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Old 08-05-2019, 01:17 PM   #1
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13' Scamp and Towing Mirrors

We've ordered a 13' Scamp and I was wondering about the need for towing mirrors.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:22 PM   #2
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Would depend on what your towing it with?
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:36 PM   #3
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The Scamp is 80Ē wide. If the width of your tow vehicle (not including mirrors, which is how itís measured in manufacturer specs) is less than that, towing mirror extensions are indicated. You might get away without if itís just a few inches less because the Scamp is curved. Less than 75Ē, youíll definitely need them.

At 78.5Ē our Honda Pilot is about the same width as the Scamp, so we donít use extensions.

If you do decide you need extensions, look for the kind that attach with clamps, not straps.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:30 PM   #4
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OK - Tow vehicle is a 2103 VW Tiguan which is 71" wide. Looks like clamp-style towing mirrors would be a good idea. Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:10 PM   #5
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There is the legal requirement, which varies state to state, and there is your comfort factor. You can research the former online, and take some time to determine the latter.

I got McKesh mirrors before I bought my Scamp because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Over time, however, I have found that I am perfectly comfortable towing the Scamp without them. So I let a family member have them since their trailer was wider.

One thing I found was that I only saw a benefit to a starboard side mirror. So I next tried a single clamp on mirror.. and even though it got good reviews, it did not stay on unless I modified it, and never did work well. You can have it for free if your come by here.

If I were to use towing mirrors I would go back to the McKesh.. they are not cheap but are darn good. But I have gravitated to not using added mirrors at all (as long as its legal). I would not be in a hurry to decide unless the legal requirement gives you no choice.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:17 AM   #6
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Pulling our 16' Scamp with our 08 Subaru Outback, we definitely needed a mirror extension. Pulling with our 04 Dodge Dakota, we prefer to have an extension. Pulling with our 17 Dodge Durango, we don't need one. Durango is the widest and the mirrors stick out far enough for me to be comfortable without an extension.

I did take a couple photos with our strap-on extension from our Dodge Dakota. Without the extension, I can see traffic behind me only in the lane to my left. With the extension I can also see a portion of the lane directly behind our camper which lets me know what is following me, or what is coming up fast and about to jump in the left lane to pass me.

The strap-on mirrors (I only use one on the drivers side) work well for me, although one set of straps got sun damaged after a couple years so I replaced that set and carry a spare set of straps now. I also figured out I was putting the strap on in a way that let the end of the strap flap in the breeze (as seen in the pictures), I now run it so it's tucked under instead of over the main strap.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:53 AM   #7
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I tried a couple other brands of clamp-ons but found the Speedfix brand from Campmore to be far superior.
Maybe not absolutely necessary, but I very much appreciate the expanded vision to the rear.

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Old 08-06-2019, 12:06 PM   #8
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Good photo demonstration and I did the same thing with my '18 Outback. Small expense at Amazon and the straps do tighten securely without a lot of vibration.
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:25 PM   #9
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We have used the Milenco Grand Aero3 towing mirrors for a number of years with our scamp 13 (2017 Highlander TV) and have been very happy with them. They are very stable, easy to attach, and I would not feel comfortable towing without the added visibility they provide. Whatever brand you choose, I strongly recommend you add towing mirrors to your road safety arsenal.
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This is what the BC Motor Vehicle Act has to say about towing mirrors. Other provinces and states say pretty much the same thing with maybe different wording.

Picture is of my Milenco Grand Aero mirrors. I'm very happy with them and like that I can adjust them and the vehicle mirrors independently.


This is what the BC Motor Vehicle Act says:
(4) Where a trailer or semitrailer in a combination of vehicles diminishes the driver's reflected rear view through the rear view mirrors required by subsections (1) to (3), the towing vehicle in the combination of vehicles shall be equipped with 2 mirrors, one affixed to each side of the motor vehicle, and each to provide the driver with an undistorted reflected view of the adjacent lane of the highway from a point on the road surface 11 m ( 36 feet ) behind the driver to a point on the road surface 61 m ( 200 feet ) from the rear of the combination of vehicles.
[en. B.C. Reg. 5/83, s. 2.]


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Old 08-07-2019, 05:49 AM   #11
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Glenn, your mirrors are very similar to my Speedfix, except mine have a hinge between the two clamps for greater flexibility in placement.

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I was 50-50 on using clampons with my Tacoma towing the Casita 16. With my F250 towing the Escape 21, they are totally unneccessary as the stock mirrors extend far enough to see behind the trailer.
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I use a wireless back up camera mounted to the rear window via a suction cup. I think I spent about $40 setting it up. I was never able to find a suitable add on mirror that stayed on or didn't vibrate to the point of uselessness.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:53 AM   #14
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I use a wireless back up camera mounted to the rear window via a suction cup. I think I spent about $40 setting it up. I was never able to find a suitable add on mirror that stayed on or didn't vibrate to the point of uselessness.
I do the same thing and it has worked out great for over a year now.
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