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Old 02-03-2012, 01:31 AM   #21
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Re: Extended towing mirrors

We started out using the Tow-n-See mirrors in '09, but found after a few hundred km that we really didn't need them. Our van's original equipment mirrors, properly adjusted, let us see straight back along the sides of the trailer, and we've done okay on both freeways and secondary/side roads -- never been taken unawares by traffic from behind, except for an idiot who shot by us on the right shoulder of a right-curving exit ramp from 407 to 427 in Ontario. He wouldn't have been visible in any mirror. When towing, we typically drive 90-100 kmh on paved roads, and stay in the right-most lane except when overtaking something.

The problem we had with the Tow-n-See was that we ended up with four mirrors, two on each side, as the suction-cup installation doesn't obscure the OE mirrors completely. Trying to reconcile two different views of the same traffic got a little confusing sometimes. The wakes of oncoming semis, however, didn't bother their position, nor did they vibrate.

We tow a 17A with a Dodge Grand Caravan. Our understanding is that all 15 and 17 Escapes are relatively narrow, but the 19 is about fourteen inches wider. Don't know if we'd have the same success towing a 19.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:46 AM   #22
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Re: Extended towing mirrors

The 19 is only 4" wider than the 15 and 17. I am guilty of being lazy for many shorter trips and not using tow mirrors. They definitely help though. The thing to do with the two mirrors, is to first look in the tow mirrors as they give a better view, then once you have confirmed all is clear you can use the vehicle mirrors to maneuver if you prefer.

Not certain how the legislation reads, but I have heard that there are places that they are mandatory when towing. I know my pickup does not need them as it is wide to start with and the side mirrors slide out an additional 8" as well.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:55 AM   #23
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Re: Extended towing mirrors

I've been researching the laws regarding towing mirrors in the U.S. There are variations, but I keep seeing a requirement that you be able to see at least 200 feet to the rear of your vehicle. See http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/trailer-mirrors/ This 200-feet rule strikes me as too vague. 200 feet in your lane? 200 feet in the adjacent lane?

Other articles say unequivocally that you need towing mirrors if your tow vehicle is narrower than your trailer, and that you need to be able to see the full length of the sides of your trailer.

The following diagram and article, although British, and not showing U.S. dimensions, is a good one, I think:

http://www.caravantimes.co.uk/featur...owing-mirrors-$21380477.htm


I'm struggling to get the link to work....you must include the $21380477.htm.




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I'm struggling to get the link to work....you must include the $21380477.htm.

LINK

Some good info there.
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:18 PM   #25
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Jim, thanks a lot for solving that link problem! --Liz
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #26
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Re: Extended towing mirrors

I think the best add on mirrror depends a lot on your installed mirror.

I had the CIPA mirrors that others have used favorably but on my Sequoia they had a tendency to slip off or droop. Even with added zip-ties for a bit of extra security I had one fall off on the freeway. http://www.amazon.com/CIPA-11960-Uni...4063690&sr=8-1

I now use the clip on that others like and I think it is much better for me. It is more secure and stable for my Sequoia. http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #27
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Re: Extended towing mirrors

There's egg on my face re saying the 19 is "fourteen" inches wider than the 15s and 17s -- of course, the difference is only 4". I guess an unexpected "teen" made a nuisance of itself; any parent will remember that "teens" do unexpected and disconcerting things.

Regarding the 200' rule, it seems the concern would be that you could see traffic in your lane 200 feet behind the trailer. Applying some rough-and-ready trigonometry, I could then see anything wider than 30" that was 200 feet behind our 17, using the van's built-in mirrors -- and even a 30" wide motorbike would have to be dead centre of the trailer to be invisible at that distance.

A lot depends upon how much the vehicle's mirrors stick out beyond the sides of the trailer, and whether or not they are adjusted outwards enough to let you see clearly along the side of the trailer. With a narrow TV and a 19, that might be hard to set up. And of course, laws stipulating the use of extra mirrors would be a wild card that one would have to look out for.

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:12 AM   #28
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There's egg on my face re saying the 19 is "fourteen" inches wider than the 15s and 17s -- of course, the difference is only 4". I guess an unexpected "teen" made a nuisance of itself; any parent will remember that "teens" do unexpected and disconcerting things.
Can't put that reasoning on our teenage kids only, though my three did offer their challenges. Heck, I still remember well being that nuisance (to put it mildly) teen myself.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #29
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Re: Extended towing mirrors

These get good reviews from tacoma and tundra owners
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...w-mirror/21154
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These get good reviews from tacoma and tundra owners
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...w-mirror/21154
Those are the ones I have, and though they work okay, I am not too thrilled with them all in all. The rubber cup protectors that hold against the front of the vehicle mirror keep falling off. I replaced them with felt meant for furniture on hardwood, but it is not sticky enough and the mirrors start to sag. I need to find something sticker to use, and they may work better.
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