How to Install Wireless Backup Camera? [Step-by-Step Guide]

How to install wireless backup camera?

Installing a wireless backup camera into your horse trailer is a necessary safety measure. It enables you to exercise more control over your vehicle. 

Did you know that some states regulate where you can or can’t install cameras in your car and vehicles? (1)

Here’s a quick installation guide for wireless cameras: 

  1. Install the license bracket to the back of your license plate.
  2. Mount the monitor screen inside your car and connect it to a charging source.
  3. Turn on the camera from the back of your car.
  4. Turn on the monitor screen inside your car.

If you want a more detailed version of this tutorial, keep reading the post! 

In the meantime, check out these horse trailer camera systems

How to Install a Wireless Backup Camera For Your Horse Trailer? 

The horse trailer camera installation process is something you can do on your own. Here’s how I recommend installing the camera. 

I suggest getting a camera with the least amount of wires involved. This will make the installation and maintenance more manageable in the long run. 

Follow the steps below to install a backup camera that one might use as a reversing camera. 

Step 1: Remove the License Plate

Since this camera is meant to help you reverse, you will need a lower view. Remove the license plate from the back of your vehicle. 

You can do this by unbolting the screw that keeps it attached. Use whichever tool is suitable for your plates.

You will want to add the camera bracket behind the license plate. Proceed to screw it back on again. 

If you don’t want to do this, go ahead and pick a more convenient location suitable for your needs. However, keep the viewing angle in mind and think about why you’re installing a camera in the first place. 

Step 2: Check Out All the Parts 

This is usually the prerequisite to step 1, but often it’s best just to mount the bracket before you can get to this. 

The most common portable cameras include the display monitor or the monitor kit. You will need something to mount the display monitor inside your car where you can see it. 

You can either use a mount or a suction cup. 

Depending on the type of camera you go for, you’ll have several charging options. It might be solar-powered, battery-pack operated, or require an electrical outlet for the power cables. 

Most wired camera systems require power sources, so it might be best to find a stable outlet or use built-in batteries. You will have to change the battery from time to time. 

Next up, you will need some sort of adapter for your car. The most common type is a cigarette lighter adapter. 

There should also be a USB cable for the monitor kit. Lastly, you’ll find an antenna for the monitor screen. 

Step 3: Let’s Assemble It All

Use the suction cup on your glass windshield near the steering wheel to view the monitor screen easily. Attach the display monitor to the suction cup. 

Use the display monitor’s USB cable and attach it to the cigarette lighter adapter. Once you’re done, connect the antenna to the monitor; otherwise, it will fail to work. 

Now it’s time to go back to the license plate.

Step 4: The Last Steps

Take a look at the bracket. Once you locate the flap at the bottom, open it and look for a button. 

Press this button. Once you do, a red light will turn on, indicating everything is in order and working. 

Go back inside your car, and feel up the side of your screen. One of the buttons will turn on the camera. 

Some cameras come with an extra button. You can place it anywhere inside the car, and once you push it, the camera will come to life! 

If you require a visual demonstration, try watching the video below to learn more: 

Benefits of Installing Wireless Backup Cameras For your Horse Trailers? 

One of the first benefits is your enhanced ability to visualize your surroundings better than before. Cameras placed at the correct location will allow you to get out of tight spots. 

Here’s how; trailers are large, heavy-duty vehicles that require stealthy maneuvering. It can become difficult to navigate them from time to time, which is when a rear view or additional cameras come in handy. 

They can prevent you from getting into accidents when in reverse and potentially damaging other vehicles. They can especially help you remain cautious if you have American horse trailers; you can’t neglect your precious steeds by endangering their wellbeing. 

Consider them your portable electronic accident protection. This brings us to the next point. 

Wireless cameras will usually prove to be better backup camera systems than wired cameras. This usually depends on the type of wired cameras, but most require very little time and cost and don’t always require professional installation. 

They take less time to install, and almost anyone can figure out how to use them. Moreover, think about cloud-based security. 

Your screen will allow you to monitor the footage, but wireless cameras usually link to cloud-based backup systems. T

his means you can monitor and record your footage anywhere in the world with cloud-based systems, even if you aren’t driving your vehicle. 

It also acts as a deterrent if cars behind you become too impatient or careless. 

How Long Does It Take to Install a Wireless Backup Camera For Your Trailer? 

It should not take you more than a couple of minutes at best. 

If you really stretch it, the most it will take is around 15-20 minutes. If you’re having trouble assembling the camera, go ahead and consult the manual.

Only in the direst cases would you need a professional to install it. Most backup cameras are aimed at accessibility and ease of use. 

Consider consulting a professional only if you’re using a wired camera and have zero experience with vehicles and accessories. 


How does a wireless backup camera get power?

Wireless cameras will use in-built batteries or solar power. Wired cameras will use your car’s tail light, a convenient source.

Is it hard to install a backup camera?

Installing a camera shouldn’t be this hard, especially if you already have experience with cars. 


Learning how to install a wireless backup camera for your horse trailer isn’t a challenging task, nor is the installation process itself. You can prevent crashing into other vehicles while reversing with this affordable option. 

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So, did you find the camera installation steps helpful? Let us know in the comments section!


  • 1. Brennan S. Are Dash Cams Illegal in Your State? Here’s What You Need to Know [Internet]. MotorBiscuit. 2020 [cited 2022 Nov 2]. Available from:
Emily Donoho
Emily Donoho

Emily is a native of Colorado, currently living in Glasgow, Scotland, working as a freelance writer. She is a long-time horsewoman, having started riding at the age of 6, then competing in dressage around Colorado and Massachusetts, where she finished her undergraduate degree in psychology.

Following a move to the UK and a PhD, she worked for a few years as a freelance horse trainer in Central Scotland. She’s interested in holistic horsemanship, fostering better communication and understanding between horses and humans, riding with lightness and softness, and she’s forever seeking out the newest research into equine behavior and psychology. When not writing, she can be found at the barn with her two equine partners, Foinavon, an ex-feral Highland pony, and Hermosa, a young Andalusian.
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