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Old 07-07-2016, 08:37 PM   #29
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This is scary - four of us have the same idea within 12 minutes!
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:46 PM   #30
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The law isn't concerned with you being able to see directly behind the trailer. It requires that you can see traffic in adjacent lanes for 200'.
A convex mirror makes those vehicles small, distorting the view. I attached small convex mirrors to my vehicle mirror to see hazards that are close.
I am less concerned about the "law" as I am with my ability to know whats around me, including those idiots who follow too close.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:53 PM   #31
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I am less concerned about the "law" as I am with my ability to know whats around me, including those idiots who follow too close.
What do you do about it? Scold them?
Best thing you can do is keep your eyes on the road ahead so you will have no need to sharply brake and possibly provoke an accident.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:49 AM   #32
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What do you do about it? Scold them?
Best thing you can do is keep your eyes on the road ahead so you will have no need to sharply brake and possibly provoke an accident.
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:44 AM   #33
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watch the shadows of vehicles too close to be seen in your mirror. works well except at midday of course.

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Old 07-08-2016, 07:34 AM   #34
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Vermont law is loosy goosey. Most others requires visibility to rear in adjacent lanes for 200'.
This is interesting, thanks for posting it.
The common thread is the 200 feet minimum (...a free and unobstructed view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of such vehicle...), but otherwise it is not clear at all. Does this cover everything from the trailer bumper back, for at least 200 feet? Measured on the centerline of the rig? On a line parallel? (Which one of the infinite number of parallel lines?) I am confused.

The only attempt to deal with the geometry is in Connecticut: Each motor vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror attached to and so located and adjusted on such vehicle as to give the operator thereof a clear reflected view of the highway directly to the rear of or on a line parallel to the left side of the body of such motor vehicle. However, even this is pretty lame.

So, legal or not, we need to make the best attempt to enable our visibility of what is behind us and be aware, for our own good.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:03 AM   #35
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I tow without extra mirrors on my outback. There are times when I have to plan a bit more when merging but its pretty rare that I feel I need more mirror. I can see the adjacent lane just fine, but I am limited in seeing behind.
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I tow my Escape 13 (which is probably wider than the Scamp 13-not sure) with a Hyundai Santa Fe and I don't use any extended mirrors. What I have is small convex stick-on mirrors which give me a wider field of view and cover the normal blind spots. A huge help when changing lanes.
If somebody is directly behind me on a straightaway I can't see them. But I can see them on corners.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:47 AM   #37
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Most of the "extended" mirrors I see on this topic to me are TOO distracting! Vibrating? Maybe it's just ok for me, but with my 13' Scamp and Nissan Frontier, I need to see DIRECTLY behind my Scamp more than I do back a ways...which with my setup (stock mirrors) is not a problem. MOST of my danger has come from directly behind the Scamp.....so thus the camera. PLUS, there's been times I needed to back up at a gas pump, campsites or such and the camera is invaluable. What I also have found that I can see ANY vehicle behind me at any time either in the cam and/or in my side mirrors.

As far as keeping your eyes on the road so you "WONT" have a problem stopping? Get on the Natchez Trace and tell all the deer and other wildlife that...that can dart out in front of you in a blink of an eye!

If any of you ever try a back-up camera, I say you will NEVER be without one again...at least after my experiences, that's true for me!!
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Before this topic becomes a dead horse, let me throw this in, some might find it helpful:

I adjust the mirrors so that I can see the pavement and glance at the path the trailer wheels follow in sharp turns, especially the right turn. I look for the feedback on how well I am keeping away from curbs.
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Before this topic becomes a dead horse, let me throw this in, some might find it helpful:

I adjust the mirrors so that I can see the pavement and glance at the path the trailer wheels follow in sharp turns, especially the right turn. I look for the feedback on how well I am keeping away from curbs.
I do the same with the mirrors that came on the truck and use extended mirrors for watching traffic.
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Glenn, Amazon has the mirror set you mention at 3.6 pounds and $125... Is that a lot of weight on your auto mirror? Looks like a good product
If they don't lock on, how long will $125 mirrors last before they 'walk away'?

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I remove mine at camp and if leaving the vehicle. Easy to do. You wouldn't want them on in a parking lot or on a ferry for instance.
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In towing a Scamp 13 do you need trailer mirrors

I tried clip ons - better but not nearly good enough. A hard wired rear view safety camera system was more money and effort but I can see perfectly (during the day) behind me. Useful for backing up the trailer too.


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