• Ray
    393
    In this video, I remove the center dashboard bezel in my 2018 Ram 3500 Tradesman truck and run various dash accessory wires behind it.



    I have a GPS, Dashcam and RV rearview camera display and all have power wires with 12-volt plugs on them. To simplify and streamline things I place. the 3-way 12-volt power socket splitter in behind the dash. Then I spice its power line into the trucks 12-volt power socket feed.

    Now the power wires can be hidden from view for the most part with just the end connectors visible.
  • Logan X
    69
    Thanks for sharing Ray. I have been considering doing something similar in my truck.
  • RVsolar
    161
    There goes the warranty lol nice they sure use the small gauge wire for the power ports
    I add new one in the cubby hole ran 30amp fuse and new wire from battery.
  • Robert B
    4
    Nice that your dash has that storage tray for you to cleanly route your wires to the top.
  • Ray
    393
    Yeah, it's great to have so much room back there and so easy to take off the dash bezel.
  • Larry B
    0
    Just wandering way you did not hard wire those connections as you know they are hidden and if those cigar plug connections work them self loose like they always do you have to take your dash apart to get at them
  • Ray
    393
    At this point I didn't want to break open the 12-volt plug that came with the Garmin. It has a multi-voltage line that supplies a traffic monitor antenna pickup. There is a little circuit board inside the case.

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    Nice to keep them together with their fuses intact, just makes it simple and clean.

    I've been using the 3-way splitter on the dash for a year now with no issues. What I did for any loose-fitting plugs is shim them with folded paper when inserting to make the connection tight so they don't back out. Worked like a charm.
    In this install, I also added some double sided 3M mounting tape to keep them from vibrating and an extra measure to hold them tight. We'll see how it goes, I can always hardwire in the future.
  • Larry B
    0
    Oh OK I didn't realize you had done all that. carry on and I will keep quit. On the same note I;am looking for a rear and dash cam for my unit put there are so many. do you feel wired is better put there is not a lot of rear cameras wired for trailers
  • Ray
    393
    Usually wired is the better way to go, cheaper, less possibility of lag or signal drop out, but I have no complaints with my Haloview rearview/backup camera wireless system.
    Wired with a trailer can be a bit of a pain as you need some sort of disconnect so another thing to do when unhooking and rehooking
  • Robert B
    4
    Took my first trip today with new Haloview camera (285 miles on mostly interstate highway). Wow! I wish I'd had one sooner. It's makes towing my trailer so much safer when I have a full view of traffic approaching from the rear. The view angle is super wide; nearly 180 degrees. Wireless signal was clear and did not drop.
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