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The Poor Man's Accessory Trailer Camera: Make Your Own


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For those of you with trailer camera ports on your trucks.  Those GM accessory cameras are $400.  Here is how to make poor man's accessory trailer camera.  I made mine for about $130 dollars.  Attached is a pic of my invisible trailer working.  You can customize your length of wire too unlike the gm one.

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Parts

1. Cable Fakra A 9005 Black Female R/A - DVB-T TV Female Cable Assemblies
Item# FKR-TV-F/S-FAKRA/A-F/RA (search this item number on segemart)
Cable Type: RG316
Length: 50 (you can order what ever length you want I bought 50ft)
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https://www.segemart.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=FKR-TV-F%2FS-FAKRA%2FA-F%2FRA

2. 360 type Camera- gm part number 23390514

https://www.ebay.com/itm/front-camera-blazer-silverado-sierra-2019-gm-oem-23390514-84179367-360/193620949316

3. Mount- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SZSVT71/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

4. Casing- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F462RYR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

5. Adhesive tape and ties- 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YJNVRWS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

6. 3/4 inch PVC pipe

7. Epoxy Glue

8. Wire conduit

9. Electrical tape

 

Steps 

1.  Drill a hole in the mount bracket so the camera connector port with fit in a way where you can epoxy glue the camera to the mount.

2.  Epoxy glue camera to the mount bracket.

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3.  Cut casing in half and drill a hole in the thick side for the camera lens to fit in.  Use another half piece as a cover for the back.  You can epoxy glue these onto the mount or use a thin long screw and nut to connect 2 casing shells.

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4. Connect camera wire, cover wire with wire conduit and electrical tape and run line using adhesive tape and ties to hold up.

5.  On the truck end of the camera you will can make a plug end over to slide over top the DVB plug end with PVC pipe.  I put the DVB plug inside a PCV pipe and epoxy glued the back side in.  I dremmeled 2 slits in the PVC pipe so connector would fit in port(see pictures)

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So you have to have max trailering package right? Like the options for these cameras on your display are already set up? 

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On 3/13/2021 at 10:31 AM, RNAV said:

Thank you for this!  Immensely helpful.  Were you able to simply plug the camera in and the trailering app recognized it?

Yes it recognized immediately for rear trailer viewas shown in picture.  For the invisible trailer you need to drive slow in strait line for about a minute to calibrate camera as you do with $400 camera.  If you take it apart the $400 trailer cam that gm sells inside you will find camera I used.

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10 hours ago, Gduck24 said:

So you have to have max trailering package right? Like the options for these cameras on your display are already set up? 

Max trailering package is a different rear gear, heavy springs, a bigger diameter axle nothing with cameras.  I do not have max trailering.  I had the UVI package there is a camera in my high mount brake light for bedview and I had camera ports in my rear bumper.  I had options for hitch view, bed view, inside trailer view, behind trailer view and rear view.  I retrofitted the to UVS package which is  UVI  package plus 360 view and invisible trailer.

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