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Old 09-25-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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Some motor home manufacturers mount bus style mirrors up front for you to see the image through the front windown, some look like they are hanging down from close to the roof line, and other manufacturers mount their mirrors by the side driver's and passenger side window. Which way or style do you prefer and why? Bagman57.
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Some motor home manufacturers mount bus style mirrors up front for you to see the image through the front windown, some look like they are hanging down from close to the roof line, and other manufacturers mount their mirrors by the side driver's and passenger side window. Which way or style do you prefer and why? Bagman57.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:20 PM   #3
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They all provide good rear vision. The big difference I've seen is the bus type mounted in the front will put big knots on your forehead.
The ones hanging from the roof line you can walk under without banging your koggin.
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:27 PM   #4
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The front mounted will depending on the height pick on your head if you are tall enough. But I like them because I can reach them to clean when I let the air out of the suspension and they have no blind spots.

The top-front mounted I have heard from some owners have serious blind spots due to the dark tinted top of the windshield.

The side mounted I don't really like because I have to turn my head to look in them and this takes one eyes from the road ahead. AT least this was the case on the ones I test drove.

I guess all have positives and negatives. Just what you get used to as to what you like.

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My only issue is glare with the driver's side mirror when the sun is coming from the curb side of the coach and shining across the front of the coach toward that mirror...
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:12 PM   #6
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I've got the front mounted mirrors with the lower arms. I never had any issues knocking my head on them and I'm 6'. I sure do get up from the pedestal or water spigot area often enough and nail my back on the bedroom slide though.

I did have a glare issue at first on the chrome arms that hold the mirrors out there. The arms were somewhat square with rounded edges and the flat top would catch the mid-day sun and reflect it back at me like a mirror. I masked off that area and sprayed a little satin flat black paint on it, like the nose of a P51 Mustang and the glare went away. The overhead arms may be a good thing but my personal preference is that they look too much like insect antenna.
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Old 09-26-2006, 02:14 AM   #7
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I've had both the bus style bottom front mount and the side mount and the bus style wins for me.

With the side mounts on my Adventurer if the front passenger uses the slide out tray it blocks the passenger side view. Using that mirror requires one to take their eyes off the road and look to the side. On the driver side it is a little better but one has to divert more attention to looking at the mirror then I would prefer.

On my 95 Vectra with the bus style bottom front mount mirrors my attention was always ahead and just a slight glance left or right was all that was required. What the front passenger was doing had no effect unless they decided to sit on the dash board which never happened.

If it were not for the near $500 cost per mirror I would seriously consider getting a pair of the bus style mirrors for my coach.

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I had the top mounted ones on the coach, after driving it for a week straight had them changed to front mount, too many blind spots with top mounted ones.
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I've had both front mounted (low) and side mounted (high) and the next rig will definitely have front mounted mirrors. My current high side mounts leave blind spots even though it is a triple mirror stack and I really dislike having to turn my head well to the side to see either mirror. I even modified my side mounts to tilt the mirror assembly a bit to get rid of the worst of the blind spots, but some of that problem was because the installer had not allowed for somebody of average height (I'm 5'9") and placed the mirror such that it could not adjust low enough for me. Somebody 6' or more would likely have been more-or-less OK.

My personal preference is to have the mirror out front in my field of view while driving.
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I changed my front mounts to side mounts because of windshield pillar post on drivers side that made it impossible to adjust that mirror so that I could see it without having to bend to right and look around post. Right side was fine. I am 6 ft, and the coach is an Allegro Open Road 2004 year model.

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I drove a top mount once and found it uncomfortable and unnatural to look up into the mirrors. Can't say anything about the front mount since I have side mounts, and like them.
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