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Old 10-21-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Extra mirrors needed?

In days of yore we towed the larger campers with a full size Chevy G20 Van and the outside mirrors were extended so we could see out past the sides of the camper.

When towing an "Egg" type camper, seems this task is done with smaller vehicles.

Looking at the various specifications it seems that most Eggs are near 7 feet wide. Mini Vans and compact Suvs are more in the neighborhood of less than 6 feet wide across from door to door where the side view mirrors attach. Then the mirrors extend another 10 inches or so.

Is there any problem seeing down the sides of the Egg for changing lanes and such? Or are some type of mirror extensions needed?

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Old 10-21-2010, 10:00 AM   #2
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You'll want to check your particular set-up, but I would say that most tow vehicles will need wider mirrors. I think there is a rule about what you need to be able to see (which coincides with what you would *want* to be able to see anyway!), but I can't remember it off the top of my head. I should check into that so I have my facts.

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Old 10-21-2010, 10:03 AM   #3
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I originally bought a set of those mirrors that had brackets which hung on the side of the doors and stuck out quite a ways in preparation of picking up my trailer "way-back-when". I used them one time, for a few miles, and took them off. My small pick-up's mirrors don't extend, but I still found that my visibility was only slightly diminished by just using the trucks own mirrors. The technique I use is to view the road behind in the turns, and you can keep an eye on traffic behind you with an occasional glance. If the road is straight for a long ways, then I just crowd the curbside of the lane and gently turn towards the driver's side of the lane, glancing back to check during that interval. Works good for me, and I've been doing that since I bought the trailer. As to backing up, even while travelling solo, I will usually get out and check the area behind me, (which should be done irregardless,) and get a few reference points to use as guides while backing. Granted, it's not the ultimate rear view capability, but it beats having those silly "elephant ear" strap-on mirrors hanging out there. Everybody has there own thought of what works for them, but this technique works for my needs.

Some others out there use those new-fangled rear view video cameras mounted on the back of the trailer and viewed on a small dash mounted monitor, but everyone I've talked to that had them said they don't work very well and were prone to all kinds of typical electronic "gremlins". I guess whatever works for you is what's important. Just a couple of ideas.
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In days of yore we towed the larger campers with a full size Chevy G20 Van and the outside mirrors were extended so we could see out past the sides of the camper.

When towing an "Egg" type camper, seems this task is done with smaller vehicles.

Looking at the various specifications it seems that most Eggs are near 7 feet wide. Mini Vans and compact Suvs are more in the neighborhood of less than 6 feet wide across from door to door where the side view mirrors attach. Then the mirrors extend another 10 inches or so.

Is there any problem seeing down the sides of the Egg for changing lanes and such? Or are some type of mirror extensions needed?

Thanks,
Kip
The rules of the road in most places require that you be able to see a vehicle directly behind your trailer at 125 feet[about 7 car lengths]
If you can see that well with your rig, then extended mirrors are not required.
Also if you tow a small fiberglass trailer with large windows front and rear, you can often remove the curtains front and rear and see right through it to the traffic behind.
If you choose a rearview camera, be sure that it is full time capable... some "back-up" cameras can not be left on.
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Thanks, Floyd. I knew there was a number!
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:38 AM   #6
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If mirror extensions are needed, CIPA makes the finest quality custom fit slip-on mirrors on the market. They look stock and don't vibrate.


http://www.cipamirrors.com/
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I have never used them. My SUV mirrors seem to work fine.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:14 PM   #8
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I used extension mirrors for the first time on my Dodge Dakota this weekend. Prior to that, I could see vehicles passing me once they were in the next lane, and I could see cars behind me as long as I did the "S" wiggle maneuver with my Dakota. but adding the extension now allows me to see cars much sooner and also the ones directly behind me. No more surprises when someone does the slingshot pass maneuver. These pictures aren't the best but they should give you an idea of the difference.

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...adding the extension now allows me to see cars much sooner and also the ones directly behind me. No more surprises when someone does the slingshot pass maneuver.
Those are the same extension mirrors that I use, and they work for me. Yes, there is a little vibration, but I basically use the main mirrors 90% of the time and double check occasionally with the extensions, especially if I suspect I have a tail-gator closer to the trailer than the main mirrors can show. I pick 'em up in the extensions every time.
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John,

That is a great illustration of an original mirror that I don't believe would have been legal (or even close!), and then how much of a difference a wider mirror makes.

Excellent!

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PS: What brand/model are they and where did you find them?
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John,

That is a great illustration of an original mirror that I don't believe would have been legal (or even close!), and then how much of a difference a wider mirror makes.

Excellent!

Raya

PS: What brand/model are they and where did you find them?
Those are the CIPA mirrors, same as Floyd mentioned. I happened to pick mine up at Walmart one day.
They clip on tightly and really make a difference in being able to see someone coming up behind me and getting ready to pass.

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Those are the CIPA mirrors, same as Floyd mentioned. I happened to pick mine up at Walmart one day.
They clip on tightly and really make a difference in being able to see someone coming up behind me and getting ready to pass.

John
John,

Wish my pictures would turn out that well when I have time to set up the shot. Yes a big difference in the rear view.

Would you happen to have the part number for the mirrors?

They look like the 11950 mirror on CIPA's web site. They don't give a size range for what they will fit. They are on sale. Buy one for $7.99 and get one free. Or so they say.

Did you get them at the PTC Walmart?

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:52 AM   #13
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I have never used them. My SUV mirrors seem to work fine.
Hi Karalyn,

What is your tow vehicle?

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:12 AM   #14
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I am really close to buying those CIPA mirrors... just two problems: 1) nobody close to me sells them. I was planning a trip to Camping World, anyway... so no big deal. 2) My car has turn signals on the mirrors, and I hate to block them.
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