I've been researching towing mirrors and reading threads on three different forums in an attempt to make a decision. I thought I'd post a summary of what I've come up with so far in case anyone else is in my position but doesn't have the time to do all the searching and reading. And, if I'm incorrect in any of my info, I'm looking forward to someone pointing that out.
This list is not inclusive and I've focused mainly on mirrors for full-size pickups and SUV's. Not every mirror is available for every make and model of truck. Refer to the manufacturers' websites for additional information.
1. Schefenacker TTT-mirror (telescopic travel tow mirror) MSRP $400 - $550. The most expensive replacement mirror I've found. Large, angular style. Incorporates an adjustable spotter mirror into the housing. Main glass is approximately 7" high X 9" wide and the spotter glass is 4.25"h x 3.5"w. Options include electric, heated glass, and LED marker lights and turn signals. These mirrors unextended measure 17.5" out from the vehicle - to a total of 22" - and manually telescope out another 4.5" Mirrors fold in for parking in tight spots or on impact. Available with interchangeable covers.
02-22-03: I received a file from Schefenacker providing dimensions and photos illustrating the mirror's size and extension measurements. Just click here to view the file >>> ttt-mirror images
PROS: Total extension, size, spotter mirror, lights, individual replacement parts are available.
CONS: Price, requires additional wiring for lights.
2. Power Vision Mirror (MSRP $439 - $469) - this mirror extends and retracts electrically. These mirrors are available as factory options on '03 GM Pickups. Options include electric and heated glass. These mirrors are not as large as some others with the glass measuring 10.5" wide X 6.5" tall. The passenger side glass is flat so objects in mirror are not closer than they appear. These mirrors are 16" out when retracted and extend 5" to a total of 21" from the door. Mirrors fold on impact. An optional spotter mirror is available, however some users report it is not adjustable and is aimed up too much. The manufacturer claims the extended width from the outer edge of one mirror to the outer edge of the other is 107" - 109" depending on vehicle.
PROS: OEM style, power extension.
CONS: price, requires additional wiring and mounting of switch to extend, smaller glass.
3. Lucerix X-Mount/CIPA replacement mirrors. MSRP $400 - $479. These mirrors are large with glass size of 10" X 10" and telescope manually out up to 4.25" or about 19" from the vehicle. One user reported his mirrors measured 104" tip to tip on an '02 Silverado. These mirrors fold on impact or for parking. Stick-on spotter mirrors are optional. Mirrors are available with manual or electric glass, heated or non-heated. Mirrors are reported to install easily and quickly, using OEM power connections.
PROS: Style, size.
CONS: A little pricey, but the cheapest of the replacement mirrors.
4. McKesh (MSPR $130) - These mirrors mount temporarily on the doors of your tow vehicle using straps and clips. Users claim these mirrors are the widest mounts (up to 20" from the door to the center of the glass) and allow the greatest vision to the rear. Main glass is 6" X 9" and most users recommend the optional spotting mirrors that mount to the brackets. Users report spending 10 - 15 minutes completing initial install, mainly adjusting the mirror to the vehicle, but only a minute or two to remove or reinstall once adjusted. Some users report these mirrors vibrate and others report the straps hum at speed. A few users have reported minor damage to their vehicles caused by the clips scratching their windows or by the adjusting device rubbing on their door if the provided guards are not properly installed.
PROS: Price, Size, extension, transferable to other vehicles.
5. Various slip on or clamp on mirrors - CIPA and other brands make different styles of tow mirrors which slip on, clamp on, or strap on to your factory mirrors. These mirrors are reported by some people to vibrate, but most users report favorable experiences. The model most likely to vibrate are the clip on style while the slide on and the CIPA Universal (with the tension knob) suffer less vibration. Most mirrors extend 4 - 5 inches or more beyond the factory mirrors. Users towing 102" trailers report this style of mirror does not typically allow full view to rear. Cost is $11 - $40 per mirror depending on model.
PROS: Price, ease of installation and removal.
CONS: Smaller glass and total mounted width.
Hope this helps.
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You did a great job gathering that information. I do have one question though. What is the mirror surface area of the TTT mirrors? I don`t expect you to do my research. I am interested in that mirror this time around, but would like to know how it compares with the CIPA replacement mirrors.
I had the CIPA mirrors on my last truck, and other then them working their way out to full extention after a few miles at interstate speeds and a small but exceptable amount of vibration. I was pleased with them.
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