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Old 01-06-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Question Suburban Camper Mirror Option?

We're jumping in and looking at getting a 25' -28' Flying Cloud, but we don't have a tow vehicle. We're looking at a 2010 Suburban 3/4 ton, but are having trouble finding any in inventory in our area and will probably have to order one. We are looking for your thoughts about whether we should upgrade the mirrors from the standard power folding mirrors to the power-adjustable vertical camper mirrors.

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Why would you buy anything made by Government Motors Crap - which is what GMC stands for.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:25 PM   #3
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Hi patentguy, Welcome to the forums! I'm sure that Al - K4GLU was trying to be welcoming and as nice as possible on your first post.

You will get some good info here on airforums. Just hang in there.
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We're jumping in and looking at getting a 25' -28' Flying Cloud, but we don't have a tow vehicle. We're looking at a 2010 Suburban 3/4 ton, but are having trouble finding any in inventory in our area and will probably have to order one. We are looking for your thoughts about whether we should upgrade the mirrors from the standard power folding mirrors to the power-adjustable vertical camper mirrors.

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Welcome to the AirForums! We tow with a 2002 3/4 ton GMC Yukon, and we have the standard folding mirrors. If the "power-adjustable vertical camper mirrors" are factory-installed, I would go with those. We have to slide a plastic mirror over the factory mirrors to extend them out far enough to see, and you can never get them adjusted right, it seems.

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Old 01-24-2010, 12:48 AM   #5
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The vertical extendable camper mirrors are far superior to the standard folding mirrors. Before our current tow vehicle, we had a 2001 'Burb with standard mirrors and replaced them with the vertical ones. Our 2006 3/4 ton GMC Yukon was ordered with the vertical ones. They give you a clearer field of view.
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I've replaced my standard mirrors with the vertical ones. They are great, but sometimes a tad intrusive when you're parking, etc.

Have you looked at the Dodge Ram 2500? Among other things, their mirrors just rotate 90 degrees outward when towing. I think all or at least most of the 2500 Dodges have these mirrors standard.

Are you planning to get a diesel or a gasser?

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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We tow our '05 25FB with 3/4 ton Suburbans, and we currently have two of them, an '04 and an '05. They are superior tow vehicles and pull our 7400# Airstream effortlessly. In the past 3 1/2 years, we have pulled our Lucy over 50,000 miles all over the United States without a problem. As to your question about the tow mirrors, that it a definite plus.

You are on the right track with considering a Suburban/Yukon XL 2500 for your tow vehicle. I have had five of them in the past twenty years, and will buy another one when I wear these two out. These are the finest tow vehicles in their class, and are currently the only 3/4 ton SUV's available in the new vehicle market.

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PatentGuy,

I have an '09 Silverado and I immediately replaced the folding regular mirrors with the towing variety. Best money I have spent in a while. They will spoil you with the much improved view that they provide. The stock ones were good but I have never looked back.

Installed them myself, not hard at all. Dealer wanted a hundred bucks to do it. They come with full installation instructions. Have never put them out to full extension to tow, don't need to.

My vote is, go get 'em.

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Welcome to the Forums

Hi---I have a 2007 GMC Yukon XL, and pull both a 1967, 26' trailer and a 1953, 17' trailer.

I have had excellent success with a set of temporary, strap on mirrors which I purchased at "Camper's World" about six years back. As long as you cross the rubber straps on the back of the mirror, they stay on very well. I learned, after the first couple of years to mark on the back which was the driver's side and "up" on them, so that I have to do very little adjusting from one usage to the next.

I thought that I would want special mirrors on the vehicle, but am glad that I don't have them, as I had one instance this year, with a vehicle hitting my mirror while my car was parked.

Please don't let some people's responses bother you on this forum. It is a wonderful resource, but some people do seem to enjoy making sarcastic or unwanted responses. Good luck, and welcome!!
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Nice way to respond to someones first post.....

Another vote for the big'uns. They are heated, extend, turn signal and manually fold.... you won't regret the upgrade.
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Thanks everyone (well almost everyone) for your insights. We appreciate all your advice. We ordered our Suburban with the camper mirrors factory installed - what we didn't realize is that we couldn't get the option package we wanted. It was strange how adding camper mirrors knocked out lots of options. Oh well.

We also purchased a 27' Flying Cloud. Can't wait for our tow vehicle to come!!

Thanks again everyone!
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Thanks everyone (well almost everyone) for your insights. We appreciate all your advice. We ordered our Suburban with the camper mirrors factory installed - what we didn't realize is that we couldn't get the option package we wanted. It was strange how adding camper mirrors knocked out lots of options. Oh well.

We also purchased a 27' Flying Cloud. Can't wait for our tow vehicle to come!!

Thanks again everyone!

Congrats!!! The Suburban (and it's twin, the Yukon XL) is a wonderful tow vehicle. I wonder what package you couldn't order, when you included the mirrors. I think we ordered just about every available option on our 2002, and we love ours. Although we would love to have a diesel engine, they keep promising a diesel 'Burb, but it just never happens....

The 27' Flying Cloud is a nice size to tow....enjoy!

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congratulations on your new burb and airstream- I would love to see photos of the two of them "hooked up"! Oh to have an airstream that actually works......can I live vicariously through you!!!
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Warbler5 - by adding camping mirrors we could not get the luxury/entertainment package - which eliminated the 4x6 inch back up camera screen (now it'll be viewed in the rear view mirror) for the back-up camera, no built in navigation system (fine - we rely on our garmin anyway), no heated seats (can be dealer installed), no power rear door lift, and no 10 way power adjustable seats. Most of these are truly luxury items that aren't "needed." As a novice tower, I really would have expected a tow vehicle offering camper mirrors as an option to also give us the large screen for the back-up camera. A bit of a surprise, but a smaller screen is better than no screen.
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