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Installing a VIOFO WM1 1-Channel Dash Cam into a 2019 Isuzu NRR for Blundell Seafoods - - BlackboxMyCar Canada

Installing a VIOFO WM1 1-Channel Dash Cam into a 2019 Isuzu NRR for Blundell Seafoods

A dash cam is a must-have for every vehicle, and we’re happy to see that more and more fleet businesses are installing their vehicles with one. Not only does a dash cam protect your vehicle 24/7 with parking mode – it also promotes responsible driving which is useful for more efficient fleet management. If you think you need a dash cam for your fleet, you’re in the right place. Learn more about our exclusive offers for fleets here.

In this blog, we’ll show you how we installed a VIOFO WM1 to a 2019 Isuzu NRR Medium Duty Truck from one of Canada’s largest seafood suppliers, Blundell Seafoods. This installation took place at our office in Richmond, BC. Mention this and receive 15% off your next installation with us. You can book an installation with us here.

For this installation, we will be using the VIOFO HK4 ACC hardwiring kit. The hardwire kit is an ideal option to allow for a clean and professional install, as well as enabling the camera to draw power from the vehicle’s battery for parking mode. If you’re installing this vehicle yourself, we recommend the BlackboxMyCar Essential install kit to make the job easier for you. This kit comes with a circuit tester, trim remover tool, and other handy tools to make the hardwiring and installation process more manageable.

The VIOFO WM1 is a small, probably the smallest VIOFO dash cam to date. It’s a one-channel dash cam and records 2K QHD quality video, thanks to its 5MP Sony STARVIS sensor. Regardless of its stealthy size, its features like parking mode, built-in WiFi and GPS, Night Vision, and Voice Notification system are enough to protect this big truck for the long haul. Ready for the installation? Let’s get into it!

Step 1: Dash Cam Placement and Mounting

For installations, the first step is to decide where you want to install your dash cam. Just like in any other vehicle type, the ideal location is behind the rearview mirror. While this truck has no rearview mirror and a box container van behind, we decided to put this in the center of its pretty wide windshield. This placement allows for a clear view of the road ahead without obstructing your view while driving.

Since the VIOFO WM1 is a screenless dash cam that comes compatible with a mobile app for live view, we recommend powering the camera temporarily with the cigarette lighter adapter and pairing the camera with your phone. Through the VIOFO app, you can live-view the camera.

Next, mount the dash cam onto the windshield using the provided adhesive mount. If you’re in a warmer climate, feel free to put on the VIOFO static windshield stickers before the adhesive mount. Make sure the camera is level and pointing straight ahead. You can adjust the angle of the camera later if needed.

Step 2: Wiring to the vehicle’s fusebox

The next step is to connect the hardwire cable to the dash cam and route it along the truck’s headliner and down the A-pillar. You can use the pry tool or a flathead screwdriver to remove the plastic trim pieces along the A-pillar. Be careful not to damage any of the wires or components while removing the trim pieces, and wire behind/around the airbag as needed.

For the Isuzu NRR, the fusebox is located in the cabin, at the center console, just below where the hazard light button and charger port is. This means we wired across from the passenger side of the windshield, through the headliner, to the driver’s side A-pillar, and down the A-Pillar to the fusebox.

Step 3: Hardwiring in the fusebox

Now that the cable is at the fusebox, we can focus on getting it connected.

The base hardwiring cable for the VIOFO WM1 is a 3-wire connection, with one for ACC(Ignition-based), one for constant, and one for a ground connection. Here, you’ll be using the circuit tester that came with your essential install package to test out different fuses to determine which will be ideal for each connection type. The ground should be a clear unfinished metal connection, such as an existing bolt in the vehicle. This setup will allow the camera to power on when the vehicle is off of the constant connection. The ignition connection will tell the camera when the vehicle turns off, and to go into parking mode.

Once we’ve determined an appropriate fuse, we can connect it, either using the add-a-fuse kit included with your Essential Install Package, or you can wrap the hardwire kit around the legs of existing fuses in the fusebox. Once this step is done, the VIOFO WM1’s front camera should be powering up properly.

Step 4: Test the Dash Cam

This installation is pretty easy, it actually took us around an hour to finish, especially since it’s only a one-channel dash cam. After the wiring, the next thing we did was to test the dash cam to make sure it was working properly. Turn on the truck and check that the dash cam turns on automatically. If it doesn't turn on, check the power connections and make sure the dash cam is properly mounted.

Step 5: Clean it up

Now that the VIOFO WM1 is installed, and the wires are well-kept, let's return to the fuse box to clean up the wires. You can use electrical tapes or cable clips to keep the cables bundled up, close them and put the cover back.

That's it! With these simple steps, you can easily install a VIOFO WM1 in your fleet truck. The dash cam will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you have a reliable witness in case of any accidents or incidents on the road.

If you need help on deciding which dash cam to install for your fleet, you can check out our dedicated Fleet page here. Planning on installing a dash cam in a different car? Check out our Step-by-Step Dash Cam Installation Guide and our selection of handy installation accessories. Looking to have your dash cam professionally installed, we do offer installation services at our Richmond BC location. Book here.

Please see some of our other dash cam installations in the BlackboxMyCar Dash Cam Installation Gallery.

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