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Old 09-25-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Do you use extra mirrors when towing?

I have found that many times even the "extra-extension' camper mirrors on my GMC are just not able to let me see past my trailer - and when using a smaller vehicle, the mirrors are almost completely useless.

I use a CIPA (strap onto the door) kind for towing, in addition to whatever the vehicle came with.

To see this type - go onto the Summit Racing home page and enter part number CIPA 11650 (its the only place I have seen them on line - I did NOT get mine there, however, but at a local racing/speed shop)

Do you use any additional mirrors for extra safety?

If so, what kind?
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
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CIPA 10900 Chevrolet/GMC Custom Pair Towing Mirrors

I've found these to be good.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
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I should have googled "CIPA 11650" before posting my original. There are a LOT of places on line that sell them and nearly all other sites are cheaper than Summit. Amazon has them as well.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:18 AM   #4
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I find that with my (2004) Jeep Liberty's standard rear view mirrors I can see fairly well around my 2005 13' Scamp. It is not 100% but it is fairly close.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:05 AM   #5
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Towing our Egg Camper with our minivan I need extra mirrors. Towing our Egg with our Chevy Silverado I don't need extra. Towing our Kodiak with anything, extra mirrors are needed.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:37 AM   #6
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I second that... We have Cipa slip-on mirrors and find their performance to be nearly as good as OEM
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:56 PM   #7
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No, but I have a camera mounted on the trailer from Rear View Safety. Works Great as a rear view morror.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:35 PM   #8
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No, but I have a camera mounted on the trailer from Rear View Safety. Works Great as a rear view morror.
I like that idea!

My new car is 4" wider than my old car. I use extension mirrors, and even with the old car (67.9" wide), I was able to see around the Scamp pretty well.

I find that most people have their side mirrors set incorrectly. Most people set the mirrors so that they see behind their car in both mirrors. That's what the REAR veiled is for! Side mirrors are for seeing to the SIDEs of the car! With the extension mirrors on, I set them so that I am looking right down the sides (and a bit behind) the trailer, and use the vehicle's side mirrors for seeing to the sides.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #9
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I used extension mirrors when we had an 8'wide stick built. They were a pain because they vibrated and got out of adjustment.

I included them when I sold the trailer.

I am fine without them towing our Casita with a Blazer.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:20 PM   #10
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We have clip on mirrors but rarely use them. We have added convex mirrors to the corners of the Honda's mirrors and that seems to help.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:45 PM   #11
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We have clip on mirrors but rarely use them.
I have extra mirrors that strap on to the regular mirrors.

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I bought them when I bought the Fiber Stream, and have always used them.
Yes, they vibrate a little. But after 3 travel mugs of coffee so do I.

I can make sense of what I see in them with only a glance.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:55 PM   #12
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The Tow Truck, (Dodge Dakota) already has a trailer tow package on it so add ons are not needed.

The Plymouth needs add on mirrors which are straped to each door. The heads of these mirrors are older Toyota (1983)truck mirrors which work well and have no vibration at all. They are a customized version of the Mckesh mirrors.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:03 PM   #13
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I use McKesh towing mirrors to see around our 8' wide Bigfoot. Piggyback strap-on mirrors didn't work well for me.

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Old 09-29-2011, 10:04 PM   #14
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No, but I have a camera mounted on the trailer from Rear View Safety. Works Great as a rear view morror.
We do the same ,what a difference the camera made !
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