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Old 12-26-2020, 10:24 AM   #1
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2020 Ram Eco Diesel

Iím looking at a used 2020 Ram Eco Diesel Laramie. Well equipped including air suspension and has a few things I can do without to trailer my 19í Bambi.
One thing it doesnít have is TOW MIRRORS but BLIS is standard.
I know tow mirrors would be a big plus, however with BLIS does it much matter? the mirrors look like they have a pretty wide rear view.
This is our first trailer. Currently have a Canyon and would like a full size.
Comments or thoughts appreciated.
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:13 AM   #2
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If it doesn't have tow mirrors, its BLIS will not likely be a version that can compensate for the presence of the trailer. However, there are aftermarket tow mirrors you can put on while towing, or you can look into replacing the mirrors with the RAM extendable trailering mirrors. If you don't have power-fold mirrors or cameras built into the mirrors it shouldn't be major surgery. Check the actual door-post tag for that particular truck's payload before you spend money on it.
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Old 12-26-2020, 01:09 PM   #3
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2020 used RAM Eco Diesel

Iím looking at this truck, a LIMITED, pretty loaded, more than I need.
THe Tires are the 22Ē low profile and no tow mirrors but has blind spot.
Can this or any vehicle with blind spot work as good i as having factory installed tow mirrors?
The 285/45 tires arenít my favorite. I donít care for any low profile tire.
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:56 PM   #4
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I do not see the blind spot as replacing the mirrors in any way. My 25' is the narrow body, maybe the same width as the trailer you mentioned in the other post. I need the mirrors flipped out to the tow postion to be comfortable pulling.

I have the blind spot on my Subaru Forrester. Not set for a trailer at all. I would expect the same for the Dodge truck and would question if it might just be better to turn the blind spot off when towing? And of course the backup sensor is going to do no good with the trailer. Mirrors and blind spot sensor are just 2 different things in my mind.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:23 PM   #5
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ECO Diesel tow mirror vs blind spot

Good input. I have towed boats and trailers but not travel trailers so thank you for the input.
I towed the AS once this year and had the strap on mirrors and didnít like them at all.
May have to buy new.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:41 PM   #6
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My 2017 RAM Limited 2500 has mirrors that flip up vertically for towing.

We went out west with a 25 ft. FC and never knew they would go vertical. Didn't bother me and there were no issues with the mirrors. I'm not advocating against tow mirrors at all, these just seem to work for me.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:26 PM   #7
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I thought i could find a truck with most of the options I wanted, however I’m probably going to order one.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:43 PM   #8
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I would think you could order factory towing mirrors for the 2020 RAM. But ordering a new truck insures you get what you want and not what you donít want. Thatís especially important with a RAM 1500 because the payload is anemic. Maybe not an issue with your Bambi though!
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:50 PM   #9
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Steve, you’re probably right to order one with exactly what you want but have you tried configuring one on RAM’s site and using the “find” feature?

I was able to locate the truck I wanted by selecting my “must” options and set the distance to 200 miles, the distance my local RAM dealer would go for a transfer. Got the two options plus the color I wanted so bonus (Delmonico Red like Hans627)

My first RAM, a 2019 1500 Laramie Sport had the Tow Technology and Safety packages. That included towing mirrors (flip up) and worked fine for our 27’ GT. I think the 2020’s and newer 1500’s have power folding tow mirrors as an option so check carefully.

One thing to remember is every option\trim group lowers the truck’s payload. My 1500 was only 1220 lbs. which is why we now have a RAM 2500 with 2940 lbs. payload.

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Old 12-27-2020, 07:13 AM   #10
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Tow Mirrors

All the dealers I have talked to , GM, Ford, RAM and Toyota wish they had more stock. Iím amazed at the number of trucks that have quite a few trailer towing options except for mirrors.
I will start next week meeting with dealers. I also want to see the F 150 Hybrid and drive it as well as others. I am not in a hurry.
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Old 12-27-2020, 10:14 AM   #11
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Tow mirrors- trailer width

I have a 2020 Ram 1500, since your Bambi as well as my 23 fb are narrower trailers the stock mirrors should be adequate. I havenít actually hooked up, but the Ram is about 10 inches wider than the Grand Cherokee I was towing with plus the mirrors are much larger with convex outer corners. I have noticed that a couple of manufacturers do make tow mirrors expressly for Ram 1500.
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Old 12-27-2020, 10:38 AM   #12
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Always fit mirrors so as to allows you vision straight back on both sides of the trailer at the same time. Otherwise, you will be "S" turning as you back up to see obstacles on either side. When the rear end goes too far, you loose your perspective, letting the rear end get away from you. Alll the spotters in the world will not help when that happens. You will hit something. When you do backup make sure everything is clear and remains clear.
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Old 12-27-2020, 12:22 PM   #13
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Tow Mirrors

I have a pair of inexpensive tow mirrors on my Canyon and didn't like them at all. My son has the same on his Sierra 1500.
The mirrors on the Mckesh website look good and I like the way they attach, very solid.
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Old 12-28-2020, 08:59 AM   #14
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You might consider installing a rear view camera on the trailer. I have found that these are more helpful than extended tow mirrors.
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Old 12-28-2020, 06:16 PM   #15
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Tow mirrors

I am definitely going to purchase a camera for the rear of the trailer. That is next on my list.
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:16 PM   #16
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Go to “” and search for mirrors for your vehicle. I bought a 2020 F150 XLT with BLISS (even ordered it). The XLT would not come with BLISS on the towing mirrors. So I found after market on Very easy to put on. If you like that RAM 1500 with the diesel it could work for you.

If you order a truck expect it to take months. It took 3 months to get mine. So I would do it soon. Part of the problem is Covid has shut down some parts providers. I ordered mine, because I simply couldn’t get the truck I wanted on the lot. I wanted side kickout steps and a tailgate ladder. Both are really handy to get into the bed.

And remember, pickups require you to drive so many miles before you can tow with them. Mine required 1000 miles before towing. So read the manual carefully to see what the break in period is and plan accordingly. Good luck.
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Old 01-02-2021, 03:52 PM   #17
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Towing a 27í with RAM 1500 and no tow mirrors, but with the factory tow package. The BLIS works very well in both determining the length of the trailer (pegs it at 30í) and detecting vehicles to both the right and left. I have watched the rear camera on the AS as cars approach and it picks them up right on time u til they have cleared the front of the truck.
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