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Old 12-18-2006, 11:50 PM   #15
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Another thought....perhaps....

Caught the tail end of this thread, and having just gone through all the various mirror iterations that there currently are for aftermarket "Tow Mirrors". The range in price is everything from $25 or so to over $500 or better.

Lots of clips ons with straps and ?, then there are the suction cup versions with can also include straps and the like, then there are the slide on versions that I occationally run over in I-40, and then there are the big Bolt-On OEM looking mirrors.

In addition to running over several of the slide on mirrors I have also seen many, tooooooo numerous to mention, on the shoulders of the interstates all over the SW. These experiences left me knowing that these methods were not for me, as I get a little upset when I pay for a product and it winds up falling off and not doing what it was supposed to. Really torx me off!!!!!

I went with the OEM look mirror, and found that I was able to get electric adjustability from inside the car - just like now with the smaller OEM mirrors. I also got the Heat feature because we get quite a bit of ice/snow and the OEM mirrors handled it great - that will continue. Additionally, for enhancement of safety and nightitme visibility, the mirrors now have integrated running and turn signal lights - in LED!!! That and 40% bigger glass, and the ability to pull them out and extend the field of vision considerably. All BIG PLUSSES - EVERY one!!!!!!

Ordered the mirrors Friday - should be here by wednesday. Plug and play! BTW - the maker is Schefenacker. They are top of the line and have a great Customer service reputation. Heck they have the install instructions on the web so I can see ahead of time if I can do it or not.... Helpful!

I got them through a local accessory place and I got a price that was 20% of the retail price - I thought that was good since EVERYONE else I spoke to (phone call or store visit) was adament that the retail price was THE price. Let 'em wait for my return phone call/visit - it ain't gonna happen!!

The bonus for me is that the mirror is there all the time - hiding in plain sight. Looks OEM and has all the bells and whistles. Heck I can tow anytime, anywhere, for ANY reason. Anybody got a reason???

Seriously, there are a LOT of ways to approach this mirror improvement problem. For me, the Schefeneckers were the only way to go. For others that desicion will be different. I just hope that you find everything you need, at a price you can live with.

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Old 12-19-2006, 07:50 AM   #16
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On what type vehicle are you installing the TTT mirrors? I explored this option when initially looking as they looked like an excellent response. Unfortunately, they indicated the product was not offered for the 2005 Expedition (and that still seems to be the case judging from their website Telescopic Trailer Tow Mirror by Schefenacker). Ford changed the mirrors for the '05 Expedition so they were no longer the same as the F150, eliminating that potential source.

Also unfortunatelly, Ford, through its dealers, was no help in locating a "quality, OEM-look" mirror for trailering purposes. (That was my first attempt at finding something suitable.)

Recently, while looking at the Camping World on-line catalogue (after I'd already purchased the McKesh mirrors), they offer something that looks similar to McKesh but at a significantly lower cost. I can't comment on the relative quality, but anyone looking should check it out. Eagle Vision Portable Rear-View Mirror - Camping World

I'll be looking at making a piece to extend the McKesh lower fitting to reach the door panel. I don't think it will be difficult - just haven't reached that critical path item yet.


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Old 12-19-2006, 10:15 AM   #17
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:31 PM   #18
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Burb, 99...

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The Schefeneckers are going on an 01 2500HD Burb, 4x4 - went back and forth a LOT before shelling out the $'s for these mirrors. They ARE expensive. They are also a quality piece of equipment.

Decided to go with them as they are full adjustable from inside, they have all the OEM features, and they add the safety of turn/running lights... Still the $ issue was a hurdle - a nearly 1 year hurdle! I looked all over, at seemingly every permutation, but I did want the look of permanence that a OEM looking mirror offers.... I have run over TOO many of the aftermarket clip/strap-on models to count!

Picked them up last afternoon, but have been unable to mount as the weather is ^&&%! Have 15" of snow on the ground, more on the way! Will just have to wait... Of course I want to take SilverToy out right after Christmas.... Gila Nat'l monument and Silver City. SilverToy in Silver City! Poetic or what?

Will report back after the mirrors are on the vehicle. Plug and play BTW. Will report again after the 1st tow...

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Based on recommendations here I purchased the Prime Products for my BMW X5 (E53) and couldn't be happier. They adjust to a place that works for me, they don't vibrate and they hold their adjustment.

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