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Old 04-27-2011, 08:07 AM   #15
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If an officer is following you for two miles with his lights on, and you don't pull over, you're lucky you got off with a warning.

He was testing your situational awareness and you flunked big time. You coulda got a ticket for failure to yield, sirens or not.

A set of extended mirrors costs about $50, and go on and off in about two minutes.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:10 AM   #16
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Sorry to hear about your ticket.
I think it is worth the warning but not the ticket. It is much too important to know what is going on behind you in traffic. So many times I have seen drivers coming up from behind who are driving wildly or who cannot stop quick enough. This is all part of good defensive driving. You need to know what's going on 360 degrees around you.
Those who cannot use mirrors and must look over their shoulders need to go back to driving school.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:21 AM   #17
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Any suggestions for the BEST towing mirrors?

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We have a narrow TV and are using one of the most popular add on mirrors available. McKesh mirrors work great and are easy on, easy off.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:22 AM   #18
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Another point to consider is that even with extended mirrors that can see the whole side of the trailer we Airstream owners are still at a disadvantage because with a rounded trailer you still don't know exactly where the back corner of the trailer is when passing another vehicle. On a good day you can watch your own shadow in the mirror to tell when you are well clear.
Without extended mirrors where the back corner is is total guesswork.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:31 AM   #19
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What about using the backup cameras they offer at most auto part stores that attach to the license plate?
I got one for my mom's truck because she has a hard time backing here small "antiquing trailer" when she goes junking. They aren't that expensive and give you a fairly good wide angle view of behind you. I'm sure it wouldn't be that hard to extend the wires to go to the rear of the trailer.
And you can leave the monitor on full time if you wish.
Not sure how they would comply with the mirror laws, though you could see the 200 hundred feet behind you, not to mention the 1foot danger zone I seem to misjudge all the time.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #20
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Obviously Orlando being a tourist meca is loaded with huge RVs and is a great source of revenue for the state. I asked the officer if I could buy mirrors and send in the receipt and photos of my compliance and he said, "No you gotta go to court and prove it to the judge, or you can hire an attorney to represent you. " So for that part it is a money scam. But safety being an issue I do want to comply with the law. Does anyone know what it actually says and is it a state by state thing? I started watching other trailers on the way back and it's amazing how some of those huge rigs don't have extended mirrors. Wanted to argue with the cop and say that I was pulling an Airstream that's 8' wide and I can see down the sides to the back but nobody wins an argument with money hungry cops. On another note on same trip got pulled over in Mobile for trying to cross one of those 8 lane crossover streets there and got stranded in the middle and blocked 2 lanes while I waited to get across to get gas. Officer gave me a warning and a good safety talk about how many wrecks/deaths happen there. Never did he say anything about my mirrors.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:42 AM   #21
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..Does anyone know what it actually says and is it a state by state thing? ...
I want to say that if you are legal in the state of registration then you are legal everywhere as a matter of reciprocity.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:52 AM   #22
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I have always felt that driving laws of this type should be federal so as not to vary from state to state.. It would make it easier for us and would really make truckers happy.
Unfortunately we do the best we can and hope not to have a roadside conversation with some one we did not want to meet.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:59 AM   #23
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I want to say that if you are legal in the state of registration then you are legal everywhere as a matter of reciprocity.
Generally this may be true but I am not so sure. There a potential problems with things like length limits and triple towing although you don't see to many RV's doing it..

A few years back one western state was ticketing 8'6" RV's because the awning made them over width..
WE are pretty much at their mercy when things like this are going on as it is too expensive and time consuming to fight.
Fortunately in 40 years of RVing and 11 years of commercial delivery I have never had the dreaded roadside conversation but you never know what tomorrow will bring.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:20 AM   #24
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Wouldn't think of pulling out without having my antique McKesh mirrors adorning the TV's doors. Here's a shot out the driver's window on the road that connects the Jackson Centre facility to the I75, on our way home from the Run To The Sun in December 2009.

It was very reassuring to be able to get a good look at what Henri was doing back there. An AS is easy to tow, but if you are about to pull into another lane, I don't see how you could do it without seeing a clear view of what's back there.

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Sorry to hear about your ticket.
I think it is worth the warning but not the ticket. It is much too important to know what is going on behind you in traffic. So many times I have seen drivers coming up from behind who are driving wildly or who cannot stop quick enough. This is all part of good defensive driving. You need to know what's going on 360 degrees around you.
Those who cannot use mirrors and must look over their shoulders need to go back to driving school.

so...I am still trying to understand what difference seeing behind the trailer makes on the highway. You are cruising along with your fifty foot rig, in the slow lane, doing the speed limit, and with your new extended mirrors that extend out to the right where the bicyclists ride, and over to near the center line on the inside where the Harleys pass you, and see a driver coming up behind you driving wildly....who cannot stop...

what do you do differently than you would do without the mirrors?
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #26
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Obviously Orlando being a tourist meca is loaded with huge RVs and is a great source of revenue for the state.

Well, I for one, am glad that the LEOs in Florida are out there enforcing the laws. I have never been to florida but can imagine the number of large trailers and mohos out there being navigated by older folks many of whom are not so connected to what is really going on around them.

The issue as I see it is this. They have requirements to keep everyone safe. You did not meet those requirements so they gave you a ticket. You can complain about how it was handled but you were still at fault. We all want laws to protect us and the general public but when you as an individual is held accountable then we all want to complain. This is what happens daily in the public schools. Parents want, not demand, that the school needs to get tough with misbehaving kids. This is all good and well until they hold "their" kid accountable. Man, listen to the complaints then.
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I have extended morrors, slide on, on my F150 and also installed a rear view CCD Camera with audio on the rear of my 23' AS. I can see around, directly behind and hear approaching vehicles. I hope I will be able to hear a blow out as well.
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This is a good shot of what the main mirror should see. ( Although I would angle it out slightly more) If you look closer though you will notice you still have no idea of what is happening next to, or slightly to the rear of you which is where the accessory convex mirror comes in.. Ideally you should be able to see an aproaching vehicle in one or both mirrors until it comes into your peripheal (sp) vision with out having to turn your head. With out this it is hard to make a safe lane change in traffic and impossible to see well enough to make an emergency lane change.
For an experiment sometime when you have a trailer hooked up and straight sit in the drivers seat.
Have some one walk up in what would be the equivelant of the adjoining lane and watch your mirror. You will find that as they aproach they will dissapear and not reappear from the blind spot until next to your door.
The convex mirror will fill this in.
Note all the mirrors on the big trucks. They are there for a reason. Also on the back of some trucks you will see a diagram of something called the NO ZONE. We have the same problem with our trailers.
If you are starting out as a new trailer owner most of this will quickly make sense with a little experience.





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Wouldn't think of pulling out without having my antique McKesh mirrors adorning the TV's doors. Here's a shot out the driver's window on the road that connects the Jackson Centre facility to the I75, on our way home from the Run To The Sun in December 2009.

It was very reassuring to be able to get a good look at what Henri was doing back there. An AS is easy to tow, but if you are about to pull into another lane, I don't see how you could do it without seeing a clear view of what's back there.

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