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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2004 Ford F-250

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2004 Ford F-250

Today on our 2004 Ford F-250 well be installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera, part number HM50002. To begin our install well first go ahead and mount the license plate bracket with camera and backup sensor. Note as we put the bracket into position well feed the wiring pigtail that comes from the bracket between the hitch and the rear tailgate. This will feed it underneath the vehicle. Well use the new hardware provided to secure the bracket to the bumper. Now with the bracket secured well move underneath the vehicle. Well take the new wiring harness and plug into the manufacturers seven-pole. To plug into the seven-pole connector well press on the connector lock and remove it from the seven-pole connector.

Then we can plug in-line with the manufacturers wiring. Noting on the manufacturers wiring theres already some dielectric grease. Well go ahead and plug into the manufacturers harness and then put some dielectric grease on the new connector end before we plug it into the seven-pole connector. Well be using the Edelman Dielectric Grease, part number 11755. Now with our connection made well go ahead and take the other end of our new wiring harness and route it over to the license plate pigtail. Well line up the white arrows on each connector and plug them together. Once theyre firmly plugged together well then go ahead and wrap up this connection point with some black electrical tape to help keep out any dust, dirt, debris or moisture. Now with this connection secured were ready to go ahead and start routing the harness up to the front of the vehicle and ultimately into the cab.

Keep in mind when routing your wires to stay away from any moving components such as steering or suspension or excessive heat such as exhaust. For this application we can route inside the frame channel following the manufacturers wiring harness. To secure our wiring as we go we can use some black zip ties. Now weve routed up to the front of the vehicle well need to route inside the cab. For this application we can go through the manufacturers grommet here on the drivers side. To go through the grommet well take our utility knife cut a small slice in the grommet large enough for the connector at the end of our wiring harness to pass through the grommet. Once we feed it through and into the cabin of the vehicle well go ahead and move inside. Pull the carpeting back and pull the wire through.

Now that we have all the wiring secured underneath the vehicle well go ahead and cut off the excess from the zip ties and clean up our install look. Now with the excess wiring pulled into the cabin of the vehicle well go ahead and secure the wire here inside the vehicle using the zip ties. Next well mount the LCD monitor. For this application well be mounting it on the drivers side dashboard near the door pillar. To mount it well remove the two-way adhesive and secure it directly to the dash. Next well take the pigtail that comes from the monitor and once again well line up the white arrows to make the connection. Then well wrap up this connection point with some black electrical tape.

Now well go ahead and feed the wire down underneath the dash where well make the other end of the connection with the wire we ran from the rear of the vehicle. This connection point will be the same as the other connectors. Well line up the white arrows connect it to and wrap it up with the black electrical tape. Now with our wire routed well go ahead and secure the wiring up underneath the dash and bundle up any excess wiring and secure it. Once all our wire is secured well go ahead and cut off the excess from the zip ties to clean up our install look and now we can go ahead and test the new backup camera system. To test the system just like in using the system well turn the key to the run position, firmly put our foot on the brake and put the vehicle in reverse. Once in reverse it will trigger the power to the monitor and give us our back up camera feed. Now with the monitor on we can go ahead and adjust the volume for the backup sensor system. Here on the right side of the monitor we can adjust the volume up or down. Now that we know our new backup camera system works well go ahead and put the vehicle back in park which will automatically turn off the LCD monitor. There you have it for the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System, part number HM50002 on our 2004 Ford F-250. .

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