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    Wire routing hardwired backup camera

    I have a 2021 Reflection. I had previously wired a backup camera and wireless transmitter on the rear but am unhappy with the results. I am replacing the transmitter with a video wire. I am looking for suggestions on snaking the wire up through the rear wall. I have looked behind a clearance light and behind the stock camera mount and have seen the aluminum frame that the wires are routed through.

    I will be running this wire from the kingpin to the rear camera location. Is there a way to snake a wire from inside the coroplast through the back wall to the camera? Is my best best going via the roof? I also am not sure of how to route the wire rearward of the pin.

    Any guidance is much appreciated.

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    I am in the same boat with the hardwire, only I just wanted to use the Ford Factory set up so I did not have 2 displays to deal with. I have a 2021 3540 gk-R. I called GD to see if there was a path up through the wall and there is not, the power for the camera is pulled off the side running light and the wiring is just under the roof. SO my new path will be to run through the bottom and come up back wall using the ladder to attach the wire until TadiBrothers gets the 2021 ford interface for the wireless.
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    I used the solar/satellite "channel" (and I use that term very loosely) to get the Ford camera wire up to the roof then just ran it along the roof to the rear camera location.
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    I have a Momentum and like bertschb, I used the solar/satellite channel to snake the cable up to the roof from the pass through compartment for my Ford system. On top, I used a gray plastic electrical junction box to cover the hole in the roof. From there, just lay your cable down on the roof and "glue" it down using self leveling sealant. Others have also used plastic pipe to protect the cable; I used wire loom. I sealed everything with the sealant and been holding up good so far. I also left a piece of string in the cable tunnel from top to bottom for any future use.
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    This sounds like a good method. Iíve seen people mention this ďchannelĒ several times but Iím not personally familiar with it. Is it following a pipe vent to the roof? Do you have to create your own hole in the roof?

    I too am doing this to use the Ford system. I had found a wireless method on the Ford truck forum using an Amazon video transmitter and receiver, then making your own wire connector to tap in to the under bed stock connector. The wireless transmitter and receiver just arenít well suited for an outdoor application.

    Thank you all for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvest12 View Post
    This sounds like a good method. I’ve seen people mention this “channel” several times but I’m not personally familiar with it. Is it following a pipe vent to the roof? Do you have to create your own hole in the roof?

    I too am doing this to use the Ford system. I had found a wireless method on the Ford truck forum using an Amazon video transmitter and receiver, then making your own wire connector to tap in to the under bed stock connector. The wireless transmitter and receiver just aren’t well suited for an outdoor application.

    Thank you all for the help.
    On my unit, on the ceiling of the pass through storage was a foil tape that was labeled for sat/solar cables. On the roof, there was not a label but in the general square foot vicinity, I found a soft spot on the rubber where a hole was covered by the rubber roof membrane. I believe there should be a sticker or marker of some sort for the hole but my unit did not have one.

    Basically, they used the hollow wall of the master bath as the pass through for cables to the roof. Mine was not a straight shot but it was close enough to fish a rod.
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    Excellent. Thank you for the help. I like the idea of a junction box for future use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertschb View Post
    I used the solar/satellite "channel" (and I use that term very loosely) to get the Ford camera wire up to the roof then just ran it along the roof to the rear camera location.
    Same here, I actually got the idea from Brian, works great! Click image for larger version. 

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    I hardwired mine thru the attic, but our Transcend is stick & tin so you might not have the same options on an aluminum framed model. Love the results vs a wireless.

    Photos and blow by blow on my blog...

    http://www.lanehog.com/2021/03/insta...camera-on.html
    Last edited by Lane Hog; 04-17-2021 at 06:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lane Hog View Post
    I hardwired mine thru the attic, but our Transcend is stick & tin so you might not have the same options on an aluminum framed model. Love the results vs a wireless.

    Photos and blow by blow on my blog...

    http://www.lanehog.com/2021/03/insta...camera-on.html
    Looks like a job well done! I hope I have good results as you have had. Thanks for the info.

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