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Posted: 06/12/19 02:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I need to replace the driver-side mirror head on our 1997 Safari Sahara. (The original mirror head got clipped by a truck, which did not stop.) The 22-year-old mirror was made by Velvac and is what they called their Superstar mirror head. It’s 13 inches by 8+ inches, rectangular with rounded corners, not tapered at the top like newer models. The mirror head is out of production and I cannot find one in any of the major salvage yards. I therefore have in mind replacing both mirror heads and keeping the original bus mounting arms.

Speaking with Velvac technical assistance has been an exercise in frustration. All they seem to want to do is sell me two complete new mirrors. Never mind that the mounting holes in the new bases do not match the holes in the coach facing.

Has anyone replaced a 1990’s-era mirror head with a newer head on the original mirror arm? What problems did you need to overcome?

My mirror has 5 wires in the 6-wire plug, which looks the same as the newer plugs on 5-wire mirror heads. Can anyone tell me if the wiring pattern is the same, or will I have to puzzle out which new wire mates with which old wire?

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Wayne


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Posted: 06/12/19 02:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are several RV salvage yards around the country. I would contact one of them and see if you can get a replacement off of a similar RV. Just do a search of RV salvage yards and find one close, altho the shipping will not be that bad if you can't find one close.

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Posted: 06/12/19 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I should have mentioned . . . I've been trying salvage yards all around the country for a couple of months. No luck.

I hope to be able to mate a pair of new heads to the arms I have.

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I’ve bought several pairs off of EBay...very reasonable.


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Posted: 06/19/19 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also got clipped by semi. found replacement on Amazon for less than $300.00

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I have no idea what to tell you, but have straightened the head and took it to a glass company?

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Try Northwest RV supply in Eugene, OR. 1 866 678 7467. They used to buy all of the surplus parts from Monaco. I have bought many parts from them that no one else had, specific to Safari/Monaco.


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Posted: 06/24/19 01:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you get the mirror part number off the bottom of the housing? I found an exact match to that number on Amazon for under $200.00. Velvac wanted $281.00 for it.


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