Re: "Eduardo" -2003 Chevrolet Quigley IFS 4x4 build
I installed a new double din DVD/cd playing deck with touch screen. Bluetooth, usb, ipod, back up camera input.
It's a pioneer avh-271bt. Available at Walmart. Overall I like it a lot. I used the harness adapter and install kit from Walmart as well. The van uses the stereo for alerts and chimes so I guess is required.
I put in a simple on off switch on the parking brake lead so I can play movies for my kids while driving, newer decks now need more then just wiring to ground, they have to sense the change, hence the switch. Just a single flip will make it think I'm parked (which of course is the only time I use it, cause its illegal while moving to be in the drivers view). The dual screens on the seats have the video run to them as well. So three screens will play shows.
I picked up the camera at a local shop, I'm sure it would been much cheaper online. I drilled out the center on the third brake light. Its hard to see but I use the little mounting bracket to set the angle. It screws to the bottom of the light and holds the camera at the angle I wanted. The hole is slightly larger then the camera. The bracket holds the camera in roughly the middle of the body of the camera. So about half sticks out. Like 1/2in or so. I was able to set the angle to where I have only 3 inches behind the bumper that I can't see. It is a fish eye lense. Gives about 50 feet or so of a good view.
It is run to the pioneer deck. The deck activates the camera automatically in reverse and it can be displayed any time while playing whatever audio. I don't think it is super useful in that mode. But it is interesting. Backing up to my trailer is much easier now. And the angle actually sees the rear bumper when the doors are open. It's the curve of the doors that his the 3ins.
Another thing that caused a little troubleshooting was a fuzzy camera pic initially. I initially wired the camera to an unused 12v supply in the back. The power was picking up noise from the speaker wires in the harness. I had to run a clean feed from my new Fuze blocks to clear up the picture.
I didn't get a pic yet but because this was a government vehicle it had a back up beeper that was deactivated. I put a switch on it and use it if I know I'm in congested parkng lots a lot. Like during Ragnar relay it was very useful.