Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-30-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
4 Rivet Member
 
tinbender's Avatar
 
2001 16' Bambi
2013 23' International
Piedmont Region , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 358
GM Tow Mirrors

Wondered if anyone has installed a set of the optional GM tow mirrors and has any tips to pass along for doing this job. Specifically interested in the part in the factory supplied instructions that refers to having to re-program the mirrors for them to function correctly. My concern there is that the mirrors are shipped folded and will they at least unfold, once plugged in, to be able to use them to drive it in for the reprogram by the dealer?

The vehicle currently has the stock mirrors that fold electrically and have the turn signal indicator in them.

Thanks for any help.

TB
__________________

__________________
tinbender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
3 Rivet Member
 
airstream66's Avatar
 
1966 30' Sovereign
Bethany , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 136
Images: 22
I have a pair that my brother gave me, for a 2006. They unfold/fold manually(at least mine do). Then they extend with the unfold button for the stock mirrors. Once they are extended they will not come back in unless they have been reprogramed. That's how I have mine pretty much all the time anyways. Those little motors and gears in the mirror aren't the best quality and only go in and out so many times before needing adjusted or replaced.
__________________

__________________
Cory, Angie, and 'Lucy'
1966 Sovereign International
2003 Black Chevy Silverado w/q-steer
airstream66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
 
2005 31' Classic
Gretna , Nebraska
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 140
Towing mirrors - aftermarket

I had a set of aftermarket mirrors installed today that I think should be the "cat's meow". (Although my wife may think the stick out quite a ways (17" when retracted & 21" when extended).

My crowning joy was to measure the outer edges of the mirrors and find that I have a 9 foot span, so I should easily be able to see around the 8' 5.5" trailer. No vibration either side.

Not cheap, but I have spent $200 on junk that hangs on the vehicle and gives poor vision, falls off, etc.

See: www.ttt-mirror.com

Dwight
__________________
16595 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2009, 07:34 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
SteveH's Avatar
 
2005 39' Land Yacht 390 XL 396
Common Sense , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 5,311
I have a set of the CIPA slip-over towing mirrors for my '07 GMC, and they are like my Dad used to say about my stepmother...."better'n nothin".
__________________
SteveH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2009, 07:44 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Pahaska's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Hays County , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 5,822
Images: 3
I paid $100 for the reprogramming as advised in the manual and then found that the mirrors I had bought on EBay were manual extend/retract. Even the dealer couldn't figure out why they didn't work until they checked the parts catalog.

Except for wasting $100, I'm just as happy to extend and retract them manually. Less to screw up.

Installation is a snap. I printed instructions I found on the internet for a different manufacturer, but they were an excellent guide in how to get inside the door.
__________________
John W. Irwin
2014.5 Touring Coach, "Sabre-Dog IV"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2009, 11:11 AM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
tinbender's Avatar
 
2001 16' Bambi
2013 23' International
Piedmont Region , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 358
GM Tow Mirrors

Follow Up on GM tow mirrors:

As for the reprogramming, after looking around for a GM mechanic who had any knowledge of how the mirrors were supposed to work, I found one who told me that in my case the reprogram was not needed. The mirrors are manual fold/extend. The top part works electrically for adjustment and displays the turn signal, just like it should.

They were easy to install and work great. The directions told you to take apart more inside the door panel than I actually had to. The stock ones did a good job but I can see more with the bigger ones. Takes away the anxiety of what is out there on the right side. The manual fold and extend is fine with me, I have only used the right side extended once. The field of vision is so good without being extended that I don't think about it.

TB
__________________

__________________
tinbender is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tow-N-See Mirrors Silvercamper Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 59 08-12-2009 10:24 PM
Telescoping trailer tow mirrors - must have? cbgenrich Tow Vehicles 12 02-24-2009 12:34 PM
F-150 Extendable Tow Mirrors TinLoaf Tow Vehicles 10 10-17-2008 08:26 PM
Tow Mirrors nazz300 Community Polls 42 05-10-2008 11:56 PM
Tow mirrors for Chev/Gmc jasper2222 Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 7 12-17-2004 04:57 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.