Installing a dash camera may seem like a daunting process, but it's a lot simpler than you might think. In this article, we will give you simple step-by-step instructions on how to install an inward-facing camera. This guide is written specifically for our camera system produced by Netradyne, but most of the steps should be the same across any type of camera you may have.
To get started, you will need the following tools:
- Flathead screwdriver or pry bar
- Ratchet with 10mm socket
- Torx T20 Security screwdriver
- Heat gun or adhesion promoter (optional, mostly needed in cold weather)
If you're installing a TruckSpy camera specifically, the following items should be included in your package:
- Wiring Harness (connects to OBD2 port)
- Charger/ Power Brick for Camera
- Data Signal Box
- Bracket for OBD2 plug (if needed)
- Zip ties
If you're not installing our system specifically, you may want to gather any of the items above that don't come with your specific kit, like zip ties or a bracket.
Steps to Install
Remove plastic cover from A-pillar. Use your pry bar, then unscrew bolts.
Unscrew bolts on camera to adjust the mount.
Wipe the inside of the windshield clean.
If it’s cold outside, heat up the glass using a heat gun or adhesion promoter.
Peel off the double-sided tape from the camera mount and position camera on the inside of the windshield.
Some tips to keep in mind when positioning your camera:
- Make sure LEDS on camera are facing the driver
- Make sure the camera is in the path of your windshield wipers (this ensures the camera’s view will always be clear, even in bad weather)
- Center your camera and make sure it isn’t so low that it blocks your view.
Tuck the camera’s wire into the headliner, then zip tie to factory wiring behind the A-Pillar.
Mount the Data Signal Box on or under the dash, tape side down.
This is how you get cell reception for your camera, so on top of the dash is recommended to ensure the best reception.
Once the signal box has been placed, feed wire down through the dash.
Connect the two white plugs found on your wiring harness.
The other end will connect to the wire that was fed down through the dash in Step 6.
Mount your ELD on or under the dash. The higher it can be mounted, the better, to ensure the best reception.
Make sure all wires are secured.
Be careful when zip tying your wires not to zip tie them to the e-brake or hood release.
We also recommend removing the lower dash panel or steering column panel (if possible) for ease of access.
Step 10 (if you're using the TruckSpy system):
Login to your Truckspy account to check your connection.
LEDs on your ELD and Dash Cam should indicate that everything is working.
Feel free to reach out to the Truckspy team if you have any questions or concerns about the process of installing one of our cameras. If you're using another system, we hope you found this guide helpful to you as well!
Don’t want to do the install yourself after all? No problem; we also have a wide network of installers we can put you in touch with.