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Old 11-22-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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Trailer camera option on 2020 Chevy Silverado

I am buying a 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 as my tow vehicle. There is an optional trailer pkg I would like to order so that all the cameras project on my radio screen. It is wired. I currently have a wireless camera, but this one gives surround views. Has anyone successfully ran a camera wire from the camera in back of the trailer to the hitch.
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Old 11-22-2019, 01:07 PM   #2
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I did that with a Garmin camera. Tie wrapped the wire up underneath the trailer. Worked fine, but when I got my 2017 I wanted the display on my truck display, not the Garmin.
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:22 PM   #3
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I did a wired installation of a rear view camera on my 1991 34' Limited that displays on my integrated 8' display in my 2017 Sierra Truck. I've put together most of a thread to describe this project and I will plan post it in the next few weeks.

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I had the dealer install it on our 2017. Works great except it is a little awkward when going into reverse. Was told that federal law prevents it from immediately accessing camera on rear of trailer. It has cameras on both outside mirrors, rear of cab, rear of trailer and oe back up camera. There are several options of what is displayed on screen. Would be hard to do without.
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Trailer camera option on 2020 Chevy silverado

Will you provide details on how you wired the rear view camera on the airstream. Where did you run the wiring. inside the trailer or under the trailer. How large of a hole did you have to drill in the camper. We are picking up our pickup today and would like to get started on the wiring this next week. Thank you for your help.
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Don't know what you have. On my 2017 Silverado the camera is an option and it is wireless to the receiver, also an option(dealer installed) in the truck cab. I mounted the camera just below the rear marker lights, VHB tape and Sikaflex. For power, I removed the middle marker light lens and tapped in to the marker light power. That means you have to have the running lights on to power the camera.

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To the OP...

I know you want to hear from somebody who has performed the wiring task and I'm not that person. But I did investigate the trailer camera system for the 2020 GM pickup trucks and think the wired camera has merit. I'm sure there are good wireless cameras available but I like the idea of wired. A series of small loop-style pipe clamps would work along the underbelly. I would not route the wire inside the trailer unless necessary. I think the GM instructions indicate the wires are routed outside the trailer.

Don't overlook the tire monitor system for the trailer that can be added for just a few dollars. Seems like having the trailer TPMS as part of the infotainment would be a great feature.

When I was looking at GMC and Chevrolet models a few years ago I seem to recall GMC had a leg up on Chevrolet at the time regarding towing features such as cameras, TPMS and the like. That may have changed for 2020 but the 2019 GMC models clearly had more features/options compared to Chevrolet. I realize GMC and Chevrolet are very similar but GM seems to be making a distinction between the two brands. Be sure to double-check before you purchase.

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I did a wired installation of a rear view camera on my 1991 34' Limited that displays on my integrated 8' display in my 2017 Sierra Truck. I've put together most of a thread to describe this project and I will plan post it in the next few weeks.

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Steve, your install sounds very interesting and I will be waiting to see what you did. I have the slightly de-featured infotainment system compared to yours so I don't know if I'll be able to accomplish what you've done but I sure want to know more.
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following this one... If/when my truck returns I want to add the camera. On the GM truck forum I got some answers about a few things I was curious about. If you want to use the invisable trailer mode, your trailer from ball to camera cannot be any longer than 10 meters. 33 feet. You have to certain heights you have to place the camera to make that work as well, which ends up being about center of the Airstream. Which is lower than the one that came on my Airstream, but the image quality from what I've seen is much better than the wireless cameras. Plus you clean it up by not having the external monitor.

The 2020 GMC and 2020 Chevy systems are identical, so nothing to gain by going with one over the other. I will say that right now I think from a pure technology standpoint, GM is well ahead of the others, especially if you get the technology package and get the heads-up display.
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Folks, I'll try to get busy and get my new thread posted in the next few days.

Here's a brief synopsis:
I put together a working system using off the shelf components from Rear View Safety (camera, wiring and a couple of other components). The interface wiring/module for the truck is a BrandMotion unit that I bought from Crutchfield. I ran the camera wire through the left frame of the trailer.
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For anyone who is interested, take a look at my thread on a wired system that displays on the tow vehicle's screen.
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following this one... If/when my truck returns I want to add the camera. On the GM truck forum I got some answers about a few things I was curious about. If you want to use the invisable trailer mode, your trailer from ball to camera cannot be any longer than 10 meters. 33 feet.
Have you added it? I looked for GM truck forums that provided additional details on this but couldn't find anything so specific. I did read about people not leaving themselves enough slack at the hitch and pulling the cable out from its head when backing the trailer up at sharp angles. I have a 1986 32' Excella, which is really 32'9". So I'm encouraged by your figure of 33', because the GM materials I've seen merely say that the trailer can't be more than 32' long. I'm also very curious about the specifics of mounting and recommended routing.
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I have a 2020 GMC 3500HD and I bought the GM accessory camera that gives rear view (and the famous invisible trailer view). I routed the wire through the inside of the trailer and then wire-tied it to my 7-way umbilical.

Here is the camera mounted on the back of my trailer.


Here are the settings I used to get the invisible trailer to work.


And here is what it looks like when it's functioning.



Now for the bad news. It doesn't always work. My truck doesn't always recognize that the camera is present. GM is aware of the issue that some of us are having with the camera, but have not yet made a diagnosis or offered a fix. I have a work-around, so the camera gives me a rear view in the center stack--even when the invisible view goes wonky.

Overall, it really gives a great view when it works correctly, for both changing lanes on the freeway as well as backing into tight spots. My understanding is the camera is currently on backorder with no ETA in sight.
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get a garmin RV gps. its about $250 with free lifetime maps
we got it with the remote camera which we mounted above the rear window

we wire the remount camera to the RV trailer light ( that comes from the 7 pin socket to the TV).

that way when we use the GPS, we just turn on the TV lights and now see what behind us
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nah, I had the Garmin. Better than nothing but the resolution and latency was far worse than other options. I have the GM accessory now and it is way superior.

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