For my birthday this year, DH actually knocked it out of the park with the gift, and my involvement was minimal - miraculous! A few weeks ago we were sitting on the front porch enjoying coffee when he handed me his phone and asked if I thought this would work for a trailer camera. I've mentioned wanting them a few times, and I had a few systems on my Amazon wish list (usually put there after yet another friend got one installed and raved about it lol), but most of the ones I had on my list were wireless, and he preferred one that was hardwired in. I paged through the reviews (including one from someone using it as a horse trailer camera), said I thought it sounded good, and that I was totally fine with this system if I didn't have to help install it (I'm sure you can imagine how that went lol).
So he went ahead and ordered it, and it arrived the Friday of MDW. We had both taken off work that day to car shop (trying to replace his commuter car that was totaled in the accident a few weeks back and MAN THE USED CAR MARKET IS NUTS), and I planned to use the truck and trailer both days that weekend, so I sort of assumed it would be a little while until it got installed (which was fine, my birthday isn't until next week). But to my surprise, Sunday morning he got up and went outside and starting installing it while I was making breakfast -- he did most of the work solo, and towards the end there were a few parts that were easier with two hands, so I went out and helped a bit -- plus he needed me to okay the camera placement in the trailer :)
|He was really obsessive about running the wires through the dash so you couldn't see them, but weirdly unconcerned about actually screwing the monitor in, haha. |
As with any project my husband does, about halfway through he got annoyed, and there was plenty of cursing under his breath and the occasional tossed tool, but by the end he had it working perfectly! The monitor in the truck comes on when you start the truck (but can be turned off), defaults to the trailer camera (when it's hooked up), and when you put the truck in reverse it switches to the camera on the back bumper (which I'll get lots of use out of when the trailer is unhooked, since LONGBOI IS LONG and backing it is pretty intimidating lol). The instructions that came with the camera were.... not great, and they referred you to a YouTube video that didn't actually exist, so some of it was trial and error. I emailed the company and they did send me an updated link, but by that point DH had already figured it out. But I guess if anyone else buys this exact same system, let me know if you need the link! lol
|On the maiden voyage on Sunday! About 30 seconds after I took this picture, Cinna tried to put her head over the divider to mess with Trigger, so the camera immediately alerted me to the fact that I needed to shorten her trailer tie lol. |
|Camera in the trailer.|
|That plug to the trailer camera, so now I have to plug in the lights and the trailer.|
|Camera on the bumper.|
|Making good use of the backup cam to put LONGBOI in the garage 😂|
This is one of those things I've been meaning to do for AGES so I'm really glad it's all set up! It's so nice to be able to glance over and see the horses just chillaxing during the drive.
that turned out really well! my new-to-me car (ugh 100% don't wanna talk about the market OR what that means for trying to keep the 20yo truck running....) is my first vehicle with a backup camera and it's such a nice feature!ReplyDelete
Ha, his "new" car gas a backup cam too, meanwhile I'm still driving my '05 base model beater that has outlived his last 3 vehicles 😂 hopefully it holds on until the market is better, since it's FUCKING INSANE at the moment. Feeling really good about upgrading the truck last summer, and laughing at past Leah who thought *that* market was insane 😳Delete
I'm a little jealous you have DH because I actually bought a trailer camera TWO YEARS ago and it's still in the box waiting to be installed... LOL. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyDelete
I'm impressed with the clarity, it looks really great!
Haha yes he is super handy to have around for all those projects I can dream up but don't actually have the knowledge or skills to implement 😂 the clarity is awesome! After I took the pic of the horses I realized I hadn't pulled off the little plastic screen protector 🙈 so it's even better than that pic!Delete
How cool, yay husband!ReplyDelete
He is pretty handy to have around 😁Delete
I need a trailer back up camera. Yours turned out so well!ReplyDelete
I'm so tickled with it, especially at the price point!Delete
I laughed out loud at the part where your husband got annoyed and started cursing and throwing his tools around, LOL. Sounds soooooo familiar...ReplyDelete
He always starts with the best of intentions and spirits and then t quickly devolves 😂😂Delete