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Old 11-19-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Towing mirrors.

Does anyone use the clip-on, or any other towing mirrors? Do they shake or fall off? I think I should get a set, but I don't know what I need. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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I've added a rear view camera to my trailer. Works better than extended side mirrors for me. I use the camera with my tow vehicle's side mirrors.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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We use some cheap fleet farm special strap on mirrors, in my opinion the help
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Does anyone use the clip-on, or any other towing mirrors? Do they shake or fall off? I think I should get a set, but I don't know what I need. Any help is appreciated.

Let's see, I've used the strap on extension mirrors for that last 5 years. No problems The ones I use are like these. Clip-On Tow Mirror - Four Corners Sourcing 25855 - Mirrors - Camping World

There's a little vibration but you can still see very well behind the trailer with them.

I purchased one mirror at Walmart a couple years ago after I broke when it being tossed around the back of my truck. The brand Walmart sells the straps don't last very long. I had to go find another brand at an auto parts store while we were traveling.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:02 AM   #5
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I've tried the cheap ones from wally world, then bought a better set. The set in the pictures cost but work great for me I can adjust better, helps backing in to spots and less blind spots.
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We have been using this set of McKesh strap on mirrors for over 10 years now. Work great.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:50 AM   #7
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Fit System 3891 bought at Amazon. they have ratchet straps, easy on and off on our 2003 Honda CRV. They are convex mirrors, no vibration.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:18 AM   #8
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I use the Grand Aero by Millenco, and though still not perfect, they are the best of three different ones I tried on my Pilot. The weak link though is not the mirrors, but the mirror housing on my car that they connect too, and that is plastic with a bit of give.

I was given a warning in BC a few years ago when I was driving without towing mirrors, and told to put them on. They were with me, I was too lazy to put them on for a short jaunt is all. I believe you need to be able to see clearly down the lane you are in for 200' on both sides.

Though sometimes a pain to put on, towing mirrors definitely are very useful. I always check them BEFORE I use the cars mirrors.
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Interesting Jim, I usually use the car mirrors first because they clearly show what's right beside you. Our camera shows what's behind us without even glancing t the mirrors.

Now that we have a camera we never put the extra mirrors on.

I wonder how the BC police will consider the value of a rear camera. Is the rear camera equivalent to the side mirrors? In addition to detecting vehicles 200 feet behind you they detect vehicles in the 0-100 foot window where side mirrors are of little use.
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A rear view camera was the first thing I put on when we bought the trailer. It works like a champ.
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I wonder how the BC police will consider the value of a rear camera. Is the rear camera equivalent to the side mirrors? In addition to detecting vehicles 200 feet behind you they detect vehicles in the 0-100 foot window where side mirrors are of little use.
I was wondering the same thing too. It is not just BC where this is in effect either. That was just where I got the warning.

Do the cameras work well for passing too. This would seem tricky to me, but I have never had one that i relied on either.

With my towing mirrors on I can see one side or the other of anyone behind me.

The bottom line though is to be certain you are safe regardless of the methods you use.
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I have the Grand Aero mirrors and highly recommend them. Far less vibration than most of the add on mirrors. I also have a back up camera that is great for seeing those idiots that drive inside your mirrors, backing up in gas stations and other stops, and for being sure you can pull back in lane on the rare pass.
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Good info on the mirrors, so now what brand of back up camera's are you all using. Maybe I will end up getting both mirrors and back up camera's.

If I'm going to invest in the camera, I think I want one with two camera's so I can leave one on the Trailblazer and one on the back of the Scamp.
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I purchased a dual camera system (one for the RAV4 & one on the trailer) from Rear View Safety. They no longer offer the 5" monitor, which is perfect for the RAV4, but do provide a flexible connector to go between the trailer & tow vehicle.
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