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Old 11-09-2011, 06:58 PM   #15
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We have used the Aero 2 mirrors also and like them a lot.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:56 PM   #16
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I just ordered these

Grand aero mirrors. They look solid. Thanks for all the suggestions. Love the forum!
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:04 PM   #17
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Grand aero mirrors. They look solid. Thanks for all the suggestions. Love the forum!
Let us know how you like them after you've used them at highway speeds on a trip.

My experience with all clamp-on style mirrors is they shake and vibrate in the wind, making them not good, IMHO.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #18
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Heads up on the Camco mirrors!

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if you want something easy. I use mirror extensions made by Camco. I got mine at camping world but they have them at wal mart. very easy to put on and take off. They stay on very well. I like them.
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Grand aero mirrors. They look solid. Thanks for all the suggestions. Love the forum!
On your recommendation I bought the Camco mirrors to pick up my new Sport 16 and drive it home almost 100 miles. HORRIBLE MIRRORS. Cleaned all surfaces and dried, as instructed. The drivers mirror just kept sliding all over the vehicle mirror it was suctioned to, until it finally just popped off hitting the side of my jeep. Fortunately the cheap elastic held it dangling to my vehicle (fortunate so I could return it for refund later). The passenger side mirror did stay on most of the trip and finally popped off as I was pulling into my back yard at the end of the trip. It did not line up with my vehicle mirror correctly and since I didn't want to change the angle of my vehicle mirror (which is much larger and easier to view) it did me little good.

I bought them at Walmart and originally thot it was $20 for a pair. They were $20 each! I don't doubt your statement that they work for you, but they seem to be affected by moisture in the air, and dumb luck. I would never count on them. I have since ordered the Grand Aero mirrors for $110, including shipping. I ordered night before last and they are already "out for delivery" to my house. With free shipping I expected them to take weeks to get here. Hopefully these work as well as claimed. I will give feedback when I get them installed. Yes, they are $70 more, but if they work and are well built I don't mind. I never want to drive half-blinded like that again. (The Sport 16 is a full 8 feet wide, wider than some longer AS's).

P.S. gtc6452 I am not blaming you. We all have different experiences and I appreciate your sharing yours. But I did want to give a heads up for others that these mirrors may not work as well for them as yours did for you. I was down near the ocean in the early morning when moisture is high. I'm sure that had an effect.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:26 PM   #19
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Going to pick up my first Airstream ( first large camper also) Saturday. A 2003 28ft Classic. Towing with a 2011 Ram 1500 that doesn't have tow mirrors. Will the standard mirrors be OK or will I need to add extensions? If so, what's the best ones available?
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Since you tow with a truck, you might want to try towing first just with teh stock mirrors.


When we bought our present 2500HD, I paid to have the existing power mirrors taken off (I still have them) and replaced with towing mirrors that you can manually pull out to extend them when towing.

Quite often when we start out to tow, I forget to pull them out, and actually pulling them out in our case usually seems to make so little difference in visibiity that I don't even bother stopping tp pull them out until our next gas stop.

The towing mirrors we have are good and big and split in two halves, each individually adjustable - the upper half is a plane mirror, the lower half is a convex mirror.

One downside I have found with these big towing mirrors is that when looking
to the front side of the truck, left or right, they create a pretty big blind spot.

The first night I had the truck, in a rainstorm and in the dark, I damn near ran over a cyclist walking his bike across the street as I made a right turn - didn't see him at all - totally my fault and very lucky I didn't hit him!

As you can imagine, he gave me quite an earful and all I could do was apologize profusely and listen to all the invective!

Now that I am aware of the potential, I always move my head around as needed when turning in situations like this to ensure no one is hidden in the blind spot created by this big mirrors!

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Old 01-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #20
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Since you tow with a truck, you might want to try towing first just with teh stock mirrors.


When we bought our present 2500HD, I paid to have the existing power mirrors taken off (I still have them) and replaced with towing mirrors that you can manually pull out to extend them when towing.

One downside I have found with these big towing mirrors is that when looking
to the front side of the truck, left or right, they create a pretty big blind spot.

The first night I had the truck, in a rainstorm and in the dark, I damn near ran over a cyclist walking his bike across the street as I made a right turn - didn't see him at all - totally my fault and very lucky I didn't hit him!

Now that I am aware of the potential, I always move my head around as needed when turning in situations like this to ensure no one is hidden in the blind spot created by this big mirrors!

Brian
Actually your story makes a good point for having both mirrors. My Grand Aeros just arrived and look good. Well built, but light weight. I should get good coverage with my large stock jeep mirrors for close view and these for extended view. And each can be individually adjusted.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:00 AM   #21
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I have since ordered the Grand Aero mirrors for $110, including shipping. I ordered night before last and they are already "out for delivery" to my house. With free shipping I expected them to take weeks to get here. Hopefully these work as well as claimed.
I think you will like these. I am a towing noob, and I had to go through a learning curve too. My first mirrors were lousy. The Aero was my second pair and I love them. They are truly designed well, made well, and are easy to mount/dismount. They provide a great view of course too.

Good luck!
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:39 PM   #22
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I think you will like these. I am a towing noob, and I had to go through a learning curve too. My first mirrors were lousy. The Aero was my second pair and I love them. They are truly designed well, made well, and are easy to mount/dismount. They provide a great view of course too.

Good luck!
We tow with the Aero's and they are by far the best of the several we have tried.
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We also love our Aero's!
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:17 PM   #24
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We have the towing mirrors on our '96 F250, but I wanted more - so I added 4" or 5" truck round convex mirrors underneath the existing ones; they don't block useful view of anything but pavement next to the truck, but they let me see exactly what's next to the truck. This lets me adjust the regular mirrors for the best possible view straight back along the Airstream; the convex ones take care of any stuff to the side.

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:22 PM   #25
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CIPA Slip ons

Well, if we were full-timing we'd probably invest in OEM Ford mirrors for the Excursion but since we only trailer a small percentage of the time, I bought slip ons so that can be removed (driving through town with the extensions in tight traffic can cause a mirror hit with others now and then).
I went with the CIPA slip ons. I can see fine behind the trailer and have been through LA at rush hour and never felt as if I couldn't see well enough. Some have complained that these mirrors vibrate too much in the wind but I've ridden a Harley for years so it doesn't really bother me. On a whim I bought a large package of 3M foam ear protectors at OSH and I compressed a few and stuck them in the cracks of the CIPA glass and let them expand. The mirror is more stable now and if the kids start a ruckus in the truck I can reach out and pluck a couple of ear plugs for myself!
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Great Ideas! I have the CIPAs too, and am quite satisfied. Your additions make them that much sweeter.

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:52 PM   #27
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I've had these mirrors for years. Easy on and off. Adjusts with power mirrors. Good vibration resistance. Safety strap. Inexpensive.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:22 PM   #28
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Towing mirrors for mercedes gl320

I am going to pick up my first Airstream, a Classic 27FB, in a few weeks and need to purchase some towing mirrors for this vehicle. Does anyone have a suggestion?
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