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Rwake901

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I have noticed that the rear view mirrors on a lot of the newer coaches are put on the front of the motorhome instead of on the sides. This way you have to look through the windshield to look at the rear view mirror. This is better because??????????? Looks like that would be hard to get used to...

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Because it keeps you facing more forward, instead of turning your head away from the road ahead.........

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I have noticed that the rear view mirrors on a lot of the newer coaches are put on the front of the motorhome instead of on the sides. This way you have to look through the windshield to look at the rear view mirror. This is better because??????????? Looks like that would be hard to get used to...



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Rwake901, our mirrors are as you describe, geared towards looking out the front windshield. I like having the mirrors viewed from the front because if I pull down my side shade, the mirror is not blocked.

Also, when looking out the front, you can glance at the mirrors without turning your head like you would if you trying to view a side mirror.

Actually, if I wanted, I could adjust my driver's mirror to view out the side window but I like it as is.

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Primary reason was for clearance so the things do get knocked off. Buses were the first because of being used / sold in other countries like Mexico. Many times when we have been down there the mirrors had to be pulled in when passing on narrow streets. The old style ridged can't be and can get tore off. After the buses it just became the standard on bus type wide cabs.

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I'm not sure it's just the newer ones....seems like most of the Class A MH's have them in the front.


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Having had both ways, I like them out front. What I did not like about the ones in the side window was the reflections you got off the side window glass that sometimes made it hard to see things in the mirrors. This was often a problem when trying to back up, not so much when going down the road.
If you pay by the foot on a ferry, then I might want the side mounted ones.


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I heard the mirrors are there because of width of coach. Cannot be more than 104" including mirrors.

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Safety items are exempt from the width requirements plus my mirrors are 112" to the outside. Not sure my slide toppers and awning are safety items.

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I'm with Ivylog on this one. I had a Tourmaster and hated the side mirrors because of the glass reflection. The Dynasty and the Exec had/have them out front where they should be. It is very easy to get used to, and it's nice not to have to lean forward and turn your head to see the mirrors.....Dennis


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All depends what you get used to. Mine are on the side...3-way units and they do just fine. However...they are NOT bendable and do not swivel...unless you hit something (like I did) and the glass shatters. $400 bucks for a new one.

I can see the advantage of mirrors "up front"...but I got what I got.

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