Can I add a topper/canopy cap shell to truck bed and still use "Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera"?

F250HunterCA

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Hi all,

Any of you install a topper/canopy cap shell to the back of the truck bed? The truck I bought has the "Trailer Tow High Capacity w/Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist Package". My concern is that a topper/canopy cap shell on the back of the bed will somehow interfere with the camera located at the top cab break light and that my trailer assist might now work.

Would an A.R.E. or LEER or other dealer be able to move the camera without screwing with the computer? Else, what other type of topper would you use? I have seen the "Tonneau" and "Gator" and similar flat shells but are they waterproof and any made out of aluminum or steel to prevent tools and stuff from being more easily stolen by just cutting through the cover?
 
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Ford sent me an email and I don't understand what the tech person was trying to say?

"The camera wiring could be extended, but it would be a custom job and would need to be done by experts that know what they are doing. Camera video is a touchy thing. Hacking into it would very likely cause video image issues. Also, FMVSS 111 must be re-certified for the vehicle to be on the road legally..."

I will email them back to clarify.
 

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Hi all,

Any of you install a topper/canopy cap shell to the back of the truck bed? The truck I bought has the "Trailer Tow High Capacity w/Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist Package". My concern is that a topper/canopy cap shell on the back of the bed will somehow interfere with the camera located at the top cab break light and that my trailer assist might now work.

Would an A.R.E. or LEER or other dealer be able to move the camera without screwing with the computer? Else, what other type of topper would you use? I have seen the "Tonneau" and "Gator" and similar flat shells but are they waterproof and any made out of aluminum or steel to prevent tools and stuff from being more easily stolen by just cutting through the cover?
The pro trailer backup uses the tailgate camera to locate the black and white sticker you place on the trailer A frame tow bar. You might loose one of the camera view settings but I think the back up assist should still work.
 
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