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Old 03-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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mirror add ons

I have an unused (new) 13' Scamp and will pull it with a 2001 Ford Ranger. The mirrors are fine now, the trailer is no wider than the truck, do I need the trailer mirrors? I thought about a remote tv mirror for the back of the trailer but haven't heard too many good things about them. The wireless aren't too good on reception. Any ideas here??

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Old 03-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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Your mirrors need to give you a view about 200 yards back behind you on either side with no blind spots all the way to your side windows.

One way to check is in a large parking lot, park out in an empty part at one end and have a helper walk out behind you on one side and back on the other. Use the center of the two parking spots beside you to act as your "lanes".

The other thing is can you back in at a 90 degrees and see your back end in your mirror. Typical of backing into a camping spot at right angles to the road. If you can't see your trailer in the mirror your gonna hit something eventually.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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From my experience a 13' boler (aka scamp) work fine with a Ranger. Especially if you drop the gravel gaurd and can see the traffic behind you through the trailer.

If not, the aftermarket add on trailer mirrors help. Mostly on curbside.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:01 AM   #4
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We use large extendable mirrors with our Kodiak but the Chevy truck mirrors are all we need with our Egg Camper. I'd suggest trying with just the truck mirrors before buying extras. Driving around for a half hour in different conditions should let you know what you need.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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I have an add-on mirror which I have used on a Safarri van, a Dodge Dakota and on a Toyota Highlander. I use it on the drivers side and make it a bit sturdier by criss crossing the straps. Works well for me and I can see OK through the passenger side mirror without an add-on.
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