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Old 05-14-2017, 09:18 PM   #1
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f-150 towing mirrors

does anyone tow their trailer with a f-150 with factory towing mirrors? if so do they seem to large for everyday use?
are the standard mirrors wide enough or do you need add on mirrors pulling a 19 our current tow vehicle is narrower than a f-150
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:37 PM   #2
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I added aftermarket tow mirrors to my 2010 F150 Lariat as the factory tow mirrors are really expensive. Mine cost $135 on eBay for the pair. Really not required for my 2013 Escape 19 more like a nice to have. I would do it again as I really like the lower mirror aimed at the trailer wheels while the upper mirrors are more aimed towards traffic. So I can glance down and quickly see lane position with the lower mirrors.
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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We are towing our 2016 Escape 19 with the standard mirrors on our 2016 F-150 and feel they are most adequate.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:07 PM   #4
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Smile F150 with factory tow mirrors.

I love the large size of the factory tow mittiors but I do not extend them out when towing my 5.0 TA or my vintage Airstream. I used them extended when towing an 8' or 8.5' wide stick or a wide boat trailer. The visibility of these mirrors is excellent.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:08 PM   #5
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Standard mirrors fine with 17 or 19. Towing mirrors needed with 21 or 5.0TA. I do like the towing mirrors. They stick out further than the standard mirrors but do not need to be extended for the 21 or 5.0 TA.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:09 PM   #6
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We got the factory towing mirrors and are very happy with them. I would rather have large mirrors than the standard, way better to see towing or not. The factory tow mirrors are about 70% flat mirror and 30% curved, very good field of view. They also can be pulled out.
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Old 05-14-2017, 11:09 PM   #7
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While I'm sure there are better mirrors for towing, we feel very comfortable towing our 21' with the standard mirrors on our 2016 F-150. That said, we do travel with a rear-view camera looking out the back window of the 21' to aid in seeing any vehicles that might be located directly/closely behind us.
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:33 AM   #8
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I have the factory tow mirrors on my 2012, they are fine for the 5.0TA but probably a bit overkill. I like having the wider view of the convex lower part. No need for the telescoping ability. I do think power folding would be worth having, once in a while I park on the road and feel better folding in the roadside mirror. Occasionally I feel like I'm going to clip another trucks mirrors in narrow spots, but I haven't.

I had the standard mirrors on my last truck, pulled a like width trailer. They were fine too although I added a small stick on convex to them.

Overall, the standard mirrors are okay for towing the narrow bodied Escapes.The factory towing set gives you a better view at the cost of feeling too big at times.
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:41 AM   #9
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I have the factory towing mirrors, a feature that was a must for me. I used them extended with my temp trailer, but it was 8' wide. I have only towed my 5.0TA home so don't have lots of experience with this combo yet, but I did find for the most part they did not need to be extended, but really did add a bit more view rearward when they are.

What I really like about them is the large size. I much prefer them for all types of driving, as you get a great rear view from them, and the large convex at the bottom really give a wide view with not too bad of distortion.

These mirrors with their broad view are great for reversing as well.

If buying again, I would definitely be getting them.
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I have the factory towing mirrors, a feature that was a must for me. I used them extended with my temp trailer, but it was 8' wide. I have only towed my 5.0TA home so don't have lots of experience with this combo yet, but I did find for the most part they did not need to be extended, but really did add a bit more view rearward when they are.

What I really like about them is the large size. I much prefer them for all types of driving, as you get a great rear view from them, and the large convex at the bottom really give a wide view with not too bad of distortion.

These mirrors with their broad view are great for reversing as well.

If buying again, I would definitely be getting them.
Hi: Jim Bennett... On the other side they make great "Mosquito catchers" too!!! Alf
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