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Old 10-14-2014, 05:37 PM   #11
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Forgot to mention...check your state law about what you might or might not need. In California I believe the requirement is to see something 200 feet behind the tow vehicle. While the stock mirrors may give reasonably good vision, they may not be sufficient to the letter of the law.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:47 PM   #12
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The following is BC requirements. Your state is likely similar but in feet.

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7.04 (1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), every motor vehicle shall be equipped with an inside mirror that provides the driver with an undistorted reflected view of the highway directly to the rear of the vehicle extending to the horizon from a point on the road surface not more than 61 m behind the vehicle.
(2) In addition to the requirements of subsections (1) and (3), every motor vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1973 shall be equipped with an outside mirror on the driver's side that provides the driver with an undistorted reflected view of the adjacent lane of the highway rearward to the horizon from a point on the road surface 11 m behind the driver.
(3) Where the inside mirror of a motor vehicle does not provide the view required by subsection (1), the vehicle shall be equipped with a second outside mirror on the side of the vehicle opposite the driver and in that case the inside mirror may be removed.
(4) 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 behind the driver to a point on the road surface 61 m from the rear of the combination of vehicles. END QUOTE.

Note that the regulation is to have a view of the adjacent lane, not what is directly behind the trailer ( ie. "tailgaters" ).
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:45 PM   #13
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Escape Artist, what brand are your mirrors? They look pretty quality.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:07 PM   #14
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Escape Artist, what brand are your mirrors? They look pretty quality.
Al got those at 1A Auto on-line. He was the Guinea Pig for installing them first and then walked me (and others) through the process. I owe him a six pack for his leadership He started and maintained a thread on them earlier this year. Find it; you'll find it very helpful.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:25 PM   #15
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Alf got those at 1A Auto on-line. He was the Guinea Pig for installing them first and then walked me (and others) through the process. I owe him a six pack for his leadership He started and maintained a thread on them earlier this year. Find it; you'll find it very helpful.
Whoops. Just saw references in posts #'s 4 & 9. Alf already answered the question.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:29 PM   #16
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Escape Artist, what brand are your mirrors? They look pretty quality.
Hi: Jeffery King... They aren't branded except for your specific vehicle. Look at 1aauto.com trailer tow mirrors and enter your make model and year of vehicle and they will show several mirrors ie: manual, powered, heated, etc. and they are plug and play so no special wiring needed. In my case they bolted on where the OEM mirrors came off.
The Toyo style is quite like the Dodge tilt up mirror I think. Alf
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:47 PM   #17
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I replaced my Tow 'n' See mirrors with Milenco Grand Aero ( which are twice as expensive ). Disadvantage of Tow 'n' See is that the suction cup blocks a portion of the factory mirror. The Grand Aero fastens to the mirror housing so it doesn't block the factory mirror and added advantage is that the factory mirror and the Grand Aero can be adjusted independently.

Milenco Grand Aero Towing Mirror | Milenco Limited | Caravan Products | Caravan Security | UK

I understand you can get them at Costco.
Bingo - I bought the Grand Aero mirrors based on rave reviews on this and other RV sites. I couldn't be happier. They never moved a bit, even on the forest service roads and I find with my 2013 Tacoma and 17B trailer they really make a huge difference, both in seeing what's down the road and in backing up. I bought them at Costco Canada - pricey, but well worth it in my opinion:

http://www.costco.ca/Grand-Aero-Towi...100033995.html
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:20 PM   #18
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we ordered our grand aero mirrors after seeing Glenn's at the rally.
Ordered them online from Costco .ca--took less than a week to get them and they worked great on our last trip, very little adjustment needed....
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:59 PM   #19
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Wondered if tow mirrors were really needed after the 17B, which didn't need them as it was narrower.
Milencos are great, and helped us save our awing from tearing off today as it also helps the passenger see down the road behind and thus makes them more aware of looking...could've seen that with the regular mirror, but what passenger looks out that mirror? Definitely need them for a 21.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:05 PM   #20
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Nothing irks me more than a passenger leaning forward to look out the passenger side mirror, leaving me to look at the back of their head and to wonder what if anything is going on inside it.
I'm driving. You are passengering.
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