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Old 08-05-2015, 11:24 AM   #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, 11:40 AM   #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, 11:49 AM   #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, 11:57 AM   #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, 12:19 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, 12:58 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, 02:43 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, 04:30 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, 04:41 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, 05:56 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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