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Hi, we are not far of getting our first caravan and i would be gratefull of some
information on the best tye of towing mirrors to purchase.
Regards Steve Hendo..
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Reply By: Bob - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 11:22

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 11:22
What sort of tow vehicle?
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Follow Up By: Steve Hendo - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 12:25

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 12:25
Hi Bob,
The tow vehicle is a 79 series Toyota Trayback.
Regards Steve Hendo..
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 16:53

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 16:53

I personally would not waste my time getting another pair that strap over the existing vehicle mirrors, they just move too much to see anything out of them.
I feel sure for your 79 series you could extend the existing brackets, or buy replacement brackets that would move the standard mirror out to the desired position. (these are available for the patrol wagons and are common on Patrol utes)

Regards Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 16:00

Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 16:00

Are these "replacement brackets" you speak of an original Nissan part or something that you get from an after market store. I have been using the Truckie style of mirror until recently but have stopped because the rubber support kepts rubbing the paint of the trim. I am now looking for a replacement of the next step is a rear view camera set up.

I have a Patrol with electric mirrors (I think that's the norm these days) and was wondering if the exetion effcts the use of the selectrics???

Cheers, Patrick
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 16:11

Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 16:11
Hi Patrick,

I was talking about the Patrol utes that also have electric mirrors, but their mirrors are mounted on an arm that extends the original mirror outward by about 6 or 8 inches. I am sure it is a Nissan Original Equipment thing so start with spare parts or a wrecker.
Hope this helps.

Regards Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 16:13

Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 16:13
Thanks Trevor,

I will chase these up through the wreakers network.

Thanks for your quick reply.

Cheers, Patrick
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Reply By: Member - Toolman (VIC) - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 18:57

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 18:57
I have an 80 Series and use the Aussie Truck Mirrors.

In the past I have used
- the ones that are mounted on your bonnet and have a bar going right across the bonnet,
- Guard mounted rear vision mirrors.

The bonnet mounted ones shake too much to be of any value, the guard mounted ones were good but a bit of a pain to install and remove and are no good for vehicles with flared guards.

My current ones (the Aussie Truck Mirrors) are very stable and easy to put on and take off. I'm sure others will find faults with them but so far I'm happy. They are the best mirrors I've used so far.

I would not touch the type that fit to your existing mirrors because they can be slammed against your door if you pass a Double B or similar at any speed. I've seen some fascinating methods used to prevent this from happening (ropes, bungey cords etc) but it just shows that they have problems IMO.

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Follow Up By: Scrubcat - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 20:31

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 20:31
G`day Tom,
You may be the bloke to help me, I have a 60 series L/C that has insufficient clearance between the window glass and the door "sill" to allow me to fit any type of towing mirror that has "hooks or lugs" that are supposed to fit to that position.
They fit ok until I want to wind the window up and it jams. As a result the only type of mirror I have found is the strap to the existing mirror type, with additional heavy rubber bands to hold it on etc. not very satisfactory as others have said. I dont want to use the over bonnet or mudguard type or to drill holes for truck west coaster type, I would like to have door mounted if possable.
Any suggestions will be welcome re. mirrors or how to fix glass to door clearance problem. How are the type you have fitted ?

I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toolman (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 17:57

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 17:57
These mirrors hook onto the door between the rubber seal and the glass so I'm not sure that it will solve your problem. There's no drama in winding my windows up and down.
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 19:34

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 19:34
I'm happy with Aussie Truck Mirrors. They have infinitely variable adjustments and are easy to get on and off. They do not move when being passed by semis.]

Unfortunately they are expensive. I think the RRP is about $125.00 each, but if you are buying a new van try putting the hard word on them for a discount. I got mine for $200.00 the pair.

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Reply By: Peter - Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 19:51

Friday, Apr 14, 2006 at 19:51
I agree with the above. I tried the clip on over the side mirror ones but they don't extend far enough and tend to vibrate a fair bit. I've swapped to Aussie Truck mirrors (ended up paying $95 each from TJM). The only problem I have found with them is when dust/dirt gets between the fabric strap and the door it tends to rub the paintwork. It's just a matter of getting the strap in the right spot then that won't be an issue either. Eventually overcame all the problems and fitted a camera to both the car and the van which gives the best visibility overall
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Follow Up By: Phillip - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 06:52

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 06:52
Cameras are great,I have one on the back of the van. But you still need to have mirrows so you can see both sides of your van.

With the camera you can see if a car is sitting almost on your bumper bar an on multi lane roads you have better vision.
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Follow Up By: Phillip - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 07:10

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 07:10
OK I hit the wrong key _ mirroRs
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Follow Up By: Peter - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 19:36

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 19:36
Yep certainly agree, you still definitely need mirrors to see down the sides of the van. I have a 130 degree camera on the rear which shows what's directly behind me, but need the mirrors to see down the sides. Camera probably shows 80% of what I need to see and the mirrors pick up the other 20%
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 14:21

Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 14:21
Aussie Truck Mirrors for me too. I had a pair of the "cheapie" mirrors which clip over the top of the door the same way as the Aussie ones but they always moved and I had problems with the windows sometimes but the Aussie ones never move and are just so adjustable in every direction.
Keep an eye out in the "trading post" or ebay, I picked up a pair for $95 in "as new" condition I also got some H/Reece 250kg level rides (the current model with the cam adjustable head unit) out of the "trading post" much cheaper as well.
Regards Andrew.
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