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Old 08-12-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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Anyone replaced their Velvac mirror head?

Hi guy's I have busted my mirror head pretty good The arm is still good and was wondering if how hard it would be? I am capable of DIY but have questions. Like is there a plug in the arm that you unplug or would you need to splice it together? This is the Velvac 2020 mirror that has the moving and heated mirrors.

I hope this will be easy because the RV is in the storage lot.

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Old 08-12-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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I didn't replace the head, but did replace both sides arms with longer ones. Had to cut and splice on ours.

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Old 08-12-2015, 06:30 PM   #3
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It's a very simple job. Take out 2 set screws and the head releases from the arm. there is a plug that you have to disconnect, no cutting or soldering required. On mine, there was plenty of slack in the wire to make it quite easy to do. Plug your new head in, insert it back in the arm and tighten the set screws. Done!
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:40 PM   #4
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:41 PM   #5
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I did not replace mine but have had the head off. Not very complicated. The Velvac web site had good drawings so you can see what your getting into. Also received excellent phone help on a few questions.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:20 PM   #6
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Check the Velvac website for ordering replacements and install instructions.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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I broke my mirror off ~5 years ago, I tried to drive through a narrow toll booth.

It was not hard to repair. I had got on the Velvac web site and looked at how it went together and was able to take it apart. Getting the mirrors off/out were tricky but take your time.

Here's a replacement guide for the 2030 series, which should be close.

Called Velvac and he confirmed the part that I needed and had it shipped 2 day. We were somewhat stranded until we got it fixed as you can't drive these things without mirrors.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:07 AM   #8
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Easy repair, broke mine off, and replaced it in about 30 minutes. Comes with plug end, no wiring needed. Also a Velvac distributor 5 minutes from where I live. Paid 250.00 for the replacement.
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I would check out all the pricing options before you purchase. Ordering directly from Velvac may be your only option but there are other dealers that you may get a better price from. The mirror head for my rig is over $500 from Velvac, the entire mirror with arms and all is over $1000! I found another vendor that sells the entire mirror assembly for $750. So for me since my other mirror parts aren't in that great of shape I will just get the entire unit. I could probably sell the old unit for a few bucks to someone who may just want to paint it.
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I found these folks to be cheaper and their sales rep much more helpful than Velvac's.

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Old 08-17-2015, 01:32 PM   #11
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I have a pair of 2020 with arms. One has a broken top mirror. My son bought me a new set. What a great son. Oh wait he borrowed the RV. Never mind. But they both work fine

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Old 08-17-2015, 04:29 PM   #12
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There is a plug in the arm, there may also be a hidden bolt or nut. Hope this helps.

In my case I ripped mine off via a tree limb and had to figure out which wire went to which pin on the plug.. Not sure I got it and never did get the system to work properly Did get it working, just not properly.
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:03 PM   #13
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Went to the RV today and changed out the mirror's. First one took :45 min. I had to cut the wire and then splice the new mirror on. Thanks to my wife who helped with suggestions and holding the mirror so I could squeeze the connectors together. The second mirror took :30 to get it together. Sure looks nice and they all function!!!!!! I was happy to have my wife there because it is a two person job.

Thanks to the other posters for their opinions and their experience. It was a really easy job once tackled.

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Velvac model 2020 glass replacement

First thing, be sure you get the right glass replacement kit and compare the new glass to existing.
For ease of accomplishing the glass replacement remove mirror head from mirror arm.
Loosen hex set screw located at outer edge of mirror arm and lift mirror head from arm assembly.
The mirror glass is held in place on the glass mount by the bezel ring.
The bezel ring is attached to the glass mounting plate by (6) pairs of hard plastic tabs that release from the tab slots on the mount when pinched together (carefully so as not to break).
The issue is that you cannot get to the tabs while the glass mount is attached to the mirror head enclosure. Now there probably is some exotic removal tool somewhere in the world, but useless you are planning to keep or save the existing mirror glass for some reason, just proceed with the following.
To access the 4 screws to remove the mount you need to (if not already cracked or broken) break and carefully remove the current mirror glass. This will expose the 4 screws that secure the glass mount to the mirror head body.
The particular glass replacement kit I ordered - $17.71 + shipping - comes with new bezel, but if yours does not then carefully squeeze the bezel tabs and remove bezel from glass mount. Do not force the tabs together too forcefully as you may snap the tab(s) off.
Clean the head assembly, glass mount and old bezel as needed.
Remount the mirror glass mount to the mirror head with the 4 screws removed earlier.
With the mirror head laying on a flat surface the new glass should settle nicely into the mount slot.
Remember, once you snap the bezel in place you are committed as the only recourse to again access or expose the glass mount is to again break the glass.
Carefully “snap” the bezel into place working your way around the 6 sets of tabs.
Finally position, align and attach the smaller convex mirror using the adhesive backing provided – usually in the outside lower corner of the mirror head.
You are now ready to put to mirror head back on the mirror arm and tighten the hex screw.
Done – good luck with your project…….
Here is URL for kit……..
Mirror Glass Replacement Kit Velvac 2020 and 2015, 709407, Velvac
For whole mirror head…….
Replacement Standard Mirror Head For Model 2020 Black 1" Post, 714575, Velvac

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