have to tap power for the transmitter box from the reverse lights cables.

Step 4: Transmitter Box Preparation

There are two power cables in the transmitter box which you will need to strip. You will use the cables to connect to the reverse lights power source.

Step 5: Tapping Power From The Reverse Lights

You will have to use pliers. Start by locking the wires around the positive and negative power cables. You will then use the ends to connect to the power that leads to the transmitter box.

Step 6: Connecting The Transmitter Box To The Truck Camera

If you look at the cables carefully, you will see it clearly indicated where you should connect them to the transmitter box. It should be to the video box and power on the camera.

Step 7: Returning Your Truck Parts Back Together

You will need to ensure that, any part that was removed during the installation of the camera is returned back on the truck. This includes the reverse lights.

Step 8: Attaching The Receiver To The GPS

While still in the truck, you will then need to attach the receiver to the GPS. When you do that, it will make it possible for the receiver and GPS to receive power from one unit.

Step 9: Recheck What You Have Done So Far

You will need to reverse the truck so that you ensure that, the reverse lights have not been tampered with. You can do a third check if need be. Once you are sure that everything is in order, it is good to go.

Step 10: Doing Some Testing During Display

As you are doing the reverse, the receiver box will sense the transmitter and the camera, and in the process broadcasting and this, in turn, switch the display screen. You as the driver will be able to see the rear view.

Installing A Wireless Backup Camera

Installing a wireless camera is easier as compared to installing a wired one due to the fact that, you don’t require any wired connection before it works. In most trucks, you will find the cameras attached to the license plate of your vehicle. When you get a wireless connection, then they don’t require connection to the monitor that is normally mounted on the windscreen or dash. You will use a suction cup mount to do the installation. From the camera to the monitor, signals are transmitted wirelessly. Although it uses the wireless method, its power is derived from the electrical system of the truck.

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As a truck owner, don’t hesitate in investing in a quality backup camera truck because of the many benefits you will get from it. Even though it might be important to consider the cost, it is also necessary to invest in a backup camera for trucks that have several features which may push the cost up. Ensure that, the camera you are buying is important and also ensure you get an installation guide for the backup camera on a truck. 

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