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Old 02-23-2017, 06:58 PM   #1
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Extend mirrors for pulling a 7.5' wide trailer

Hello

We are getting an airtream sport 22BF camper Trailer. It is 7.5' wide.

https://www.airstream.com/travel-trailers/sport/

We are told that we need to add Extend mirrors on the Q5 car. if not, the camper is more wide that the Q5 thus we can not see back.

what is the best Extend mirrors that can connect on the Q5

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Old 02-23-2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome!

There are a wide variety of options. I would suggest that you first see what the car's OEM had to make sure that there is not a factory designed option. If not, here are a few options:

https://hensleymfg.com/products/mckesh-mirrors/

http://www.cipausa.com/

And of course do some searches on this forum. Here is one:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...rs-160942.html

I am using these until I get my three camera system installed onto our Airstream:

CIPA 11980 Universal Bar Towing Mirror Kit

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They work ok, no real complaints.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:35 PM   #3
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Bosco is spot on. OEM is best. Mckesch mirrors are a good set to consider. The Aero 2s are also a usable solution. Try what looks effective to you and do not be concerned if you need something different. You must be comfortable with your mirrors.

Hope to see you down the road. The 22 is a great coach. Should get you lots of smiles. Pat
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:25 PM   #4
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:42 AM   #5
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Neat Trick to see what is behind you, using the technique truckers use by offsetting their trailer wheels to improve sight line along driver's side by causing the trailer to "crab" along behind.
Mirrors only show so much!
I pull over to the right of the lane and then ease left to the center line. While the vehicle is tracking left there is greater visibility behind the trailer through the drivers mirror(s). My '96 does not let me see headlights through the rear window due to the rock guard. My '89 had a fairly good sight-line through the trailer to see what was following me.
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:58 AM   #6
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California requires a view to 200 ft behind the trailer, which I believe is standard in most states. So latch the bathroom door open and pull the curtains. You can see straight thru the trailer to what is directly behind it from the TV's center mirror. The TV's side mirrors will pick up whatever is in the lane to your left or right, allowing for the inevitable blind spot, of course. The CHP seems fine with this technique. I've never been stopped.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:37 PM   #7
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We have a 23FB and 2014 Tundra TV. You can't beat OEM factory extending mirrors. An expensive add-on but every time we hook up the trailer ... love those factory extending mirrors! Pull 'em out and good to go.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:09 PM   #8
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agree w OEM extended mirrors

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We have a 23FB and 2014 Tundra TV. You can't beat OEM factory extending mirrors. An expensive add-on but every time we hook up the trailer ... love those factory extending mirrors! Pull 'em out and good to go.
We have a Ford F150 (used by 75% of AS owners, I'm told) and also love the Ford extended mirrors, assume almost every brand has something that will utilize the built in mirror controls.. the way to go..
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:19 PM   #9
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Does the Q5 offer tow mirrors?
If not check Amazon, there's a lot of aftermarket clip on mirrors.
My experience is they vibrate a lot, and you end up using your car mirrors if the person is far enough behind you.
However, the beauty of tow mirrors is to see something in your blind spot. I have a blind spot I could hide a semi in.
They're not that expensive and a cheap addition.
BTW remove them when you arrive, narrow roads make them subject to being hit.
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The Milenco mirrors work fine for us.
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California requires a view to 200 ft behind the trailer, which I believe is standard in most states. So latch the bathroom door open and pull the curtains. You can see straight thru the trailer to what is directly behind it from the TV's center mirror. The TV's side mirrors will pick up whatever is in the lane to your left or right, allowing for the inevitable blind spot, of course. The CHP seems fine with this technique. I've never been stopped.
Huh. I guess on my next trip in CA, I need to remove the cardboard from the rear window, which is there to block ambient and other obtrusive light during sleep-time.
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Get a rearview camera. No blind spots, period.
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Tow mirrors

We also have a sport 22 fb and tow with a toyota highlander which is narrower than the airstream. Our dealer recommended and we have Dometic mirrors by Milenco. These clamp on to our TV mirror frame and work well with very little vibration and good rear visability.
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