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Posted: 08/27/22 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a pet peeve that seems to be getting worse. While we headed home on Friday the weekend warriors were heading out to their various destinations. I passed by 65 travel trailers being pulled by SUV's, PU's and cars. Only one... Had proper towing mirrors. None of them could see passed the front of their trailers. It made it quite dangerous when they tried to change lanes. Then there were others that dealt with the poor visibility by putting the peddle to the metal and passed everything in sight not bothering with what was behind them. Most of them were commendable for having the proper sway bars etc. But missed the boat on extended mirrors. Is this something that no one told the newbies?


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Posted: 08/27/22 09:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ll bet there are those that thought “I’m not putting those ugly mirrors on my vehicle”.


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How can you be sure without sitting in the driver’s seat of each offending vehicle?


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Not sure I understand your point. I don't have additional mirrors.
I have OEM mirrors and have no problem seeing past my trailer. I can see the entire side of my trailer and then some.
While I'm not a big fan of rear cameras,cameras are also readily available to provide a better view of what's behind you.
Are you suggesting that OEM mirrors on all vehicles are not adequate for towing?


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Posted: 08/27/22 10:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Vehicle code requires the rear visibility. They will eventually get written up along with speeding and unsafe lane change or something.


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My truck with mirrors pulled in is 102” wide. I assume that cars and many RVs are narrower than that. My trailer is 96” wide, so I have 3” clearance on each side. Passenger awning struts take 1 ½ “ away from that side. I basically can’t see much on that side and can’t see too far behind the trailer on the driver’s side without giving the trailer a “wiggle” after bending forward in the seat. With a vehicle any narrower than mine, you won’t see anything until a passing vehicle in the lane left of you gets up to the back bumper of the trailer.

With my tow mirrors extended, no problems.

Is it doable—yes
Have I done it—yes
Is it safe—you decide

Towing mirrors for this ‘ole boy for sure.

* This post was edited 08/27/22 01:18pm by ssthrd *


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time2roll wrote:

Vehicle code requires the rear visibility. They will eventually get written up along with speeding and unsafe lane change or something.


Basically no chance of that even remotely solving the purported issue….but sounds nice in a perfect world.

Guess I have a different view. I have enough things in my life to think, ponder, or worry about that I couldn’t care less what other people do.


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And fwiw, if I end up towing a wide enclosed trailer with my half ton, I just deal with it. And know what I can and can’t see and act accordingly.
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Those pesky weekend warriors, what a lawless bunch of criminals causing catastrophes lol.


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I have observed this situation also and use extra caution when in close proximity and have seen them change lanes into the next vehicle that had to take evasive action while I was far behind for my own safety. I always used the very ugly add on tow mirrors when pulling the 28 foot TT and then no worries. Cheers

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