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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. 1-800-496-5010 to order Hopkins backup camera part number HM50002 or order online at Free expert support on all Hopkins products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Backup Camera reviews from real customers.
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Hopkins Backup Camera - HM50002

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

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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System - HM50002

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (777 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.


Installation went great and product works as advertised. Quick tip - I finished the installation in about 1 hour and it initially didn't work. Spent the next 2 hours re-connecting wires, testing circuits, and swearing a lot. Finally checked the fuse box and the fuse for my trailer reverse lights was missing. Added the fuse and everything works great. Also, I purchased but didn't need the 5 ft extension in my 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD crew cab.

I have sent your information over to our customer service department for them to assist you in returning the 5 ft extension.
Katrina B - 08/04/2022


Backup camera works well. It does seem to detect things that aren't there and beeps at you constantly, but it isn't a deal breaker as you can turn it down. Easy to install if you watch the videos to get some hints. Hitch aligner works great. I found it most useful if I use one of the "tennis ball" aligners and place it directly under my trailer hitch so there is some brightness and contrast to see when the towing ball hits the "tennis ball". I would recommend this product and etrailer in general.


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.
Michael - 10/03/2021


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

although the truck is now sold, product was a good fit for an aftermarket add on worked great while I had it
Terry M - 11/15/2021


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.


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.


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.


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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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.

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


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.

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


Installation was a breeze on my 06 Silverado. I couldn't believe how quickly I had it done. I came up through the floor at the transmission cable grommet and installed the monitor above and left of rear view mirror. Works great and I'm anxious to back it up to my trailers. Notes: I had to custom tune the sensors so the hitch line lined up with the trailer ball. It should come with some zip-ties but it didn't. Neither was a big deal. I will update my review after sone trailer hookups.


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.


Recently I backed into a pole and ended up needing a whole new box put on. I'm "old school" to where pickups had visibility out the back, something that is sorely missing on these newer trucks. Having zero confidence in the back-up sensors that came with the truck I was looking for a dependable system to replace it. I found the Hopkins system online and was impressed with the wiring system to where its a simple plug-and-go connection in synch with the factory wiring loom. No clip-on connectors to corrode or left exposed to the elements. I spent right about an hour running the cable along the frame to where I could get into the cab via the emergency cable grommet. The rest took about another hour as I wanted the cable hidden behind the dash. Finished putting the dash together, plugged it in and the system came right up with no problem. Clear and adjustable the picture showed everything I was hoping for. I am so glad I made the right choice.

just fine! Sold my truck to one of the grandsons and he loves it too!
John - 12/09/2021


I've had my backup camera for a year and it's great. It makes it a snap hook to any trailer. Also nice to have for backing out of parking spots. Thanks etrailer.


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?
-- comment by: Scotty - 12/14/2015
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


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.

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


Intial setup was good.The center terminal on the 7 way connector was slightly bent causing no power.Found with volt meter and straighten terminal.Suggest not to ship in the original box it is to light weight.Box was torn almost open.


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!

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
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


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


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.
Par-T-foul - 03/08/2020


Great product, very happy that i ordered this Hopkins Smart Hitch for my truck. Installation was very simple no problems at all. Makes it a lot easier when hooking up to my trailer. My brother now wants one for his truck...


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.
Jim - 07/28/2017


works great. awsome for trailer hook up


Very simple install, easy instructions to follow, works as advertised. Would have liked a bigger screen but knew what I was getting and is very helpful in both backing up and aligning to the trailer. Price is very good in the bang for your buck category. Would recommend to a friend and I do like the extra warning of the audible sensors.

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  • How to Install Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on Vehicle with a 7-Way that Doesn't Come Apart
    If the 7-way at the rear of your 2006 Toyota Tundra does not come apart you could hardwire the Hopkins Camera part # HM50002 to your current 7-way. You would need to separate the reverse light circuit from the harness leading to the 7-way. This wire can be purple and will be the center pole of your 7-way. This wire will run to the red wire of the camera's harness. The black wire will need to be grounded. You can run this to the ground of the 7-way (5:00 position), or could be grounded to...
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  • Malfunction of Sensors and Display in Hopkins Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002
    Thank you for your purchase of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002. This product is covered by a one-year limited warranty from Hopkins, but before you proceed for warranty service, you might try some quick checks. The system's sensors can rotate vertically, so make sure they are correctly oriented so that they can detect objects to the rear of the vehicle. Also, the display unit has two modes, Hitch and Everyday, and only in Hitch Mode will you see...
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  • Can Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System # HM50002 Be Used With Different Camera
    The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System # HM50002 is intended for use as a complete system. The wiring harness and monitor portions of the system use connectors that are intended to mate with those on the license-plate camera unit. Also, the resolution of the monitor unit is specific to the output of the Hopkins camera. Another brand/type of camera might operate but it is unlikely that it would provide the correct image resolution for compatibility with the rest of the system. My...
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  • Best Way to Access Reverse Lamp Circuit When Installing Hopkins Smart Hitch Back-Up Camera System
    Actually, by plugging inline between the vehicle wiring harness and the 7-way, the camera system gains access to the reverse light circuit. If the vehicle doesn't have a 7-way trailer connector, the connector can be cut off and the camera can be hardwired by tapping the red wire into the reverse light circuit, and grounding the black wire.
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  • Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Gets Lines in Display then Goes to Blue Screen on 2014 Ram 2500
    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. I own this same system and have...
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  • Installing Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 on 2001 Ford Ranger
    I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and most likely the reviews that you have seen were from the previous model of the Smart Hitch Backup Camera. In the past they had a small programming glitch which has since been corrected. The Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, # HM50002, would be a great addition to your 2001 Ford Ranger and now has great customer reviews with no complaints of there being any malfunctions.
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