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Old 01-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #15
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More on mirrors.....here's one that I have given some thought to trying. Coincidentally, their video shows it on a Frontier like mine, and so I saw exactly how it looks on "my mirror".
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:35 AM   #16
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This is what I use on my Kia, which has smallish mirrors like your car does. They work very well (or did until I knocked one off and lost it last trip on a wild ride up a mountain...but that's another story!)

They're non-marring since they "clamp on" with rubber straps. Only $25.00 a pair, and free shipping! Here's a link to seller

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I tried a similar mirror on my Jeep Wrangler, but it shook so badly I couldn't see. The rubber straps were tight, but still could not hold it without vibration. I ended up mounting some teak wood spacers under the mirror mounts which added 1 1/2" to the arm. On the Jeep it is a simple three bolt affair.
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The shaking could have been play in the Jeep mirror arm and not the add on mirror attachment.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:43 AM   #17
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I've tried a bunch of add on mirrors & settled with Aero Grand mirrors. Not the least expensive, but they stay adjusted, and while they will shake a bit on rough roads, don't vibrate to the point where they become unusable like so many...
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:50 AM   #18
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More on mirrors.....here's one that I have given some thought to trying. Coincidentally, their video shows it on a Frontier like mine, and so I saw exactly how it looks on "my mirror".
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George,
That looks like a sound idea. I'll check how much the lip of the fairing protrudes past the mirror face. If there is enough depth for the clamps it should work. It looks like JR makes a larger version too.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #19
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My first inclination was to recommend you go to a bone yard and find a set of truck mirrors and just screw them on. Then I went to Edmunds and discovered that a 2005 SSR is not a beater. Edmunds compares it to a Corvette. (My choice would have been an old Toyota pick up.) Obviously you wanted something more exotic. That being the case there are extension mirrors that will attach more securely than suction cups. You will find them. Enjoy your new tow vehicle. Raz
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My first inclination was to attach to the factory bolts, but I discovered the mirror has studs that are nutted inside the door. It would be too hard to quickly remove the towing mirrors, so abandoned the idea.
An old toyota pick up is not a bad idea at all. It is hard to find one with 405 lb. ft. of torque though After driving the Jeep for a year I was feeling power starved. (40 MPH up grades) I didn't mind going 40, but the people following me were hating it.
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I've tried a bunch of add on mirrors & settled with Aero Grand mirrors. Not the least expensive, but they stay adjusted, and while they will shake a bit on rough roads, don't vibrate to the point where they become unusable like so many...
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Do the clamps do any paint damage? Any slippage?
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #21
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Francesca,
I tried a similar mirror on my Jeep Wrangler, but it shook so badly I couldn't see. The rubber straps were tight, but still could not hold it without vibration. I ended up mounting some teak wood spacers under the mirror mounts which added 1 1/2" to the arm. On the Jeep it is a simple three bolt affair.
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The shaking could have been play in the Jeep mirror arm and not the add on mirror attachment.
Interesting!

They're solid as a rock on my Kia. You may well be right that the vibration's related to play in the Jeep arm...

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Interesting!

They're solid as a rock on my Kia. You may well be right that the vibration's related to play in the Jeep arm...

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With a top speed of 20 mi/hr vibration is unlikely.
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Do the clamps do any paint damage? Any slippage?
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They have rubber pads on the clamps & don't do any damage to the mirror housings. After mounting & adjusting the mirrors to my satisfaction, I used a thin line permanent marker to draw a line on the vehicle mirror housing along each side the clamps. Makes it easy to reattach them after a removal.

The only thing I've had to do is retighten the clamp that holds the rod a couple of times over my 16,000 mile trip. While they do not vibrate due to wind, they are heavy enough that they shake the entire mirror mount on very rough roads, but not enough to make the mirrors unusable.
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With a top speed of 20 mi/hr vibration is unlikely.
Don't make me come over there...

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I'm always fascinated by the discussions of tow vehicles on here. Nothing like a car discussion to really bring out the personalities in this virtual environment.
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I really liked Ruscal's opening post.

The appropriate tow vehicle is related to your trailer, your everyday lifestyle, the type of rving you do and your vehicle budget.

The needs of a long distant retired RVer are certainly vastly different from a still working, occasional weekend camper.
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I really liked Ruscal's opening post.

The appropriate tow vehicle is related to your trailer, your everyday lifestyle, the type of rving you do and your vehicle budget.

The needs of a long distant retired RVer are certainly vastly different from a still working, occasional weekend camper.
You can say that again! My TV doubles as grocery getter and kid hauler during the week. Oh and it's about to roll 200k. Ride them till they die is my motto!

But seriously I also enjoyed the original post. Lot of thought and detail went into it. Was nice to read someone else's thought process.
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My tug's my daily driver, too.

In fact, the only strict parameter I employed when looking for/choosing a trailer was that it had to be towable by the car I already had- and still have! 40,000 tow miles and seven years later...

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