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Old 07-23-2014, 05:00 PM   #1
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Clip on mirrors necessary ?

Comments on another thread has us wondering:

We will be towing a 17b with our 2012 Nissan Frontier King Cab.
Should we be ordering clip on mirrors ahead of our towing lesson with Valley Driving School?

17b width is 6'8" or 80".
Nissan spec book says 72.8" but that doesn't seem to include the mirrors? We actually measured the truck width and including mirrors get 84" width.

Any advice/suggestions?

What kind of clip on mirror system has been working for people?


The Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirrors System got favour able mention on this forum today.

Thanks for any comments

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Old 07-23-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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We had clip on mirrors similar to the one you describe and did not like them because they were difficult to adjust, noisy and unstable while driving, and had to be readjusted every time we took them off.

We replaced them with Grand Aero Towing Mirrors which are easy to adjust, quiet and don't need to be adjusted every time you take them off. These mirrors are highly rated. They are not cheap, but worth the money. We bought ours from Amazon.com.

These mirrors are made by Milenco in the UK. More information from their website: http://www.milenco.com/products/mirr...towing-mirror/
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Ditto on the Milenco Grand Aero.
I used Tow 'n' See mirrors, but they've been retired.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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We use these and are happy with them:
http://www.costco.com/JR-Products-Ae...100103655.html
There is a little vibration, but we find the mirrors to be invaluable and can see so much more when driving and backing up. They're easy to install and once adjusted, you just put them on and off by hand tightening a couple of screws.
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Those are Milenco Grand Aero mirrors under a different name. They make a couple styles. I have their original mirrors, not the tear-drops shown on that Costco site.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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Larry, the rule of the road in most provinces and states, is that you have to be able to see into the lane you are in a couple hundred feet back, on both sides. If you can't you need to add mirrors.

I too bought the Milenco mirrors a couple years ago. Much better than the strap on ones I had.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:10 PM   #7
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Aero Mirrors

Based on comments from this site I purchased the Aero Mirrors and have been very satisfied with them. I made a mistake and ordered the Aero Mirror instead of the Grand Aero, so mine a a bit smaller than the Grand Aero but they have still worked well and are easy to put on and take off. I purchased mine on sale from Amazon.com
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Those are Milenco Grand Aero mirrors under a different name. They make a couple styles. I have their original mirrors, not the tear-drops shown on that Costco site.
The teardrop ones are called "Milenco Aero 2" on their website. Milenco makes several different styles.
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Add our Bump to the GRAND AERO. they have worked well for us.
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Thanks for these responses. So it looks like we are buying more stuff.

It looks like we'll go with Milenco mirrors rather then buying cheaper and then buying again.

Next question if I may. What are the benefits/differences between Teardrop (Aero 2) or Grand Aero mirrors . The teardrop are smaller the Grand are bigger. I'm inclined to go bigger but have no real basis in making a decision.

Liz thinks the Teardrop have a sleeker mounting design.

Costco.ca is offering both on its website
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