Caravan towing mirrors

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 19:02
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Hi All,

Looking for some sage advice. Got a 92 troopy fitted with the stumpy rear vision mirrors as I am towing a van, need something wider. Have tried the strap on style but have found the wind resistance causes the mirrors to be pushed out of alignment. Don't want to drill more holes and chance rust. Any ideas???
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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:10

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:10
Hi
Contact Australian RV Enterprizes Mitchell Road Cardiff NSW.
0249546652.
They have a suction cup extendable mirror that goes on your existing mirror and if you have electric you can adjust and control it from inside even if it does move.
They import an comply to Australian Standards the King of The Road and Playmore 5th Wheelers.
Ian
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:11

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:11
G'day solo20,
Half way done this page is a few different types of Mirrors. Maybe some thing here that you can use or get ideas from.



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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:12

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:12
I've tried a heap of them and the only one I found worthy are the Aussie Mirrors. Make sure they fit properly first but I doubt if there would be an issue.

A little dearer, but well worth it


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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:26

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 20:26
Agree, Aussie truck mirrors are the go, pay the extra and you won't have any problems.

I place strips of magnetic sign material behind the straps to stop any scuffing.

Have a good one
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Follow Up By: Angler - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:15

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:15
Camec also market a pair of mirrors exactly the same as aussie truck mirrors and they come as a set for slightly less dollars.

Pooley
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Follow Up By: Steve - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 13:43

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 13:43
Aussie Truck Mirrors for me. Wish I'd bought them first instead of the ones that i've thrown or given away. Even the Ora Mirrors aren't as robust.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 21:28

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 21:28
http://www.rvaccessories.com.au/DrivingPages/TowSee.htm

These are the ones referred to above.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:53

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:53
Do those types of mirror's stay on OK?
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 12:24

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 12:24
Yes Cram Ive used them for a year now and they are very good.
Willie has listed the link and I listed the main contact but they are one and the same.
Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 12:32

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 12:32
Ian,

I was wondering how much strain these would put on the bits in the adjustable mirror. I really like the idea and if you say they stay on, I might get a set.

Thanks,

Willie.
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Reply By: mildew - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:33

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:33
This is the one I use on my Prado and it does the job admirably.

http://www.oraproducts.com.au/enzo.htm
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Reply By: solo20 - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:58

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:58
Thanks for your input, will do some checking.

Cheers
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Reply By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 00:36

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 00:36
Hi solo20
I have a 2000 troopy and I have put genuine Toyota ute mirrors on.They have a wider mirror, 9 inches and are a much heavier constructed product .This is reflected in the price.
They measure outside to outside 2.3 metres when installed. Only had them on the car a few months and I am just making a small extension piece for them to move the mirror out when towing. Will post some photos when I have finished.
cheers Brian
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Reply By: Ray - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:59

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:59
Hi. I have tried many commercial type towing mirrors and have found that none are very satisfactory, so I made my own. They camp on my roo bar and are very stable. The mirrors are slightly convex and this counteracts any vibration that is set up. I also have a rear view camera.
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:21

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:21
One of my mates went to the wreckers and purchased a complete set of electric mirrors and the wiring and control switch off a wrecked car.
He wired it all up with a connector plug just by the grille, and when he goes towing, he just clamps the mirrors and extensions on his bullbar, plugs the control in and away he goes.
They are normal car mirrors, and he can adjust the mirrors from inside the car for when he is parking.
It's a great setup in my opinion.
Not sure of the cost altogether, but certainly worth a few hours of mucking around in the shed.

Dave
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 12:22

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 12:22
I have mirrors on my bull bar and they are not worth a crumpet. The 100 Series bull bar vibrates so much, they are useless.

But, I keep them on there to make me legal when towing my van.

Willie.
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Reply By: solo20 - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 13:37

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 13:37
Hi All,

Thanks for the input. Brian, did you have to drill holes in the door for the ute mirrors? Any one who has mirrors on the bull bar, how wide do they extend past the outside line of the vehicle??

Thanks everyone.
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Follow Up By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:33

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:33
solo, just have the mirrors extending out far enough from the bullbar to see what's behind you and about to overtake.
I think the legal max width is 8'3" and that's for the trucks, but obviously you don't need to go that far.

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Follow Up By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 23:02

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 23:02
Hi Solo,
Only had to drill the bottom ones the top two match up, as long as you use genuine Toyota ones. Haven't tried others.
Cheers Brian
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