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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty


Welcome to etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at and installing the Hopkins Smart Camera Backup System here on a 2010 Ford F-250. with the Hopkins Smart Camera backup system installed it's gonna be a huge help to those of us out there on the road that don't have backup camera systems in here. So driving around, I don't have towing mirrors. I just have standard single plane mirrors and I keep them pointed down towards the back tires of my pickup truck so that way I can use them to line up in parking spots backing up the trailers. But that's also a little unsafe just because I don't really see what's going on next to me.

With a backup camera I can use that to watch behind me and I can keep my mirrors on the side where they're supposed to be, looking at the side. With the camera system itself you have an everyday mode which gives you a general backup warning indicator with your green zone, yellow zone, and your red zone for when you get maybe a little too close to something. With the toggle of the button on the side you can turn on the hitch lines. That's gonna give us two lines of a green zone, two in a yellow zone, and then the single red line, it's gonna be roughly in line with your hitch ball. Now as we back up and approach the trailer you'll hear the camera system start beeping as we approach the green zone.

And the yellow zone it beeps a little faster like that. And now with our red zone, it's gonna turn into a constant beep as our ball sits directly underneath of the coupler for hooking up. Now that we've backed up to the coupler let's come back outside and see how it did. It's a little off. You can't completely disregard your own intuition as a driver and rely entirely on the backup camera system but it is still a great aid and it got us directly in line with the coupler.

The assembly back here is gonna replace a license plate frame if you had one. You can see the two smart sensors here on either side. That'll detect objects back here behind the vehicle as you back up or approach a trailer. And in the center we have the camera and it can be adjusted down or up depending on how this ends up sitting on your vehicle because this is a universal kit. So whether it's lower to the ground, like here, we have it all the way up, or if it sits taller, you can angle it down to get the most out of the visibility of the screen.

The wiring to get this all set up is gonna come out of the box ready to connect in between your factory 7-way if you have it on your vehicle. Now, if you don't have a factory 7-way connector on the back, you can still remove that 7-way splice in and then hard wire in all those connections. They do have extra steps in the instructions just in case that's your situation. Even in everyday mode, it's a huge help to have on your vehicle with the smart sensor showing you exactly where you're backing up in places like parking lots or even at home in your driveway. The monitor that'll go with this kit inside your vehicle is only gonna be a 3 1/2 inch screen and 480p resolution. However, you're still able to see plenty on the screen. Using the toggle switch on the side of the monitor, you're able to switch between your everyday and hitch line mode, the brightness of the screen, the contrast, the color, and the sharpness. The Hopkins Smart Camera Backup System is gonna add a lot of functionality to your vehicle that may not have had it to begin with. It's a pretty quick installation as long as you do have have that factory 7-way connector. Let's go in the shop and follow this installation step- by-step to get it hooked up on your vehicle. So to get us started on our installation we're gonna take the Smart Camera Backup System. You're gonna go ahead and flip out your sensors to the side and we're gonna remove our license plate from the vehicle first. You're removing the license plate because the system's gonna sit in between your bumper and the actual license plate itself once you mount it. If you can see here on the side, the sensors have a slot, so that way your license plate slides up and fits in there just about perfect. And most license plates should line up with the holes. You're gonna take our connection, slide it back over the top of the bumper, and take our hardware and go ahead and start tightening it down. So now that the sensor, or the camera itself, is installed back here and our wires set back up the bulk of this installation is gonna be routing wiring along underneath the vehicle which we're gonna show you the path we took. But to get ourselves going I went ahead and hooked up our wires back here. You're gonna have a splice in for your 7-way trailer connection on the back of the vehicle. I just set this back here so I knew from the start point how much length I had to play with. The wires in this kit are gonna run 19 foot and 7 inches. And this is my pickup truck. It's a crew cab F-250 with an 8 foot bed. I was starting to wonder if maybe 19 foot wasn't enough but sure enough, we got it all the way to the cab. So let's hop underneath, make some connections, and show you the route we took. So, we're underneath the vehicle now. We have it on a lift just to show you guys a better view of what's going on. But this can easily be done in your driveway on the ground. Put it up on jack stands if you need extra wiggle room. But here we are with our first connection. This is the wire that came down from our camera system. And this right here I've already disconnected the factory 7-way connection on the vehicle, but you're gonna have these two, they're gonna splice in there. Highly recommend putting dielectric grease in here for the connections to keep them protected. You can see there's already some little dirt, dust, and corrosion 'cause I drive a rust bucket. So first thing's first. You're gonna hook up all these. You wanna make sure that it doesn't just pop back out as that just did. There was a soft click, I don't know if you guys we're able to hear it, but now it's not going anywhere. It's gonna be a bit of a tight squeeze depending on what vehicle you have or how yours is set up. But squeeze that. So that pops in. With our wire from the camera system and this connection back under here. I'm gonna go ahead and line these up. Click them together. I'm gonna come back with some electrical tape and wrap this all together so that way it doesn't come apart underneath the vehicle. And you can see we do have some excess wiring that's gonna get zip-tied and bundled up here later. But for the wire that actually runs into our screen in the cab, I went ahead and traced it along with some wiring under the inside of the frame rail here with some zip ties along the way just to keep it secure and out of the way of any moving suspension components or away from anything that gets hot such as the exhaust. But following this down and along I used a fish wire lead to get over the gas tank and get it along the inside of the frame mill right there. And we'll be popping out up here at the front of the gas tank. And then there's some connectors on the inside of the frame rail here, ran it along, tucked it in this one, and now we're right here underneath of the driver's side door. And we're gonna come up over the top of the frame rail where there's gonna be a floorboard grommet up under here. And we're gonna go up inside the cab now, pop off some panels, pull up the floor, open the grommet, and we're gonna take our lead up in there for our connection to the screen. So for this part, a trim panel tool's a good thing to have on hand because we're removing the footstep right here as well as this corner piece to be able to peel back our floor covering. Now I've already loosened this one and some of the clips didn't quite see back in there proper. So we're gonna remove this, sit it out of the way, giving us access to this right here. Now on the inside there's gonna be a push pin fastener that we're gonna use our trim panel tool to scrape underneath the head of. And we're just gonna peel this back out, allowing us to remove this panel. Now we're free to go ahead and fold back the floor covering which will reveal this grommet right here. Using the trim panel tool again, pop this up, and that way we'll be able to pass our wire through. And I'm gonna go ahead and make a slit in this grommet to pass the wire through. That way we have a nice water-tight connection in the floorboard. I have one arm underneath with our wire, reaching around as it pokes through feed it through the grommet. Might be a little tough but we do want the grommet to be tight on this wire for a good seal. Pull our wire through the grommet until we have what we need. Be sure to go underneath and re-secure anything that you might need to zip tie. Now we can come back with our screen and figure out a good mounting spot. The instructions give you an idea of two or three different places to mount it. We've selected right up here to be the mounting spot for our camera. So I took some air line, ran it down through here, passed it down behind this panel, and now in between the hood latch and the emergency brake pedals where it poked out. Using electrical tape, fasten this together so that way we can fish it up and out through the top. We're gonna be careful to make sure we do not route this behind the pedals or through any different pinch points as we guide it up. With the chosen position for our screen you wanna make sure that you're still able to access the toggle switch here on the side and perform all the functions of it. We got enough room there between the top of the dash, so we'll remove the adhesive backing underneath and secure it in place. With our last connection put these two wires together and we'll take our excess and stuff it back down under the dash. With all our connections made and our wires routed up and out of the way underneath the vehicle, let's go ahead turn on the truck and check it out. Throwing ourselves into reverse as if we're backing up to a trailer. The camera comes on. We can see the alignment systems working properly and everything's functioning. And that does it for our look at and installation of the Hopkins Smart Camera Backup System here on a 2010 Ford F-250..


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