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    That's one reason to try making it waterPROOF rather than just water resistant, so that you can just hose it off.
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    Tbird, you'll need a multimeter or continuity tester to tell which wire is which. You can make a makeshift tester using a light bulb and a battery. attach a wire to the negative end of the battery. Then attach another wire to the positive end of the battery and one of the contacts on the light bulb. Attach a 3rd wire to the other contact on the light bulb. Now strip the two remaining loose ends of the 1st and 3rd wire. Also strip the ends of the connector. Then insert one of the loose wires inside the center of the connector. Finally touch the remaining loose wire to the stripped ends of the connector. Only one will light the bulb and that one is the positive. I don't know if I would attach the camera to the psu, but if you do, attach the negative side to the black wire, the chassis may work, but the wire is a better choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giwo
    Tbird, you'll need a multimeter or continuity tester to tell which wire is which. You can make a makeshift tester using a light bulb and a battery. attach a wire to the negative end of the battery. Then attach another wire to the positive end of the battery and one of the contacts on the light bulb. Attach a 3rd wire to the other contact on the light bulb. Now strip the two remaining loose ends of the 1st and 3rd wire. Also strip the ends of the connector. Then insert one of the loose wires inside the center of the connector. Finally touch the remaining loose wire to the stripped ends of the connector. Only one will light the bulb and that one is the positive. I don't know if I would attach the camera to the psu, but if you do, attach the negative side to the black wire, the chassis may work, but the wire is a better choice.
    Boy, that confused me (no offense )
    U probably allready have a multimeter (If not, get one. You'll allways use it)
    With the camera hooked up (the way it was when u had it working), probe each wire the following way: One lead of the MM to one wire, and the other lead to the other, you can tell which is positive by the meter reading, it'll show a positive or a negative value. If it reads negative, reverse the probes, when it reads positive...the one that you have the red lead too (from the MM) is positive.
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    Muldrick, No offense taken. Actually it is a very simple circuit, but I even realized when I wrote it that it seemed complicated in the description. A picture would have made it simple, and I agree about buying the meter. The only problem is if he hooks the camera up the way he had it working the power has to be plugged in where the connector with leads would go, so he can't read the voltage. He would have to set the meter to impedence. Insert one lead into the center of the connector and then probe the two stripped ends with the other. The positive lead would be the one that registers. If your using a meter with a needle the needle will swing all the way to the right. If you using a digital meter it will probably register 0 which just means there is no impedence.

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    It's Ok.. I had already tested it w/ a multimeter before anyone replied.. Just snipped the end off, stripped the wires, and plugged it in. Then I put the probes on the wires and got 12 + for one then switched the probes and got 12 - so I knew which were pos / neg..

    I got the install complete.. Didn't have a chance to take any pics but I will tonight / tomorrow..

    I ran into a speed bump when I went to plug in the Lilliput cable for composite input. It's a USB adaptor and I couldn't plug it in because the plug kept hitting my cigarette lighter.. I ended up having to cut out my cig lighter to make it fit.

    The picture quality is excellent in daylight. In darkness you can't see jack. This was just sitting in my driveway so I'm not sure if it will be any better when there are street lights and what not..

    I'll post some more later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    This was just sitting in my driveway so I'm not sure if it will be any better when there are street lights and what not..

    I'll post some more later...
    I don't see any as it is
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    I meant that it was dark in my driveway.. Not "this is a picture of how dark it is in my driveway"

    Then I meant I'll post more info later...
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    Try purchasing some cheapo - not so ricey looking - foglights you could place next to your hitch. You could setup some sort of relay that would turn on the lights whenever it senses that your reverse lights go on. This would give you a better picture at night.

    Another solution is to purchase and install one of those IR illuminators they sell on eBay (here is an example) and mount that next to your hitch.

    Also - post pics!!!!

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    I saw this today and thought of you:

    It's a locking tailgate handle. I thought you might beable to put a camera in the hole instead of the lock. I didn't see one made for your truck by this manufacturer though. Also, this is the camera I've been eyeing for my backup project:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=50073
    It's quite a bit more expensive than the others but I think the lower lux rating makes it worth it. Just wanted to throw another idea out there.
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    If those screen shots are actual... That camera looks sweet at night.. With mine you can barely see anything.. I don't really mind it though..

    I will post pics tomorrow. I promise!
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