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2005 Titan backup camera

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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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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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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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