Today I fired up the mirror and the cameras, and I'm really pleased. The images are crisp and the lighting excellent.
However, it doesn't look like I'll be able to use a 2nd rear camera in the front, just as Pormido's tech support said. The front camera has 4 wires to it, one of which is power and it pulls ~250 ma through that wire. The rear camera has 5 wires to it, and two of those appear to be power. The red one has 275 ma in it, but the black one has 140 ma in it. All up the front camera is pulling 415 ma, and I'm sure that's why they say it won't work.
So, I'm back to using the front camera and mounting it in a box with a clear lid, and I'll show you options on where I might mount it in a bit.
But first let's talk about mounting the mirror itself. Here it is mounted to the existing mirror using the provided rubber straps. Not bad, huh?
But, if you look at it from the side it is far less than elegant.
Just so happens that I have an old Bullnose mirror that was badly cracked. So I broke the glass out and removed the mount. And as the picture shows, I plan to drill and tap that piece of pot metal on the left that the mirror mounted to.
And here's a shot of the back of the Pormido mirror. You can see the rubber "ears" that stick up, and I've drawn in an aluminum plate that will be 5 1/2" long and 2 1/2" wide. That will be a push fit between the ears and then it'll be retained by the straps. And in the middle of it there will be a counter-sunk 1/4-20 screw coming through and into that mount shown above.
Ok, so how to mount the mirror is pretty well figured out, but what about mounting the camera? The piece of wood in the two pics below is the same size as one of the boxes I'm considering. On the left is Plan A, which kinda hides the camera a bit. But Plan B, on the right, may provide a better view as the "thimble" for the winch would obscure things directly in front and below more in Plan A than in B.
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