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Hopkins Back Up Camera Installation - 2009 GMC Sierra

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How to Install the Hopkins Back Up Camera on a 2009 GMC Sierra

Mechanic: Today, on our 2009 GMC Sierra, 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, let's go ahead and show you how it works when it's in action. Now, as we're backing up to our trailer, you'll see we have it in our hitch liner mode. As you get closer, it'll start to flash in the green. That's going to mean that we're between 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 feet away. Once we get to yellow, that's going to put us within a 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet. Once we've reached red, it means we're right about under our ball and we can lower our trailer onto our ball mount.

It's going to be audible as well as it starts to flash. It's going to get loud once it's in the red and it's also going to flash your red lines on your screen, letting you know that you've backed up far enough. Now what's going to set this apart from some of the other ones on the market, is this is going to simply tie into the factory seven way connector on your vehicle. If your vehicle's not equipped with a factory seven way there's two wires you're going to splice into the reverse lights of your vehicle and that's the only wires you're going to attach. Everything else is going to run underneath the vehicle, and just plug and play when we get to the front here. With multiple adjustments, you can adjust the volume.

You can also go from the hitch line which is the pointed one at the bottom, to a regular system where it's just going to let you backup. A nice square pattern, you're going to have brightness adjustment, contrast, color, sharpness and then reset. You can reset everything back to its original settings. Now if you're going to be hitching up a trailer by yourself, this is going to be a great investment because it's going to help you get right in line without having to make multiple tries at lining up your ball mount to your trailer. Now that we've gone over some features, let's go ahead and show you how to install it. Here's what your kit's going to consist of, this is going to be our backup camera.

It's going to be license plate mount as well and our backup sensors. You're going to have your monitor, it's going to mount on top of your dash. The screws to mount our new license plate holder with and our T-connector is going to plug into our factory seven-way should your vehicle have one, so we can get a reverse signal. Now if you don't have one, you can simply unplug these two connections here and use some quick splices to tie into the reverse light system. Now there's about a 20 foot cord that's going to stretch from the front to the rear of the vehicle.

Now if that's not going to be enough, they do offer a 5 foot extension, available on our website, part number HM3100504060 and a 25 foot extension, which is going to be part number HM3100504061. First thing that we're going to go ahead and do is we're going to mount our camera and sensors onto our license plate bracket. We've gone ahead and removed the original license plate and bracket. For our purposes, we're not going to mount the customer's license plate on here just yet. We're going to install our T-connector under the back of our seven-way connector, since this vehicle is equipped with one. So we're going to reach up and unplug our seven-way connector from the factory location. We're going to squeeze in on the tab and we'll pull it back. Now you can see there's a small tab in the side, you're just going to press in on that, it's going to release it on the inside and you can just slip it back. Now it's going to be a good idea to put some Dielectric Grease on there to keep our contacts clean and free of any corrosion. We have it available on our website, part number 11755. Squeeze a little bit into the connection, enough to cover it up and we'll do the same for our new connector, where it's going to plug into the back of our factory seven-way. Now first we're going to plug in our T-connector into our factory connector. You're going to feel it click, then just give it a tug and make sure it's nice and tight. Then, we'll install the back of our seven-way. You want to give it a nice tug and make sure it's tight. Now we're going to take the plug that came off the back of our camera that went on our license plate. We're going to line up these two white tabs or arrows. We're going to slip it together, pushing it nice and tight. Then to help protect our connection, we're going to wrap it with some electrical tape. This is also going to help insure that it's going to stay together. Now we're going to have some extra length of this red and black wire here, so we're just going to coil this up because the extra length is there in case you have to tie into your taillight if you do not have the factory connector. So once we get it all bundled up, take a little bit of electrical tape and wrap it up, just to keep it together, or you can put a zip tie around it, whichever you choose. Now we want to add the router wire, zip-tying it to the factory harness where possible. Make sure you use lots of zip ties to keep it tight and out of the way. You want to keep it away from any moving parts or heat sources. Then we drop down, follow our emergency brake cables, going through the frame. Then we reattach it, up to our wiring harness and follow that all the way up until we get to our fender well. Then we followed the wiring harness through the fender well up to the top of the vehicle. Zip-tied it to the wiring harness, we came down and we used an existing hole that was our firewall. Now if you don't have any place to go through, a grommet or somewhere, it does come with a grommet and you can drill it and put the grommet in place and silicon around it. Now we pulled it up from the bottom of the dash, where it came through our firewall and we've tied it to make sure it's going to stay nice and tight up here on our vehicle. Now we have our access up here. We're going to figure out where we want to mount our monitor. We've chosen we're going to mount ours right up in here. Now you can turn this around depending on how you want it to angle, so I've turned it around where it sticks out a little further at the back. We're going to clean off the surface before we mount it with a little bit of running alcohol and make sure we get all the grit and grime off of there. Once we're happy we've got it nice and clean, we'll peel off our two-sided tape and we'll adhere it to the dash, pressing firmly. Then we'll take our wire and we'll tuck it in. Now in this application we actually had to use the 5 foot extension cable, if you have a longer wheel base vehicle or a quad-cab or a crew-cab, it's not a bad idea to pick one of those up. We'll take our extension harness that we added. Line up the arrows, press together. As an added precaution, we're going to put some tape on these as well, even though it's not going to be out in the elements. It'll help keep it together. Then we can take a zip tie and we'll bundle this up and apply it to the factory wiring harness. We can take our tread panel and snap it back into position and it hides all of our wiring. Now the last thing we're going to need to do is set our sensors. So you're going to measure on a level surface and measure up from the ground. Now there's a chart on your instruction sheet that will tell you what to set them at. There's going to be numbers in here and where ours lands as far as measurement, it says we should be set at number two. So we're going to set our measurement at two on both of our sensors. Then our camera's going to be adjustable as well, and have somebody in the car with it running and put it in reverse. You can adjust this until you have the angle that you're looking for. Now you want to make sure if you have your car running like that, you have your e-brake on, and you're being safe. That's going to do it for a look at and install of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM50002, on our 2009 GMC Sierra.

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