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Well it finally happened. I have been a lurker on this forum since we bought our titan in 2008. It's a great 2005 Nissan Titan SE 2WD. 143k and we still love it. So after 9 years of ownership we decided to upgrade the stereo and add a backup camera. Sweet, I thought.
Now, I'm no rookie to car ****. But this one has got me stumped. Not even youtube could save me. So here is what I've been dealing with and I hope someone here has the fix.
I have a pioneer 280bt (AVH) and an esky EC180-19 camera. The wife has the same radio and camera setup on her 7.3 diesel ford Excursion. However I did not do the install. Paid 500 cash for that work. When it came time to do the Titan I thought I could save a few bucks by doing it myself. So far I have saved a lot of money but not time.

The stereo install was easy. All wires were soldered and heat shrinked. No problemo. So I figure just do what the internets say and power the 12v wire for the camera to the reverse light and **** will be on the up and up. :rollseyes:

Needless to say that didn't work. I tested the camera by hooking it directly to the battery and shifting into reverse. Camera works great. But, when grounded to the frame and the 12v red hooked to the reverse lights I have no joy.

Before it starts.... The radio reverse indicator wire works fine. It's hooked to the green white wire in the kick panel. When shifting to reverse the screen on the radio is black.
I have tried every power source I can think of. The reverse lights, no go. The trailer reverse lights, no go. The 12v to the radio, no go. The reverse (green and white wires in the kick panels) no go. The 12v switch on the cigarette lighter, no go.

I even bought a new camera. No joy. It only works when I hook it directly to a 12v battery. Officially stumped...... If anyone can help here I would greatly appreciate it.

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To work the camera power wire and the reverse sense wire from the radio need to both be connected to the power wire going to the backup lights. On the radio set the camera sense to 12v battery.

Obviously the camera ground connects to the chassis and the video line connects to the camera input (not video input) on the radio.

With connections as above moving the transmission lever to Reverse should activate the camera.
 

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To work the camera power wire and the reverse sense wire from the radio need to both be connected to the power wire going to the backup lights. On the radio set the camera sense to 12v battery.

Obviously the camera ground connects to the chassis and the video line connects to the camera input (not video input) on the radio.

With connections as above moving the transmission lever to Reverse should activate the camera.
I have the reverse indicator wire to the head unit hooked to the green/white wire for reverse in the driver's kick panel. I have already tested your theory. I ran a jumper wire from the green/white all the way back to the 12v red on the camera. Stereo screen goes black when I shift into reverse with no picture.
Are you saying to run the indicator wire from the head unit all the way back to the actual reverse light with the 12v red for camera?
And the stereo is on battery.
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Verify that the green/white wire actually shows 12v when in reverse. If that is true then powering the camera from that point should activate the camera when in reverse. If the camera does not come on then verify the green/white wire shows 12v (in reverse with camera connected). Make sure all connections are solid and the video connector is firmly seated at the radio RCA connector.

On my Titan I routed the black and red wires from the camera to the rear of the radio (along with the video wire). I connected the black wire to the radio ground wire (which goes to chasis). The red wire from the camera and the camera sense wire from the radio were connected to the reverse power wire. All worded well.

If you have things wired as the equivalent to what I have described then I would suspect a poor connection somewhere especiallly if you have used those wire slicing tap connectors. Anything except crimp or solder is bad news.
 

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Verify that the green/white wire actually shows 12v when in reverse. If that is true then powering the camera from that point should activate the camera when in reverse. If the camera does not come on then verify the green/white wire shows 12v (in reverse with camera connected). Make sure all connections are solid and the video connector is firmly seated at the radio RCA connector.

On my Titan I routed the black and red wires from the camera to the rear of the radio (along with the video wire). I connected the black wire to the radio ground wire (which goes to chasis). The red wire from the camera and the camera sense wire from the radio were connected to the reverse power wire. All worded well.

If you have things wired as the equivalent to what I have described then I would suspect a poor connection somewhere especiallly if you have used those wire slicing tap connectors. Anything except crimp or solder is bad news.
Nope. Everything is solder and marine grade heat shrink crimps. I think I am going to use a relay. I hope to tie into the 12v constant from the 12v accessory plug in the bed on the driver's side(w/inline H2O proof fuse). Run a ground from relay to the chassis (camera ground tied in). 12v red wire from relay to camera and use the reverse light hot wire to switch on the relay. I just don't think the camera is getting enough power. If this works then the only wire I have to run forward is the RCA.
I'll let you know if it works.
 

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Somewhat related, I have also recently installed a backup camera in my '04 Titan to use with my Kenwood DD stereo. The Kenwood has the purple and white reverse wire hanging out the back, but I am having trouble finding the reverse wire behind the driver's side kick panel to connect to the reverse wire on my Kenwood. I hooked the power wire back at the backup camera to the hot wire for my backup lights and it will activate when I push the "CAM" button on my radio when in reverse, but it will not come on when I engage reverse, so I am trying to find the correct reverse wire to connect to the reverse wire coming out of my stereo.

I did a bunch of searching on here trying to find a pic that showed the correct wire and the first picture (the one with the hand holding the harness) is the one I found. He indicated I needed to find a green with white striped wire. Unfortunately, as you can see in the second picture, I do not see a harness on my truck that has that same wire configuration although there is one harness with at least one green and white striped wire. This may be the wire I need to use, but I thought I would ask before I tried to tap into it.

Also, am I looking behind the wrong kick panel? Could the green/white wire be on the passenger side?
 

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Did you ever figure out which wire to use? I have the same question, and mine looks exactly like the second picture you posted.
 

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I know this thread was last replied 8 months ago, but while Googling for the "Nissan Titan Reverse Wire," this was the 2nd picture that was in the Google Images, so I figured I'd reply incase anyone came across this and made the mistake. And possibly if the last guy asking for a solution, is still stuck....

The G/W (Green/White) Reverse Wire is located in the PASSENGER Kick Panel, not the Driver's Kick Panel. It's a small 3 wire plug. I am about to install my JVC KW-V940BW & a few cameras including my reverse camera.
 

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Can confirm on my 2005 Titan LE CC the green/white wire is on the Passenger side kick panel. However on mine I have 2 very large square plugs, one on bottom and the other one above it. The wire is on the upper connector on mine, and I had to unplug both of these to get to the upper one. There are like 30 wires connected to these plugs but it was pretty easy to find the green/white wire. I also have some different wiring back on my tail lights. I've seen one other person describe it like mine - most of my tail light bulbs have 3 wires coming into them. The backup light did, and that made me really question how I should tap into it for the camera. There's a colored wire and two black wires, with one of the black wires continuing up to the next bulb. I took at guess and used the colored wire and the black wire that didn't move up to the next bulb. It worked. Needless to say I searched several Youtube videos for this and all of them showed standard 2-wire tail light fixtures. I think the LE has some different things going on (I also have big tow package.)
 

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Can confirm on my 2005 Titan LE CC the green/white wire is on the Passenger side kick panel. However on mine I have 2 very large square plugs, one on bottom and the other one above it. The wire is on the upper connector on mine, and I had to unplug both of these to get to the upper one. There are like 30 wires connected to these plugs but it was pretty easy to find the green/white wire. I also have some different wiring back on my tail lights. I've seen one other person describe it like mine - most of my tail light bulbs have 3 wires coming into them. The backup light did, and that made me really question how I should tap into it for the camera. There's a colored wire and two black wires, with one of the black wires continuing up to the next bulb. I took at guess and used the colored wire and the black wire that didn't move up to the next bulb. It worked. Needless to say I searched several Youtube videos for this and all of them showed standard 2-wire tail light fixtures. I think the LE has some different things going on (I also have big tow package.)
I have 2005 LE, So I should be able to get a camera and wire it to the white and green wires you are talking about in the kick panel. Do theses wires run all the way to rear bumper?
 

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Not exactly. The green/white wore is the trigger for your reverse gear in the transmission. The wires you will tap into at the bumper are for power, basically sending juice to the camera when the reverse lights come on. You could wire the camera up to, say, the park/drive lights, and it would have power constantly whenever your lights are on, or tap into steady power in the tow hitch harness to keep it powered all the time. This could run the battery down over time though, however it may be useful to put a switch in the dash and wire your camera input to that, so you could activate the rear camera while driving down the road. Some head units also have a switch for this, if you choose to power the camera all the time.
My radio is simple, and my camera just comes on when the reverse lights power on. The camera gets power from the reverse lights, and the radio knows to switch to camera video input when the gear shift goes into reverse (via the green/white wire in the kick panel.) You may have 3 wires on your reverse lights - one of the black wires is just sending power or ground to the next light in the assembly. You can use either black wire plus the colored wire (I don't remember what color it is) to tap into the camera power.

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