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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2014 Nissan Versa

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How to Install a Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2014 Nissan Versa

Today on our 2014 Nissan Versa, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera. This is what it looks like installed. As you can see, here's our camera on the center, which it is adjustable and these two things on the sides, those are actually our backup sensors. So that will alarm us when we're getting close to an object, which these are also adjustable.All right, here's what the monitor looks like when it's not powered on. I'll go ahead and show you what it looks like when we put it in reverse. That's what it looks like when we're in reverse.

As you can see, there's some red, yellow and green indicators and that'll help you to determine how close you are to that object. And there's also a volume button because when you, the closer you get to an object, it will alarm you.Now, this backup camera does have two modes. One is everyday mode and that's what we're in right now, and it also has hitch mode. To put it in hitch mode, there's this button here, you push it in and then up. Now that's hitch mode and so that'll help you line your hitch up when you're backing up.

Like that. You can also, by pushing in this button, change your brightness, your contrast, your color, and your sharpness.This is everyday mode here. You're going to use this most of the time, although hitch mode will really help you when you're backing up to a trailer. The monitor does have a three and a half inch screen and is pretty slim. Now that'll help you with different placement options.

Now with that being said, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, the first thing we did was removed our license plate. You can do that with either a phillips head screwdriver or a flat head, whichever style you may have. The next thing we're going to need to do is remove and loosen up some of these trunk interior panels, to give us more space to work. We remove the floor by simply lifting it out of place. Then we need to loosen up these panels and remove this threshold.Now all of these will be held in place with a push pin style fastener and they're really easy to get off.

You just need a flathead and there'll be a notch on either side. Just put your flathead in there and kind of pry up on it and then you can pull those out. So we went ahead and removed a few from this panel and you just need to get it back enough to get access here. We have the threshold, the same thing to the other side. Then up here on the trunk, we removed a few of those push pins, we can pull that down. And that's all the access we need right there.Now we can run our harness. We're going to start with the back of the harness. The back of the harness is going to have a red and black wire and a connector like this. Now for our application, for the Nissan Versa, we don't need to use this connector, so we can go ahead and cut it off right here where these connection points are. Now with our harness prepared, we need to identify which wires are the ground wires and the reverse lights. In the Nissan Versa, the yellow wire is for the reverse lights and the black wire is the ground.So what we're wanting to do, is our red wire on our new harness, is got to be attached to our reverse lights and the black wire on our new harness is going to be a ground. So we can take these supplied connectors and attach our red wire to the yellow wire, right here coming out of this tail light and we can take our black wire and attach it to the black wire coming out of the tail light.All right, these particular ones don't come with the kit, but they work exactly the same as the ones that do. I just want to show you how it works. So this is what's going to connect your two wires together. So one of the wires you run through one hole and the other wire you run through the other hole, you want to make sure they're nice and straight and parallel with each other. Once you have them nice and straight, you take a pair of pliers, you push down on this silver tab and it'll sit flush and then that'll connect those two wires. So once you have that done, you can fold the cap over it. It'll help keep it secure.Now I found this job much easier to do with some zip ties. The kit does not come with any, so I highly recommend you pick some up on a, it'll make your life a lot easier. With that being said and our wires connected here at the tail light, we can start to run our wiring. And so what I did, is actually, I zip tied it to the back, the furthest point on this deck lid, and I ran it up and just followed the manufacturer's wiring through this hole, and it just dropped out right here.All right now, this connection is actually going to connect to our camera assembly. And how I did that, was I put our assembly in place and there's actually a wire that will need to come through. So we'll have to drill a hole in the deck lid to run that wire through. So I kind of eyeballed it in place and looked behind there, seeing just about where that wire needed to go, marked it. I used an 11/32nd's drill bit, drilled a hole through it, kind of filed it down to make it a little smoother, ran our wire through, so it'll come right through here. And then we can make our connection and zip tie it up and secure it.Now the connectors only go in one way. As you can see, there's two white arrows and some lines, so just make sure those line up, push down, you'll feel it kind of clip in and then you'll know it's seated. All right, now from here we can run our other end of the wire up to the front, where we're going to plug our screen in. So what I did was, I ran it all along here, on the threshold, and I used some tape just to kind of hold it in place. Came around here, then underneath this cover, and it's actually going to go up to the corner of the back seat and I'll give you a better shot of that now.It's a little tough to tell, but as long as you push the wire underneath the bottom of the back seat, and it's pretty easy to fish through, it all end up coming out right in this area. Since we have the end in this area, we can remove this threshold and all you need to do that is your hands. You simply just grab it and kind of work it and it'll pop off.So what I then did was removed the threshold here, the same way we did the back, and I ran the wire up through here and I didn't actually feed the wire through this part because it's really tough to get it all the way through, but there is some movement in it. So I actually just ran the wire underneath it like this and just kind of tucked it up in there with my fingers. So once I had it tucked up in here, I actually ran it through these factory wire looms and up along with the factory wiring.Once I had it to about here, what I actually did was, I, using my hands to pull back this weather stripping and I taped the wire to this main harness, right here. I ran it over and up along through this seam and then I kind of just tucked the wire in between the dash and this pillar, just to kind of secure it. It's nice and tight. And then that'll give us plenty of room to connect our camera connector to our wiring connector and figure out where we want to place it.Now with all of our wiring ran, we can then focus our attention on our screen. Now you want to find a spot to mount it and that's pretty much personal preference. I would prefer a spot down here in the corner, out of the way, but yet, easily visible.Now to do that, we would first clean our area, preferably with some rubbing alcohol. And then this is actually sticky tape, so we just peel the back off of it, push it down in place, and hold it. Now for video purposes, we're just going to leave it as it is, but if you we're to secure it, that's how you would do it.All right, now we can go ahead and test it. So what you want to do is start your car up, put your foot on the brake, go ahead and put it in reverse. Now as you can see, it's working as it should. The camera is adjustable up and down, so if you want a different view, you can make that adjustment and come back and recheck it.And that'll complete our look and installation of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on our 2014 Nissan Versa.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Telmo C.
Hi, I installed this camera on my 2015 Nissan versa, but for some reason it messed up my car. when I put it in drive and pres the gas it wont accelerate.
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Les D.

@TelmoC These camera systems operate independently of other vehicle systems. It seems only coincidental that you have gas pedal problems at the same time.

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