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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM500002. Here's what the backup camera and sensors look like once they're installed. You can see we've got our backup camera right here in the center which is going to be good because it's in line with the hitch that's in the center so when backing up to a trailer, that's going to help make it easier to line it up. Then we've also got our sensors which are going to help give us the depth perception behind us, so it can alert us when we're getting too close to anything. Here's what the monitor is going to look like inside the truck. When we put it in reverse, it's going to come on and you'll be able to see one of the nicest features about this backup camera system, is that it gives you hitch alignment assistance. It gives you these bars to help give you a grid to align your hitch inside it.

It's easy to turn that on or off. Just dial the tier on the side. If you push that in, that will give you the option to turn the hitch line off and then you go back to the normal grid. It will give you other options like adjusting brightness, contrast, color and sharpness or resetting it completely. The hitch alignment feature fits on this backup camera system, is what's going to set it apart from other backup system cameras available. As you can see, as we backup to the trailer, the hitch aligner is going to help us get it lined up properly with the coupler on the trailer.

The closer we get, each green, yellow, then red lines will start flashing and it will start beeping as well to alert us that we're getting close. For the every day use mode without the hitch aligner, it's going to be good for backing into a parking space. It will help make it easier to judge if you're centered between the lines. It also comes in handy when backing out of a parking space, particularly in closed quarters. That way, in case you're getting close to a curb or another vehicle, it will help alert you. Here's everything that's going to come with our kit.

We've got our license plate bracket that has our camera and 2 sensors. We've got our wiring harness. We've got our power and ground wires that on trucks they come equipped with the factory 7-way. Be able to plug this in as a T so that you can gain that power. It does also come with 2 quick connectors in order to tap in the power if you don't have the factory 7-way.

Then it's got your cable that's going to send your video signals and everything up to the monitor and we've got our monitor which is going to be able to adhere to our dash or wherever we'd like to put this. We've got these longer screws that will replace the factory ones for the license plate. So that it can secure our new bracket, a small push in grommet just in case you need to drill through the fire wall or floor board of the vehicle in order to get your wire into the cab. We've also got this 5 foot extension cable that you can get on our site, part number HM3100504060, and that way it will be there in case we need it. First thing we'll need to do to begin our installation is mount up our new bracket that has our camera and sensors mounted on it, so we'll need to start by taking our rear license plate off. Now we'll take our new bracket with camera and sensors and we'll need to get it installed. With the wire that comes off the back, you'll need to decide whether you want to mount it up over or back through. I'm going to route it back underneath here. I popped it out of the fasteners there so that way I've got enough room to be able to tuck it down there. I'll take my license plate, slide it up into the bracket so that it aligns up with the holes, then I'll feed my cable back through. Then I'll use the new screws that come with the kit in order to secure it in place. Now underneath the rear of the truck, since this one has the 7-way on it, we'll be able to tap into that using that T-connector that comes on it. We'll need to release our 7-way by pushing down on the tab that's right there and then we can pull our 7-way off. There's that tab that we'll need to push down in order to release it. I'm going to use some dielectric grease on our 7-way connectors here just to help ensure that no moisture gets in there and causes corrosion on these to cause an issue in the future. If you want some of this you can get this on our site, part number 11755. Squeeze some out to get it on all of our connectors in there. Then I'll do the same thing on this one. Now I can make the connections with our 7-ways. You want to make sure that they click into place so that you know that tab hasn't locked in. Now we connect our cable. It comes down from the camera at the license plate to the other end of our cable which has the T close to it. We'll line up the arrows and push them together. Now on this connector, it does have an O-ring to help seal that but I am going to put some electrical tape around there just to help make sure that moisture doesn't get in there and cause a bad connection. Then I routed the wiring up towards the cab of the truck, out of the cross towards the frame rail, then ran it along the inside of the frame rail there. Came out of a hole in the frame rail, just in front of the shack over the axle and then continued running it along the inside of the frame rail, all the way down past the fuel tank, just up inside these tabs for the cover, tuning it all the way down. Then I routed it over our vapor canister here. Kept it up high and I zip tied it along the way just to help ensure that it wouldn't move around too much or come in contact with anything, especially keeping it away from anything that might get hot or any moving parts that might damage it. Then I routed it across the top of the frame towards the outside then up to the grommet there to the shift cable. Here we came out through that grommet and to get through that grommet I used the utility knife just to cut an opening. Then from here, I'll be able to route it up onto the dash where our monitor will be mounted. Now before we finish routing our cob 00:07:55, we're going to find a good location to mount our screen. On this particular one we're going to mount it right here in the corner. I'm going to clean that surface off with a little bit of rubbing alcohol just to help the adhesive that's on the bottom of that screen adhere nicely. Then we'll take our tape off the bottom of our adhesive and press our monitor down into place. We want to apply some pressure and hold it down there for a little bit to make sure that it adheres well. Now we can hook up the cable from our screen to the cable that's coming from the back of the truck. You want to make sure that they fully seat. I've bundled up the extra wire that I have and I'm going to tuck it out of the way just inside this panel here. Then I'll take my cord that's coming off of the monitor over here and you can use a flat head screw driver. I'm going to use this trim panel tool just to push it down in there so that it's a little bit better hidden. Now we can reinstall all of our panels. We'll show you how to do that so you can understand how they come apart. We'll put in our kick panel here. You need to get the foot latch lever from loose 00:09:14 there, and then you can push those clips into place. Next, we can reinstall our fuse panel cover which it also just says, "Clip to pop in." Then finally the threshold on our door which again has those same styled clips. Now that we've got it all hooked up, let's test and make sure that our systems working. It appears to be working properly so now we can go back and make our adjustments to make sure that the sensors are set correctly for the height of our truck. In order to set the angles on your sensors, it has numbers 1 through 5 etched on the inside edge of each sensor in order to tell you the proper angle to put it at and in order to know what angle to put at, the instructions gives you a chart and you have to measure from the ground. You'll want to measure about to the screw that goes in here and then based off the angle of the license plate and that measurement, it will tell you where you need to set it. Then you'll need to set the angle of your camera to where you like it. Ideally to where you can see just enough of this lower edge to where you'd be able to see the hitch ball when you've got a ball mount in your hitch. That's going to complete our look at and installation of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System, part number HM50002 on our 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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