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Unread postby Zinger on Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:59 pm

What kind of mirrors do you use likes dislikes?
I bought a cheap set from CW suction cup style cant stand them .
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby kilbrider on Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:22 pm

What kind were the suction cup ones you bought? I was thinking about a set of Tow-n-See , but if they are what you have , maybe not--
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby skipnchar on Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:48 pm

Actually I don't use towing mirrors at all. My stock mirrors allow me to see directly down the sides of my trailer and you can't EVER see directly behind you with any towing mirror. I can see the lane beside my trailer very well without them so I've never bothered purchasing any. I DO have a set of slip on CIPA mirrors left over from my last truck and they will still work on the current one but they do tend to vibrate and don't add much of anything to the available view behind.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Zinger on Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:59 pm

those are the ones I have I personally dont like them too small hard to adjust to see the whole area I want to see. others may like them just fine but not me.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby skipnchar on Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:08 pm

If I were to purchase a specific towing mirror it would probably be a McKesh strap on. Easy off and on without drilling anything and reasonably priced. http://www.hensleymfg.com/mckeshmirrors.html
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:26 pm

Greg - I went through 2 or 3 types of mirrors before I broke down and spent the money on the McKeesh mirrors. They are worth absolutely EVERY PENNY of their cost! Outstanding visibility. plus the extend far enough out that they have eliminated much of my "blind" area.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Zinger on Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:12 pm

Fire Instructor wrote:Greg - I went through 2 or 3 types of mirrors before I broke down and spent the money on the McKeesh mirrors. They are worth absolutely EVERY PENNY of their cost! Outstanding visibility. plus the extend far enough out that they have eliminated much of my "blind" area.



I guess I have to prepare the wife for that expendature the ones I have arent worth using.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby mikhen on Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:53 am

I use the cheap strap on mirrors. They work good enough for me. Just have to remember to remove them or I get black marks on the back of the TV mirrors.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Lampooner on Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:02 am

I just purchased a pair from Advanced Auto Parts, the chain of auto parts stores. I use them on my H2 Hummer which has pretty big mirrors. They are outstanding. Unfortunately, I do not know the brand. They are the strap-on style. However, the straps, two per mirror, have small racheting mechanisms that cinch up the straps. This makes it very easy to mount them and get them very tight. This makes them very stable, no vibration at all. They even have a cover that flips down over the rachet to protect against accidental release. One button on each strap releases them for easy removal. They adjust in several places so they should adapt to almost any mirror. They are built of heavy re-inforced plastic and appear to be very strong and durable. They are not cheap, I paid around $52-54 dollars for a set of two.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Justardnck on Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:59 am

I got lucky, the mirrors on the GMC trucks have been the same from 2002 all the way to 2005 but in 2006 they came out with a manual telescoping mirror with a big convex built in just like the Ford F250 and F350 so I went to the Chevy dealer and bought these for $400 for the pair and as an added bonus an option I have never had in my old mirrors all of a sudden is there and works in the mirrors... a directional signal in the mirror.

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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby JQSpree on Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:51 pm

Unfornately, I did not get the GM towing mirrors on my Silverado. I bought the custom Ciba slip overs similar to what Skip mentioned. Mine fit tight with rubber stop and fastener but they are quite small. As he mentioned, I can adjust my large GM mirrors to see the trailer and lanes beside me just fine, but not whether someone is riding my rear behind me. I have a brochure for a company that mirrors just like the GM with power adj, signals, heathing but not power folding for about $550 a pair that are plug and play for the 07 Silverado. I may have to spring for them in a while. I will use the current ones for a while longer, then try to sell them on Craigs list. I could have gotten the tow mirrors for $80 if I had ordered the truck, but they probably come with a $4,000 package!!!

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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Benny on Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:54 pm

Presently have the factory towing mirrors on my Chev Silverado, 2500HD, D/A. Had several different types on previous vehicles and liked the McKesh mirrors best. They are more expensive than the slip ons but worth it. I found mine on Ebay a couple years ago.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby ponyboy1995 on Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:04 am

In my opinion Mckesh Mirrors are the way to go. I have used many different mirrors while towing and I finally broke down and purchased the Mckesh Mirrors. They extend furthure then any other mirror out there giving the most viewalbe area behind or as close to behind the TT as you can get. They do not vibrate like other tow mirrors and they are easy to take on and off. They are expensive, but if you have a camping world near by or you can visit campingworld.com they sell a similar brand for less then half the price of the Mckesh. They are called Eagle Vision. I have a friend that saw mine and bought the Eagle visions for about $50.00 from camping world. We compared them and they are almost identical. They work just as well. I am not sure if they will hold up as long, but they are half the price.

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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:26 am

When I towed with my F150 I used the Cipa slide ons, they are outstanding!
The F250 has towing mirrors.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Retired Phone Man on Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:01 am

Justardnck wrote:I got lucky, the mirrors on the GMC trucks have been the same from 2002 all the way to 2005 but in 2006 they came out with a manual telescoping mirror with a big convex built in just like the Ford F250 and F350 so I went to the Chevy dealer and bought these for $400 for the pair and as an added bonus an option I have never had in my old mirrors all of a sudden is there and works in the mirrors... a directional signal in the mirror.

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My 2007 Tundra came with almost identical mirrors as yours. They extend manually but have elect adjustments and defrost in the top section. I think they are part of the Tundra tow package.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby 1tonmegacab on Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:35 pm

i very much dislike the factory dodge tow mirrors i replaced them with these

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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby campinfan on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:49 pm

I have the stock ones from Ford. They telescope in and out with the touch of a button. That is nice. I almost didn't get them...glad I did
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby cwit on Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:49 pm

I have the tundra tow mirrors also and love them. Tow mirrors help a great deal with rear blind spots, great when passing.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Filthy Beast on Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:30 pm

We use the Cipa on our 2004 Silverado towing a fiver and are quite happy with them. They fit good and work well.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby mbwagoner on Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:20 pm

I put these on my truck since there wasn't a good option 9 years ago. http://www.campingworld.com/browse/prod ... rodID=3410
They vibrate a little after being on 7+ years, but not bad. I added a 3 in convex mirror in the lower outer corner and it's great. I can see the bottom of my back tires and have no blind spots anymore.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby catmom on Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:06 pm

When we were towing with our Explorer, we used a set of CIPA mirrors that strap on the door. They're similar to McKesh, but lack the wide-angle attachment I've seen on the McKesh. Price about the same. We tried several kinds that attach directly to the existing mirrors, but none of them fit; our Explorer's mirrors were an odd shape. We had to buy a pair quickly, as we were picking up our new camper (the HTT) later that day, and fortunately the place we looked (another dealer in the area; ours didn't have much of a parts store at the time) had a couple pairs of the CIPAs. They worked great - very little vibration, and good visual coverage. You can kind of see them in this picture:
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:13 pm

McKesh mirrors are on sale right now! They are offring a good price for arguably the best tow mirror on the market. I've tried two others types before finally being happy with the McKesh product.

Here's thier link: http://www.hensleymfg.com/mckeshmirrors.html
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby HarleyMedic on Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:50 pm

I like my factory Dodge mirrors. Quick to fold out when you need em and in when you dont. Work well too.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby ramblemutt on Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:37 pm

McKesh for 7 yrs now and they work well for me. Little or no vibration and I CAN see behind the trailer just enough to see if there is a car behind me trying to get by, plus they give me great lane visibility. both sides. Only downside is that they restrict maneuverability just a bit in forest service campgrounds.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby tvman44 on Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:31 am

I use the CIPA with a large convex stick on mirror that covers most of the original mirror and I do not notice any vibration looking into the convex mirrors. If I look at the edge of the CIPA original mirror and can see quiet a bit of vibration but doot notic eit with the convex. I am happy with the CIPA. I was using the suction cup mount mirrors that stick on the power mirror and liked them till they kept getting bumped into by myself and grandkids and ruined my power mirrors to the tune of about $500.00 to replace them, that is when I went with the CIPA.
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby mdcamping on Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:00 am

My TT may be low end... ;) But as others have posted McKesh is the way to go.

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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby Zinger on Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:28 pm

Justardnck wrote:I got lucky, the mirrors on the GMC trucks have been the same from 2002 all the way to 2005 but in 2006 they came out with a manual telescoping mirror with a big convex built in just like the Ford F250 and F350 so I went to the Chevy dealer and bought these for $400 for the pair and as an added bonus an option I have never had in my old mirrors all of a sudden is there and works in the mirrors... a directional signal in the mirror.

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I have them on my 09 hd and love them
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Re: Tow mirrors

Unread postby mtlogger44 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:56 pm

I just don't like any of the new mirrors - they look stupid. The worst ones I ever had were on my '05 Dodge dually that flip up and out. I quickly replaced them with the three strut 6x9" mirrors. You'd be surprised what you miss seeing alongside your truck with that glob of plastic base they use! Put them on the V10 and my son's Dakota too. The other rigs have Californias.
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