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Old 08-11-2004, 10:49 AM   #1
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DH and I have been considering getting some towning mirrors (McKesh ones, specifically). So far, we really haven't had too much difficulty seeing around the trailer, but it seems like a fairly decent safety item. However, we (well really, just I) have had white knuckle moments driving through construction sites with jersey walls. So, I wonder--would a mirror set significantly add to the width of the tow vehicle?

Also--there are a number of mirror options they sell. If you have a set, are there mirror types that you don't find useful? If so, let us know so we can figure out what mirrors to purchase.

Mary
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DH and I have been considering getting some towning mirrors (McKesh ones, specifically). So far, we really haven't had too much difficulty seeing around the trailer, but it seems like a fairly decent safety item. However, we (well really, just I) have had white knuckle moments driving through construction sites with jersey walls. So, I wonder--would a mirror set significantly add to the width of the tow vehicle?

Also--there are a number of mirror options they sell. If you have a set, are there mirror types that you don't find useful? If so, let us know so we can figure out what mirrors to purchase.

Mary
I originally bought only the right side (passenger) MCKesh mirror w/ concave acc'y and found it indespensible. They do add to the width, but you need it!!

Later I called and bought the driver's side mirrror without the concave. You can set the width to more or less and tighten it up & it works fine. Concave add-ons is the only option that I think they have.

Service is great! I ran over one (0pps!!) and got excellent service for parts.

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Old 08-11-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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Mary, I agree with Steve. Two McKesh mirrors with the round add-ons to deal with the blind spots are excellent. In addition, they will help you to comply with the law in certain states. In these, you have to be able to see 200 feet behind the trailer. Try sitting in the drivers seat and seeing someone who is standing 200 feet behind the center of the trailer. This is difficult to achieve, even with an 8 foot wide trailer. Nick
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Try sitting in the drivers seat and seeing someone who is standing 200 feet behind the center of the trailer. This is difficult to achieve, even with an 8 foot wide trailer. Nick
There isn't an articulated lorry (18-wheeler) driver on the road that can see someone standing in the middle of the lane 200 feet behind unless he/she is pulling a skateboard (flatbed trailer) with no load. Think about it. His mirrors are barely wider than the 40', trailer behind him and many 18-wheelers are now 8 1/2 wide and tout the 101" interior width on a sign.

I was happy with my 8 1/2' wide trailer with the CIPA mirrors and even more happy with the extendable TTT mirrors. I can see the trailer sides, just, with the TTT mirrors and that is all that, IMHO, is necesssary for safety.
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I initially purchased some less expensive strap on mirrors and was never happy using them. The mirror itself was too small and they would drop from the original position. I then bought the 2 McKesh mirrors with the concave options and couldn't be happier. They are much more reliable and once set, keep their positions. We just came back from Florida last night, putting just under 1700 miles on and I'm so glad to have had them.

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Greetings Mary!

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DH and I have been considering getting some towning mirrors (McKesh ones, specifically). So far, we really haven't had too much difficulty seeing around the trailer, but it seems like a fairly decent safety item. However, we (well really, just I) have had white knuckle moments driving through construction sites with jersey walls. So, I wonder--would a mirror set significantly add to the width of the tow vehicle?

Also--there are a number of mirror options they sell. If you have a set, are there mirror types that you don't find useful? If so, let us know so we can figure out what mirrors to purchase.

Mary
I don't think that you will be disappointed with the McKesh Mirrors. When I first started towing my Overlander, I had CIPA slip-on mirrors and they were inadequate in reach on both my '95 K1500 Chevrolet Pickup as well as my '99 K2500 Suburban with my '64 Overlander. The McKesh Mirrors that I use on my Suburban have the convex spot mirrors on both mirrors as well as the optional "wide-body" extension (I don't need the "wide-body" extensions for my Overlander, but they adjust down to the standard size without problem). I have never regretted switching to the McKesh for the much better view of approaching traffic - - a particular concern with the Minuet where the "see-through" feature of the coach is disabled by the darkly tinted front rock guard.

Good luck with your mirror decision!

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Yes, I admit to looking through the trailer too! Thanks to all for the input!

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