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I have a Nextbase dashcam I originally plugged into the 12v lighter socket but later "hardwired" it to the 12v socket positive connection using Wago style connectors incorporating an inline fuse I bought off ebay (I removed the centre console panel to get to it- make sure you put tape over the gear lock button to stop it falling out). I think I had to solder a short lead from the lighter socket red lead as it is very short. The cable can be pushed behind the headlining where it meets the windscreen and then behind the grab handle covering and then down behind the pillar- it is easy to prise the covering and push the cable behind. Under the dash below the steering wheel I found a nut for the neg connection and then ran the red pos connection to the lighter socket- I think I extended the red lead to do this - the cable will go through a small gap from the footwell to the centre console but is a bit of a phaff. It is an easier connection than trying to get to the fuse boxes on the hybrid but the dashcam is only on when the ignition is on. If you want "always on" recording another member might suggest something. Cheers

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Thanks for that Paul. On my previous Estima's I screwed a multi socket cigarrette block under the steering wheel so I could plug in sat nav and dash cam. Taking off the cover off the offside  window  pillars to hide the cable and feeding the cable under roof lining near top of windscreen. I have some light weight scew together rods for feeding cable behind the dashboard to hide the cable. At the same time I intend to stick a digital aerial to the windscreen when door pillar cover is off too. I am not going to change my head unit. The digital car radio transmits the signal on to a free FM channel, sound comes out of car radio speakers. I too have a Nextbase dash cam to install.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I bough a nextbase front and rear, i routed the cables around the trims, pillars etc and then used a mini 2 fuse tap to tap into the 15amp ciggerette fuse on the passenger side fuse box. All works great, then i programmed the dashcam to go off 30 seconds after it lost mains power.

 

Happy to take some pictures if you need it.

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Thanks for that input Alex. Its finding the time to get mine fitted, thats the problem, something always comes up and I have to delay doing it yet again. With the lighter evenings I must have a crack at it.

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