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Old 09-10-2019, 01:23 AM   #1
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Am I the only one having hard time driving in free way with our rv at the back. It's also a little bit irritating to park and you can't see the back of the rv. Saw this camper beside us and had additional mirrors specifically for towing. Have a Ram 1500 and wondering if you guys would reccommed me to also add mirrors or can I install a camera at the back of the rv but it would be connected to my ram monitor?
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:47 AM   #2
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I use Milenco Grand Aero mirrors attached to my OEM mirrors.
This is from BC Motor Vehicle Act. Other provinces and states have similar requirements:
Where a trailer or semitrailer in a combination of vehicles diminishes the driver's reflected rear view through the rear view mirrors required by subsections (1) to (3), the towing vehicle in the combination of vehicles shall be equipped with 2 mirrors, one affixed to each side of the motor vehicle, and each to provide the driver with an undistorted reflected view of the adjacent lane of the highway from a point on the road surface 11 m ( 36 feet ) behind the driver to a point on the road surface 61 m ( 200 feet ) from the rear of the combination of vehicles.

Note that it says adjacent lanes, not the lane you are in ( directly behind the trailer ).
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:00 AM   #3
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As explained above, you don't really need to see directly behind you. As long as the tow vehicle is close to as wide as the trailer, the standard mirrors will show you everything on either side of the trailer. A Nest is only a few inches wider than a current Ram pickup, so the stock mirrors should be just adequate, but towing mirrors (the ones optional on the truck, aftermarket replacements, or add-ons) would give a better view.

If you're considering a switch to an Escape (this is the Escape Forum...) then the 17' is narrower than the Nest so the view would be better, the 19' is slightly wider, and the 21' is substantially wider again so longer mirrors would be appropriate.

My trailer is the width of an Escape 19', and the tow vehicle is a minivan which is the width of an older full-sized pickup; the stock mirrors are adequate, but bigger and wider mirrors would make things easier.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:08 AM   #4
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Get yourself a rear view camera( wireless) and you can see what's behind you
Usually the front monitor plugs into cig. lighter and the rear uses the 12 volt of the RV usually light circuit Good Luck Jim
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:01 AM   #5
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I drive a lot on a two lane road and if I can’t see what’s behind me I don’t know if someone is trying to pass (or if there is a long line of cars). I don’t think the right hand mirror made much difference on a two lane road, though, maybe if merging back to the right on a freeway. Anyway, the Milenco Grand aero is great but my one on the right took flight over the 205 bridge in Portland so I only have one ont the left. I was surprised when I tried towing with the wider Ridgeline that I still needed a mirror. (Never did in my Campster as there was a view straight through the camper.)
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My one complaint about the Milenco Grand Aero mirrors was the driver's side was also a convex mirror. I managed to get a flat mirror from England (I couldn't find anyone that sold the flat version in the US). Cost almost as much to ship it as to buy it, but much better. It did show a bit more shake than the convex mirror, but a more standard view.

I now tow with a F 150 with Ford's tow mirrors. A great improvement - both large flat & small concave mirrors on both sides, as steady as a rock. The Grand Aero's will be on the blue tarp at the Niagara Wine Escape Rally...
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:03 AM   #7
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I found a site that has OEM replacement towing mirrors that allow existing electric controll of their mirrors...check it out and see if your tow vehicle is covered, I found them for my new GMC Canyon so maybe yours is available also)
the link is ::: https://clearviewmirrorsusa.com/towing-mirrors/
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Am I the only one having hard time driving in free way with our rv at the back. It's also a little bit irritating to park and you can't see the back of the rv. Saw this camper beside us and had additional mirrors specifically for towing. Have a Ram 1500 and wondering if you guys would reccommed me to also add mirrors or can I install a camera at the back of the rv but it would be connected to my ram monitor?
I have these which were recommended on this forum and I like them. They are easy on, easy off, very stable and non damaging. I have an F150 but I should think that they would also have Ram mirrors, I bought mine on Amazon.

CIPA - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also have the rear view camera. The rear view camera isn't the best for use as a rear view mirror because vehicles need to be very close behind to be visible, but it is great for switching lanes as you can see if you are beyond the front of the vehicle in either of the adjacent lanes.

I know many feel strongly different on this subject. I would suspect it varies on where and how you drive. Driving in heavy traffic is much easier when you can see what is behind you, adjacent to you and knowing you are clear of vehicles in the adjacent lane when changing lanes.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:31 PM   #9
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I drive a lot on a two lane road and if I canít see whatís behind me I donít know if someone is trying to pass (or if there is a long line of cars).
If there are curves, you see them at each curve; if there are no curves, you watch them pass, since straight roads are generally easy passing situations. But is certainly is easier to be able to see the lane behind you, at least enough of it to spot traffic, and at least back at the distance where traffic is likely following.

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I donít think the right hand mirror made much difference on a two lane road, though, maybe if merging back to the right on a freeway.
... or when completing a pass. That might not seem like an issue if you never pass on a two-lane highway, but there are always slow-moving vehicles to consider. There's also the issue of ensuring that it is clear to turn right at intersections, without hitting bikes or pedestrians on that side, and checking for clearance to the curb.
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My one complaint about the Milenco Grand Aero mirrors was the driver's side was also a convex mirror. I managed to get a flat mirror from England (I couldn't find anyone that sold the flat version in the US). Cost almost as much to ship it as to buy it, but much better. It did show a bit more shake than the convex mirror, but a more standard view.
I see that you don't like convex mirrors, but I'm not trilled with the idea of clamping mirrors on that may easily fall off or be filched. Will these convex mirrors work?
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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