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Back Up Camera

I am looking for specific input on wire routing for a backup camera in an R170 SLK320.
If the car had a normal trunk it's a no brainer to get power and reverse signal in the trunk to a Garmin BC30 camera that interfaces with the DriveSmart 60 GPS wirelessly.
However all the roof/trunk structural cable trays for other items using power are full and I am concerned about taping or zip tying wire to the outside of them.
Can anyone be able to share what they did with perhaps some pictures when they installed a back up camera on an R170?
I would appreciate knowing just what you did.
Thanks.
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I did think about it when i replaced the roof cylinders. There is room to run cables on the LHS through to the seat belt cover and down the back wall behind the carpet. There is a thread somewhere on this on one of the forums and I'm fairly sure that was what was done. Basically you are just doing what is done on the RHS with the hydraulics.
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I am looking for specific input on wire routing for a backup camera in an R170 SLK320.
If the car had a normal trunk it's a no brainer to get power and reverse signal in the trunk to a Garmin BC30 camera that interfaces with the DriveSmart 60 GPS wirelessly.
However all the roof/trunk structural cable trays for other items using power are full and I am concerned about taping or zip tying wire to the outside of them.
Can anyone be able to share what they did with perhaps some pictures when they installed a back up camera on an R170?
I would appreciate knowing just what you did.
Thanks.
Often it pays to go back and look again. I did!
I can run the camera wiring through the trunk deck substructure and out the lower right corner with the wiring that is in there now for the license plate lights etc. It can then be taped or tie wrapped to the outside of the cable tray the wiring goes into now. This area does not get in the way of the roof hardware. From there it is an easy fish to the RR tail light when I can get a switched 12V supply from the back up light to power it all. This camera (Garmin BC30) is wireless between the camera and the GPS unit. Should work.
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