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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Today in our 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera with hitch alignment system, part number HM50002.Right here we have our backup camera, which can adjust up or down like so. Then we have our sensors that are on the side. These are there to detect when you're approaching an object and you're getting very close to hitting it. The bracket tray underneath lets you mount it to your license plate so it'll center on your hitch. With the camera on, we can see everything behind us. It even includes a hitch mode so that when we're backing up, trying to hook up to our hitch, we can line it up perfectly and get it in one try every time.As you can see, it starts beeping when we get pretty close to an object, lets you know that you're coming close.

If we go to our menu, we see that we can adjust our brightness right there, down or up. We can go to our contrast and adjust that if we wish. We even have a color adjustment and sharpness. We can even switch it off of hitch line mode so that it gives us parallel lines that resemble where our truck's gonna be when we park. This is great and convenient for when you're trying to back into a parking spot.To mount the monitor, all you have to do is peel off this backing right here, and then mount it wherever is convenient for you.

Now that we've gone over some of those features, let's go ahead and show you how it installs.If you have a regular Silverado that just has a cab and a bed to it, you're going to be able to put this on the license plate holder, because it's centered right above your hitch. However, because this is a flatbed, we're going to have to improvise a little bit. You can see the outlines of a plate that was basically just glued onto the back of this truck. Because it's centered with our hitch, we're going to be able to use it as a template.The top of the camera is flat, so we're going to take that and scoot it up against the top right there. We're also going to make sure we align this camera up with this light right here, and also ake sure we scoot back and try to line it up with the hitch.

Once you have that you want to make sure that it's level. Once you have that done you can use a level if you wish, you can put on the bottom right here, but we already did that and made our marking.So, now we'll just mark our holes where we need to drill. I'm going to take my bigger drill bit right now, and I'm just going to make a mark with it, and then I can take the plate off and then drill the rest of my hole. Now that we've made those marks we can go ahead and take this off.Now we're going to take a smaller drill bit so we can drill out a pilot hole. We'll just go right on our marking and begin to drill.

Now we'll come back with our bigger drill bit and drill out the rest of the hole. Before we install out camera, we need to drill out a hole so that we can have our plugin wire fed through to the back. Again, we're going to take a small drill bit first to drill out a pilot hole. We've already made our mark, so we'll go ahead and drill.To protect our exposed metal right here, we're just going to take some cold, galvanizing paint that we sprayed onto this rag, and just wipe that on the inside to help prevent rust and corrosion. Now it's time to install our license plate. All you got to do is take it, kind of just shove it up in there. Clips in, and now we'll go ahead and feed our wire through the hole. Come all the way up, set it into place like so, and then we can grab our hardware.Now, because the hardware that came with our package was only for plastic trims, we had to replace it with these 5/16 bolts and nuts. We're just going to drive that in through the hole, and we'll hold it there. Then we'll take a nut and we'll have to put it on the other side. Now we'll just tighten it down.Now we need to attach the seven-way connection that's going to give power to our camera. It's going to act as a middleman for our factory seven-way. So, go ahead, take off the factory seven-way, and then we're going to plug that into the bigger end right here. Once we've done that, we can take our smaller end, and then attach it to the seven-way. Want to make sure you push down and get it locked on there, like so.Now we're going to go ahead and plug our camera in. There's two white arrows. We need to line it up on both sides, go ahead, press those together. Now we're going to go ahead and wrap both connection points with electrical tape to make sure no dirt or debris gets in and messes up the connection. Now we're going to take this long wire and run it under the truck, all the way up to the cab. You want to make sure you avoid any heat sources. That's why we're going to stay on the opposite side of the exhaust.As you can see, I took the excess of the red wire and zip-tied it to the seven-way right there. And the rest of our black wire is run up into the cab, and I'll show you where that is. Here's our wire right here. We've brought it up from the seven-way connector, and it's because this wire right here, the fat one, is already run through towards the cab. We used the same route, so we just took it through the holes all the way to the front.When we got up to the front of the flatbed, we rerouted it and went down and came out this way, and now we're following this tubing up to under the cab. We went ahead and used these clips that are on the tubing to make sure our wire stays in place. Now we're going to come up through this grommet right here that leads you to this floorboard of the driver's side. To get under the rubber floor mat to access where our wire is, we're going to have to pull up these trim panels. We just get a plastic tool remover, I'll pry that up, and we'll just set that aside for now.And we lift up our mat and we see the access point where we're going to bring our wire through. We're just going to cut a small hole into this grommet right there, and then we'll take our wire and we'll just go ahead and feed it up. Now that we've got the wire, we'll go ahead and just pull it all the way through. Now, we've brought the wire up and through. We're going to put back this piece of panel while trying to get the wire to run through with it. So, we'll bring the wire off to the side like that, and then we'll put this back in place. Just press down and get all those connection points back.Our monitor's going to sit right here, but we're going to go ahead and leave it with the adhesive sticker in place, so that we can let the customer decide where they want to put it. But we'll go ahead and connect it. It's going to be the same type of connection as before. The white arrows right there are going to meet like so.The connection point for the monitor and the wiring that's with it, we're going to go ahead and leave as wiggle room for that customer. And we're going to push the rest of the wire into that slot right there, all the way down. I went ahead and removed this panel a little bit, and then put the excess wire and tucked it back in there. And there you have it for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on our 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500.

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