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Old 03-31-2018, 09:57 PM   #1
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Are tow mirrors necessary for a 5.0TA

We are leaving in about a week to pick up our 5.0 TA. We will be towing it with a 2017 GMC Canyon short bed. Do folks think tow mirrors are a necessity? Seems like other than ordering the Clearview (likely not an option at this point), universal clip/strap on ones are the only option. Thanks.
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Old 03-31-2018, 10:03 PM   #2
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We are leaving in about a week to pick up our 5.0 TA. We will be towing it with a 2017 GMC Canyon short bed. Do folks think tow mirrors are a necessity? Seems like other than ordering the Clearview (likely not an option at this point), universal clip/strap on ones are the only option. Thanks.
Yes, if you want to have a reasonable view of what is behind you.
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Old 03-31-2018, 10:20 PM   #3
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We are leaving in about a week to pick up our 5.0 TA. We will be towing it with a 2017 GMC Canyon short bed. Do folks think tow mirrors are a necessity? Seems like other than ordering the Clearview (likely not an option at this point), universal clip/strap on ones are the only option. Thanks.
We got these for our 2016 GMC Canyon short bed towing a 21. Works fine. Been on the truck for about 9 months now.

https://www.amazon.com/Dometic-DM-29...milenco+mirror
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The 5.0TA and the 21 art wider than the 17 and the 19. While you may be OK without towing mirrors on the 17 or 19, you definitely want them for the 5.0TA or the 21.
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Can you measure the distance between the 2 mirrors? One would think they should be equal to or more then the Escapes 7'4" for effectively backing in to camp sites and having a proper view when under way.
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I have towing mirrors on my F-150 which already stick out further than a regular mirror, and will extend an additional 3". While I can see fairly well without them extended, and do drive like that in some situations, I still appreciate the much better rear view with them extended. If I had regular smallish mirrors I would add a set of towing mirrors.
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Thanks everyone - mirrors ordered.
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I have towing mirrors on my F-150 which already stick out further than a regular mirror, and will extend an additional 3". While I can see fairly well without them extended, and do drive like that in some situations, I still appreciate the much better rear view with them extended. If I had regular smallish mirrors I would add a set of towing mirrors.

Yep, yep. My sport (small) mirrors give me about 5" max clearance on either side of my full size pickup, but the clip ons might extend that out to 8" or so. The classic awning arms cut into that on the passenger side of course.
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Specs from new Clearview USA distributor. I was hoping that with the 2019 Colorado/Canyon body refresh there would finally be tow mirrors. Apparently, that may not be so these will be on my XMas list.
https://clearviewmirrorsusa.com/towi...rs/gmc-canyon/
The link even has a how to install video
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I have the Clearview mirrors and wouldn't be without them. Another upcoming option that looks like it might be equally good is from Boost Auto Parts, who are saying they will have tow mirrors for the Colorado/Canyon beginning sometime this summer. Boost already sells tow mirrors for the full-sized GM trucks.

https://boostautoparts.com/pages/col...on-tow-mirrors
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I have towing mirrors on my F-150 which already stick out further than a regular mirror, and will extend an additional 3". While I can see fairly well without them extended, and do drive like that in some situations, I still appreciate the much better rear view with them extended. If I had regular smallish mirrors I would add a set of towing mirrors.
We have power folding and telescoping towing mirrors on our new truck, but we had stock mirrors on our previous truck. I still prefer the "look" of the old smaller ones on an F150, but there's no comparison in terms of view. Now that I have the extended towing mirrors, I wouldn't be without them, and that's with a narrower trailer than a 5.0TA. Sometimes vanity has to give way to practicality.
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We have power folding and telescoping towing mirrors on our new truck, but we had stock mirrors on our previous truck. I still prefer the "look" of the old smaller ones on an F150, but there's no comparison in terms of view. Now that I have the extended towing mirrors, I wouldn't be without them, and that's with a narrower trailer than a 5.0TA. Sometimes vanity has to give way to practicality.
And for me having only had towing mirrors on trucks since they were first used, I find the smaller ones to look out of place on a truck, a vehicle meant for working. Along this same line, I know lots of guys who would never put a topper on a truck because they though they did not look good, but for me in the past they were too practical to not use. That is until now when I have to pull a fifth wheel.

Sometimes a balding head has to give way to practicality too.
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Sometimes a balding head has to give way to practicality too.
Bald"ing" Jim? I'm pretty sure we can both drop that last part.
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Bald"ing" Jim? I'm pretty sure we can both drop that last part.
Too be fair, I could do the monk look, just not diggin' it though.
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I have a set of mirror extension on a Ford Explorer towing a 17B. Not really necessary on a short haul through town for service, but when we're headed through a city or in busy freeway traffic, they are great to have! Get them. You won't regret it.
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I have to fold my power mirrors in when pulling the truck into my garage as I only have a 7' garage door. That said, some of the tow mirrors I have seen stick out from 18" to almost 24" which makes going down some city streets a little dangerous as you are close to 11" wide. If not towing on the road I'd pull my mirrors in if possible to prevent damage or hitting an obstacle as some lanes are 10' wide in the city.
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We are leaving in about a week to pick up our 5.0 TA. We will be towing it with a 2017 GMC Canyon short bed. Do folks think tow mirrors are a necessity? Seems like other than ordering the Clearview (likely not an option at this point), universal clip/strap on ones are the only option. Thanks.
I went to ebay and bought Toyota towing mirrors for my Tundra and would never go back to the jittery strap ons. And yes get some towing mirrors, you can do it without but you can see so much better with towing mirrors and with the distracted drivers today you WANT to see as much as you can!
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Are tow mirrors necessary for a 5.0TA?

Hi: jkordzi... IMHO yes!!! Only because my truck is narrower than a full sized 1/2 ton did I make the decision while in Florida and purchased mirrors from http://www.1aauto.com The price was great and so was the service. Did the install with the help of some "Trailer park boys". Alf
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We are leaving in about a week to pick up our 5.0 TA. We will be towing it with a 2017 GMC Canyon short bed. Do folks think tow mirrors are a necessity? Seems like other than ordering the Clearview (likely not an option at this point), universal clip/strap on ones are the only option. Thanks.
Sorry you ran out of time for the Clearview's. We got them for our 2018 CCLB Colorado and they are perfect. ~4500 miles of 5.0ta towing, with no blind volume from mirrors too close to the doors. They also have a US distributor now. I think that another threader has a link to a different US brand, so might try and expedite delivery/install from them. But IMO, you will be significantly less safe without some kind of extended mirror.

It's really a damn shame. We buy a mid size pickup touted as a trailer tower and in most ways it is. But no wide mirrors, and lousy headlights. We haven't driven at night yet with the overpriced LED light set we had installed yesterday, but just shining them against the back of the garage, they are dramatically better.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:22 PM   #20
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We ended going with these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They seems to be very solid. I'll post back on how well they do. Thanks.
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