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Author Topic: Installing a rear dashcam  (Read 408 times)

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Installing a rear dashcam
« on: August 05, 2021, 04:33:40 PM »
Hi everyone!!

I have a dashcam in my Alhamb which automatically switches on when the ignition is on. Very handy.

I was wondering if you have any advice for fitting a rear-facing dashcam at the back of the car. It seems to be a little more complex because obviously the boot door opens and also the 12v socket is permanently on. What would be the best way of fitting one I wonder.

Thank you.
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

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Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline AndyPoole

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2021, 11:39:34 AM »
So working from the back

removed the tailgate trim and the trim round the number plate light

Mounted the Camera on the number plate light trim
Took a feed from the reversing lamps (that way your dash cam should switch to reverse mode when you reverse)
pull off the rubber trim on the ceiling by the grommet in the tailgate
feed the wire down the tailgate arm, trough the grommet and into the ceiling void
tuck the wire into the rubber ceiling trim down the length of the car
My main camera is at the top of windscreen so just feed the wire round and plugged in but if its on the dash then just run down the a post, pop the side cover of the dashboard and run up to the camera






Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2021, 01:28:09 PM »
Wouldn?t taking feed off reverse lamps only record when in reverse so if you was rear ended you would have no camera footage of the incident.

Offline AndyPoole

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2021, 07:34:28 PM »
No has three Cameras Front / Rear / internal all three record all the time
When reverse is selected the front unit goes to Rear Camear full screen to give you a reversing camera with lines

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2021, 08:03:25 PM »
So impressive? thank you and, if I may, what model of dash cam do you have please?

Thank You
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2021, 08:23:27 PM »
No has three Cameras Front / Rear / internal all three record all the time
When reverse is selected the front unit goes to Rear Camear full screen to give you a reversing camera with lines


Oh ok I get you now that makes sense

Offline AndyPoole

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2021, 09:11:35 AM »
Its no longer on Amazon (Bouth last year)

It was descibed as

Dash Cam 1080P Full HD Car Camera Three lenses Dashboard Camera Video Recorder Dashcam for Cars 170 Wide Angle WDR with 4.0" LCD Display Night Vision Motion Detection and G-sensor


newbielink:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08MTHJWFD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 [nonactive]





Offline mike wilson

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2021, 10:36:48 AM »
You can buy windscreen mounted cameras that cover both front and back.  Rear is not as good as front coverage but you only need an indication of what happened in most rear-end situations.  In conjunction with the front camera showing, for instance, that you were stationary when the collision occured that would be perfectly adequate.  And you already have the fixings in place.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2021, 10:45:13 AM »
Thank you very much... when you say the fixings are in place, do you mean the 12V lighter socket in the rear?

I was thinking I could just plug a dashcam into that socket and then stick it on the rear window. However how would I turn it on and off each time I use the car without lifting the boot open and plugging it in?

Thank You all for all your help!
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline brianh

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2021, 10:49:46 PM »
The rear facing ones come in two basic types, one of them is an extra module that plugs into the front camera but faces rearward. The other is a seperate camera, either linked by a long wire and triggered from the front one, or fed independently.

You can fit a second dashcam to the rear, but finding a switched live might be more difficult. I'd suspect you'd need to run something from the front, or switch the rear sockets feed over so its only live with the ignition on and use that.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2021, 11:09:35 PM »
Yes, if I could find a switched live back there then that would be ideal I think
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2021, 12:38:21 AM »
Doesn?t the rear wiper motor have a switched live for the parking switch? If so you could intercept that either in tailgate or above roof lining depending where you are fitting dash cam.

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Re: Installing a rear dashcam
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2021, 06:55:57 PM »
Thank you very much... when you say the fixings are in place, do you mean the 12V lighter socket in the rear?

I was thinking I could just plug a dashcam into that socket and then stick it on the rear window. However how would I turn it on and off each time I use the car without lifting the boot open and plugging it in?

Thank You all for all your help!

No, you can buy a windscreen mounted camera that has two lenses.  One faces forward, the other looks through the cabin and out of the rear screen.
e.g.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nextbase-222x-Front-Recording-Camera/dp/B082FFXS3W/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=dashcam&qid=1629309265&sr=8-10

 

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