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Old 11-07-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Are my Velvac power mirrors OK ?

I just now noticed the mirrors are set forward/tilting down, from the base....and there is a gap which shows the interior wires, etc.

Rain has been getting in for two years, occasionally. No problems....but is this a potential problem I should somehow correct?

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Old 11-11-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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I was advised by a fellow RV'er that the mirrors are designed to let water pass thru.

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Old 11-13-2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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I have had the guts of one of my Velvac mirrors out of the shell recently and can tell you with pretty good confidence that Velvac is expecting the shell and mirror glass to keep most of the water out. The guts are not sealed in any way.

If you can correct the angle of the mirror head by adjusting the mounts, I would absolutely do that.

While we are on the subject, I read somewhere that Velvac recommends that the mirror head be angled in such a way that there is no gap between the shell and the mirror in order to minimize any turbulence. I.e. don't set the curb-side shell perpendicular to the chassis, then adjust the glass to sight down the length of the coach leaving a gap between the shell and the outside edge of the mirror assembly. The gap will create turbulence that can make the mirror glass shake.

I re-installed my mirrors today so that the sightlines on the inside edge of the mirror are parallel to the length of the coach, with the side wall only taking up about 1/2" of the view. This keeps the mirrors tucked in close while giving as good a view of the adjacent lanes as is possible. Since I was at the storage yard, I took a look at several other rigs to see how their mirrors were adjusted. Only a couple had the mirrors tucked in close. One had the curbside mirror extended away from the rig a good 8 inches further than it needed to be.

We have a narrow bridge up here in WA state (Deception Pass) that has warning signs showing a pedestrian being struck in the head by an RV mirror. Some of the rigs I looked at today would be lethal.
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