Before anyone says so, yes I've read a few posts about the multiple camera install. So with that in mind please have some patience
The difficult part (at least to me) will be how to tie my new front facing camera into the same video feed as my current stock backup camera as I do not have an aftermarket HU.
I'd like to know if its possible to leave the current functionality as is (when put in reverse the video feed appears in the rear-view) but also run a switch to one of my empty dash ports that will override the default operation. Essentially while the switch is in the "center" position the backup camera operates normally but if I switch to the "down" position the camera stays on until I switch it it back to the center position (as long as the truck isnt in reverse) and likewise for the "up" position with the forward camera.
It seems to me that I would wire the power through my switch and depending on which camera had power is which feed would be sent to the rear-view display. That being said, it may be more beneficial to power both cameras all the time and simply toggle between displays but I dont think I can keep the functionality of the standard backup camera this way and I dont want to have to operate two switches (one to toggle power and one to toggle video).
This all leads me to several questions. I'm not sure what the wiring will look like and where the video ties into the rear-view display. Something else I just thought of, will the power toggle have to power both the video screen and the camera? What powers the rear-view when the truck is put in reverse? Will I have to splice into the video input? Can I even get away with wiring both cameras to the rear-view (I'm assuming there is only one video input on the display)? Whats my best option for my switch and does anyone make one that fits in the factory "blanks" in my dash?
I want a nice clean setup and would like to get most of this worked out in my head before I start dismantling my dash and digging around like I know what I'm doing, lol!
Thanks for the feed back!!
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2011 CrewMax 5.7L 4x4
TODO: CAI (TRD), Lock & Drop Tailgate, Front Facing Camera (Help Me?!)
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