Dash Cam Hardwire Kit

by | Mar 2, 2019

We all reach this point in our RV travels where the USB cords and power management are nearing insanity. It doesn’t matter what we are driving from the largest Class A, to the smallest van, to the car pulling a popup, or in our case, the ton truck and a 5th wheel, the dash starts looking like something from a Frankenstein movie. Wires from one end of the dash to the other, every 12 volt power plug used, adapters with multiple USB plugs, then as a last straw, the multi-plug octopus thing that takes the wiring mess to a whole new realm. For our travels, there’s was a simple fix – using a dash cam hardwire kit.

It know this may not be for everyone, but for those who can manage the replacement of a 12 volt auto fuse, this is a simple project that took less than an hour. We are using a 12v-24v DC to 5v DC converter purchased off Amazon found here https://amzn.to/2XrIEPm. The kit had all the parts needed from the converter, 3 different types of fuse wiring adapters (I refer to these as “cheaters” in the video), and fuses for each.

Dash cam hardwire kitNext was to find a power source. This effort took half of the project time. Here’s the challenge. I wanted a fuse source that only worked when the ignition switch was turned on. If the truck sits for days or longer, I won’t run the risk of draining the battery. I also didn’t want to use a fuse the was in use that may have high current demands. This could create a situation of blowing the fuse with the addition power demands of the kit. Referring to the truck owner’s manual, I found the fuse panels and use of each, then using a digital volt meter or a simple 12 volt test lamp, I verified my fuse power source was on with the ignition on and off with the key removed.

Next is running the wires. It may seem daunting, but a little patience goes a long way. Start at the device, plug in the adapter and gently hide the wires behind the headliner, dash, window, and moldings. Just take your time and use your fingers and something blunt like the end of a throw-away chop stick to push the wires into place.

Dash cam hardwire kitLastly, insert the fuses into the fuse wiring adapter, insert the adapter into the fuse panel, gently secure the excess wires behind the panels or glove box, replace all covers and you’re done.

We didn’t add the dash cam kit for all our USB powered devices. We still plug in the cell phones if needed. This project was for those devices used every time we start the truck. How nice it is to not fiddle with all the wires and tangles. For under $30 and a hour of time, this has made a much needed improvement.

Below are links if you’re interested in purchasing the products discussed in this video. Please note: Prices and availability of the products mentioned in this video are subject to change.

dash cam hardwire kitDash cam hardwire hit – https://amzn.to/2SYwsat

Other helpful items:

wire crimper and connectorsWire crimper and connectors – https://amzn.to/2XoIl85
digital multimeterDigital multimeter – https://amzn.to/2EzPxXD
12 volt tester12 volt tester – https://amzn.to/2EzP6fX

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