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Old 12-27-2007, 06:02 PM   #15
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Paula,
Have you tried a junk yard? There is bound to be a wrecked 2500 somehwere that has what you need.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:03 PM   #16
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Funny, (in a not so funny way ) I bought my F250 (different brand but same issue) and had to barter, yell, walk out on the deal bluff, and do what ever to get the towing mirrors for it when I bought it. In the end we agreed to a deal which included the mirrors WITHOUT INSTALLATION. 2 weeks later they called and I went and picked them up. One hour to install the first, 20 minutes for the 2nd one. I have done 3 sets since then - same issue, you buy and install them yourself, my friends were as confused as I. It's a tow vehicle - equip it to do its job.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:11 PM   #17
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My huge, trailering mirrors are "Motorized" meaning; I extend them to full "OUT" position manually prior to trailering then the large upper mirror works just like any other "Motorized" mirror with the remote button on the driver's door panel. The lower, convex mirror must be adjusted by hand.
We ordered our 06 with these. They are so big it actualy took some getting used to.
I pull them out if I am hitched, and push them back when I unhitch. Very little fuss.Conveniently, the adjustment (angle), for me, is the same, whether in or out.
They are heated and have built in directional.

Not sure what the problem is...

I did notice that the new Fords are full power-very nice.


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Old 12-28-2007, 08:24 AM   #18
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Funny, (in a not so funny way ) I bought my F250 (different brand but same issue) and had to barter, yell, walk out on the deal bluff, and do what ever to get the towing mirrors for it when I bought it. In the end we agreed to a deal which included the mirrors WITHOUT INSTALLATION. 2 weeks later they called and I went and picked them up. One hour to install the first, 20 minutes for the 2nd one. I have done 3 sets since then - same issue, you buy and install them yourself, my friends were as confused as I. It's a tow vehicle - equip it to do its job.
When I had to buy a truck in less than a week I told them how it must be equipped. The towing mirrows and the wide running boards were not negotiable. Have you ever tried to get into a pickup in heeels.The only thing I did not get was the back up sensor. That turned out to be a good thing. I installed a back up camera.
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Old 12-28-2007, 04:53 PM   #19
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I did notice that the new Fords are full power-very nice.


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They are really nice. The large convex mirrors are especially nice too. My wife even said she could see down the side of the truck with them from the passenger seat!

BTW Michelle, I have the back-up sensors on my new '08 and there is a convenient off switch on the dash that I had to use it every time I tried to back the trailer into the campsite this past weekend. While hitched it produced a continuous beep while I was backing into the site. It was "quiet" annoying until I turned it off. Fortunately, I didn't have to turn it off every time I shifted in and out of reverse.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:03 PM   #20
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BTW Michelle, I have the back-up sensors on my new '08 and there is a convenient off switch on the dash that I had to use it every time I tried to back the trailer into the campsite this past weekend. While hitched it produced a continuous beep while I was backing into the site. It was "quiet" annoying until I turned it off. Fortunately, I didn't have to turn it off every time I shifted in and out of reverse.
I had the reverese sensor on my old truck. It turned out to be a blessing. I like the back up camera more. Great for hitching by yourself!
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:44 PM   #21
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Paula , I hate to even say this but it's possible that the dealer is correct . Not sure what trim level your new truck is . If it didn't have power mirrors at all there may not be the harness in the door or the controls on the door panel.
Try another dealer and give them your vin number and ask the same question. That's not to say that it can't be done , but it might be more money than you'd like . Good luck
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:25 PM   #22
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UPDATE... whew

Well I printed out this thread and took it to the dealer and showed their parts manager and their customer satisfaction manager this thread. I also pointed out that I'd been trying to get the straight story on the mirrors since Thanksgiving AND that I was leaving for the Can Opener at OH-DARK-THIRTY on Jan 3.

They found the right mirrors in town (may have to take them off of another vehicle in the lot for all I know) and will have them here Monday morning. I'm getting them plus installation for $400. The dealer is eating the rest for my inconvenience.

I LOVE THIS FORUM!

Thank you all. Paula FORD (yes I do see the irony of owning a chevy)
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:18 AM   #23
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Hey there Paula,

I just knew they were feeding you a line of C_ _ P! Don't ya just love the auto sales business? NOT. Now you'll be set, safe and happy. Have fun at TopSail. Wish we could have kept our reservation; however, being football fans of two teams headed to Florida bowl games was a problem. We hope everyone takes lots of pictures, posts em and lets us know how much fun we missed. Maybe next year. Be safe.

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Old 12-31-2007, 09:59 AM   #24
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Glad things worked out for you to get the mirrors in time for you to use them on your trip to the Can Opener. Looking forward to meeting you there. Drop by our site (#154) around 5ish on Saturday for a pre-potluck BYOB cocktail party. We're furnishing some lite appetizers and a cozy fire pit to gather 'round.

See you there!
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:44 AM   #25
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No TTT Mirrors for a while

I emailed TTT (new name now, but I don't remember it at the moment). It may be a full year before they have towing mirrors available for the new body style GMC and Chevy. No explanation why.

Right now, I have a set of the large manual mirrors I bought cheap on EBay. They are OK, but I'll go to the motorized ones when I can find some. I miss the turn signals in the mirrors more than the motorized feature.
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I had the reverese sensor on my old truck. It turned out to be a blessing. I like the back up camera more. Great for hitching by yourself!
I'd like to see your set-up this weekend at the Can Opener. I would have preferred the back-up camera that Ford offers to the sensors, but I took what was on the truck that had the other options that I wanted. I don't think there were any with the back-up cameras available when I purchased. Since F-250's are made for towing and hauling, you'd think that would be a popular option.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:59 PM   #27
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Paula, I'm glad you were able to get your mirror problem worked out. It sounds like the dealer mishandled the situation and has helped to perpetuate the feeling that we're all (we dealers) a bunch of jerks.

I'd like to address some of the issues that were brought up in this thread from a dealers' perspective. Dodge as with the other manufacturers does not include the trailer tow mirror in their tow package. It is a stand alone option. A $100 dollar upgrade if the truck has power mirrors as standard equipment. Believe it or not, when given a choice, not everybody wants the big mirrors. I stock all of my 2500 and 3500 trucks with the tow pkg and tow mirrors. I mix it up on the 1500s.

The retail price of the folding, power, heated, trailer tow mirror from Dodge - through parts - is $404 each. It can be installed in place of the smaller mirror with no problem. We know this because we have made this swap. However, it is not too far fetched that this type of a swap would not work. The electronics on these vehicles prevents a lot of after the fact upgrades due to differences in wiring harnesses, body computers, powertrain control modules, instrument clusters, vehicle info centers etc.

Once my service department installs a part. it is not eligible for return to the manufacturer. If I have to take it back, it goes on a shelf. Sometimes forever. This makes a parts man gun shy about ordering something that he is not 100% certain will work and unfortunately our manufacturers do not provide us with enough info to always know what will work and what won't when it comes to swapping equipment. Not an excuse, but maybe this is why your dealer told you the mirrors would not work. Or, he may have just been trying to get you to keep the manual mirrors to avoid having to put them in his inventory or returning them - in whick case - shame on him. You did not say whose mistake it was that the manual mirrors were ordered or if they had installed them before you asked them to send them back.

ZoominC6 was unhappy that it took a week for the installation of "add-ons" and this delayed delivery. Being a small dealer this is not an unusual occurence here. I cannot stock all available accessories nor can I just slip it into my service deparment's schedule. But having everything installed prior to delivery does lessen the possibility of a frustrating problem like Paula's later on. I know in this age of instant gratification it's hard to wait. For my customers that can't wait, I will go ahead with the delivery and then schedule an appointment for installation when all accessories are in so that one trip will do it.

Happy New Years!

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...Once my service department installs a part. it is not eligible for return to the manufacturer. If I have to take it back, it goes on a shelf. Sometimes forever. This makes a parts man gun shy about ordering something that he is not 100% certain will work and unfortunately our manufacturers do not provide us with enough info to always know what will work and what won't when it comes to swapping equipment. ...

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I thought this was why manufacturer's had factory reps and regional service managers so you could call and ask questions. It seems to me Paula's dealer could have done this.
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