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Old 02-27-2012, 06:25 PM   #15
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One thing we're finding out about buying a Tundra is it is difficult to specify the towing mirrors that slide out (and in).
Don't know about the slide-out mirrors, but these from CIPA work great. Only $50 from Amazon:
Amazon.com: CIPA 11300 Toyota Tundra Custom Towing Mirrors - Sold as Pair: Automotive
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:38 PM   #16
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The Tundra mirrors are a perplexing problem. We bought one with the tow package in late 2007 and the mirrors were part of it. But there are people posting elsewhere that there are 3 different types of mirrors with different wiring and some extend and some do not. Some dealers seem to have no idea what is going on. Make sure you get the Tundra tow mirrors.

The aftermarket add ons often vibrate and you can't see a clear image, reposition themselves, get loose and may not have the dual mirror. The lower one on the Tundra tow mirror lets you see more cars next to you, curbs and the berm, and the Airstream better. The upper one allows you to see far behind you.

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Old 02-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #17
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If you can find the Tundra you want with the mirrors on it, then that's the best option from a price standpoint... the dealers want to see whats on their lot, but you are right very few come with the tow mirrors even if they have the tow package... still not sure why Toyota doesn't equip more of their "tow" package trucks with mirrors....

I suppose you could order the truck you want from the factory, but that would take awhile and probably drive the price up

Or... and i strongly suggest this... go to the dealership and talk to the service manager. The mirrors can be added, and even if you have the three wire harness, you can still add the mirrors but you will only have the auto adjust function and not the directional light function or heater, but my dealer told me they would have no problem doing it and because i bought the truck there would give me a decent deal on the labor, as well as the internet price on the mirrors.

CIPA mirrors are an option but after using them for a season, i am really looking forward to having tow mirrors installed.... its just a hassle to always have to remember to put the mirrors on and take them off

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Old 02-27-2012, 08:23 PM   #18
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Just to chime in, I have a 27 FB and pull with my 2010 5.7 Toyota Tundra, Double cab, 8 ft bed. We have the towing package and did have the dealer add the extendable towing mirrors and are very happy with them. I have an equalizer hitch and LOVE it. You should have no problems pulling your AS with that Tundra.

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #19
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I strongly recommend the factory tow mirrors as well. But if you have to use clip ons, I found the Aero 2 mirrors to be superior to Cipa.

https://www.makariosrv.com/products/...-Products.html

The attachment is much more sturdy.

The Cipas are currently resting in peace in my garage.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:39 AM   #20
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I don't think you can factory order a Toyota. You buy what the dealer has or what the dealer can find at another dealer. If a dealer won't look on the computer to see what other dealers have, go somewhere else. You can make deals over the internet, so you are not tied to any one dealer. If you are an AAA member, they can make a deal for you and they do pretty well.

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Old 02-28-2012, 08:45 AM   #21
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But if you have to use clip ons, I found the Aero 2 mirrors to be superior to...
Second that. My Aero mirrors work better than expected. They minimal vibration at highway speeds. I like them, work great on my Tundra.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:42 AM   #22
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Just to clarify, the CIPA mirrors I referenced (and use) are NOT clip-ons. They slide over the existing mirrors, are totally secure and do not vibrate. Of course, OEM mirrors are the best, but considerably more expensive, choice.

http://www.amazon.com/CIPA-11300-Toy.../dp/B002RW244Y
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I agree with Gene's post #10 regarding the doulble cab over the crew cab, but this is a personal decision.

I would also go with the factory slide-out mirrors. I have them and they work great. You may want to go to one of the Tundra Forums to search out more information about purchasing options for the factory mirrors.

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Old 02-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #24
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I had some strap on mirrors (no "strap on" jokes please) about 10 years ago. I have no idea what the brand was. They attached to the standard mirror with rubber things and came loose from time to time and were difficult to adjust. They also vibrated.

The CIPA mirrors Mike' describes are very different and look like a recent invention. I would think you could put them over the tow mirrors too for even better visibility. They seem like a fair alternative, though you don't get quite the view from the standard lower mirror that you do from the tow mirror. The Aero mirrors are strange looking, but it appears people like them.

I am very much in favor of getting the best mirrors available. Tow mirrors are used constantly and the best views backward are essential to driving safely. With 2 mirrors on each side, until we got used to them, the different views in each were disconcerting. Adding a third mirror or one of a strange shape (Aero) just compounds the brain confusion, but maybe we would get used to it. No tow mirror would be like driving with a narrow windshield and giant A pillars.

Why Toyota makes this difficult is hard to understand. What they charge for this option is obscene. And they don't even go in and out with a push button.

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We're new at this; any comments on this setup before we complete our purchases?

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I'd go with the ProPride 3P over the Hensley Cub. The 3P doesn't cost much more than the Cub (if any) and is a more robust hitch mechanism. I went with the 3P over the Cub and Sean provides excellent customer service.
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Regarding Tundra tow mirrors, on our 2008 CrewMax Limited, tow mirrors were a "delete" option over the standard power mirrors. I don't remember the exact figure, but we saved several hundred dollars by specifying the tow mirrors (we ordered ours from the factory). The one thing that was different was that the power/memory tilt/telescopic steering wheel was replaced by a manually adjusted tilt/telescopic wheel, which was a very minor change for us. However, these options may be different on new model Tundras.

Note: Tow mirrors extend out further than the standard power mirrors, and are needed to see out around wide Airstreams.
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Anyone currently use the Hensley/Tundra combo? What inch drop are you using? Ours came with a 2" drop that the previous owner used with a F250. I am wondering if I am going to need a bigger drop.
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I'd go with the ProPride 3P over the Hensley Cub. The 3P doesn't cost much more than the Cub (if any) and is a more robust hitch mechanism. I went with the 3P over the Cub and Sean provides excellent customer service.
Not to bash anyone, but I believe that is, and can be selective, as I can't say that I got that kind of attention, and ended up not going with a PP because of the lack of call-backs. There are two sides to everything, and my experience is/was the complete opposite.
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