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    Jr. Apprentice
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    Nov 2008
    Northern California

    Default What's a good backup camera?

    I'd like to install a backup camera on my truck. I would need both the camera and display monitor, and my budget is around $200 or less. Any recommendations? I've seen the VR3 and the Peak wireless systems. For the price, they seem decent enough, but I already have GPS unit that I plug into the cigarette lighter. Adding another display that plugs in would look messy, in my opinion. Anyone have any problems with the reception on a wireless system?

    The Rostra back up camera (for the 08 Silverado) looks pretty clean, and it's wired, which I like. It costs a bit more, but might be worth it.

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    I wasn't impressed with any "reasonably" priced kits, so I bought the components and did it myself.
    I bought a small weatherproof CCD color camera (about 3" long and 1" diameter) and mounted it behind the license plate. Drilled a 3/16" hole in the middle of the license plate. I bought a Pyle 7" LCD TFT monitor off ebay and mounted it on the center hump under the dash. A toggle switch under the dash turns on the camera and monitor. I wanted to be able to use the camera without having the truck in reverse. Bought some 5 conductor wire at the local hardware store so I only had to run one "cable" from the camera up into the cab. Works great and only have about $125 invested.

    So many toys and so little time........
    2007 Silverado Classic 2500HD Crew 4X4
    2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic
    2007 United Low Hauler
    1995 Chev Suburban K1500
    1994 Cobalt 200
    1988 Camaro IROC-Z

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