Vehicile Camera Wiring - Please Help!

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by XoVoX, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. XoVoX

    Thread Starter New Member

    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!
  2. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    Please have a read through of our Terms of Service:
    ...particularly paragraph 6, which reads:

    As you can see, automotive modifications fall under the Restricted Topics rule, and as such, we can't discuss your project here. The Terms of Service was written by the site owners, and is not open to negotiation.

    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.

    If you have other electronic questions/projects that are not on the Restricted Topics list, please feel free to start a new topic.
  3. XoVoX

    Thread Starter New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    My apologies, I didnt mean to offend or break the rules.

    Thanks for the advice on how to pursue!
  4. Georacer


    Nov 25, 2009
    What Sgt said. Try in one of these sites.

    Have a nice day!
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