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Old 11-18-2013, 02:55 PM   #15
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sorry, I am finalizing some of my previous threads for future onlookers...sorry for repetition airforum friends.

Anyway, my tow mirrors were adequate...I could juuuusttt see down the full length of the drivers side...and looking down the passenger side was barely but could see down the full length....

I feel no need to replace them, although if they were just a bit wider out it would be preferable to see the side and the tires just a bit easier...but totally doable...

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:10 PM   #16
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IMHO The Ram has the nifty factor to the max with their tow mirrors. They look like normal mirrors, with the magnifying part on the outside and the flat mirror on the inside.... then you rotate them upright - a quarter of a turn away from the body of the car, and viola, you have tow mirrors. Much more elegant than what I have on the Ford, or the prior Silverado.
These mirrors are so tall even in the retracted position that it somewhat limits your side-forward view.

Oh and if you're looking at them and just see the sides of the Airstream, they DO adjust like other rear view mirrors.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:14 PM   #17
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I am satisfied with them....and they are very stable....
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #18
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One thing to watch with those big truck towing mirrors is the blind spot that they create - not behind you but looking forward and to the left or right. Just by virtue of how large the mirror is.


The first day we had out 2500HD I nearly ran over a guy walking a bicycle across an intersection when i was making a right turn while he was trying to cross as a pedestrian.

No doubt the fact that it was pitch dark and pouring rain and he was totally dressed in back with no lights on the bike didn't help, but I make no excuse, if I had hit him, it would have been my fault as I did not see him at all!

When I looked to my right before making my turn, I am convinced he must have been totally hidden behind that big mirror!

It taught me a lesson and now I know about it I am extra cautious as to what might be hidden behind those mirrors. My wife as also mentioned similar concerns to me when she has been driving the truck.

Just something to be aware of!


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Old 11-18-2013, 06:38 PM   #19
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Scary - ill keep that in mind
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lol, as best I recall, I think I am covered on the driver's side as well

Ill measure up these when I get home....extended in this way, they look to be adequately wide...but I will obviously examine more so once hooked up....and if needed, will get some alternative...

I am not at all sure...I did some googling about OEM options for towing mirrors....my initial searching came up dry, but did not look that hard yet.

These seem quite wide...ill provide measurement tonight.
I can't wait...............
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I can't wait...............
U need not be on pins and needles - they work just fine....
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U need not be on pins and needles - they work just fine....
Thank God...... Do you ever sleep?
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Thank God...... Do you ever sleep?
Yup - kids luckily sleep through the night
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This is a good question and not discussed in RV circles. The answer is that, like TT disc brakes, the industry and public has no real idea of what a difference good mirrors make.

The DODGE towing mirrors are no better than those from GM or FORD. Adequate, but not very informative.

The test for the main mirror is the point of convergence [POC] Measure it. Adding ORA, or similar reduces this problem.

The convex section of OEM mirrors is almost nothing more than cosmetic. One needs a convex spot of 5" or larger to make fast lane changes possible. (We use 9" on big trucks, where, remember, the TTL length is at 72', and RV rigs like mine are at the RV maximum of 65'. My big truck/trailer combo is usually shorter than my RV). Having to change eye focus is the giveaway: too small means being of no use when it matters.

FORD and GM both have mirrors seen on box vans with a long arm and a big head with almost-decent convex.

I've changed my DODGE tow mirrors to one with a larger head for the main and will be adding a large spot at some point (DIY fab). Maybe extensions as well.

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