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Old 01-05-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Standard Mirrors on a 2011 F150 enough?

I will take delivery of a Eddie Bauer 25 in April and am wondering if i will need to install the factory towing mirrors in place of the standard mirrors. The standard ones seem fairly wide, but I was wondering what the experience of others has been with an AS and F150 mirrors.
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We have an F250 with mirrors that extend for towing. Two friends tow with smaller trucks. They added towing mirrors. They got the kind that add on to the mirrors.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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Sorry but I do not tow with an F150 so I can't say much about their mirrors. I can tell you though that I did tow with add on mirrors and it was a problem for me. When we bought the Tundra I made sure it came with factory tow mirrors. It makes all the difference in the world for me.

I had Cippa mirrors and they were always in need of adjustment and or tightening. They vibrated while moving down the road so the view out the back wasn't what I expected. There are other brands out there but you will be looking at clamps, straps and putting them on and taking them off. Get the factory mirrors, I think you will be glad you did.
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Actual experience with 2012 Ford F150: the standard mirrors do not extend enough to properly see around even a small trailer. I went thru several different mirrors before settling on these.


CIPA 11800 Ford F-150 Custom Towing Mirror - Pair
Best price I was able to find was at Amazon. They are perfectly fitted to the original mirrors, no vibration and easy to adjust. They stay adjusted once set and can easily be removed and reinstalled without having to readjust the mirrors.
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Very helpful…thank you.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:18 PM   #6
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I second AWCHIEF on the Cipa mirrors. We have a '13 F150 XLT with "regular" mirrors, and the Cipa's work well. I wish they had a little larger lenses in the extension, but for the price and functionality they are great.
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Since your trailer is a Airstream wide body at 8' 5.5" wide, you legally will need extended mirrors as you are supposed to be able to see behind the trailer when towing. Standard mirrors are set in too narrow for that to happen.
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...I was wondering what the experience of others has been with an AS and F150 mirrors.

we used the CIPAs on our 2008 F150 for two+ seasons pulling a 2002 Safari 25C and found them reasonably effective. I too wished they were bigger, but they are about as big as you might find for a slip-on.

we have the factory towing mirrors on the 2011 and love them.

iirc, the material cost from Ford for these (turn signal, heated, manual extension) when purchased after is $400 to 500. you might find a better offer on eBay??

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F-150 mirror extensions

(CIPA 11800 Ford F-150 Custom Towing Mirror - Pair
Best price I was able to find was at Amazon. They are perfectly fitted to the original mirrors, no vibration and easy to adjust. They stay adjusted once set and can easily be removed and reinstalled without having to readjust the mirrors.)

Thank you for doing the investigating on this and leading us to the source for purchase. I just purchased them!
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Glad I could help. Now I have to start my quest for the perfect mirrors for my new Grand Cherokee. Unfortunately Cipa does not make those mirrors for it.
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Glad I could help. Now I have to start my quest for the perfect mirrors for my new Grand Cherokee. Unfortunately Cipa does not make those mirrors for it.
Consider Milenco Aero2, I've had great experience with them.
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John, thank you, I will keep those on mind. They look interesting and seem to have overall good recommendations. I have a couple of others brands on hand that I am going to try out first.
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Thanks again. The direct comparison of the slide on to the factory mirrors is helpful. I will get a quote from my Ford dealer and see what they say. I understand that I will loose the power folding which has been handy to have.
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If you get your Ford dealer to install the "tow mirrors" from the current Max Tow package, they are power folding. I'm not sure if they're power extending or not, but it looks that way from the description for the 2014 truck. "Side Mirrors, power folding and telescoping trailer tow mirrors with power glass." I'm not sure if that's the same feature set that was available for 2011, but someone should be able to retrofit those. I don't think the door shell has changed between 2011 and now...
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