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Old 10-20-2014, 03:19 AM   #1
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Towing mirror: can see following cars directly behind the trailor?

This is my 1st trailer, and I have no experience in towing before.

Recently I bought a towing mirror: Amazon.com: Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror: Automotive, I was expecting to use it to see the cars behind my 16' bambi.

However, I'm not sure if it's my bambi too "fat" then my TV(durango), or technically this kind if mirror doesn't feature the ability to cover the directly behind area. I basically can't see nothing of my own line behind my trailer.

Any suggestion on the towing mirrors to let me see what's going on behind me?
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:28 AM   #2
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With all due respect. Your side view mirrors will never be able to see behind your AS. They are designed to see along side of your trailer. The extension is so that you can compensate for the additional width of the trailer. There ae many rear mounted cameras that can accomplish seeing behind the trailer.

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Old 10-20-2014, 05:44 AM   #3
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Think of the size of the blind spot behind a semi truck and trailer. You have a similar one. The only way to see DIRECTLY behind your trailer is to use a rear mounted camera of some sort.

Towing requires a different mindset and skill set than regular driving. One of those being more aware of traffic coming up on you. They will "hide" behind the trailer.

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Old 10-20-2014, 06:31 AM   #4
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There is another way… Buy a vintage trailer. I can look right through my window and out the back window. I can see what is going on behind me and what is going on inside the trailer since I do not have a big black piece of plastic covering my front window.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:41 AM   #5
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There is another way… Buy a vintage trailer. I can look right through my window and out the back window. I can see what is going on behind me and what is going on inside the trailer since I do not have a big black piece of plastic covering my front window.
Yep, this was one of the original design elements of Airstreams. Theoretically, even our '95 can do it (it's a straight shot through the trailer), but: The rock guard would have to be removed, and the blinds and shades on both front and back windows have to be open. I've done the latter, and I can barely see headlights through the rock guard, but that's about it. I don't bother with it.

For the OP: You get used to not being able to see back there - aside from backing up, there's not much need to see directly behind the trailer; you can't do anything about someone back there anyway. Also, they shouldn't be following you that closely, but of course that's what plenty of drivers do these days, because apparently their theory is, "If I can't see danger, there must not be any."
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:01 AM   #6
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Some states have a requirement as to how close you have to be able to see the road behind you. I think in Fl it is three hundred feet? Can't remember exactly. That's just to be legal. Most addon mirrors will do that. Might be one hundred feet to be legal. Be wary of tail gators but don't let them distract you to the point of making a mistake. Think of your driving first, you have control of that. Jim
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:38 AM   #7
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I got tired Of waiting for the bend in the road to see what was behind me. I bought a rearview camera and its a whole new world- no blind spot at all.


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Old 10-20-2014, 10:58 AM   #8
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I got tired Of waiting for the bend in the road to see what was behind me. I bought a rearview camera and its a whole new world- no blind spot at all.


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Say if I bought a rear view camera, I don't need side mirror extension any more?

Any rear view camera you suggest? So you have a separate LCD to mount on the dash for the camera, right?
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Thanks Guys, I think I do need a camera now, since I really want to know my behind's world.

For instance, I was told I should keep under 50mph for the first 500miles towing. And I was driving on a one lane highway with speed limit for 60mph. I need to know when I need to turn out to let behind drivers pass and make them not that angry. :-)
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Usually there are enough bends in the road to see when traffic is building up behind you. And here in the NW, there are often plenty of scenic overlooks to pull off and let traffic go by

There have been times I thought a camera would be a pretty nice addition. There are a few threads on here detailing people's installs.
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There is another way… Buy a vintage trailer. I can look right through my window and out the back window. I can see what is going on behind me and what is going on inside the trailer since I do not have a big black piece of plastic covering my front window.
Doesn't need to be vintage; there are many models that have front and rear windows in line ... just that the dark solar acrylic protection makes it difficult. Remove the protectors and we can see all the way back on ours.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:26 AM   #12
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Towing mirror: can see following cars directly behind the trailor?

I use a Voayger wireless camera. The mirrors give you some information but having a view directly behind me and down the road is invaluable. People occasionally hang-out in my wake (blind spot) and it's nice seeing what is going on back there all the time. Also, I don't use the camera to backup/park but it has a microphone that is very helpful for my wife to give directions (back there) that I can hear in the cabin. While towing I just mute the speaker.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:29 AM   #13
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A rear view camera is probably not going to allow you to see whether or not you have proper clearance to merge into an adjacent lane (especially in heavy traffic)...or clearance to make a tight turn. You must have proper mirror extensions to see down the side of your Airstream...and then use them to make sure you have proper clearance. You will also need the mirror extensions to properly back your AS around any number of obstacles...trees, bushes, telephone poles, garbage cans...etc..etc. In my opinion, a rear view camera is one more distraction while driving ...and provides information that you don't really need while traveling down the highway. As stated already, there is nothing you can do about the car or truck directly behind you....other than to pull off the road if they are too close. Just as the big rigs move to one side or the other of their respective lane in order to see what is behind them, you should be able to do the same thing while towing your AS. Not having mirror extensions is a bad move, in my opinion.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #14
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Towing mirror: can see following cars directly behind the trailor?

I disagree. When towing (in the right lane) cars will come up behind me and then at the last minute swoop past. Happens ALL THE TIME. If I'm preparing to pass a slow moving car in front (or need to avoid something) while this happens you wouldn't see the car coming (from rear) in your mirrors until it's too late. With the camera I can see these cars, their closing speed and movements.

It's not a distraction at all, it's more information and I'll have more information rather than less any day of the week.
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