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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2007 GMC Sierra

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2007 GMC Sierra

Today on our 2007 GMC Sierra, we'll be installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera with Hitch Aligner system, part number HM50002. We'll first need to install the camera mounting bracket. To do that, we'll first remove the old fasteners that hold the license plate in place. Because of the width of the bracket we'll need to use the new fasteners supplied with the install kit to resecure the license plate and bracket. We'll take the new mounting bracket and set up our wire first. The wire will come off of the bracket for the sensors and camera. We'll be able to run it through the manufacturer's cut out behind the license plate.

Let's go ahead and put our license plate in place and then install our mounting hardware. Then we can go ahead and adjust our sensors as necessary. Next we'll move underneath the vehicle. We'll be plugging in line with the manufacturer's plug that runs to the 7-Pole connector. Next we'll take the wiring harness that has the white arrow match it up with the white arrow in the plug from our license plate camera bracket and plug them together. Quick tech tip, at this time we can go ahead and wrap up this connection point with some black electrical tape to help keep it free from dirt, dust, debris and moisture.

Now with our connection point wrapped up, we'll go ahead and remove the manufacturer's 7-Pole plug from the back of the 7-Pole. To do that, we'll press on the locking tab and remove it. Then we'll take the 7-Pole plug provided with our install kit that's part of our wiring harness, plug into the manufacturer's connection. Once we have plugged into the wire side, we'll take the other end and plug back into the 7-Pole connector. Now with our connections made, we'll go ahead and bundle up the extra wire and secure it behind the license plate. To secure the wires, we're just going to use some black zip ties.

Now we'll take the other end of our cable and start routing it up into the cabin of the vehicle. Keep in mind when routing your wires stay away from any moving components such as steering and suspension or excessive heat such as exhaust. For this application, we can run over to the frame and down the frame channel. Now for some applications where the vehicle's longer than the wire harness supplied, we need to add an extension cable, we'll be using the Hopkins Extension Cable for the Smart Hitch Backup Camera, part number HM3100504061. The extension cable will plug directly into the original cable just like we did for the license plate camera bracket to the wiring harness.

We'll line up the white arrows, plug them together and then wrap it up with some black electrical tape. Now we've made our connection and wrapped it up, we'll go ahead and finish routing our wiring harness. We're going to go ahead and take it following the manufacturer's wiring up the frame into the engine compartment. To assist in routing it up the firewall into the engine compartment, we're going to go ahead and use a pull wire. The pull wire can be a stiff piece of wire or a piece of air tubing. We'll go ahead and tape the wiring harness directly to the pull wire and pull it through the top of the engine bay. Once we get it to the top of the engine compartment, we'll locate our manufacturer's grommet that we can pass through the firewall into the cabin of the vehicle. Now in this application, the manufacturer's grommets aren't really accessible or easy to pass through so we'll utilize the grommet with our install kit to pass the wire through the firewall. First, we'll find a location where we can drill through then drill a pilot hole. Once the pilot hole is clear, we can go ahead and open it up to 11/32 as per the instructions so we can install our new grommet. Next, to give us some working room we're going to cut away a little of the isolation along the firewall. Now with our hole drilled in the firewall, we'll go ahead and take the grommet, supplied with the install kit, slide it over the connector and up the wire. Go ahead and feed the connector inside the cabin of the vehicle and then pull the wire inside. Once we have the wire in the cabin, we'll then take the grommet and slide it up over the wire into the hole. Now for this application, we're going to mount the LCD monitor here in the center console. We're going to run our wire through the backside of the pocket. To do that, we'll need to drill out a hole. To make it easier to route my wire, I'm going to go ahead and pull the center section of the console out. Then go ahead and finish drilling out my hole, we'll check to make sure the cable end will pass through it like that. Next we'll need to run the wiring harness that we ran from the back of the vehicle behind the console and make connection with the monitor wire. We'll go ahead and take the end of our harness that we ran from the back of the vehicle, tape it to our pull wire and pull it up into position. Once we pull it out, we can then go ahead and remove the tape from our pull wire. Take the two connectors, lining up the white arrow and connect them together. Once again, I'll go ahead and tape up this connection point. Then go ahead and feed my wire in behind the console and reinstall it. Next we'll go ahead and mount the monitor. To mount the monitor, we'll use a two-way adhesive provided, peel back the open side and then firmly press it into place. Now once our monitor is mounted, we'll go ahead and take the excess wire that we've run from our wiring harness and secure it up underneath the dash. Then we'll go ahead and test the new backup camera. Go ahead and start the vehicle, put it in reverse and it will automatically turn on the monitor. Note as we get close to an object, we'll get an audible alert from the monitor and as we get closer, the monitor alert will change letting you know that you're getting closer to the object. Then we'll put the vehicle in drive and it turns the monitor screen off. There you have it for our install of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner system, part number HM50002, on our 2007 GMC Sierra. .

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