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Posted: 02/24/12 01:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I replaced the stock mirrors with Kool-Vue towing mirrors that look like this:


They are okay but I'm not thrilled with them. They are power adjust and heated, so that's nice. What I don't like is that they stick up taller than stock, creating forward blind spots, and the RH one would be better if the big portion was convex (like stock) and the lower convex was even more convex.

I'm interested in replacing them with something lower and/or with better coverage.

Here's one possibility, by Power Vision Mirrors:


Another is McKesh mirrors:


OR, I am tempted to just mount attachment brackets permanently to my doors, with arms and mirrors custom adapted to them. (In addition to the stock mirrors which I'd put back on.) I'd have to make something I can remove when not towing, just leaving the brackets remaining.

I know a lot of people like the McKesh mirrors. I just figure that since I'm willing to go ahead and make permanent mounts, I might be able to do something even better.


Do you have the Power Vision Mirrors shown above? Do they give enough coverage for you?

Has anyone done something like a fixed mounting of McKesh style mirrors?

Also, how far do the McKesh mirrors stick out? I think I read they go 24" from the door??! My Kool-Vues are 106" from edge to edge, almost 9 feet! The McKeshes sounds like they'd be almost 10 feet. That seems awfully wide.

* This post was edited 02/24/12 01:41pm by Snowman9000 *


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I like the Kool Vue best, they look like OEM.


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Lots of people like the Kool Vue. A friend of mine got some OEM clones from Ebay, from sell Amp. They have been good for his truck. $183 shipped for power/heat. $250 for signal too.


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Posted: 02/24/12 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you two noticed, I have the Kool Vue already?


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the McKesh mirrors are adjustable, from about one foot to about two feet. But i hate having to take them off and on. Next truck will have factory tow mirrors like the max tow f150.


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The power ones look like the ones Gm used for about two years. they were a POS and always breaking down. I would skip that one.


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Posted: 02/24/12 05:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry, I did miss that.

The Power Vison type are the OEM towing mirrors of your generation truck. They did have issues extending over time. I would skip them. Back to the standard mirrors and CIPA custom fit clamp ons?

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Have you ever thought how crazy it is that some mirrors are "really tall" and others are "really wide"....and that the decision / design seems to be more about what is stylish than what someone needs to see?

1970's- camper mirrors were more vertical.....1980's and 1990's they got horizontal, and now they are back to more vertical.

I actually miss the "Old Ford van" special where a vertical tube went from above your window to below and contained two squarish mirrors- one flat and the other convex.

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I had power vision on my last three pickups and they always worked fine. I did knock the glass out of one with a tree limb but power vision sent a new one in two days.


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I had the factory version on the power vision and hated them. I switched over to the cool vue like you have and like them much better. If you did not originally have the power extending, I am not sure if the extend feature will work for you.


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