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Dash cam tap

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2022+)' started by Geekpipe, Dec 8, 2022.

  1. Dec 8, 2022 at 12:51 PM
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    So trying to power my dash cam (cig lighter power) and not have a wire showing. Saw some threads on the toyota camera but not sure how i could use the power up behind mirror to power this one. anyone done something to not have a big power wire running.
     
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    Yes, I used fuse taps at the interior fuse panel located under the passenger side dash. Ran the wires up the A pillar, under the headliner, and out of the plastic cover that surrounds the base of the mirror. Very easy installation.
     
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    This "t's" into your rearview mirror, than you plug in your usb. What does the other end that plugs into your dash cam look like? You should be able to find a usb cable that would plug into your camera.
     
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    Will this supply constant power enabling the parking mode function in dashcams? Or, will this just supply power when the truck is on or in ACC mode?
     
  7. Jan 24, 2023 at 3:19 AM
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    Thats correct. For 3rd Gen Tundras, there's a dashcam 5 pin power hidden in the headliner next to the overhead module (lights/SOS/etc). On trucks without the Dashcam option, that connector is still there. You use this adapter from Dongar to connect to it. I just installed mine yesterday. It isn't yet available on Amazon, but I got mine with 2 day shipping even though the site says it has a 5 day lead time

    https://dongar.tech/products/optionconnectortoyota
     
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  9. Jan 24, 2023 at 6:46 AM
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    Looks good, except in the description it says that "auto dimming mirror is required" like that other part for earlier trucks. Seems like the mirror type should be irrelevant. Unless they mean this particular factory connector only happens to be present in trucks that also have the auto dimming mirror? What about those of us with the digital camera mirror?

     
  10. Jan 24, 2023 at 6:49 AM
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    I have the digital camera mirror on my TRD Pro. I think its just an error on their site, the type of mirror doesn't matter since this dashcam power connector exists in all models of the Tundra and has nothing to do with the mirror.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2023 at 6:52 AM
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    That's what I was thinking, just a cut and paste error on their part. How did you access the connector? What needs to be removed? Any delicate plastic clips?

     
  12. Jan 24, 2023 at 6:57 AM
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    super easy! This video has the install guide for the Toyota OEM dashcam, but the removal process for the overhead module is simple, just pull from the front and it pops right off. You don’t need to remove any other clips like he did in the video.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4aNg31P9IH0
     
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    Ordered.
     
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    Will this supply constant 12v power enabling the parking mode function in dashcams? Or, will this just supply power when the truck is on or in ACC mode?
     
  15. Jan 24, 2023 at 7:26 AM
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    its only powered in ACC mode. The lights in the overhead console recieve constant 12v, so it should be relatively easy to tap that wire and use it for the Dongar cable. I don't really need the parking mode on my dashcam, so I havent dug into it
     
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    Thank you for the insight. I guess at the end of the day it’s probably not worth it to constantly drain the battery.

    I really wished that some engineer somewhere who owns a tundra comes up with a way to hack into the tundras cameras and invent a “Sentry Mode” like mod.
     
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    Haha I could probably take a look at that too. I'm an engineer at Toyota and just got my Tundra delivered this weekend. I worked pretty closely with the Tundra design team over the last few years
     
  18. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:24 AM
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    I have a Viofo A129 Pro duo dashcam in my Tacoma that I plan to swap over. It has the sentry mode but I don't use it because of battery drainage issues... although I believe it has a low battery cut off to keep from killing it totally. You can buy add-on battery packs that run the cam and recharge themselves whilst driving that will extend how long you can use this mode without draining the truck's battery. But I decided it just wasn't worth the hassle.

    I have captured some very interesting stuff out there in the wild. For your viewing pleasure, these from the last year and a half, or so, that I have had this particular cam. The last two named BlueCamaro, you need to watch the full rear clip first to see where this idiot comes from, then the short front clip to show where he goes. The light had been full red for maybe 7 seconds. You can tell when it changed in the rear clip as I began to slow down.

    NearHeadOn Trim - YouTube

    NearHeadOn PA - YouTube

    Rte15Crash front Trim - YouTube

    BlueCamaro Rear - YouTube BlueCamaroFront Clip - YouTube

     
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    There is a text box when you order from Dongar, you can request it to be wired "hot all the time" or "Switched"... I started with one that was hot all the time, then replaced it with a switched one...
     
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    I never got this text box when ordering! glad it came with the switched one by default, but if its that easy for them to swap around, I wonder if its just changing the pinning on the adapter. It seems perfectly reasonable to have one of those 5 pins be live all the time
     
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    It is how it is pinned, you can swap two wires, and make it change from switched to hot all the time... I don't have the details, and didn't want to mess with it so thats why I just ordered a 2nd one... quick EASY install.... In one of the early dash cam threads it has specific wiring / Pin details...
     
  22. Jan 24, 2023 at 11:59 AM
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    Found the post! @raylo this might be useful to you!
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/dash-cam.106151/page-3#post-2941220
     
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    My Viofo cam harness wants both switched and unswitched 12v. Not sure why these Dongar adapters can't provide both to the connection to the cam harness, if they both exist in the connector in the Tundra ceiling? In this case I am not sure if it needs both to be live if you don't care about parked security mode.

     
  24. Feb 4, 2023 at 2:50 PM
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    Hello all! My dongar adapter is on its' way. I need to pick up a USB A --> USBc cord, how long did you guys go with? I feel like 3ft is too long but 6in is too short... 1.5ft long enough?
     
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    My new dashcam got waylaid in FedEx due to the ice storm so I haven't installed it yet. Maybe next week if it comes. I am not quite sure what I will need in the way of cables yet. On my Tacoma I placed the cam on the driver's side of the rear view mirror and that is what I am planning for this one so 6" might be enough.
     
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    I’m thinking just picking up both 6” and 1.5ft to be on the safe side…
     
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