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Hopkins Back Up Camera Installation - 2011 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Hopkins Back Up Camera on a 2011 Ford F-150


Today in the 2011 Ford F-150 we're going to be installing and taking a look at the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM50002. Now that we have it installed, we can see what it's going to look like when you start to back up. As you get closer, it'll start beeping. In the hitch mode it keeps you centered on the ball to help you line up your coupler with your ball mount. Once it goes to a solid noise, and the red starts flashing, that'll put you right over the top of your ball. This is what it's going to look like in everyday mode. As you get closer it'll start to beep, and will flash.

Once there's flashing red lines, that is as far back as you want to go because that's going to put you just inches away from your . whatever is behind you. There's one button that controls the entire unit. You would simply push in on it and that's how you switch it from hitch on to hitch off, and that changes from straight to a point. You also .. you have your brightness, contrast, and your color, and you have also the sharpness, and there's a reset.

There is a volume, you can adjust the volume simply rolling it up and down. These are great to back up your trailer if you're by yourself. They're also great if you have children in the neighborhood or people leave things behind your vehicle, such as a trash can, so you can see what's behind you before you go and back up. Now let's go ahead with our install. You want to begin your install by laying out your parts. Here's your camera, the monitor, this would be the wiring harness that's going to go from the front to the back, and these are the screws and connectors that come with the kit that you may need.

First we're going to take the license plate off. Then you're going to take your camera bracket and simply place the wire over top of the back of the bumper. Then you're going to take these Phillips screws that are supplied with the kit and simply slide your plate up inside, place your screws into the original holes that we're there then we'll go underneath and we'll start running the wires. Now that we have our camera installed, you're going to find your seven way connector. Simply squeeze and remove, and the harness that you're supplied with will simply plug in between those. Snap that on then plug your factory harness back in.

This is what's going to give you your power and it's going to give you your signal for your reverse lights. If your car does not have a seven way connector, you'd simply take this red wire and you would attach it to the back up lights up inside the light, and this would go to a ground. Since ours has the factory seven way you just simply plug this pigtail in between there. Then you would take this connector with the white arrow and you would line it up with that white arrow, and snap it into position. Then we're going to run this cable here that will go all the way up to the cab. This is what will plug into the back of our monitor. Then we'll simply just tie this along the frame rail away from any heat sources, and just zip tie it into place. It's always a good idea to ensure you're going to keep all the moisture out of these plugs. After you plug it together, take a little bit of electrical tape and wrap it around just to protect your plug. It's a good idea to put a little bit of tape around this other part that comes out of your seven way connector to keep the moisture out of those also. Then you simply just zip tie all this up out of the way, away from any heat sources. This kit does not come with zip ties, so you're going to need to supply your own ties, and don't be afraid to use a lot of them to keep it out of the way. Now we'll cover how we ran it. We ran it up along the frame rail here, up over the top, zip tied it about every six to eight inches, over the axle . it's tied to the factory wiring harness so everything's going to be out of the way of any kind of heat source. I just ran that all the way to the front. Just be sure to zip tie it to the top side so it doesn't get caught on anything, branches or road debris, then just follow it all the way on up. It's going to go up, follow the inside of your fender well. Our application, being the vehicle is a four door, the cable was a little bit shy. They do sell an extension cable, it's a five foot cable, part number HM3100504060. If you have a long bed vehicle or a four door, it's probably not a bad idea to just go ahead and get one of those because it'll make your job a little easier, you won't have to make it so tight. You would install that the same way that we plugged the camera in in the back. The white arrow to white arrow, snap it together and then you just wrap with electrical tape. You want to make sure that you stay away from anything that's moving, any of your steering components, any heat sources. If you follow the factory wiring harness, generally you're at a pretty good area there because they're going to be routed away from all the heat sources and moving components. Now that you've got your cable routed up to the top, there's a large grommet on our vehicle. On our grommet there's a little rubber . it looks like a little bump out, it's a provision for a pass through. With ours we simply took a pair of side cutters and just nipped the corner of it off, and we passed our wire through there and it seals back up around the outside. Now that you've got your wire on the inside of the vehicle, you want to route it up as high as you can to keep it away from the emergency brake, or the brake linkages inside the car. The best thing to do is tie it and follow your wiring harness right up to the top, so it's as high as possible. I simply just took off this side cover that was located here. We're going to come right out there. Now that you have your cable run out to here, out to the outside of the dash, you're going to take your monitor . it's best to figure out where you want to mount it before you get ready to stick it down and you can figure out how much cable you're going to leave out. Now this one we're going to put right here, and you want to take a little bit of rubbing alcohol and just clean the spot on the dash to make sure there's no dirt or grime that's going to affect how it sticks. Simply plug the two arrows together and snap them together. Simply take your two sided tape, uncover it, set your monitor into position, press firmly and then you just want to take your wire and press it into the corner here. You'll just take your wire here and coil it up, and you're going to want to zip tie it together, and find something inside the dash that you can tie it to so it won't fall down inside. You can just take it and tuck it behind the rubber molding there and place your dash panel back on. Now that we've got it all installed, we'll have to go ahead and adjust our camera and our sensors. When you're setting your sensors, you're going to measure from the ground up into the top of your sensor, and then you follow the chart and it'll tell you where to set your sensor to. Once you've got it adjusted to where you need to properly adjust it, you would just hold it and snug them down. Same with your camera. It's personal preference on where you want your camera to land, so you would kind of just adjust it and then you would tighten that up. That completes our installation and look at the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM50002 on our 2011 Ford F-150.


Mark

12/14/2018

excellent I understood it all and am ordering this today as soon as my wife gives me her credit card for my chrislmas gift. I have a 7 pin and this was perfect. The instructor gave all the details and nuances that installers face Thanks again e trailer You guys sell a good product and the tech support is great. The many videos are the main reason I turn to you and the quality of products I have come to know.

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Rachael H.

12/14/2018

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