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Old 08-05-2015, 12:24 PM   #1
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We leave for our trip to Chilliwack in just a week. We're very excited to be getting our new Escape! I need some advice concerning the need for towing mirrors. My TV is a 2008 Toyota 4Runner and is factory equipped with fairly large mirrors. These proved adequate for towing our Tab, which is the same maximum width (6-08) as our new 17B, but somewhat lower (6-08 as compared to 7-01). Will I need towing mirrors? If so, what do you recommend? Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:40 PM   #2
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We picked up a little pair of the round stick on 2 inch dia. mirrors to tow our 19 back from Tuscon where we picked it up. They helped and were a cheap "quick fix". Once home, we ordered and installed the Milenco Grand Aeros which we really like and use all the time. Easy to install and remove and once adjusted, it's not hard to hit the right "spacing" on the vehicle mirror when reinstalling.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:49 PM   #3
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Factory mirrors were adequate with a 19 and a 4Runner. The 21 and a Sequoia required mirror extensions.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Don't think you'll need them for the 17; we didn't use them when towing ours with a Highlander.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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I have the Aeros mirrors, cost a lot, but do not use them on my Rav4, I see good with regular mirrors and the little round inset mirrors. That is with my 16` scamp. I think the Escape is a little wider and you will need the ext. mirros. Carl
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:58 PM   #6
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Thanks! It sounds like we may not need them. I won't buy mirrors in advance, but will try towing the 17B without them and add them if I feel it is necessary.
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:43 PM   #7
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I was wrong on the exterior heights of the Tab (7-09) and the 17B (8-01). Sorry for the wrong data.
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:30 PM   #8
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I have the Aeros mirrors, cost a lot, but do not use them on my Rav4, I see good with regular mirrors and the little round inset mirrors. That is with my 16` scamp. I think the Escape is a little wider and you will need the ext. mirros. Carl
The RAV4 is fairly narrow - I found I needed additional mirrors with the 17, and bought a set of Grand Aero. I tried a few different "stick on" mirrors, but had vibration problems. The Grand Aero are very stable.
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:41 PM   #9
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I also have Grand Aero.

The following is from B.C. Motor Vehicle Act:

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.

Note that it says adjacent lanes, not the lane you are in ( directly behind the trailer ).
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:56 PM   #10
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I'm another using the Grand Aero mirrors for towing my 17B with a 4Runner. Do I really need them? Maybe no but the extra vision they give makes towing less stressful and backing into a site much easier.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:54 PM   #11
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Factory mirrors were adequate with a 19 and a 4Runner. The 21 and a Sequoia required mirror extensions.
FB: we have the same 21 + Sequoia setup. Not happy w/ our extension mirrors. What is your brand/model? TIA.
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I also have Grand Aero.

The following is from B.C. Motor Vehicle Act:

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.

Note that it says adjacent lanes, not the lane you are in ( directly behind the trailer ).
Thanks for the numbers, although I use the Grand Aeros on my Tacoma with a 21, I believe the 120 degree rear view camera I put over the rear window actually covers that range, too!
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:24 PM   #13
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We towed our new 17B back from Chilliwack with only the factory installed mirrors (although we did add the 2" stick-on disk mirrors to the factory mirrors as had been recommended above. Did not have any problems. However, we just got back from a 3 week trip during which we used the Grand Aero mirrors. These were a marked improvement--both when backing up and in seeing how many vehicles were behind us! As had been recommended, Costco (on-line) had the best price.

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Old 07-08-2016, 05:51 PM   #14
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It looks like the Grand Aero / Aero 2 mirrors that people bought on Costco.ca are not available at Costco.ca anymore. Has anyone tried the SpeedFix Clip-on Towing Mirrors that they now sell instead?

I have found the Aero mirrors on Amazon.com but would rather not have to deal with currency exchange and cross border shipping.
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It looks like the Grand Aero / Aero 2 mirrors that people bought on Costco.ca are no longer available. Has anyone tried the SpeedFix Clip-on Towing Mirrors that are now sold instead?
msweet, We got the Milenco Grand Aeros from Amazon and are very happy with them. Easy on/off and a very good viewing area. Very minor vibration. They are still available from Amazon.com.

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Old 07-08-2016, 06:27 PM   #16
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msweet, We got the Milenco Grand Aeros from Amazon and are very happy with them. Easy on/off and a very good viewing area. Very minor vibration. They are still available from Amazon.com.

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Thanks! I just updated my previous post because it was unclear. I was looking to buy through a Canadian retailer to avoid cross border shipping and exchange rates. I may still order those if I don't hear back regarding the Costco.ca product.

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I actually got mine from a RV outlet in England. Don't recall the name. In any event, if you Google Milenco you should find other sources.
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It looks like the Grand Aero / Aero 2 mirrors that people bought on Costco.ca are not available at Costco.ca anymore. Has anyone tried the SpeedFix Clip-on Towing Mirrors that they now sell instead?

I have found the Aero mirrors on Amazon.com but would rather not have to deal with currency exchange and cross border shipping.
I have never seen those, but they do not look too bad. A similar idea to the Milenco.
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I have never seen those, but they do not look too bad. A similar idea to the Milenco.
One nice thing about Costco is that you can take them back if they don't work as expected. In some cases even if you have used them for a while!

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I actually got mine from a RV outlet in England. Don't recall the name. In any event, if you Google Milenco you should find other sources.
We bought Milenco thru Costco then stupidly lost a milenco part and ordered off the English RV site for replacement parts without any issues. And like Glen I forget the name of the company (pls refer to the "I'm so old thread"
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