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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2012 Ram 1500

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Dodge Ram, we'll be installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Part number HM50002. Okay. Right now, we have our camera set in the hitch align mode. We're going to back up to a trailer, and we can judge the distance to the coupler on the trailer based upon our grid lines on the screen. Green means we're too far away. Yellow means we're getting close.

Red means we're about there. Once we see it in red, we'll stop and hook up to our trailer. Okay. When we're like that, we know we're good. We're ready to hook up to our coupler. Now, we'll demonstrate the camera when we're backing up and someone walks into our blind spot.

Now, the camera's, also, useful in helping us back into parking spots. We even get a nice audible warning when we start getting close to the curb. It's also handy in helping us maneuver into a tight parking spot. Now, one nice thing about the system we have is we can adjust the angle on our camera by sliding up on the lens and pushing down. If we want to have more view towards the ground to help line up towards our hitch or if we want to have more of a view behind us to see more of our surroundings when we're backing up, we can change that. It's the same with our park assist sensors as well.

We can change the angle on these as necessary by going up and down to the desired effect that we want. You want to make sure you have them high enough up, though, so they don't come down and are constantly on, because they're getting your bumper in the view. Now, the button on the side controls our volume setting for our mark assist. We can mute it, so when we're backing up to a trailer we don't have to listen to the beeping if we want. We can increase the volume all the way up. I'm going to mute it, right now.

When we press the button in on the side, we can change for our hitch approach, which judges distance for when we're hooking up to a trailer. We could go back to the normal backup camera, which is our everyday use mode. We can press it again to change the brightness on our screen. Press it again, we've got our contrast setting, our color setting, our sharpness, and then the reset that goes back to where it was before. Here's what our backup camera comes with. First, we have our backup camera assembly here, which has our camera and our park assist sensors that'll give us a proximity warning, an audible warning on our dash. We'll get the audible warning and our camera display through this included display hight here. It simply sticks on to our dash in a spot that we desire. Now, this is a very simple installation. We have our T-connect here, which goes between our factory 7-way wiring on our truck. It'll supply our backup camera with the power that it needs and in the ground. Now, this will automatically kick on through the 7-way when the vehicle shifted into reverse, because our 7-way does get a reverse signal input on it. All right. To begin our installation, we'll come to the back of our vehicle and remove our license plate. Your particular screws may vary at what type of head they have. Ours today have a 10mm. You could have a Phillip's or flathead screw as well. We'll take our camera assembly. Drop the cable behind the bumper. Take our license plate, slide it into our assembly. Line the holes up properly and use the included screws. Okay. Now, our factory 7-way that this taps into is located right here. If we head underneath the truck and look underneath the bumper, we'll find the plug at the back side of it. Here's the plug. On the top left side of it, there's a tab. If we push in on the tab, we can separate the connector. We need to push in on the tab with a screwdriver to help it release. Here's the tab you press on to release it. As you can see when you push down, it moves a lever, which unlocks it. Now, we'll take our T-connector here, plug it in to the vehicle end, and we'll push back until it snaps in place. Pull that and make sure it's secure. Okay. The other end will plug back on the 7-way in the back of the vehicle. Okay. I heard it click in. I'll pull back, make sure it's secure, and it is. All right. With that plugged in, we'll follow the red and black wires down, that come off of it, to this junction. There's a short connector here. The short connector is what plugs into our camera assembly. We'll just plug those in, lining up the arrows. Push it until it's secure. We'll wrap that with some electrical tape before we tuck it up away. Now additionally, where our connector plug in together, we're going to wrap that up with some tape, too, just to help protect it better from the elements. Now that we're all taped up and everything's secure, we're going to start routing our cable to the front of the vehicle making sure we avoid any moving parts and sources of heat. I'm going to go ahead and do that now, and then I'll show you where we went once we're done. Here's our wiring harness secured alongside our frame to a factory wiring harness with several zip ties. We'll just trim these off as we go along. It keeps going along the frame, secure to the same wiring harness. By our spare tire. Over our exhaust to a bracket here for our brake lines. It goes over our rear axle. Stays along the frame. Right behind the gas tank. Secured another bracket up there. Continue down our gas tank, secured to the brake line brackets here down the frame. Okay. Our wire continues up along this wiring harness. It goes over our frame. Then, we come here on the other side of the frame. Then, it's secured to this wiring harness here on the other side of the frame. Ending it right in parallel with where our parking brake cable goes into our vehicle. This is where we're going to run our wire through, right here. We'll go inside the vehicle, now, and gain access to that on the inside, and drill a hole, and run our wire through. All right. We're going to pop off our door deal panel here on our driver's side door. Just take a trim panel tool, get underneath it, pop up, pull. I'll set it aside, and we'll pull our carpet up a little bit. You can see our grommet location right here. This is where we're going to run our wire through. Okay. We'll grab our cable here. Pull up on it. Take our drill, go down to the front of the grommet and drill a hole. There you can see where our hole came through on our grommet. We'll take our connector and push it through the hole. We'll pull it all the way through making sure we don't leave any slack behind. You want the maximum amount of wire as possible inside the vehicle. Now, we need to find a place to mount our display. You can put it anywhere on the dash where out cable will reach. You can put it here or down here. We're going to leave ours loose for the time being, so our customer can decide where he wants it. I think down here would be an ideal solution, though. That's where I'm going to start routing our cable. We're going to grab our weatherstripping here and pull it back some. Just right there will be fine. We'll take our wire, and we'll tuck it behind the weatherstripping making sure we connect our two connectors here. Lining the arrows on up. Just like that. Push it behind our dash, and we'll just push our weatherstripping back in now. Now that we got our weatherstripping down, we'll just secure up our wire to the existing bundle of wire here and the parking brake cable. Just kind of bundle it all up with a couple of zip ties, and we'll be good to go. Now, you're fine to zip tie stuff to the parking brake cable up here, because it's like a bicycle brake cable. How the actual metal cable moves on the inside of our sleeve. The rubber sleeve, itself, does not move. I'll just silicone around where the cable comes through the grommet. This will help keep any moisture from entering the vehicle. Now that we've got that all siliconed up, we don't have to worry about that happening in the future. Now that our glue has dried, we'll cut off our excess zip ties here. Tuck our carpet back down. We'll reinstall our pillar panel. Now, we'll reinstall our doorsill. We'll just push it back into position. Make sure our weatherstripping goes around it like it's supposed to. Okay. All right. With our vehicle reassembled completely now, we'll put our truck in reverse and see how it works. That completes our installation of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System. Part number HM50002 on our 2012 Dodge Ram 1500.

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