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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dash Camera (or radar detector) - mounting and powering?

Has anyone added a Dash Camera or maybe a radar detector to their truck? How and where did you mount it? I want to mount a dash camera high up to try and "see" over that hood! Anyone try to get power for a dash camera or detector from the rear view mirror or out of that on star box behind the mirror? Or maybe the overhead lights? Hanging power cords from up there would be a drag...

I have 3M tint on my windshield so I can not use a suction cup mount. I was thinking of attaching the camera with the adhesive tape type mount onto that black plastic box directly behind the rear view mirror, and would love to get power out of that box if anyone has ideas on how to do so. (How do you get that box open to look around inside?)

I have a Duramax 2018 LTZ 4x4 with the accident avoidance --> junk. The "accident avoidance camera" is on the windshield side - on the left side, of the rear view mirror. I hope to mount the "Dash camera" with adhesive tape - to the plastic box, on right lower side of the mirror. I am so thankful that "accident avoidance" junk can only flash a red warning on the windshield (and NOT activate the brakes) as it gets falsely triggered by light reflections fairly often...

I'm looking at this camera:

https://www.amazon.com/Thinkware-TW-...y&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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I used sunroof power on mine but there are other sources up there. I wire my detector there but my dashcam goes to a battery backup that keeps it running when the truck is shut off. I also have 3M tint and I used the adhesive pads what come with the Blackvue's. It is clear and gummy so you can remove it with a plastic scraper without damaging the tint.

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You could buy one of their power taps or reverse engineer your own. I agree, the avoidance hardware on these trucks is garbage.

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Great replies - thank ya-ALL!

Trucklover63 how do you like the Blackvue dash cam? Which model do you have? HOW did you get into- or open- that box behind the mirror? You put the adhesive tape ON the tint film? I would think that would pull the tint film off eventually.

HookemHorns The tint shop that installed my 3M Crystalline tint said to never attach anything to it - (Like a suction cup holder) as it would surly damage the 3M tint film on the windshield - also voiding the warranty for it.

TX_DMax17 Great link, I had no idea anyone made such a clamp attachment - but Dude that attachment costs almost as much as the dash cam I am looking to buy! I will investigate what the diameter of the "Blackvue" cam is, so I can see if it might work on the Thinkware F70. The Blackvue cam's are too pricey for me as they appear to do the same things the Thinkware's do at near 1/2 the price..
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Great replies - thank ya-ALL!

Trucklover63 how do you like the Blackvue dash cam? Which model do you have? HOW did you get into- or open- that box behind the mirror? You put the adhesive tape ON the tint film? I would think that would pull the tint film off eventually.

HookemHorns The tint shop that installed my 3M Crystalline tint said to never attach anything to it - (Like a suction cup holder) as it would surly damage the 3M tint film on the windshield - also voiding the warranty for it.

TX_DMax17 Great link, I had no idea anyone made such a clamp attachment - but Dude that attachment costs almost as much as the dash cam I am looking to buy! I will investigate what the diameter of the "Blackvue" cam is, so I can see if it might work on the Thinkware F70. The Blackvue cam's are too pricey for me as they appear to do the same things the Thinkware's do at near 1/2 the price..

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IIR correctly I snaked an invisicord into the sunroof/map light/garage door opener panel. Yes I stuck it to the 3m film. I also removed it to upgrade to the newer model. Like I mentioned, with a plastic scraper it came off fairly easily. I have the mirror clamp for my radar and I like it a lot too.

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A good place to get power is in the side fuse panel here.
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It is sounding like that 3M film is stronger than what they told me... I still don't know how to get that box open,, or the light switch. I will try to youtube search it when we get back from our trip to Oregon. (leave tomorrow).

On my previous 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 it had that side fuse panel, that I tapped into. I did not look closely at my 2018 LTZ, but it did not appear to have one. Your saying it does? how do you get into it? (Maybe if I looked closer I would see it - but too busy packing- & praying for no SNOW on Interstate 5 near Shasta today! Got no chains for truck or trailer, hope to never need them with 4x4 mud n snow's)

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It is sounding like that 3M film is stronger than what they told me... I still don't know how to get that box open,, or the light switch. I will try to youtube search it when we get back from our trip to Oregon. (leave tomorrow).

On my previous 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 it had that side fuse panel, that I tapped into. I did not look closely at my 2018 LTZ, but it did not appear to have one. Your saying it does? how do you get into it? (Maybe if I looked closer I would see it - but too busy packing- & praying for no SNOW on Interstate 5 near Shasta today! Got no chains for truck or trailer, hope to never need them with 4x4 mud n snow's)

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Blackvues are awesome. I have 3, one in each vehicle. I also have it taped to the 3m front tint for over a year now in my latest truck and 3+ years in my car.

You do have a panel on the driver side, its much more concealed though. Look in the normal spot - you'll find it! I found it MUCH more difficult to remove than previous years though, it tucks behind the door seal a bit.

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A good place to get power is in the side fuse panel here.
You could also use an Add-a-Fuse in that side fuse box. I like them because it actually adds the fuse and does not add to the amp draw on the fuse slot where it taps into.

If you ran it out to under the hood there aer several that will keep it running for 30 seconds after you turn the ignition off too.
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