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Old 07-21-2018, 05:36 PM
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Electrical power for dash cam

I have a 2014 E350. I want to purchase a dash cam which will mount to the windshield in front of the rear view mirror. T o make a clean installation I want to hardwire it into the headliner unit which contains the rear view mirror mount, moon roof switch, various reading lights etc. Anyone have knowledge or experience how to access the wiring? Thank...
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I have a 2014 E350. I want to purchase a dash cam which will mount to the windshield in front of the rear view mirror. T o make a clean installation I want to hardwire it into the headliner unit which contains the rear view mirror mount, moon roof switch, various reading lights etc. Anyone have knowledge or experience how to access the wiring? Thank...
I am in the process of hard wiring a dash cam. I think I am going to run the wire down the A pillar to the dash fuse box. I am hoping one of the two spare fuse slots in this box is switched. I'm hoping to work on this tomorrow.
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I mounted my Blackvue DR590W under the mirror and ran the feed along the roof panel over the pass side doors and into the trunk where I plugged the adapter into the power port on the right side of the trunk. It took maybe 20 mins to install it.

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I mounted my Blackvue DR590W under the mirror and ran the feed along the roof panel over the pass side doors and into the trunk where I plugged the adapter into the power port on the right side of the trunk. It took maybe 20 mins to install it.
u have split rear seating?
Can you please share on how to run from main cabin to trunk..!
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I mounted my Blackvue DR590W under the mirror and ran the feed along the roof panel over the pass side doors and into the trunk where I plugged the adapter into the power port on the right side of the trunk. It took maybe 20 mins to install it.
I have a cab, so that option is not possible for me. If I can't tap into the dash fuse box I may have to run the line to the trunk. I suspect going below the carpet and trying to find a way into the trunk is going to take me more than 20 minutes, though.
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u have split rear seating?
Can you please share on how to run from main cabin to trunk..!
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I have split rear seats. If I remember, there is a soft trim or foam between the seat and body on the passenger side where I ran the wire. I think it comes into the trunk where the hinge is and then I ran it behind the inside panel and out the bottom of the first aid kit door and into the power port.
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I think routing by Quickshift was clever, I took the long way round lol. Don't remember why but it seems using fusebox at driver side dash was not feasible. I did not want to tap into overhead console wiring. I took camera wiring down passenger a-pillar to lower kick panel. That's where I connected to power lead run from trunk fuseblock. Grounding was attached to bolt behind kick panel. Power lead was placed in small loom for protection and routed along passenger sills under carpet, then fed thru underside of rear seat base and below trunk flooring. Theres a spot at rear seat base towards the passenger side end that has a bit of space. I lowered rear seat back and pulled out the formed trunk floor to get access. Fiddly but doable, just be sure wiring loom is tucked away from any sharp edges.
I tapped into ignition source power in fuseblock with fuse protected piggyback tap. Zero issues over a year now.
I can look at fuseblock if needed, my car is 2011 but I don't think there's any changes at the fuseblock.

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Dash cams have been on my mind lately. Yesterday, I saw someone back out of a parking space into another car. Driver took off after getting out to check the damage. Definitely made me think about getting on of these. But for that poor car that got hit, they would need always on power and parking mode to have captured this incident.
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12v outlet in glove box had it this way for some time already.
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Originally Posted by belarus27 View Post
12v outlet in glove box had it this way for some time already.
The outlet in the glove box must have been an option. I have a 2012 E550 and there is no outlet in the glove box, but there looks to be a rectangular opening where an outlet might be. .

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The outlet in the glove box must have been an option. I have a 2012 E550 and there is no outlet in the glove box, but there looks to be a rectangular opening where an outlet might be. .
yea if im not mistaking it became an option after 2011 beginning of 2012.
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The W212 has a 12v outlet in the glovebox. Much easier to route there. That's where I'm planning on getting power for my Blackvue.
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The outlet in the glove box must have been an option. I have a 2012 E550 and there is no outlet in the glove box, but there looks to be a rectangular opening where an outlet might be. .
They moved the outlet to the center console and added USB ports with 2012 model year (or very late 2011 builds with comand 4.5).
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Just to wrap my post, this is where I connected to the trunk fuseblock, no glovebox outlet in my car.
As shown, second terminal from the top in the yellow section.
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Just installed my BlackVue. Powered it from the glove box.


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Originally Posted by raja777m View Post
u have split rear seating?
Can you please share on how to run from main cabin to trunk..!
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Okay give I'll do it today
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Just to wrap my post, this is where I connected to the trunk fuseblock, no glovebox outlet in my car.
As shown, second terminal from the top in the yellow section.



Whoa, maybe I should got my inputs switched? Here's the forum I referenced in setting up my DashCam. It was fully functional when switching to continuous mode and park mode.

https://mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w...50-1-chan.html


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I currently have a very basic one, "Uniden." I have an unsightly power cord running down to cigarette lighter outlet. I'm thinking of hard wiring this mess, but if I got a more advanced camera, will I be able to use same power cord or will I need to rip current power cord out?
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