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Old 06-22-2022, 12:24 PM   #1
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Question Backup Camera for Silverado 2500HD

Hi Guys, hoping to get some intel before I purchase a backup camera system.
Ideal product would be an easy self install very small camera.
Looking for maybe something that integrates into the License Frame or that sits fairly inconspicuously flush on the back of the trailer.

Would love something that would integrate right into the current camera system on the truck, but all those appear to be hard wired modules.
So instead of that pricey option, maybe something that would use a smartphone app and then when android auto is connected will display the camera image on the truck screen.
Anyone familiar with anything like that?


I know there are simple license frame wireless cameras for android just not sure if then your only option is to actually use your smartphone display, would prefer to have that projected onto the trucks display.

I really don't want a big fancy bulky camera sticking out from the back of the trailer, this little trailer doesn't need that mess.

I spoke with my local Chevy dealership and looked at their wired modules... over $1k installed, definitely not worth that and of course they appear to be big bulky cameras.
Honestly I don't really need one for my little basecamp, I am just looking at relatively simple and reasonably priced options to consider.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.
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Old 06-22-2022, 12:44 PM   #2
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https://www.amazon.com/License-Green...7-93deae8f9840
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Old 06-22-2022, 01:38 PM   #3
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Hi Guys, hoping to get some intel before I purchase a backup camera system.
Ideal product would be an easy self install very small camera.
Looking for maybe something that integrates into the License Frame or that sits fairly inconspicuously flush on the back of the trailer.

Would love something that would integrate right into the current camera system on the truck, but all those appear to be hard wired modules.
So instead of that pricey option, maybe something that would use a smartphone app and then when android auto is connected will display the camera image on the truck screen.
Anyone familiar with anything like that?


I know there are simple license frame wireless cameras for android just not sure if then your only option is to actually use your smartphone display, would prefer to have that projected onto the trucks display.

I really don't want a big fancy bulky camera sticking out from the back of the trailer, this little trailer doesn't need that mess.

I spoke with my local Chevy dealership and looked at their wired modules... over $1k installed, definitely not worth that and of course they appear to be big bulky cameras.
Honestly I don't really need one for my little basecamp, I am just looking at relatively simple and reasonably priced options to consider.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Most of what I see for ;'cheap'' is garbage chinamart throw away junk.

The airstream installed brand, off hand I forget, works well and only responds to the monitor it is paired with which I think stops some of the intermittent problems of losing signal by connecting to someone going past me.

MOre expensive. but you get what you pay for with electronics.

Your biggest problem is getting the range you need to transmit back to the monitor. Cheap ones dont transmit far.
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Old 06-22-2022, 01:47 PM   #4
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But that defeats my purpose... I guess I didn't clearly state:
I do not want another monitor in my cab....
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Old 06-22-2022, 01:49 PM   #5
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Generally, the video systems within a vehicle are pretty locked down and only work with the "factory" accessories such as cameras. Almost any aftermarket system will not integrate with the factory systems.

The factory camera can be purchased for less than $400 (https://www.gmpartsonline.net/oem-pa...ailer-85004154) provided you have a compatible display already.

In order to cast a wider net to more than just Airstream users, I would also try one of the GM truck forums such as https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/for...-hd-sierra-hd/
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Check out the Haloview RD10. Small camera that can attach with 3M tape and the monitor becomes your rear view mirror, so no video on dash. Use search here on Forums or Google for info.
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Old 06-22-2022, 01:55 PM   #7
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Yep, I have seen that, but my truck already has an integrated camera in the mirror...
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How about this?
License plate camera, app uses smartphone?

https://www.amazon.com/License-Wirel..._t2_B07PKD87VH

or

https://www.amazon.com/License-Green..._t1_B08S6RV311

I first thought of the Garmin BC-40 but that talks to a Garmin GPS.
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Old 06-23-2022, 09:55 AM   #9
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I completely understand not wanting some bulky camera on the back of your trailer and trust me I was there last year as well. But nothing beats having the factory GMC/Chevy camera and the integration into the screen. I had the wireless ones before and they were alright but the hardwire factory one integrates very well into my 2021 Chevy 2500 and I love having everything right at my fingertips to switch between the camera and tire monitors. And no additional monitors to mount on the dash or having to watch it on my smartphone. Just my opinion but I'm sure you'll find something that works for you.
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Old 06-23-2022, 10:35 AM   #10
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Look at this one

NVision 60195VA, I installed on my 2006 Silverado about four yrs ago and works fine. Comes with everything you need to install. Also sys comes with object sensors. One down side is the monitor is small.
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I completely understand not wanting some bulky camera on the back of your trailer and trust me I was there last year as well. But nothing beats having the factory GMC/Chevy camera and the integration into the screen. I had the wireless ones before and they were alright but the hardwire factory one integrates very well into my 2021 Chevy 2500 and I love having everything right at my fingertips to switch between the camera and tire monitors. And no additional monitors to mount on the dash or having to watch it on my smartphone. Just my opinion but I'm sure you'll find something that works for you.
So I just got a new GMC 2500 AT4 which came with the factory trailer's camera, and I would love to use it instead of the existing wireless Voyager cam (which suddenly gives me "No Signal"... )
How do you mount it while keeping the black cable out of sight?
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Old 06-24-2022, 04:02 AM   #12
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But that defeats my purpose... I guess I didn't clearly state:
I do not want another monitor in my cab....
As someone said you might find one that works with a phone app, but good luck with that. I don't know of any. I'm driving an F150 and I have plenty of room for the dedicated monitor. Anything installed by ford factory is not going to play with anything else.
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Old 06-24-2022, 05:37 AM   #13
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Generally, the video systems within a vehicle are pretty locked down and only work with the "factory" accessories such as cameras. Almost any aftermarket system will not integrate with the factory systems.

The factory camera can be purchased for less than $400 (https://www.gmpartsonline.net/oem-pa...ailer-85004154) provided you have a compatible display already.

In order to cast a wider net to more than just Airstream users, I would also try one of the GM truck forums such as https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/for...-hd-sierra-hd/
Yes, but there are great companies like this one:

https://www.gm-navigation.com/

Who can solve his OEM problem. They have been around a while and do a lot of OEM integration.

OP: Check out that site and look into the additional backup camera options for your truck. They support the big 3.

Hope this helps.
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So I just got a new GMC 2500 AT4 which came with the factory trailer's camera, and I would love to use it instead of the existing wireless Voyager cam (which suddenly gives me "No Signal"... )
How do you mount it while keeping the black cable out of sight?
Thanks!
So unfortunately you can't completely hide the black cable but I did my best. Ran it under the trailer and then up the back. Doesn't look the best but I was okay with the look in order to get the functionality of the camera.
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So unfortunately you can't completely hide the black cable but I did my best. Ran it under the trailer and then up the back. Doesn't look the best but I was okay with the look in order to get the functionality of the camera.
Thank you for the images and details! Yes, it looks better than I imagined.
I was thinking about replacing the existing Voyager cam that is mounted at the roof line, which would make the installation look worse.
Still trying to resolve the "No Signal" issue before trying something else.
Cheers, Zevi
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Thank you for the images and details! Yes, it looks better than I imagined.
I was thinking about replacing the existing Voyager cam that is mounted at the roof line, which would make the installation look worse.
Still trying to resolve the "No Signal" issue before trying something else.
Cheers, Zevi
You getting the “no signal” from Vogager camera or the GM camera? If from GM camera send me a message and I can hopefully help you with that as I had to troubleshoot mine as well but now it’s working like a charm. Good luck!
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