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Old 07-17-2007, 12:20 PM   #15
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....my experience with MOST add on mirrors is that they most all seem to viberate/work loose at highway speeds. For our purposes we have found the McKesh mirrors to be about the best. These are the kind that slip over the window ledge and are attached with web/straps to the bottom of the doors and are really adjustable...
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:38 PM   #16
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Another approach would be to investigate an auto "recycling" (more PC than junk) yard, get the biggest/best mirrors you can find and have them permanently mounted on the Volvo. I'm sure that you could find someone to do a really professional job.

I have McKesh web on door type mirrors and they work great. They don't seem to be as subject to vibration as the simple clip-on type. That said, I always have worries that they will "walk off" when I park, so I find myself removing and replacing them frequently when parking for any length of time.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:26 PM   #17
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I use the CIPA ones (see Below) on my 4Runner. THe work just fine, never vibrate loose. Two tricks.. cross the straps, and then tighten the mirrors in place. Remove the mirror, tigten each strap one more notcxh, and then re-mount the mirror. Work like a charm. Key is to remove them at the end of each day, so that the rubber doesn't age as quiclky.

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Old 07-17-2007, 07:56 PM   #18
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...Definately keeping the box incase it does not work out on my first trip (can always return unless it goes flying down the hwy
Hmmm... is there a guarantee that they fit? If there is, and they don't, they should still be returnable even after flying down the highway!
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:01 PM   #19
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Wow, again a number of options and which one is best depends on the planned usage, etc.

I need some removable tow mirrors asap for our upcoming trip to Canada to get our TT. I have attached 2 photos of my truck's driver side mirror (passenger side is the same) to show the style/shape. My main concerns are that the tow mirrors be secure when installed and do not damage the truck's paint or finish. And cost... all these additional components are starting to add up!

Those McKesh mirrors look large and complicated, and seem much more expensive than the CIPA ones, but if they are the best removables, then I will get them... how long do they take to install and remove? Are there any others without the stabilizer bar that are equally as good and do not mar the truck's finish--the CIPA clip-on ones look scary in that regard! They do not scratch the paint?

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Old 07-23-2007, 12:17 PM   #20
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Wow, again a number of options and which one is best depends on the planned usage, etc.

I need some removable tow mirrors asap for our upcoming trip to Canada to get our TT. I have attached 2 photos of my truck's driver side mirror (passenger side is the same) to show the style/shape. My main concerns are that the tow mirrors be secure when installed and do not damage the truck's paint or finish. And cost... all these additional components are starting to add up!

Those McKesh mirrors look large and complicated, and seem much more expensive than the CIPA ones, but if they are the best removables, then I will get them... how long do they take to install and remove? Are there any others without the stabilizer bar that are equally as good and do not mar the truck's finish--the CIPA clip-on ones look scary in that regard! They do not scratch the paint?

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Hi Val,

On my old vehicle I used the UTM mirrors and found them to be quite stable. That vehicle had black plastic casing for the mirrors, so I didn't worry much about if it marred, but I don't think it did any significant damage as I recall. I don't know if they will fit the Frontier mirrors or if they will potentially scratch the paint. Your mirrors have the chrome back which might perform better over time than mine which are all body coloured. The way these mirrors install, I would just be concerned about where the clips attach for marring, there are rubber pads on the 'feet'.
I am going to go try them this afternoon and will let you know how they fit!
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:45 PM   #21
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Val,

Just in case you read my idea of using a rear view camera to back up. I have to say it isn't very satisfactory as you simply see the area behind you and do not get a view of the trailer itself in relation to obstacles. It's also very disorienting, to me anyhow.

I'm looking around for extended mirrors now too.

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Old 07-23-2007, 12:54 PM   #22
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Okay, here's the UTM mirror on the Fronty (disregard the fact that the truck is badly in need of a wash)

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They seem to fit very well (better than on the old vehicle), I'm impressed!
I have the 3m rock guard film on the truck (including the mirrors) so I'm not worried on mine about any scratching on the back side of the mirrors, the only place I'd be concerned is right where the plastic clips clip on. Maybe I can put some type of thin, peel and stick padding onto the clips...
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Okay, here's the UTM mirror on the Fronty (disregard the fact that the truck is badly in need of a wash)

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They seem to fit very well (better than on the old vehicle), I'm impressed!
I have the 3m rock guard film on the truck (including the mirrors) so I'm not worried on mine about any scratching on the back side of the mirrors, the only place I'd be concerned is right where the plastic clips clip on. Maybe I can put some type of thin, peel and stick padding onto the clips...
Those look pretty darn good! Yeah, a little stick on padding seems like a great idea. Just went to your link... so that link goes to the one you ordered and should fit the Frontier?
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Those look pretty darn good! Yeah, a little stick on padding seems like a great idea. Just went to your link... so that link goes to the one you ordered and should fit the Frontier?
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The UTM (Universal Towing Mirror) is supposed to fit any vehicle, they are all standard, only one model. There is no right/left side, they are completely reversible, either side. So just order 2 the same and you're set. I wish Nissan offerred a OEM option for towing mirror, maybe someday.

Enjoy your US pricing on these, mine were $60/each! 4 years ago here in Canada, I see they are a lot less on US websites!
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Enjoy your US pricing on these, mine were $60/each! 4 years ago here in Canada, I see they are a lot less on US websites!
Cool, thanks. Well, I guess I have to save on something, because in terms of the cost of getting our trailer here from Canada, being in the U.S. doesn't work in my favor!
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you can order an additional clip from cipa or utm, that will give a better range of attaching, I use these mirrors on my 1995 lumina, and they have never left a mark
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you can order an additional clip from cipa or utm, that will give a better range of attaching, I use these mirrors on my 1995 lumina, and they have never left a mark
Quick question: how do these CIPA Universal Towing Mirrors adjust? I saw a cheaper set that had a hinge behind the mirror, but these do not look adjustable. Please advise. I am going to order today. Thanks!
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Hi Val,

The CIPA UTM adjusts manually, you just push on either side of the mirror. I found a convex mirror for the right side that I really like. It's rectangular and a little larger than the UTM. It is self-sticking. I got it at a Car-Quest store. Because I had so far to go, I used bungee cords on mine. Doesn't look great, but they were steady and didn't fall off.
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