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Old 09-03-2014, 03:55 AM
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Thank you thank you thank you. I had forgotten to connect that connection, not that I knew what is was for.


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No worries no worries no worries :thumbup:
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Thank you thank you thank you. I had forgotten to connect that connection, not that I knew what is was for.


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Re: MY14 DIY Trailer Socket Wiring

Don't worry I did it too
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The last bit of my trailer wiring project was to silence the rear sensors when a trailer is connected. I routinely forget to reactivate the sensors when turning them off at the dash.

It took a bit of coercion to remove a contact pin from the connector body so I could test my plan... but once out, a few trips in the car confirmed that I had the correct wire to cut. It's the grey/orange wire in the connection at the base of the left "D" pillar... the same one that clips to the body with a slide-on retainer.

So cut the grey/orange, smash on a couple of crimps, insert a relay and it's done.

I used a changeover relay as I needed to use "normally closed" contacts... and that was what I had in my box-o-bits. The relay is triggered by an ignition feed, but only grounded when the trailer socket is opened. This side of the wiring is exactly the same as the reverse camera hack detailed above.

Operationally, when activated by having a trailer plug inserted, a Service Parksense message appears on the EVIC display and one chime sounds upon starting the engine. That said, this is much the same as what you get when Parksense is manually disabled. The big difference is that the front sensors remain active, and of course no button pushing is required. I'd have liked to disable the warnings, but I have a feeling it'd take some major rooting around.

I've tested this for a while prior to posting, and all seems harmonious with the Cheap's system monitoring... so happy reversing in peace!

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The last bit of my trailer wiring project was to silence the rear sensors when a trailer is connected. I routinely forget to reactivate the sensors when turning them off at the dash.

It took a bit of coercion to remove a contact pin from the connector body so I could test my plan... but once out, a few trips in the car confirmed that I had the correct wire to cut. It's the grey/orange wire in the connection at the base of the left "D" pillar... the same one that clips to the body with a slide-on retainer.

So cut the grey/orange, smash on a couple of crimps, insert a relay and it's done.

I used a changeover relay as I needed to use "normally closed" contacts... and that was what I had in my box-o-bits. The relay is triggered by an ignition feed, but only grounded when the trailer socket is opened. This side of the wiring is exactly the same as the reverse camera hack detailed above.

Operationally, when activated by having a trailer plug inserted, a Service Parksense message appears on the EVIC display and one chime sounds upon starting the engine. That said, this is much the same as what you get when Parksense is manually disabled. The big difference is that the front sensors remain active, and of course no button pushing is required. I'd have liked to disable the warnings, but I have a feeling it'd take some major rooting around.

I've tested this for a while prior to posting, and all seems harmonious with the Cheap's system monitoring... so happy reversing in peace!

Cheers,
Steve
Good job. I did it by installing a switch on the right rear quarter panel near the 12V outlet.

However, I found that when backing without a trailer, I became paranoid as to whether I had activated the sensors or not. So now, for safety (and sanity) I leave the sensors on all the time. After all, truck drivers always have beepers on when reversing but for different reasons of course.
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Re: MY14 DIY Trailer Socket Wiring

Some really excellent work here, folks. Who wants to come around to my place and do mine for me? I'll put on tea and biscuits (might even lash out with Arnotts chocs...)

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Re: MY14 DIY Trailer Socket Wiring

I just did a mate's Mitsubishi (curse of the 3 diamond star).
What a PIA, and more complicated.
Never again.....
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Re: MY14 DIY Trailer Socket Wiring

Hi Barboots, I know this is an older threat and just going to copy and install the reversing camera switch to enable a rear caravan camera when towing. Any advice on what camera you used as I have to buy the actual camera and feed back to the tow hook for connection.
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Re: MY14 DIY Trailer Socket Wiring

Mousie the camera I had was supplied on our caravan. It was part of a Safety Dave kit which included a dash mountable screen. The kit wasn't really big on technical specs, but I recall being immediately concerned that the camera appeared to be NTSC... then next breath realising that the car probably would be too. Summary... NTSC works, but that doesn't necessarily mean PAL won't.

As far as other camera specs, consider the field of view you want as a priority, taking into account the mounting location options. Then look for any aspects which will improve the camera performance in difficult light. Better low-light performance and features like AGC (auto gain control) will help in poor (uneven) lighting conditions. The higher signal to noise ratio the better and I'd shoot for at least 480 TV Lines... though again more will usually mean a better image. Try to ascertain that the camera is multi-volt, as if you're powering it as I did it will probably get fed 9v to 15V for short durations.

In context with reversing cameras (as opposed to rear-view) if you want infra-red which at least half works a large output is required to illuminate any sort of distance. However I find it generally disappointing even with 20 odd IR emitters in the camera. Reverse lights are a better option.

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