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Old 07-25-2014, 02:55 AM   #29
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After reading all these posts and re-measuring my mirrors; I decided to order some towing mirrors. I'd rather err on the safe side. I ordered the same ones Glenn and others recommended in an earlier thread. The mirrors on the Subaru Forester taper smaller on the outside, and it looks like the mounts will work better than a strap arrangement on others. If they don't help; I can always return them.

We leave in 10 days! Carl, who was your salesman? Our's is Alan. Just curious.



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Jim is our salesman. I first inquired in may, when i called back he had all the info we talked about on hand. Done deal. Carl
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:13 AM   #30
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Red face Tow mirrors

I bought a pair of these

Clip-On Tow Mirror - Four Corners 25855 - Mirrors - Camping World

at Camping World. They told me they are universal, but it is obvious to me that I have two right hand mirrors, both convex and hard to install on the left side.

I think I prefer my old fender mount ones, but I am concerned they could scratch the new car although they didn't scratch the old car.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:11 AM   #31
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Did you do the rear view camera yourself Denny? How? Got pics?



Thanks!



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No pics but there wouldn't be much to show anyway. Camera is mounted over the door, required a 5/8" hole. Camera wire is routed along edges and behind cabinets so doesn't show. The car end has the monitor fastened to a cut off water bottle that sits in the center console cup holder. The wires just hide under the drivers seat when not in use. Getting the wire through the body of the vehicle was the most perplexing task. I found a plastic hole cover in the bottom of the trunk under the spare tire (2014 Jeep GC) that I didn't mind drilling a hole into.


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Old 07-25-2014, 02:30 PM   #32
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I tow my EggCamper with a Chevy Silverado and use the mirrors on the truck. Have no need for towing mirrors. I did use them with the stickies we had and really needed them.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:44 PM   #33
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We have a 2005 Ford Escape. There are no mirrors that claim to fit our model other than those claiming to be "universal".

I'm another that leave the curtains open front and rear which allows me to use the rearview mirror to some extent.

The odd thing is on extended mirrors one would angle them in but on the stock mirrors the best view is obtained by angling mirror out pretty far.

One way to test or adjust a mirror is use a walmart parking lot. Go out in the empty part, pull in so trailer is in spot behind tow vehicle. The parking space lines behind you provide a "lane" reference. Adjust mirrors to provide view of "lanes". If desired have a helper stand or walk behind trailer or beside vehicle to establish any blind spots.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:43 PM   #34
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Did you do the rear view camera yourself Denny? How? Got pics? Thanks! Frank
Frank, For what it's worth, I bought a 25' video/power extension cable (~$5; 20' would have worked if I could have found one) and ran it along the frame channel from front to rear (inside protective 3/4" PVC conduit). Then hung the camera on the spare tire facing rearward and plugged it into that end of the video/power extension cable. Next, I attached the video wireless transmitter to the front end of the video/power extension cable, used alligator clamps to attach the transmitter power leads (+/-) directly to one of the batteries on the camper tongue, then wrapped the fully connected transmitter in an old washcloth to protect it a bit, and just dropped the transmitter into the battery box and strapped lid back on the battery box. From that point, the camera is live. Then I attached the wireless video receiver and monitor to a 12V power plug, and all my wife has to do to watch the camera image is slip the power plug into the 12V power outlet in the console between the front seats. The wireless signal only has to go from the camper tongue, through the rear window of the Highlander, and so far, it's been a clear image with no problem. When we stop to eat or sightsee, if we're worried about anything getting stolen, we just pop the camera off the spare tire, unplug it from the extension cable, and tuck it and the monitor in the console between the front seats so both are out of sight. Works for us.

When I get some time, I'm going to work out a temporary mount for the camera on the back of the Highlander pointed at the hitch ball (powered through a 4-pin trailer receiver) so I can first use the camera to help me hitch up the camper then move the camera to the rear of the camper for travel.

I hope that all makes sense....
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:34 AM   #35
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Dale, that sounds like a good plan, but I wonder how wireless would work with my extended cab pickup with a long box? For the most part, it seems folks usually say go direct, but maybe I'll give the wireless a try & see how it goes.

I put on a direct wire rear view camera for the pickup to assist in hitching, & now have it down to just backing up once, get out, drop the tongue down, done. Not too difficult to do. Tied the camera into the driver's side reverse light, works great. I think the kit cost me 48 bucks from Amazon.

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Old 07-27-2014, 10:03 AM   #36
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We also travel with the Grand Aero mirrors when towing our 19' Escape with the FJ Cruiser. They provide a great improvement in rear visibility, are fast and simple to add/remove, and were reasonably priced.
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:28 AM   #37
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I am hoping to order a Scamp near springtime and have never towed either. Any tips for learning on the road?
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:12 AM   #38
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Hi and welcome. Good question from you before you have to tow. My answer to you may be different than others may put out there. Towing a trailer going forward is pretty easy. Depending on how long the trailer is will deturmine how much you need to make any turns in town on surface streets. The longer the trailer from the ball to the trailer axle the turn will be wider. Think of the semi's your seen in town making a turn and needing both lanes. The shorter it is pretty much tracks the same as the TV depending on how tight the turn is. With any freeway/highway traveling you really don't have to worry about tracking. Overall I always drive with my eyes way ahead of where I'm at on the road. That comes from 20 years of commercial trucking. Setting myself up for an exit long before I need to be in that lane because people really didn't want to let a large truck and trailer to merge in front of them, even two miles ahead of my exit. Might have slowed them down a few seconds . I still drive that way today in my personal cars. Old habits die hard but I'm never in a hurry anymore.
I guess my best info for you would be to borrow/rent a utility trailer and take it to a large parking lot and do a little practicing of how a trailer tracks behind your TV in short/long turns and also do some backing up using the painted lines. The biggest thing with backing up is setting up your trailer for backing up is to "break" it so when you stop your forward travel you only have to chase it back. Not sure of how to explain that other than with the trailer and TV at an angle you really only have to back up and only staighten the trailer when it is in line to your final parking location with very little wheel movment of the TV. It's not hard, just takes a bit of practice. A 13' Scamp will track very close to the TV.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:30 AM   #39
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Dave, if I am visualizing this correctly, and there is ample room, I just try to go forward in such a way as when I start to back up, the trailer will go straight in. In the case of not enough room, or angled driveways, is it possible to back up in such a way as to tip the trailer sideways? I'm assuming, as a newbie, I would avoid sharp angles backing up at any cost.
I know that driving forward is not the problem. I'm worried about breaking for the lights and not being able to stop. I have nightmare daydreams about going 2 mph.


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Old 07-29-2014, 12:14 PM   #40
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I would second Dave's suggestion, rent or borrow a trailer, even a utility trailer and practice in a large empty parking lot. If you can drive a lawn tractor, or some other weight such as a quad runner into the trailer so much the better but not essential.

Early one Sunday morning in a parking lot my wife learned enough about driving a 38 ft. school bus camper with a stick shift and air brakes to be a relief driver on the highway. Used rest area to change drivers so she did not have to drive in traffic, by end of second long trip she was comfortable enough to pull off highway into gas stations.

You just need to get a feel for how it accelerates, brakes and turns. If you want to be ambitious you can practice backing into some parking slots to get an idea of how that works.

Best advice in the world is "drive with my eyes way ahead on the road" AIM High with your eyes. This gives you the time to change lanes or stop safely with a trailer. Having a navigator that can read map and road signs leaves you free to focus on traffic.

On stopping for the lights, if there are crosswalks look at the ones for pedestrians going the same way you are. The crosswalk lights start flashing don't walk ahead of your traffic light changing. If you look far ahead (as you should) and see green traffic light but crosswalk flashing don't walk then be prepared to stop. Watch for it in your normal driving and you will see what I mean. Just an extra "edge" you can give yourself.

Some crosswalks even provide a count down of number of seconds until light changes. But I have only seen those in cities.

There is always reserve pull through sites for any camping on your way back or your first few outings while you get a feel for things. And backing in after dark is much less pleasant.

My own pet peeve, if you are going to help guide me in stand in front where I can see you and your hand signals! If you need me to stop so you can go back and check for obstacles fine, I'll stop, you check then come back up front. At the very least if you can't see me in the mirror I can't see you so hand signals don't do any good, same with hand signals in the dark. Pointing a flash light behind the trailer then pointing left or right while standing in the dark is not really helpful. Whew! feel better getting that off my chest.

The fact that you are a little paranoid is a GOOD thing if it makes you use caution.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #41
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Best advice in the world is "drive with my eyes way ahead on the road" AIM High with your eyes. This gives you the time to change lanes or stop safely with a trailer. Having a navigator that can read map and road signs leaves you free to focus on traffic.
Which is why I object to relying on a rear view camera to see what is going on behind you. Every time you look at the monitor, you are taking your eyes off the road ahead and your eyes have to re-focus going back and forth.
Looking into a mirror does not cause you to re-focus.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:25 PM   #42
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My largest complaint with my Subaru has been their lack of tow mirrors. If you can install a hitch they should have an option for proper fitting factory tow mirrors. I tried a few clip on mirrors on my Forester and found they vibrated far too much to be useful. After some digging I ended up using these:

http://www.amazon.com/CIPA-11650-Del...dp/B00029WRJQ/

They take a bit of adjusting when you first get them but now they're setup they work great. I'm on my third season with them. The only issue I've had with them is that when it rains the strap stretches a bit, they'll never come off but you need to turn the wheel a few clicks to stop the strap from vibrating. They're a good option if the clip on's don't work for you.
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