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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-07-2006, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Parkview Camera Set-up

I bought an 06 Limited with Nav but it did not have the backup camera installed. For some reason, there is not a mopar kit to install the camera and have it work through the Nav unit. I really dont want to add a separate screen, so I am trying to figure out what stands in my way from putting the factory optioned camera in my Jeep.

The camera and mounting bracket are available as a replacement part from Jeep so what stands in my way from buying these pieces and doing the install myself. I am guessing that there is probably a wiring harness that should be back there that may not be since this was not a factory option.

Does anyone know why this won't work? Has anyone tried this or looked into this? Let me know if you have any experience or ideas about this! Thanks!
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Re: Parkview Camera Set-up

Hi, I was in the same boat over here in the UK, and I didn't want another screen in the car when I already had the factory sat nav, so found this company....
www.avelectronic.com, the interesting bit here is they sell a unit that can convert your existing sat nav screen to become a rear view camera even if this was not an option at the factory.
Just received my unit from them here in the UK, now the 'worrying' bit is it needs a bit of soldering on the main unit for the jeep/Chrysler units to work. They have sent through detailed instructions...leaving it to an exp car audio specialist to install and adapt, bit nervous but will let you know how it goes. The guys at the web site seem quite helpful. good luck.
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thanks for the info, I am really interested in hearing how yours turns out. Be sure and post a follow up. I am going to check out that site. Thanks!
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Re: Parkview Camera Set-up

Hi Ricky O.

Could you let me know a bit more about that unit. Did you get the budget one or the AV switcher? How much was it and how long did it take to arrive? Does the mod to the Nav require any parts? If no parts could you somehow let me know what the mod is? Thanks

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I will let RickyO answer as to what unit he got but I will tell you what I learned when I called the company yesterday. They are located in Georgia and the basic unit is $299, the license plate camera they offer is $199, so the whole thing is going to cost $500 plus shipping. He tells me they have to disassemble the NAV unit and actually solder in a 9 pin wiring harness onto the circuit board of the NAV unit behind the LCD screen. That is why RickyO probably did not want to attempt the solder work himself. The mas says that they can have your unit modified and shipped back out the next day if you send it to them. I suggest you give the guy a call, he was very knowledgeable about everything. I think he really knew his stuff.

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Hi all, thanks Paul you basically summed in all up in one. They have sent detailed instructions re the alterations, if my guy is not confident might end up sending over the unit as a last resort to the company in the US...looking at the instructions it looks like major brain surgery to me!
Have only just recieved the kit, took about 3 weeks to get here. I chose the basic system, that's all you need for the rear camera kit. I also chose the miniature camera they advertise. Have not had the chance to see my tech guy yet for his opinion on the work. Will keep you up to date with what happens...Richard
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Re: Parkview Camera Set-up

kfbagt and RickyO,

Thanks for the info. I too want the video camera but definitely DO NOT want an extra screen. I can't wait to hear how it turns out. Please post when it's done! Many thanks.

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Re: Parkview Camera Set-up

I can offer this bit of information regarding the install of the back up camera after factory to work through your nav radio. If you remove your radio and look at the back there will be a 3 prong plug that is open on the lower left rear of the radio (looking from the back). That is where the back up camera wiring would plug in (so I am told). If you do not have that plug then you would have to have the nav radio modified, if you do then you need to find the part numbers for the wiring and camera and then simply install it if you feel up to it. All I can say is I am not sure all of the nav units have that open 3 prong plug or if it was added on later year 06 and 07 Commanders. I have a newer model (9/06) and have the open plug but never researched to see what the parts numbers would be to simply purchase the camera and wiring to do it myself. If anyone does please let us know and I plan to look into it this week. Hope this helps.
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that helps alot. I am giong to take my unit out tomorrow and look at it. Great work on tracking this down!
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Re: Parkview Camera Set-up

I have that open 3 pin connector on my head unit.

Does anyone know of an online technical resource for these head units?

It would be great if the rear camera could connect to this plug without modifying the head unit. I know that the ave system allows you to connect their video switcher so that you can input camera &/or DVD/TV. It's possible that the open socket supplies power to the camera on one of the pins and is therefore unsuitable for their switchers or other devices.
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