Extension Mirrors for Caravan towing

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As a "newbie" to caravanning, I need a set of extension mirrors. There seems an endless variety of brands, types and prices. Do the cheapie strap-ons work or do I buy the best I can afford? Does anyone have the answer of the best set that has stood the test of time, tyranny of distance, etc? Thanks.
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Reply By: Ray - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:16

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:16
Hi. I made my own. They are convex 6" in diameter and clamp onto my roo bar. As they are convex they do not exaggerate too much the vibration that is set up. The arms are telescopic and the extension section pulls out when not towing. The fixed section is held onto the roo bar by exhaust clamps.
I also have a rear view camera.
As far as I know, none of the commercial brands are much good.
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Reply By: Gazal Champion - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:51

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:51
Hi Timid Trekker,

My vehicle is an 80 series Cruiser on LPG.
I have a set of the "Aussie Truck Mirrors" and I think they are the best. They are fully adjustable and have a decent sized mirror surface.

They clip onto your door where the window slides down and the other clip fits onto the bottom of the door with a seat belt type strap between to clamp everything nicely. There is little to no vibration, petrol gas may have something to do with that, on my car at least. I commend them as being among the best. But then someone else may have more experience than I.

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Follow Up By: Gazal Champion - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:22

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:22
Just thought I might mention that I got my set of Ausie Truck Mirrors from Repco. Also got my Tekonsha Prodigy electric brake controllerfrom them also.
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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 16:14

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 16:14
Yep, we'll second the Aussie truck mirrors, not cheap, but don't vibrate & stay set.
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Follow Up By: Bunny - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:15

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:15
We are newbies as well - decided on the Aussie Truck Mirrors and haven't looked back (so to speak).

Very little vibration and extremely easy to fit.

Our friends went for the smaller strap on mirrors and have now decided to change over once they saw ours.

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Reply By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:52

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:52
Aussie Truck Mirrors are the way to go. Steady and big enough.
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Reply By: donk - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:01

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:01
The 2 brands that a lot of people seem to be using are ORA or Vision Plus but these mirrors are at the dearer end of the price range

The best thing to do is to go to someone who has a large range available such as Camec & look at what will work best on your vehicle

Remember that you normally get what you pay for so be careful if you buy cheap ones

I use ORA Mirror mounted ones on my GU Patrol & these work well & the mirror & arm can be removed & refitted in seconds leaving the mounting bracket attached to the vehicle mirror

Also with a mirror mounted ones the mirror will swing back if the mirror hits something but occasionally they will swing back when a truck passes the other way

There are cheaper versions of the Vision Plus called Aussie Truck Mirrors & these might be worth a look at

Good luck

Regards Don
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Follow Up By: North Coast Bob - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 17:29

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 17:29
They do make an extension arm that has a magnetic square that attaches to the door. This stops the mirrors swinging back when a truck passes. So far it has not scratched the paint and certainly keeps the RH mirror tight.
However, they are expensive.

Cheers,

Bob
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Reply By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:29

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:29
A vote for ORA here. My third set. I really dislike anything that touches paint. Also have GU Patrol, and found I did need an ocky strap from mirror nut to bonnet hinge arm on drivers side for when trucks etc go past.
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Follow Up By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:30

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:30
Sorry, meant that I had tried 2 other types before getting an ORA which I like best.
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Follow Up By: Gazal Champion - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:40

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:40
I travelled 6000 last holidays through central NSW down into SA and back along the Murray and found no problems with the Aussie mirrors with regard to paint work or movement from passing traffic. Cannot speak highly enough of them, and I am pretty fussy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:35

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:35
Aussie Truck mirors are the way to go...fit or detach in about 10 seconds each...fully adjustable...great vision where you want it. This shot was taken on the move south of Coonabarabran.Image Could Not Be Found

You cas see them fitted in my rig pic.

Hope this info helps you.

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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:37

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:37
I cant fault my Aussie Truck mirrors and would highly reccommend them over other brands.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 16:25

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 16:25
Another vote forOra Magnetic mirrors. Have had my set for 8years and they have worked well little to no vibration and easily mounted.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 16:35

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 16:35
Hi Timid

Yes, the strap on ones do vibrate. We got some to bring the caravan home with. As you can see, most caravanners recommend Aussie Truck Mirrors.

However, although you will still by law need the wide mirrors, the best thing you can do is fit a rear view camera. This is invaluable.

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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:05

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:05
Gooday,
Go the extra few dollars & buy the Vision Plus, they have a bigger mirror, set in S/Stell backing, not plastic like the Aussie truck which are a clone of the Vision Plus. Shop around for the Vision Plus as the price can vary seriously. Good Mirrors are an Investment not a costly item.
Cheers,
Broma604.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duke (TAS) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 22:36

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 22:36
Gidday,
I made a permanent mount for my Ora Mirrors to slide into.
Aquired a piece of metal tube the length of the bottom of the mirrors on the 100series and welded a couple of lugs on each end with holes to attatch permantly to the underside of the vehicles mirrors.Just have to be careful when screwing up that the screws are cut to length so as not to interfere with the electric mirrors.Drill a hole about in the middle of bracket and weld a nut that will take a thumb screw and bobs your uncle.On the drivers side i use the Magnetic support.
Have had this setup for 7yrs after trying all others. After mirrors are set up i marked them with Textra and they go back on in the same place every time.( no adjusting) About a one minute job to fit to vehicle when heading off.
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Reply By: Timid Trekker - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:01

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:01
Thanks everyone,
Given I'm time constrained pen pusher, I'll leave the home remedies alone and go with consensus which appears to be Aussie Truck mirrors and Vision Plus. I'll check out the relative pricing and jump in! Van due in 13 days and counting. Bazza.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:36

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:36
Timid,

just before you lash out.

My set of Aussie Truck Mirrors came with a CONCAVE lens. Of all the stupid things.

I hate them and have stopped using them.

The mirrirs make everything skinny and tall. That's OK if I was looking at myself in the mirror but when the vehicle mirrors are CONVEX and the towing mirrors are CONCAVE nothing is NORMAL.

Very very frustrating.

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