PDB Tested: AmeriCam

June 2013 PDB Tested Brady L. Kay

I tow a lot so I just couldn't resist adding a backup camera to my truck; at least that's how I was able to justify it to my wife. Temporary cameras work just fine, but I was looking for something a little more permanent when I came across AmeriCam online and decided to give it a try.

AmeriCam can be fitted to any vehicle with a 12-volt reverse light feed, which is nearly all vehicles. I like that it provides a wide-angle rear view color camera, which lies flush against the bumper, giving an unobstructed view day or night. The 3.5-inch LCD screen automatically and instantly displays the image when backing up and even though it's small enough to mount just about anywhere, I got creative with the install and mounted it inside the console on the ceiling of my Super Duty truck. This actually makes it even easier to see the screen and when I go to back up I just flip down the compartment so I can view the monitor. The rest of the time it's hidden and you wouldn't even know it was there. I really like how it turned out.

AmeriCam retails at around $300 in dealerships including fitting. Most backup cameras are only available in high-end OE headunits, so this extra low price gives any vehicle owner the opportunity to join the shift towards backup safety technology. The single cable system allows the AmeriCam to be fitted in less than hour, and if you're mechanically savvy it can be a great Saturday morning project.

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