Vehicile Camera Wiring - Please Help!

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Joined Sep 21, 2012
First off, this is a pretty cool forum! I'm not an electrical genius by any means so any assistance you can offer would be much appreciated! If I've posted this in the wrong section, please move it :) Thanks!

So my situation is I'd like to make a modification to my truck to have a forward facing camera. Currently the truck has a reverse camera that only displays when in reverse, the problem with this function is I can only see the ball hitch when in reverse and if I need to pull forward to re-align I lose track of the orientation.

Ultimately I'd like to wire a switch into my dash where I could have three positions. When I press "up" I'd like the forward camera to display in my mirror, when I press "down" I'd like the rear camera to display and in the center position I'd like it to default to normal operation. Then in the "center" position it would operate normally. Default operation has a bypass wire so that it only comes on in reverse, I dont know if the wire only supplies power to the display when in reverse or if it supplies power to both camera and monitor when in reverse.

If I cant keep this functionality being able to manually turn on and off would be fine. They are 12v cameras so I'm assuming I can wire it into any existing 12v supply that comes on with the key on, I wouldnt want to be able to "forget" they were on and kill my battery.

What type of switch would I need and can anyone shed light on how I'd have to wire it? Also if more information is needed I will do what I can to supply it, thanks again!


Joined Jul 17, 2007
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If you wish, you could pursue it elsewhere, like on Electro-Tech Online or another forum. However, keep in mind that your forward-facing camera idea probably won't be legal for vehicles operated on the street in the USA.

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