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reversing camera display mounted on the windscreen like a rear view mirror

Before we start insulating the van, we wanted to fit a reversing camera to help us navigate narrow lanes and tight parking spots without incident. Having looked at various options, we decided on a camera mounted in the high level brake light at the top of the rear door, together with a display which mounts on the windscreen just like a conventional rear view mirror. There are a lot of complete kits available on Ebay, but by buying the camera kit and display separately, we managed to save a few quid (around £90 total rather than the £120-£130 for a kit).

The start of the job was mainly removing various trim panels to be able to access the relevant wiring looms and route a new cable through the length of the van. The bottom of the dashboard was unclipped and unscrewed first, followed by the removing of the internal side panel in the load area. The bottom door cards of the rear doors were removed next, so the standard high level brake light could be removed. Fitting the new brake light assembly with the integrated camera was a little tricky, but once we swapped the retaining clips supplied with the new assembly for the ones on the old unit that we have just removed, it popped in easily.

The camera kit we bought was supplied with all the required wiring looms, one of which is the extension lead which had to be threaded through side panel. This extension lead is connected to the flying lead on the camera mounted on the rear door of the van, through the flex grommet in the rear door, and along the side of the van behind the side panel. The other end of the extension lead is guided over the top of the sliding side door through the existing black plastic moulded conduit and pushed through the gap at the top of the bulkhead separating the load area from the cabin. On the passenger’s side of the cabin, the cable is then pushed into the rubber door seal around edge of headlining and routed round to the A-pillar. You then need to remove the plastic trim on the A-Pillar, run the cable down the pillar, into the back of dash and along the bottom of dash. The camera kit also included a splitter cable which connects the power to both the camera and display and the SVideo output from the camera to the display. We connected the power cable to the fuse board via a piggyback fuse. To power the display only when in reverse, we had to find & split the cable for the reversing light at the fuse board, and connect it to the other end of the splitter cable.

The last job is then to mount the rear view mirror display on the windscreen as per the instructions supplied with it. We pushed the cable into the edge of the headlining along the top of the windscreen to keep it tidy, and removed the trim on the drivers side A pillar, to route it down to the bottom of the dash to connect it to the splitter cable.

Before replacing all of the trim panels and re-securing the bottom of the dash, we tested it all worked, and it did!

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