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Old 09-25-2002, 06:44 AM   #1
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Is there anyone on the forum who has installed towing mirror made by 'powervision' and, if so what was your take on the installation, performance, etc??
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Old 12-31-2002, 07:13 PM   #2
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I just pulled our '92 - 29' Excella for the first time. The trip was only 40 miles to a nearby RV service center. I realize that auxiliary mirrors will be necessary.

I tried a pair of slip on mirrors and was not impressed. I am willing to pay for good quality, extendable mirrors that I can mount in the original factory mirror location. I have seen the web sites for Power Vision, CIPA and Lucerix. The pictures of the CIPA and Lucerix brands appear to be the same design.

Any comments are appreciated.

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Old 12-31-2002, 07:43 PM   #3
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Greetings Lucius and Towner!

I have been trying to cope with the same dilemma. For several years, I used the CIPA slip-on mirror extensions on my '99 Suburban - - they are marginal at best and this is for towing my '64 Overlander which is significantly narrower than the modern wide bodies - - they are acceptable with my Minuet, but it is 6" narrower than my '64 Overlander.

I have looked into the Power Vision mirrors a number of times. The two features that would be lost in the switch with my Suburban was the electric mirror heat feature as well as the automatic dim system that automatically adjusts the mirrors when cars with bright lights approach from behind. My latest contact with Power Vision indicated that their mirrors are now available with the heat feature, but not the automatic dim feature - - I am still hoping.

My solution has been to switch to McKesh mirrors that clamp onto the doors of the tow vehicle. These mirrors are fully adjustable and offer convex spot mirrors for each side that really are helpful. The only down-side is that it might be necessary to adjust the exterior rubber trim between the door and window to securely mount the mirror - - a little heat applied in the proper location allowed the trim strip to be adjusted and the modification is not obvious to the untrained eye. These mirrors are offered by Hensley Manufacturing via their web site as well as from numerous RV dealers. The link for McKesh mirrors is below:

McKesh Mirror Link

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Old 01-03-2003, 06:14 AM   #4
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Kevin,
Thanks for the info...
I, like you, also tried those CIPA slip on and, the darn things fell off before I had even gotten out of the parking lot~!
I went right back in and, got my money back.
BAD DESIGN~!! HEAR THAT PEOPLE???
Tried your URL Link and, it didn't work.
Try this one.
http://www.hensleymfg.com/mckeshmirrors.html

Greeting Lucius,
Your statement abt :
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The pictures of the CIPA and Lucerix brands appear to be the same design.
I'd have to see which two models that you're comparing.
Here's the link to the one that I've seen on the road that, to me,looked good. (Is this LUCERIX model that you're referring to?)
Would like to hear abt someone experience with these.
http://www.lucerix.com/xmount.htm
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Greetings 53FlyingCloud!

The CIPA slip-on mirror that I referenced can be seen in the following link to the CampingWorld on-line catalog.

CIPA Slip-On Towing Mirrors

The Power Vision mirrors that I reference can be seen in the following link to the Power Vision web site.

Power Vision Towing Mirrors

It is my understanding that the above PowerVision mirrors are now being offered by GM as a factory option on the Suburban and Yukon XL

The McKesh Portable Towing Mirror that I referred to can be seen at the following link to Hensley Manufacturing.

McKesh Portable Towing Mirrors

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Old 01-03-2003, 11:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for the links.

I wasn't aware that GMC was making PowerVision available as one of their option.
The installation is more 'professional' looking with PowerVision.
Plus, I can retain all of my mirror's electrical controls funtion. That's important~!
BTW, I have used the Mckesh for over three yrs with great results.
Only time I've ever experienced a problem was; When I lowered the wife's window down too far and, as we were just leaving the rest area, she knocked the mirror off when she raised her window. (You don't wanta hear what I called myself~lol)
I gave those mirrors away to my neighbor in Va.
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That happened to me too. I was going about 45mph and it was a nice day so I thought I'd get some fresh air. Well you know how the windows will just automatic go down after holding the button down? Well that what I did as I was changing radio stations and I saw it starting to move out of the corner of my eye and was able to grab it before she flew off.

So I'm trying to slow down and pull over on this small two-lane road with the mirror in my hand hanging out the window. I wish I had a camera!!

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hey Vern,

I use the Mckesh mirrors and they are great. If you want to see them, give me a ring and we can make arrangements for you to come over. I'd like to show you the barn and of course the AS.

BTW, we got lots of snow, even came home early. I understand you are in Virginia this weekend. Have a great time.

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Stay warm and, if you don't have to drive in it. ALL the better.
Weather at the beach was Fantastic~!
Walked around in a T shirt the whole time.~!!Really`
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