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Old 05-07-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Mirror attachments for tow vehicles

I'm towing a hybrid with family van and need extended mirrors to see around trailer. Any feedback on what works? I've seen the ones that attach to side mirrors but wonder if the suction cups really hold
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I don't know about attaching with suction cups, but we used this kind when we had a travel trailer and they worked fine. Amazon.com: CIPA 10800 Chevrolet/GMC Custom Pair Towing Mirrors: Automotive They're available for different makes of vehicles.
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I use the mirrors with the suction cup, I have had them fall off a couple of times. They are light and have an elastic safety to keep them from flying away. I was worried it would scratch the truck's paint but it didn't. I also figured out to start with a clean mirror and suction cup. I prefer the one with one large suction cup over the one with three smaller ones. This style mirror does block the tow vehicle mirrors, but I like that I can adjust them by adjusting power mirror.
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I don't know about attaching with suction cups, but we used this kind when we had a travel trailer and they worked fine. Amazon.com: CIPA 10800 Chevrolet/GMC Custom Pair Towing Mirrors: Automotive They're available for different makes of vehicles.

Ditto on these - we've had them for over 3yrs and never had a problem.
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We used the ones with the suction cup and never had a problem. We used them when we had a smaller trailer pulled by our Honda Ridgeline.........we loved that truck!! Important to start with a clean mirror, moisten the cup a little before pushing it onto the tow vehicle mirror. If your mirrors are electrically adjustable, it is nice that you can adjust the extended mirrors from the drivers seat.
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I'm towing a hybrid with family van and need extended mirrors to see around trailer.
If your "family van" is a full-size van such as a Ford Econoline, then the towing mirrors from the pickups might be a plug and play replacement. My pickup came with the city mirrors, and I needed tow mirrors, so I bought them from Ford Accessories and they were an easy bolt-on replacement. The Ford manual telescoping power tow mirrors come with normal trim all the way up to Oh-Mi-Gosh fancy with memory, with MSRP from about $200 to over $500 per mirror. My dealer sold mine to me for $140 each. Here's the ones I bought:
Trailer Tow Mirrors - Power, Heat/Puddle/Turn Signal, Black, Driver Side No Memory | The Official Site for Ford Custom Accessories

That blurb about "Dealer installation only" is nonsense if you can figure out how to remove the door panel. Once you have access to the back of the mirror mounting, you unplug the wiring harness and remove three nuts. Then simply wiggle the mirror out of the door. The new one goes right back in, plug in the wiring harness and replace those three nuts and you're done except for reinstalling the door panel.

The photo shows mine installed and ready to tow.
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I don't know about attaching with suction cups, but we used this kind when we had a travel trailer and they worked fine. Amazon.com: CIPA 10800 Chevrolet/GMC Custom Pair Towing Mirrors: Automotive They're available for different makes of vehicles.
Same here. I first used the strap-on mirrors from Walmart which worked sorta okay, but had a lot of vibration. The new CIPA custom mirror for my Tundra was a little loose but a big button of silicon fixed that. Here is another link for them at etrailer: Towing Mirrors | etrailer.com
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