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Old 02-19-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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I have a new 27 AS on order. Quick question. I have a 2010 Ford Expedition. Will I need extended side-view mirrors for towing my AS? Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:55 PM   #2
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The 25' and up are 8.5 foot wide trailers. You'll be much more comfortable if you upgrade. I have an F-150 which probably has the exact same mirrors as the Expedition. If so, you can upgrade to the nice extendable tow mirrors fairly easily. There are also slip on varieties that are much cheaper.

Here's an old thread from when I upgraded mine:http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ors-43426.html
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Tinloaf, you will definitely want and need extendable or clamp-on mirrors for your tow vee.

We tried, briefly, towing the wide body (8.5') trailer with normal mirrors and were pretty much in the dark whether someone was behind us or even pulling out to pass us until they were nearly full onto our driver's side. Lane changes were a pretty dicey thing for us until we bought a pair of clamp-on extensions.

A couple of Airstreamers showed us their aftermarket changes like Steve's. Very very nice and worth about whatever they cost. Except ---- GM was asking around a $1000 for our truck to replace our mirrors with extending electric ones. We're sure we can beat this and eventually will, but until then we're getting by okay with the clamp-ons.

Once you sit in someone elses towvee with good mirrors you're ruined for these compromise solutions, so we'll probably spring for the ones like Steve before long. Whatever you do, use some sort of wider mirror set so you can see beyond the rear corners of your RV.

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:06 PM   #4
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You definitely need extended side view mirrors. We are happy with our Mckesh. You may want to check them out.

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TinLoaf Steve... Thanks for the info. on the extended mirrors. We have a 2007 Expedition EL and tow a 2008 31 Classic. I use strap-on mirrors and they tend to vibrate at certain speeds. I'll have to check out your new ones and see if they will work in my application. Anyone here know for certain? Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:12 PM   #6
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McKesh mirrors

Good friend in our Unit back home has used McKesh with both of his Dodge 2500s and totally loves the McKesh mirrors. No vibration, no marks on the truck's body, and easy to put on/take off.

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Old 02-20-2010, 05:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the input. Just have to see if aftermarket extended mirrors are available for an Expedition. I know you can get them for F-Series vehicles.
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Bought mine from Powervision (Power Vision Mirrors | The Ultimate Towing Mirror) and could not be happier. Pretty easy to install on my 02 GMC
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I have found these to be good, inexpensive mirrors. They are big and go out far enough. What else is good is if you have mirrors now that fold in, then with these, you can still fold in for better room in parking spots.
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Another mirror question - TV is a Ford Expedition (78.8" wide) and AS is 19' Flying Cloud Bambi. Do you think i need larger/extended mirrors? If towing experience is a relevant factor the most I've towed is a bicycle! Any info/opinions would be welcome. Thanks.
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Your Bambi is 96" wide. The mirrors need to extend beyond that width, so I would think yes you should get them.
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RLS....thanks. The mirrors on the TV are about 10 inches so it gives us perhaps a couple of inches past the trailer width. I assume that is not enough. Any recommendations of mirrors? Ford use to make a slip on extention mirror but seems to have stopped. Installing the mirrors mentioned above is probably possible but quite pricey. Thanks for the advice.
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You definitely need extended side view mirrors. We are happy with our Mckesh. You may want to check them out.

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Good friend in our Unit back home has used McKesh with both of his Dodge 2500s and totally loves the McKesh mirrors. No vibration, no marks on the truck's body, and easy to put on/take off.

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Ditto...ditto...we had clip-on mirrors for a while but the McKesh are far superior and we would never go back...they are worth the money...we can actually SEE what's behind us now! What a concept!
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RLS....thanks. The mirrors on the TV are about 10 inches so it gives us perhaps a couple of inches past the trailer width. I assume that is not enough. Any recommendations of mirrors? Ford use to make a slip on extention mirror but seems to have stopped. Installing the mirrors mentioned above is probably possible but quite pricey. Thanks for the advice.
Hi, the extention mirrors sold by Ford were made by CIPA and that is what I have, and use, on my Navigator. They work pretty good and are better than nothing, but I wish I could have [and I would pay the price] for the factory extendable mirrors like TinLoaf has. Unfortunately I don't have that option/choice.
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We have the CIPA mirrors for our 2008 GMC and are extremely happy with them.
My husband is ultra picky and he would complain constantly if they even caused the slightest problem.
They are silent, do not vibrate and are simple and quick to install.
They do not cause any damage or wear to the truck's mirrors.
He thought he wanted the expanding towing mirrors option but now is happy that he doesn't.
He likes that he does not have to drive around daily with over-sized mirrors.
With these mirrors, what started out as make-do turned into just what we want.
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Thanks all. McKesh mirrors are sold at a new web address now www.safetowingstore.com.
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I bought a pair of CIPA slip on mirrors from Campers World for my 2010 Expedition and they work just fine. They stay put and don't vibrate at any speed. They are fairly priced too.
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Hi, the extention mirrors sold by Ford were made by CIPA and that is what I have, and use, on my Navigator. They work pretty good and are better than nothing, but I wish I could have [and I would pay the price] for the factory extendable mirrors like TinLoaf has. Unfortunately I don't have that option/choice.
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We have the CIPA mirrors for our 2008 GMC and are extremely happy with them.
My husband is ultra picky and he would complain constantly if they even caused the slightest problem.
They are silent, do not vibrate and are simple and quick to install.
They do not cause any damage or wear to the truck's mirrors.
He thought he wanted the expanding towing mirrors option but now is happy that he doesn't.
He likes that he does not have to drive around daily with over-sized mirrors.
With these mirrors, what started out as make-do turned into just what we want.
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I bought a pair of CIPA slip on mirrors from Campers World for my 2010 Expedition and they work just fine. They stay put and don't vibrate at any speed. They are fairly priced too.
Hi, I will agree with most of what you said:

(1.) Price isn't too bad.

(2.) Easy to install and remove.

(3.) Don't vibrate and very seldom move or come loose.

(4.) Virtually no wind noise.

(5.) Vehicle has normal sized mirrors when not towing.

Dislikes:

(1.) Outside mirror would be nice if a bit larger.

(2.) Not quite wide enough to see whole side of trailer while backing into tight spaces; This makes it impossible to tell if trailer is perfectly straight with tow vehicle. [necessary when parking in places like my driveway]

(3.) These mirrors have and will damage the paint on some factory mirrors, mine did. I had to cover the inside tightening bar with cloth material to prevent this, but still get scrapes and marks on top of mirror.
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Towing an 8' wide AS with a 4runner I tried the suction cup and clip-on extension mirrors. The suction cup ones drove me nuts because they block the most valuable space of my regular mirror and because I couldn't adjust my regular mirror the way I wanted (had to adjust it for the suction cup extension). The clip-on also limited the adjustment of my regular mirror. Neither was far out enough to see down the side of the AS. I ended up buying the McKesh with the extra parabolic mirrors: $$ well spent!
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