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Old 01-27-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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I was talking to a friend and he said that one of his friends got a ticket in CA for not having extending mirrors on his TV while towing a trailer. I would rather be safe than sorry. I am looking for inexpensive, clip on types if they make them? Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:12 PM   #2
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I was talking to a friend and he said that one of his friends got a ticket in CA for not having extending mirrors on his TV while towing a trailer. I would rather be safe than sorry. I am looking for inexpensive, clip on types if they make them? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Here are some that a good friend of mine uses,
and I also bought a pair for myself after seeing them.
They work great.!!

http://www.tow-n-see.com/
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:06 PM   #3
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Try the cheap ones first. Kragens has some that attach to your existing mirrors with rubber straps. They also have self-adhesive convex mirrors for the passenger side. Oops, I don't know what kind of tow vehicle you have.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:54 PM   #4
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What type of trailer was he towing when he got the ticket? We also live in Southern California.

Our tow vehicle is a Honda Odyssey Van. We have towed without extension mirrors since 2001 - and we have the 17' Casita. WE don't have any problem with visibility when towing.

If he was towing a small trailer like the Casita, maybe we should be using extension mirrors - if not, he might have had a much wider, longer trailer and legally needed them.
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Up until we bought our Casita we have always used extention mirrors. We had a new set still in the package but the Casita was so narrow that we never used them and eventually sold them at a garage sale. I would sure like to know how the law reads because we like not having clamp on extentions that can actually make it harder to see.
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I would sure like to know how the law reads because we like not having clamp on extentions that can actually make it harder to see.
link to CA DMV Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook
"A left- and right-hand outside mirror are required on the towing vehicle if the RV or trailer obstructs the driver's rear vision. Make sure the mirrors are large enough and that they are positioned for vision at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle."
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"A left- and right-hand outside mirror are required on the towing vehicle if the RV or trailer obstructs the driver's rear vision."
That certainly obfuscates the subject. It doesn't even say you have to see anything with them, they just have to be there.

I would certainly use mirror extensions if I felt I couldn't see traffic that was overtaking me or in the lane next to me if I was changing lanes.

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Thanks for the information Frederick.
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That certainly obfuscates the subject.
It also doesn't say that they have to be EXTENSION mirrors.
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Link to clip-on tow mirror at Camping World
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the little stick on ones have worked fine for me. I have never had anyone drive by me waving just one finger after I have changed lanes on either side.

I can see 200 feet back with them.
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I picked up these same ones, or very similar at Walmart for the same or less.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:00 AM   #14
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Okay, I just realized I have 12 responses so far, I have not read them yet, but I appreciate them all. Going back to read them now, but I knew you all would come through, just not in masses, thank you thus far!!
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