Slick Extension Mirrors - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-29-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Slick Extension Mirrors

I like simplicity and functionality - so I designed and built some extension mirrors to use with my egg. Some of you have requested that I post more about them - so here you are!

Consists of two mirrors (with rear swivel bolt) from auto store - 1" x 3/16" strap steel - four expanding anchor type nuts/bolts/washer and two 3/8" bolts/nuts/washers. On the bottom of the factory mirror, strike a line parallel with the mirror angle. Carefully drill two holes for the expansion nuts and fasten a piece of strap steel as a permanent mirror bracket. Cut strap steel long enough to allow new mirror to extend just past the factory mirror. drill two holes - one for mounting and one for attaching the mirror.

I have 'brackets on my Honda ODY and TrailBlazer - use the same set of mirrors for either vehicle. It takes two - three minutes to put on or remove the new extension mirrors via one bolt each side. Make sure the bolt is nice and snug and use a lock washer, it becomes an automatic 'swing away' in case you accidently run into something with the extension mirror - if that happens just re-position and tighten the bolt. We have towed our EggCamper nearly 10,000 miles - and they stay put. I just put them back on the TrailBlazer before heading to the mountains once again - so I decided to take some pix.

Happy trails!

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Old 08-29-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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Cool! Nice work!
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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I bet these mirrors vibrate less than the usual ones that strap on or whatever. Very nice indeed!
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I bet these mirrors vibrate less than the usual ones that strap on or whatever. Very nice indeed!
Thanks guys -

They hardly have any vibration. Note that the attachment bolt is upside down - I do it this way so the end of the bolt applies a minor amount of pressure against the bottom of the factory mirror - acts as a stabilizer and eliminates most of the vibration.

I realized that some people may not be familiar with expansion nuts - here are a couple pix. The type I used were similar - not the solid rubber - they were rubber-coated brass. Use the shortest length possible to avoid interference in the factory mirror base - typically, the the 'base' is hollow.

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