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Back-up camera parallel system

My head unit has input for a back-up cam, which I installed along with the head unit. It has a reverse sensor so that the screen automatically switches to the cam when the shifter is moved into reverse. I wired this in with the reverse lights since those were near the camera and a logical line to tap into for this effect. The challenge I presented myself with was I wanted to install a switch to turn on the camera at any time, but not light up the reverse lights. When flipping the switch, I wanted the head unit to think I was in reverse and automatically change to that screen. I didn't want to run any more than one wire from the front to the back, so with the help of a couple diodes, I managed to meet this goal. First, the shot of my "schematic." Keep in mind, I don't know the actual symbols, so I used my own.



The power source for the switch is the cigarette lighter in the center console. This goes to the switch panel behind the drink holders (below the climate controls). Into the back-up sensor of the head unit, then down the line to the back of the Rav. The diodes prevent current from going to the reverse lights. The placement of the diodes allows for current to go from the reverse lights to both the camera (to power it) and to the back-up sensor in the head unit. The reverse light has it's own power source (I did not include it in the drawing) which also powers the camera when the vehicle is in reverse. The theory seemed like it would work fine and in fact, it works exactly the way I intended. Now I can be driving forward and be able to switch on the back-up camera to view behind me without the reverse lights coming on, as well as have the camera while in reverse; both scenarios cause the head unit to automatically flip the the camera's view.

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nice write up ! i did this on my 04 rav4 a while ago. but i didnt install a switch.

just wondering why you did install a switch tho ?

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Did you ever have one of those ahh haa moments that came just a little too late? After I posted this, it hit me like a ton of bricks...only one of those diodes was needed and the line coming off the camera does not need split, only tapped into the line connecting the camera and the head unit (via a diode). That's a revelation that would have been useful YESTERDAY. Woopsie! I guess that's what happens when you're not a pro, but you know enough to be dangerous.


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nice write up ! i did this on my 04 rav4 a while ago. but i didnt install a switch.

just wondering why you did install a switch tho ?
I really don't have a good answer for this other than the fact that I can and wanted to! It's not going to serve some tremendously wonderful purpose, other than the fact that I can turn on the camera anytime without having to put the vehicle in reverse.
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nice write up ! i did this on my 04 rav4 a while ago. but i didnt install a switch.

just wondering why you did install a switch tho ?
So he can read the license plate of the idiot that's tailgating him! Assuming they have front plates.

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Thanx for your post.

I need to find reversing wire from the front to power the monitor. any one can help me pls.
I got toyota rav4 2005 model. For the rear view monitor I got three cable....one to the 12+ volt, another to the negative and finally 12+ volt reversing wire. which hurting me lot to find. any one pls help me
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can you do a new wiring diagram and what diodes i wanna add the cam to my headunit and the switch to turn it on at any time would be nice as well
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Thanx for your post.

I need to find reversing wire from the front to power the monitor. any one can help me pls.
I got toyota rav4 2005 model. For the rear view monitor I got three cable....one to the 12+ volt, another to the negative and finally 12+ volt reversing wire. which hurting me lot to find. any one pls help me
THE 3RD WIRE, WHCIH YOU ARE CALLING reversing wire comes from ur headunit...ie if u buy the one with reverse cam sensor/input..pioneer avh4400 hu has this function,..

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