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Posted: 08/25/19 01:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4aSong wrote:

I have used Mckesh from Hensley Mfg. and with the optional convex mirrors have enhanced visibility to the rear 10 fold. They do not vibrate, etc. when installed properly. Our next tow vehicle will be ordered with the factory tow mirrors.


X2. We used these for over 10 years until we changed tow vehicles with one that had tow mirrors built in. They are a great product. Not sexy, but very functional and durable.


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4aSong wrote:

I have used Mckesh from Hensley Mfg. and with the optional convex mirrors have enhanced visibility to the rear 10 fold. They do not vibrate, etc. when installed properly. Our next tow vehicle will be ordered with the factory tow mirrors.


My last two trucks were HD models that came with factory tow mirrors.
F-250 4x4 Diesel. Came with the Ford Elephant Ear Mirrows. I loved them.
My last truck is a F-150 HD 4x4 and I specifically looked for the
Ford Towing mirrors.

At first glance the Big Boxy Ford mirrors are too much.
After driving with them, I fell in love with them.

I understand why the GMC 2500 went with the boxy mirrors they work.

The main thing is find something that works for you.

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Do a search "door mount trailer towing mirrors".
I have a set I used with my Explorer and they work great. About $60 each or so. A PITA to get adjusted just right but great for rear vision.
Before that I used the suction cup mount ones from Wally World. They worked, not great but they helped. Stick on your original mirrors.
My new stock F150 mirrors are wide enough for my trailer now with the Explorer as a backup tow vehicle [emoticon]


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I’ve had good luck with the Milenco mirrors that clamp onto the normal mirrors.

Before that, I tried several strap on ones. They had lots of vibration, and the straps would loosen up as I drove, so I had to check the tightness at each rest stop.


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Are they necessary for a 24'? My 20' trailer does just fine with stock non tow mirrors. sometimes those little bubbles you stick on the mirrors would come in handy with curbs. for the most part i don't see the benefit on a small/medium sized trailer.

I would say wait for a trip or two and just adjust the stock mirrors as necessary. Then invest if you really have issues.

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CIPA slide on mirror extensions worked for us when we needed some. Bought them from etrailer.com

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when I had my grand Cherokee I had a snap on set specific to that vehicle. they sucked and I never used them. my f150 stock mirrors are enough. do they still make the bull horns that you close in the hood? they were awesome 20+ years ago?


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I'm a specification nut. So I have listed in my iPhone & iPad Notes all the specs I think I will find useful on my TV & TT. Widths and widths including mirrors are some of them. I have a narrow TT so the factory standard mirrors on my F150 worked out fine. I did need extension or extra mirror help on the Explorer, my previous TV. I suspect the OP's TV is on the narrow side. The add on mirrors that strapped to the doors, not the existing mirrors, were a huge vision improvement but I had to be aware of them at all times. Stuck out like elephant ears to get the vision!

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My dealer wanted $800.00 to install factory towing mirrors. I bought the same model on eBay for $250.00 a pair. The dealer installed the pair for $80.00.

From my experience you never have too big a mirror. Thought they can make your truck look like Dumbo the elephant.


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ZINGERLITE wrote:

Are they necessary for a 24'? My 20' trailer does just fine with stock non tow mirrors. sometimes those little bubbles you stick on the mirrors would come in handy with curbs. for the most part i don't see the benefit on a small/medium sized trailer.

I would say wait for a trip or two and just adjust the stock mirrors as necessary. Then invest if you really have issues.


Our very first camper was just under 24'. After I started using the tow mirrors, I was amazed with the difference it made. It's not just the length, it's also the width. Short answer, YES.

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