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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado


Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM50002. Here's what it looks like once it's installed in the truck. As you can see we got the display here and then we've also got red, yellow and green zones within our image, so as we backup and get into each zone, you'll notice that each colored zone starts to flash as we're in that range. We are very close the the coupler on the trailer and the red zone is flashing. That audio tone that you hear just lets us know which zone we're in, the green, yellow or red and the constant tone means we're in that red zone and the dial here on the side will allow you to adjust that. If you go down, you can completely mute it, or you can go completely up you can change the volume of it. Now you also have some other options. There's an options menu, that if you press this dial in on the side, it will let you go in and you can switch those.

You have the hitch alignment on and now you can see that our color rate has changed to help us line up our hitch between the bars on either side, but it's still going to flash in each zone as we go through it to let you know how close it is. Then if you continue to go through that menu, you can adjust brightness, so it's a little bit easier to see. You can do contrast, color, sharpness or you can reset it back to factory settings. To get it back to the everyday mode, you can turn that hitch alignment off in order to get back to your normal view there. What's really great about this backup camera and sensor system, it gives you the features of both that camera, to where you can see behind you, but the sensors also to help give you an idea that you're close and also to give you that audio tone if you want to make sure you have a good idea how close you are if you aren't able to look at the screen the entire time. Also, this system makes it a lot easier for backing up the trailer and it takes out a lot of the guess work if you're too far left or right, or how far away from it you are.

This helps make that a lot easier because you can see what's directly behind you. It also makes it easier for backing in the parking spaces and things like that, so that way you can get far enough in, but not get too close and possibly bump the car that's behind you. Now, let's show you how to install it. Here we've got our backup camera and sensors. We'll need to take our rear license plate off in order to install this back here. We can take our backup camera and sensors and we'll take the little feed wire and run it through the hole that's cut just underneath our tailgate here.

This is the one that came with the factory. We need to get it lined up there and reinstall our license plate up underneath the back of the sensors, so it lines up with the holes there. Then we will reinstall them and tighten them down. Now if the hardware that your vehicle has from the factory doesn't have bolts or screws long enough, it does come with new ones in the kit that you can use. Now, underneath the back of the truck, I've gone ahead and removed the spare tire to give ourselves more room to work and make it a little bit easier to see what I'm doing here. What I'm going to do now is I'm going to actually remove the connector on the back of the factory 7-way.

It plugs right up over here and it's got a little gray keeper tab in it, which you can just push down on that little center portion that hooks it in place and pull it right out. Now we can squeeze that tab on the other side, where we took that gray tab out of and get our connector off of there. Now what we'll do is that our backup camera kit comes with a T in order to have a good ground and have power coming from the reverse circuit, so that's what our backup camera gets powered up is when the vehicles in reverse. I'll put this T in and I'm going to put a little bit of dye electric grease on there, just to help make sure there's no corrosion that gets into these connector points. I'll take that one and plug it into the factory 7-way. You want to make sure it goes all the way together to where it clicks, so you know it's secure. Then you can reinstall your little gray tab that you removed. Then we'll do the same thing with this end. Put a little bit of dye electric grease on there and install that until it clicks. Now the shorter end of our black wire where it's got just the one coming out of our connection point here, we'll be plugging into the wire that's coming off of our camera and sensors on the back. You got arrows on both of these plugs, so you line those arrows up and plug it in and make sure that it snaps firmly together. I will take a little bit of electrical tape and wrap it around this connection just to help make sure that it doesn't get a lot of water in there and corrode the connections in there. I've gone ahead and routed the wiring up towards the cab of the truck and right here I just zip tie it up to the access red and black wire. Then I took the large black wire that carries our signal up to the monitor and then I zip tie it along here going above where the spare tire sits. Run it across through that PAT channel and crossed over to the outside of the frame and then followed some wiring that had already been run and just track that all the way up to right underneath the drivers seat. There is a grommet there, so I took a utility knife and cut a little bit of an X into it in order to take my fish wire here and begin to feed it up through and then I'll go inside the cab. Now I'll take this floor mat out and then on the threshold here that's held in by some clips, I just need to carefully grab underneath it and begin pulling upwards, just work you way down the length of it to pop that out. We lift up on the carpet here and underneath we'll be able to see that grommet where that fish wire is coming through. Now I'll pull my wiring through and begin to route it up towards the location where we'll be mounting our monitor. I've ran the wire from underneath the carpet here by the grommet underneath and I've just tucked it underneath the edge of this cover right here. I tucked it all the way around and brought it up from behind and brought it up here to near where this fuse panel is. To get that off, you just pop that cover off, there is a little spot you grip down here at the bottom. Now what we'll need to do is locate the location we want to mount our monitor. On this one, we're going to be mounting it right over here, so that it's easily visible, but also out of the way so it doesn't get in the way of anything that we may view. You can really put this anywhere that you like, whatever is going to be best for you. I'm going to clean this surface right there, so we can use the sticky pad on the underside here to secure it. Take a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a cloth and just clean that surface off so that it will adhere very well to the surface. I'll peel that protective cover and I'll stick it down on that surface that I just cleaned off and I'll hold pressure there for a minute just to make sure it sticks really well. Now I'll take the wire and begin tucking it in in the little seam in the dash there. Now we've got our 2 ends here and we can connect them and get the arrows lined up, push them together so that they're secure and then we can take our excess wire here and we'll just bundle it up and secure it inside this panel right here. Now we can reinstall everything that we removed over on this drivers side. Now that we've got it all hooked up, let's start our truck up and check to make sure it's working. Now we'll put it in reverse and there we've got our image. Now we will adjust our camera up and you may have to do it a few times where you get in the truck and check to see where it's aimed to make sure it's where you like it. That looks like a pretty good area and then with the sensors you want to aim those so they are pretty much straight back. They have a little bit of a downward angle, that's okay. We want to get them pretty close to perpendicular with the ground. To adjust these sensors and the camera, they've got little set screws on the side that you can loosen up and then down here for the sensors, there's numbers 1-5. In the instruction manual there's a little chart that it gives you, so depending on how high your sensors sit from ground level, is going to depend on what angle you need to put this at. It will give you a number to set it to, to go along with the height from the ground. Then you can re-tighten the screws when you're all done. That's going to complete our look at and installation of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM50002 on our 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.


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